parenting

No Kidding: Where's My "No Baby" Shower?

When I think about the idea of celebrating children, I come back to the same question again and again: Why shouldn't an intentional choice be celebrated? When feminists talk about reproductive justice, it's often within the context of not just the ability to, say, have an abortion, but to raise a... Read more »

No Kidding: Why is It "Selfish" to Be Childfree?

In my opinion, the strangest persistent belief about childfree women is that we're selfish. From the jump, this is problematic as this logic negates the experiences of infertile women, women ambivalent about motherhood and parenting, and women who would—for any number of reasons and because of any... Read more »

No Kidding: What We Talk About When We Talk About Not Having Kids

I’m here to talk about social pressure to procreate, media attention on multi-child families, tabloid obsession with childless women and pregnancy, and voluntarily female sterilization. Read more »

Race Card: The Chinese Parenting Controversy and the Vilification of Mothers of Color

Four days after the Wall Street Journal published Amy Chua's essay, "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior," it continues to spark controversy. The piece itself has garnered more... Read more »

Raising Trouble

Sex differences are a source of ribald glee around our house. It's gender that's perplexing. Read more »

Recommended reading on Sarah Palin's disability (lack)tivism

Seen the new cover of InTouchWeekly yet? I recommend chasing it with Kristina Chew’s article on Care2 speculating whether Palin will be covering disability rights on her new Fox position, and... Read more »

Adopt-ation: A feminist take on the state of the adoption industry

Do a quick search on the Internet and you'll see that there are lots more people waiting to adopt a healthy newborn these days than there are babies out there ready to be adopted. Gone are the (ahem) "good old days" when a pregnant woman finding herself in less than optimal circumstances could be... Read more »

The Onion on "Ladyboy" Halloween Costumes

Happy All Hallow’s Eve Eve! Here is a video from The Onion to get you in the spirit. Warning: It paints a pretty stereotypical portrait of “effeminate” boys, but more than that it parodies parents’ fear that their sons aren’t (gasp!) manly enough:... Read more »

Little Miss Ogyny

It’s hard to imagine that anyone in the audience for TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras has a deep passion for child beauty pageants. Okay, maybe there’s a small contingent of fans who like frilly dresses and are impervious to... Read more »

A HE-cession? I'm not buying it.

The folks at ABC World News released the second segment last night in a series they’re calling “The New Gender Rules.” Apparently, men are being hit harder by the recession than women (though many sources... 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 »