Nun Abuse: How My Mother, a Former Nun, Suffered at the Hands of 'The Good Sisters'

Catholic priests have become synonymous with “abuse” in recent years, but they’ve never been the only people of the cloth guilty of inflicting physical and emotional pain on innocent victims. Seldom talked about are the rarely maligned women of the Church: sisters who intentionally abused fellow nuns behind convent… »11/20/15 2:30pm11/20/15 2:30pm


"Life's Too Short to Be Sad...EVER": A Sparkly Sleepover Party With YouTube's Most Popular Girls

In our digital age, there are increasingly more ways for young women to become famous. Perhaps the fastest growing exposure industry is YouTube, where content creators in their early twenties cosplay “high school life” for a legion of pre-teen viewers. “I hope your message is that this is fucked up,” a mom of a… »10/15/15 11:25am10/15/15 11:25am

Mom Dumpster Dives to Recover Daughter's Oscar de la Renta Wedding Dress

This is a tale of maternal love—in all of its shades of truly obsessive commitment—embodied here by New York mother Lucinda Ballard. This is the tale of a woman who loves her child so much that she searched through a New Jersey garbage dump to recover her daughter’s $4,000 Oscar de la Renta wedding dress. »10/04/15 1:30pm10/04/15 1:30pm

A Conversation With Wednesday Martin, Author of Primates of Park Avenue

On the surface, Primates of Park Avenue is an examination of a lived stereotype: an anthropology-inflected, lightly analytical memoir of coming to belong within an Upper East Side community where blonde, thin, status-obsessed moms hip-check each other with their designer bags, where absent men dole out “wife bonuses”… »6/02/15 2:50pm6/02/15 2:50pm

How Mad Men Helped Me Understand the Anger in My Mother's Feminism

In 1960, the year in which the first season of Mad Men takes place, my mother was living a few subway stops uptown from Sterling Cooper. She was a junior at Barnard College, about the same age as Peggy Olson. She married my father four years later—just as she was becoming a devoted member of what she would call “the… »5/17/15 2:30pm5/17/15 2:30pm

The Rock Owned Mother's Day With This Sweet Tribute to His Own Mom

It was never apparent to me, when my little brother was watching wrestling 24/7, that the man demanding to know if we could smell what “The Rock” was cooking or referring to haters as “jabronis” would become a cultural icon outside of professional wrestling. But the Instagram he posted of his mom yesterday should make… »5/11/15 11:45am5/11/15 11:45am

An Interview With the Mother of a 5-Year-Old Fashion Model

Have you ever seen an ad for children’s clothes and wondered, “How did they find these kids?” Adults have Tyra Banks to discover them (...sort of), but who’s going around telling the children in this country that they’re still in the running towards becoming America’s next top child model? Earlier this month I talked… »5/08/15 12:10pm5/08/15 12:10pm