Political Journalists Are Forever On Bad Mom Patrol

There's been lots of political yammer (yammer because it's definitely not dignified enough to merit being called "discussion" but it's not yet loud enough to be called "yelling") in recent days and weeks about women who have political ambition. People are concerned, really. Concerned that maybe the women who have political … » 2/18/14 3:40pm 2/18/14 3:40pm

The US Is Still the Only Industrialized Nation Without Maternity Leave

Bald eagles? Meh. Apple pie? You can get that at McDonalds in Europe. Jingoism? Ever seen the Olympics? Everyone's into that. If you're looking for the most quintessentially American trait, look no further than the way this country expects new mothers to pull themselves up by the umbilical cords. » 1/15/14 11:50am 1/15/14 11:50am

The Anti-Woman Daily Mail Article All of Your Smug Facebook Friends…

Alex Peek, a rich, stay-at-home mother of two doesn't want a third baby because it will put a cramp in the plans she had for her first two children. And, at 38, she really really doesn't want to face another sleepless spell with a newborn. She won't get an abortion ("obviously," she explains, but fails to elaborate), and … » 10/02/13 10:03pm 10/02/13 10:03pm

Just When DO Mothers Become Abusive?

Mothers get shit on a LOT, as documented in basically every article on mothering by Jezebel. As a result of this, there seems to be a general feminist party line saying “look, moms, you’re trying your hardest, so just don’t be afraid to do something for you sometimes, and people who tell you that you’re abusive are… » 7/28/13 4:31pm 7/28/13 4:31pm

Your Afternoon Cry: Caitlin Moran's Posthumous Tips for Her Daughter

No, thankfully Caitlin Moran isn't dead. She's alive and — for the most part — doing quite well. There's just one thing: Her daughter is about to turn 13 and the stress of it is making Moran possibly smoke herself into an early grave. And it was with that in mind that she penned this funny, touching essay for The Times » 7/26/13 12:20pm 7/26/13 12:20pm

Study Suggests That Indian Matriarchs Are Making Their Kids Obese

Walking dangerously parallel to a path first trod by Michael Pollan when he complained that feminism is one of the unwitting culprits of obesity in American children, researchers in India are starting to blame Indian mothers for spreading childhood obesity. Mothers are overfeeding their kids, suggests a new study from… » 5/27/13 5:30pm 5/27/13 5:30pm

We Should Probably Stop Blaming the Crime Rate on Single Mothers

During the second Presidential debate last month, Mitt Romney suggested that one way to reduce Aurora, Colorado-style mass assault weapon shootings would be to encourage everyone to just get married before they have babies. Blaming single parents for violence has long been a dog whistle talking point of the family… » 11/27/12 1:10pm 11/27/12 1:10pm