motherhood

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 »

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 »

Ain't I a Mommy?: Bookstores Brim with Motherhood Memoirs. Why Are So Few of Them Penned by Women of Color?

Shortly before the birth of my first child nine years ago, while browsing the bookstore for mommy wisdom, I discovered Anne Lamott's Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year and fell in love with the author and the book. More than any parenting truisms the book might have... Read more »

Mom's the Word: Yummy mummies, alternadads, and other literary offspring

At the turn of the millennium, Bridget Jones and the Sex and the City girls heralded a new era of fun, fearless singledom. Chick lit, accompanied by memoirs and anthologies about single womanhood, made it whimsical for an otherwise-capable woman to be vain, proud of her missteps and mistakes, and... Read more »

Alpha Mom, Omega Journalism

With all the world in strife, one might think the moms of New York would cut each other some slack…. That motherhood, in short, would serve as a safe house where civility and mutual respect rule. Think again. Motherhood, for all its well-documented joys, has become a flash point for envy,... Read more »

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