Canadian Politician Thinks Moms Change Diapers, Dads Shape Minds

Mother's Day and Father's Day exist to honor the hard-working parents among us. They're also a great occasion for fucking up, if you don't watch yourself. Canadian Justice Minister Peter MacKay is learning that the hard way, after sending male and female staffers two vastly different messages about their roles as… » 6/25/14 12:20pm 6/25/14 12:20pm

'World's Toughest Job' Viral Video Is Obvious, Manipulative and Stupid

At this point, if anyone on the internet tells me that a video is going to "blow my mind," or that I need to "wait for it," or that I should prepare to "change the way I think," I immediately want to run an ultra-marathon down an abandoned mine shaft and into the earth's molten core. I despise a "big reveal." How dare… » 4/15/14 4:00pm 4/15/14 4:00pm

Cheetah Cubs Are Clearly the Most Grateful Mother's Day Revelers

Many "aws" are in order because this is a shameless excuse to listen to the plaintive mewing of momentarily orphaned cheetahs. Just a reminder that babies in the animal world are waaaaay more grateful for their mothers, who somehow manage to keep (most of) their brood from being eaten on a daily basis. » 5/12/13 6:30pm 5/12/13 6:30pm

Your Official Last-Minute Guide to Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

Fuck, you forgot that it’s Mother’s Day, didn’t you? And now you’re thinking of trying to play it off with a quick phone call and an impromptu recitation of a found poem you’ve cobbled together from an old modernism anthology that you only half-read. Your mom will see right through that, of course, and she’ll be… » 5/12/13 5:00pm 5/12/13 5:00pm

Here’s Your Primer on the (Civil War) History of Mother’s Day

Maybe this brief history of Mother’s Day (which owes itself to the Civil War) will inspire those giftless procrastinators among you to swing by your local grocery store and dig through the discount DVD bin until you (inevitably) find a two-disc combo pack of Gettysburg and Gods and Generals you can give to your mom.… » 5/12/13 3:30pm 5/12/13 3:30pm

Kate McKinnon Played Kristen Wiig's Implacable Mother on SNL

A Mother's Day sketch on last night's SNL made excellent use of the excellent Kate McKinnon as the over-sharing, judgmental mother to Kristen Wiig's beleaguered adult daughter. Those of you who were thinking of getting your mom a wilted Teleflora bouquet should really reconsider, and maybe just keep them in your sad… » 5/12/13 12:00pm 5/12/13 12:00pm

How Many Bone$ Should You Be Dropping On Mother's Day?

Holiday origin stories are fun because of their Crazy Straw timelines. From a one-room school singing that Happy Birthday song that their teacher made up, through the twists and turns of history and economic recessions and cultural shifts, that finally ends at 50 Cent rapping about not giving a fuck if it's not your… » 5/11/13 5:00pm 5/11/13 5:00pm

Drive Your Mom Wild With These Mom-Pleasing Tips

You know what all the other girls will be doing for their moms this Mother's Day — the brunching, the mimosas, the cards, the pedicures — YAWN! We here at COSMOMPOLITAN know you're not like those other girls; you're a fun fearless female offspring who wants to make this Mother's Day one that will have her… » 5/10/13 4:00pm 5/10/13 4:00pm

Surprise, Surprise: Google Made the Sweetest Mother's Day Ad Ever

Ugh, of course Google went and created the sweetest Mother's Day ad ever. OF COURSE they did because that's what those manipulative jerks do. They go and put together a bunch of sweet footage of babies falling asleep and adult daughters telling their moms that they're going to be grandmas and a mother embracing her… » 5/07/13 3:40pm 5/07/13 3:40pm

Bra Company’s ‘MILF’ Ad Campaign Seems Like a Pretty Bad Idea

There are bad advertising campaigns, and then there are bad advertising campaigns. With “Are You a MILF?” True & Co., the online bra company with the magical algorithm that’s supposed to make in-store bra fitting a thing of our shameful, barbarous past, has probably launched a campaign that’s just a misguided exercise… » 4/30/13 9:15pm 4/30/13 9:15pm

Founder of Mother's Day Wishes You Would Stop With All the Flowers and…

Anna Jarvis founded Mother's Day in 1914 as an effort to honor her mother, who'd founded a Mother's Friendship Day during the Civil War as a way to foster peace. Jarvis had included white carnations in the first unofficial celebration of Mother's Day she'd organized in 1908, and florists, seeing an opportunity for… » 5/13/12 11:15pm 5/13/12 11:15pm