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 2:50pm 6/02/15 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 2:30pm 5/17/15 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 11:45am 5/11/15 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 12:10pm 5/08/15 12:10pm

Colorado Mom: I Was 'Lunch Shamed' For Giving My Daughter Oreos

An Aurora, Colorado mother named mother named Leeza Pearson packed Oreos as part of her daughter’s lunch and says she was subsequently “shamed” by school administrators. Apparently the teachers confiscated the cookies like they were heroin balloons and sent the child home with a stern note. » 4/30/15 10:10am 4/30/15 10:10am

A Short, Freakish History of Mothers Harming Their Children For Money

At the end of the sixteenth century, there was an infant in France with an excess of skin on its head. The parents of the child were poor and carried their infant from town to town, putting him on display for profit. When they reached Paris, a magistrate questioned them, suspecting the pair of fraud. The parents… » 2/17/15 2:10pm 2/17/15 2:10pm

'Why Not Take a Nap?': 11 Reasons I Will Not See 50 Shades, By a Mom

What happens when you invite your mom to see 50 Shades of Grey? (Well, first of all, don't ever do that.) Here's one way it might go down, from Jez reader Heather: "I invited my mom to go see 'Fifty Shades' for a project I'm working on, but she declined. Not only did she decline, she declined in listicle form." » 2/13/15 6:15pm 2/13/15 6:15pm

Is Reese Witherspoon's Mom a Bot or Just at Peak Mom?

"Aww thanks Mom for all the words of encouragement," wrote Reese Witherspoon on Instagram the day after she did not win a Golden Globe for her role in Wild. Inquiring minds would like to know: Is Reese Witherspoon's mother just in the stage of excessive excitement after recently discovering emojis or is she actually a… » 1/12/15 8:35pm 1/12/15 8:35pm