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Help a Mother Out!

Mother's Day is this Sunday, and while we're sure your mom can't wait to spend some quality time with you, one organization is hoping you'll do a little more than shell out for brunch and a movie with your own maternal unit. Bay Area microcharity Help a Mother Out was formed when two local mothers... Read more »

Performing Inspiration in a Tough Economy

While being a musical vagabond is in Ani DiFranco's blood, the changing face of the music industry in a sinking economy has made touring for this feminist icon a financial necessity. Read more »

Michelle Obama, Mom-in-Chief

“Sexism subjects women to many tyrannies, but intersectionality ensures that all women are not subjected to the same ones. That America recognizes Michelle Obama as the black mother of black children, that she is comfortable and able to make the personal decision to choose motherhood for a time, I... Read more »

Booby Trap

Thank you, Lynn Harris, for saving me from writing the much longer post that's been percolating in my head. In an opinion piece published yesterday at NPR, "Bottle or Breast: Which Is Best," Harris takes precise aim at the latest volleys in the (mostly manufactured) Mommy Wars: Feeding the Baby... Read more »

"Like a Rejection": Madonna Denied

When people talk about Madonna as a symbol of female empowerment, I have to ask, "Empowering to whom?" Certainly not to the black and brown people populating her Sex book, her videos, or her film Truth or Dare. It is through this lens of Madonna's messy racial and sexual politics that I viewed... Read more »

Bizarre Intersection of Pregnancy, Sexualization, and Infantilization

Ah, where to begin? The April issue of French Vogue features British model Lily Donaldson in a photo spread that nearly robs me of words. With a psuedo-pregnancy going on, Donaldson is shot smoking, tossing a baby doll, and engaging in other (not so) motherly behaviors, often appearing quite... Read more »

Speaking of Super Bowl Ads

The following was apparently an ad that NBC refused to show during the Super Bowl. It is a commercial featuring an ultra sound of an unborn baby–which all wraps up into an image of Obama. The basic message being: if Obama’s mother had aborted him because it was going to be “hard” to... Read more »

The War on Choice When Life is Chosen (Eight Times)

This week, an unnamed woman gave birth to eight children after recieving fertility treatment.  As details of her background surface, so does criticism and questions about her choice to raise a total of fourteen young children. Read more »

Figuring Out Figure Skating

A Christmas gift sends me to the US Women's Figure Skating Championship and into a swirling confusion of how we raise our girl athletes. Read more »

Anne Hathaway Just Another Casualty of Bride Wars

After seeing Bride Wars, it makes some measure of sense that Anne Hathaway would mount such a spirited defense of her role in it. Hathaway is, in fact, the only life that this film has. Hathaway's... Read more »

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What I Learned About Gender and Power from Sailor Moon

My life began in 1995 — the year I turned eight and became a divorced kid.    Read more »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

Tina Belcher breaks all the rules of network sitcoms. That's why she's wonderful.  Read more »