On Falling In and Out of Love With My Dad

My biological father wanted to have sex with me from the first moment he laid eyes on me. This I learned two years after meeting him, as I dry heaved over his toilet in a moment of all-consuming anxiety and self-loathing. This was just after the second time we had oral sex. » 2/17/15 12:10pm 2/17/15 12:10pm

How to Win Fights With Your Family This Thanksgiving: Don't

Tomorrow you'll gather around the Thanksgiving table with your family—those precious few souls that walk this cold Earth draped in the same flesh and blood that coat your weary bones. Invariably, they will say something that makes you want to murder them or, at the very least, ruin dinner in the process of setting… » 11/26/14 12:45pm 11/26/14 12:45pm

Cleveland Man Looks to Hire a Fake Family to Increase Salary

The job market can be tough—there's no denying that. Everyone is looking for ways to make themselves a more attractive hire or develop skills that will lead to a higher salary. But those things generally require some sort of actual work and intelligence. Meanwhile, one man in Cleveland is willing to craft an elaborate… » 11/06/14 11:25pm 11/06/14 11:25pm

Happy Mother's Day From the Moms on Whisper Who Hate Their Kids

Moms are pretty much the best. But just because many of them are amazing and lovely and badass doesn't mean they don't have their moments of frustration with their children. Or that they don't sometimes think they might even hate them. » 5/09/14 5:15pm 5/09/14 5:15pm

Attention, Strumpets: 'Shacking Up' Might Actually Lower Divorce Risk

Conservative grandmothers across this great nation of ours love to warn their female progeny that if they give "the milk" away "for free," then no one will want to "buy the cow." Often concurrent with this adage is the belief that a solid bloc of statistics show that premarital cohabitation — or "shacking up" or… » 3/11/14 7:00pm 3/11/14 7:00pm

Kids with Gay Parents Are Turning Out Better Than Fine (Duh)

The kids are alright. Or at least so concludes the Melbourne University study — the largest study ever conducted on the subject — on the well-being of the children of same sex couples. As much as homophobes want to convince you otherwise, kids with same sex parents are actually more likely to be well adjusted than… » 6/06/13 4:20pm 6/06/13 4:20pm

Three Female Relatives With 85% Cancer Risk All Opt For Radical…

In November of last year, Miss America contestant Allyn Rose discovered that she had inherited a high genetic risk of breast cancer. She decided to get a double mastectomy—but only if she didn't win the pageant. But Even this wasn't enough of a kotow to the powers of pageantry. When she went public with her decision,… » 4/13/13 4:00pm 4/13/13 4:00pm

The Duggars Aren't Just a Family, They're a Cult

It's enraging how mainstream media outlets like Today and People treat the Duggars as though they're just an ordinary family with an extraordinary amount of children — and aren't they so cute! — when in fact, they are not. » 9/04/12 11:35am 9/04/12 11:35am

An Upscale 1970s Weight-Loss Camp As Seen Through The Eyes Of A Kid

It's clear from incidents like Karen Klein's and that mom who put her 7-year-old on a fucking diet that fat-shaming isn't going anywhere, and this is emphasized even more by the occasional lovely story like this one. A nuclear family goes to fat camp and reconnects... in the 1970s. Is it possible that our society has… » 6/23/12 2:00pm 6/23/12 2:00pm

What Happens When a Quiverfull Dad Becomes a Woman?

The Quiverfull movement is an extreme Christian fundamentalist subculture that bans all birth control and encourages women to have as many children as possible. As such, you might not think that the story of a Quiverfull dad confiding in his wife that he wanted to switch sexes and begin living as a woman would end… » 4/27/12 2:40pm 4/27/12 2:40pm

Michelle Obama and Bo the 'Easter Bunny' Visit Wounded Vets and Their…

BETHESDA, MD - APRIL 04: To kick off the Month of the Military Child, first lady Michelle Obama and her dog Bo participate in a pre-Easter celebration with military families and children at the Fisher House on Walter Reed National Military Medical Center April 4, 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland. The Fisher Houses are… » 4/05/12 10:05pm 4/05/12 10:05pm

Make The Hunger Games Your Next Family Bonding Event

Producers for Lionsgate's Hunger Games adaptation are hoping that their modest little movie about preteens battling one another in a futuristic bloodsport doesn't just appeal to bloodthirsty young adults, but families looking bond over some sweet PG-13 implied gore. » 3/17/12 5:10pm 3/17/12 5:10pm

Research Concludes That American Middle-Class Kids Are Brats

Anthropologists who've been studying the U.S. middle class for the past decade have confirmed some theories we've long suspected thanks to various New York Times trend pieces: American kids are self-obsessed brats, and it's all their parents' faults. » 3/14/12 2:00pm 3/14/12 2:00pm

History Reveals People Have Always Given Moms Shit

Throughout the last fifty years or so, new moms have faced a deluge of advice, much of it contradictory. But over all that time, one thing has been constant: the message that if you do any little thing wrong, your baby will die or become a serial killer or both. » 3/13/12 7:40pm 3/13/12 7:40pm

For Low-Income Couples, Moving Out Doesn't Always Mean Breaking Up

A new study shows that for low-income couples, moving into separate homes doesn't necessarily mean a breakup. And staying together — even if they don't live together — can be good for the kids. » 2/09/12 2:30pm 2/09/12 2:30pm

Should College Women Learn About Their Shriveling Eggs?

In addition to academic and career advice, do college women need preparation for deciding if and when to have kids? One Barnard student argues that they do. » 10/27/11 5:25pm 10/27/11 5:25pm

How To Meet Your Partner's Kids

We've talked about meeting the parents, but for some couples, there's another, equally important hurdle: meeting the kids. Below, some tips on making your first meeting with your partner's offspring as stress-free as possible. » 9/08/11 4:00pm 9/08/11 4:00pm

Young American Men Prefer To Have Male Children

I've argued in the past against framing a preference for boy children as "culturally Asian." New data from Gallup shows that this preference is alive and well among Americans, at least among young men. While women are most likely to have no opinion and about equally likely to prefer a girl or boy, men are… » 8/12/11 10:30am 8/12/11 10:30am