Pregnant Celebrities Either "Fat" Or Liars, Says Tabloid Media

As Moe so cannily pointed out last year, in the media narrative of celebrity pregnancy, baby weight has become just plain old fat. But what about those fertile women who do quickly and easily avoid those child rearing pounds? They're plain old liars! The new rumor is that Nicole Kidman did not actually give birth to… »12/04/08 1:00pm12/04/08 1:00pm

Slate Writer: Unwed Motherhood Can Cause Dire Economic And Emotional Costs

When I wrote a post praising Barack Obama's mother, Stanley Ann, for leading an unconventional, mostly single life as a mother, there was a rousing discussion in the comments about what constitutes an "ideal" environment for children. Was it heinous that Stanley Ann left Barack with his grandparents to globe trot? Did… »3/20/08 12:30pm3/20/08 12:30pm

Tina Fey To Amy Poehler: "I Wanna Put My Baby Inside You!"

Bummed about how much 27 Dresses sucks? Consider Baby Mama. In the film, out April 25th, Tina Fey plays Kate, a 37-year-old single woman who decides she wants to have a baby. She tries to do it herself — attempts artificial insemination — but her gyno, played by the droll John Hodgman, tells Fey's character, "I… »1/18/08 2:30pm1/18/08 2:30pm

"Smushmortion" Cinema? Caitlin Flanagan, Susie Bright Weigh In

Ever since Jamie Lynn Spears announced she was with child, teen pregnancy has been a hot button editorial topic, especially in the wake of the success of accidental-mom rom-coms Juno and Knocked Up. So it was only a matter of time until Caitlin Flanagan, the former New Yorker scribe who fancies herself an authority on… »1/14/08 2:00pm1/14/08 2:00pm

Did Juno Make Jamie Lynn Spears Think Motherhood Would Be Easy?

Considering the avalanche of praise heaped on screenwriter Diablo Cody's debut film, Juno, an equally intense backlash was predictable. In fact, a piece on Slate yesterday explored the potential culture wars on teen pregnancy the movie could inspire. Writer Ann Hulbert quotes NY Times critic A.O. Scott's review of Juno »12/19/07 1:00pm12/19/07 1:00pm