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If you have not already seen the World Toughest Job vid floating around your news feed, take a look before you read on. It's pretty damn sweet. This video is not only a clear reminder of the undeniable love and dedication required to be a parent and mother, but it is also a lesson about women's work. Labor has historically been divided along gender lines in families; women are in charge of the the home, and men handle outside work. Of course, ... Read More
If you’ve ever checked out the [ETC] category of Craigslist’s jobs section, you’ve seen them, interspersed between dog-walking gigs and ONLINE SURVEYS IN ALL CAPS: the ubiquitous call for egg donors. They’re looking for Jewish women, Asian women, East Indian and Italian women, women with blue eyes and high SAT scores. Most ads promise compensation in the $4,000 – $10,000 range, and in the summer of 2011, I was a postgrad who had just moved to New York ... Read More
  When we think about motherhood and photography, we think of “post-baby bodies” and the tabloid-front image of a glamorous women cradling her shiny-clean newborn bundle. Even in progressive contemporary society, various media present the mother as glamorous, perfect, and inhumanly flawless.     In her stunning series Portrait of The Mother, the photographer Joy Christiansen Erb provides an alternate vision of motherhood. Shooting ... Read More
  A multicomponent mass media campaign was launched in Vietnam promoting the life-saving practice of exclusively breastfeeding for babies’ first 6 months. Exclusive breastfeeding is described by some as the single most effective intervention for preventing child deaths, and the benefits of this practice are well documented. Experts claim that for the first 6 months of a baby’s life, it is best if it is simply fed breastmilk and only breastmilk. ... Read More
  As a child, Souvid Datta visited his grandparents in Kolkata for Christmas. In the midst of a tantrum, he stormed out of the house and wandered into Sonagachi, a red-light district. He saw girls around his age, men with handfuls of money; he made eye contact with a girl wearing pink, green and gold, and then he watched her led away by a much older man. The experience marked Datta, and as an adult, now a documentary photographer, he returned to Kolkata to ... Read More
On her blog, Momastery, Glennon Doyle Melton shares her awesome answer to her daughter's question: "Mom, am I pretty?" While many may have simply said 'yes,' Melton's response was a little more complex—she takes emphasis away from the word "pretty" and physical beauty in general. Here is an excerpt of what she said: “I think you’re pretty, Tish. I think you are very, very pretty. But pretty is a weak word, because it means different things ... Read More
  Melissa Zexter’s photographs are unlike any you’ve ever seen. Marrying photography and embroidery, she hand-stitches illustrations over her intimate portraits of women and children. In each image, she heightens the drama of quiet moments of reflection with explosive patterns and bursts of color. With an interest in exploring representations of femininity, Zexter enters a beautiful and imaginative world all her own.    To this day, ... Read More
The premise of the New York Times’s recent piece on the stay-at-home husbands of female Wall Street execs was a must-click the minute I heard about it: the so-called “house husband” is one of my favorite answers to the nebulous question of how to Have It All. The article focuses on a growing class of families in wealthy suburban areas that are putting aside the traditional nuclear family structure for a more progressive and profitable ... Read More
Ana Casas Broda, "Kinderwunsch (Ana Playroom V)," from the Playroom series 2010. Photography, as a medium, is inextricably bound to the idea of motherhood. We see mothers (and fathers) everywhere snapping pictures of their infants. Art critic Roland Barthes rooted his discussion of the emotional power of photographs in an image he found of his mother after her death. Photography gives us a means of capturing something we know will soon be lost: the ... Read More
Lulu's proud mom   Lulu has openly identified as female since the age of four, and now at six, she has her paperwork in her corner. Her native Argentina passed a law last year allowing legal documents to reflect preferred gender pronouns without doctor and judge approval, and she is the first Argentinian minor to have changed her legal gender identity from "male" to “female.”    Her birth certificate bears the name ... Read More
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