parenting

No Kidding: Are Childfree People Angry?

As a childfree person, I feel like I often have to defend against the stereotype that childfree people hate children. Based on the comments from my last post about being a childfree person who actually likes kids... Read more »

No Kidding: Studies Tell Us Parenting is Tough

Last week, Time published “Kid Crazy: Why We Exaggerate the Joys of Parenthood.” This piece focuses on studies from the journal Psychological Science about parenting, and the take-away is the same as the... Read more »

No Kidding: Where Are The Childfree Role Models?

Some women I’ve written about before, celebs like Jennifer Aniston, sidestep the issue all the time instead of owning their ambivalence (or however they feel! Just own it!). Barbara Walters and Oprah... Read more »

It’s Hard Out Here For a Pop: Blogging Offers a Way for Dads to Get Branded, but Can They Get Respect?

This article appears in our Spring 2011 issue, Primal. Subscribe today! With all the pixels expended on the annual female-blogging extravaganza known as BlogHer, you might be forgiven for having overlooked the very first Modern Media Man Summit, a heavily sponsored and branded affair held this... Read more »

No Kidding: Barbara and Oprah Admit it Ain't Always Easy

Oprah and Babs talk about how tough it is to have kids as a working woman—or in Oprah’s case, the unambiguous lack of regret in regards to opting out. Skip to 7:30 in the video, where the discussion about having kids starts. Transcript after the jump. Read more »

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 »

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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 »