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Popaganda Episode: How to Talk to Kids About Pop Culture

  As kids, we learn about the world through pop culture—for better or worse. On this week’s episode of Popaganda, we have three discussions about kids and pop culture. First, Tomas Moniz, the founder of Rad Dad... Read more »

16 Writers Take On the Stigma of Not Having Kids

Nope. Not happening. (photo via Creative Commons) My time is up. Throughout my twenties and thirties when people asked me if I wanted to have children, I would say “no,” firmly. But I knew I had a  “... Read more »

Graphic Novel "Roller Girl" is a Teenage Tale of Roller Derby

Growing up, I was not a sporty kid. I have vivid memories of an errant volleyball hitting me in the face three times during one truly terrible sixth grade P.E. class. Read more »

"Fresh Off the Boat" Takes on Sexual Harrassment and Consent

When was the last time you saw date rape discussed during a primetime sitcom? Read more »

We Are Not “Just Like Everyone Else”

I recently attended an annual fundraiser for a high-profile LGBT nonprofit organization. Since they run multiple programs, some of which I support, I had no idea until I arrived that the entire event was dedicated to raising funds for what was billed as “marriage equality” (a term I loathe for many... Read more »

Born This Way?: Why an evidence-based stance on sex and gender is good for science and for feminism

Scarcely a week goes by without a study on gender differences in the brain making headlines. “Female brains really ARE different to male minds,” reported the Mail Online on July 28, while a day later Salon framed the same research as “Women are getting smarter faster than men.... Read more »

New Book "A de Activista" Teaches Activism Along With the Spanish ABCs

There’s a new book out for socially conscious parents who want their kids to learn some culture along with their ABCs: A de Activista is a Spanish-language book for young kids that teaches the... Read more »

Public Health Campaigns Shouldn't Shame Moms Who Choose Not to Breastfeed

A group of moms on The Simpsons responded in horror to Marge’s revelation that she doesn’t breastfeed.  National Breastfeeding Month just finished and let me say that, yes,... Read more »

Appreciating Motherhood in Richard Linklater's New Film "Boyhood"

When I was growing up, my siblings and I would visit my father every other weekend at his Oakland apartment. My parents were divorced and this was their arrangement. Read more »

What Makes a Good Mother, According to the Government?

This Monday morning, July 14, moms who had received welfare and their allies gathered outside the White House singing about the need to recognize mothering as work, to the tune of “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.” 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 »