'When My Son Was Taken, I Felt Like a Failure': Stories From Inside the Child Welfare System

In collaboration with Rise magazine, Jezebel is publishing a series of articles written by parents affected by the child welfare system. This post, the last in the series, is written by Piazadora Footman, who lost her son for three years after she was arrested for buying drugs. In New York City, an estimated 25 to 40…

'They Told Me They Knew What Was Best for Him': Stories From Inside the Child Welfare System

In collaboration with Rise magazine, Jezebel is publishing a series of articles written by parents affected by the child welfare system. This post, the fourth in the series, features narratives by Deborah McCabe and Adisha Garner, two parents who were unable to reunite with their children. In New York City, an…

'I've Always Been a Lioness When It Comes to My Children': Stories From Inside the Child Welfare System

In collaboration with Rise magazine, Jezebel is publishing a series of articles written by parents affected by the child welfare system. This post, the third in the series, features narratives by LaQuana Chapelle and Lashonda Murray, two mothers who themselves grew up in foster care. In New York City, an estimated 25…

An LA 'Community Hub' for Families Welcomes You Into Its Cocoon of Good Intentions

In October, a new “community hub” for families is opening up in Los Angeles called Loom. Loom may not be open yet, but its membership quota is full (you can join a waitlist on their website). They have 16,000 followers on Instagram and 18 reviews on Yelp, mostly effusive praise for one of its co-founders, a practicing…

What’s Your Relationship to Porn? A Mother and Daughter Broach an Uncomfortable Topic

I’m old. So old that my introduction to “porn” was hardcover books in my parent’s den. When I was a teenager, Judy Blume’s Wifey was hardcore imagery for me. Eventually, I was an adult and I could order OnDemand movies from Comcast. Then I got semi-knowledgeable about porn and what I liked. While I understood the…

Members of 'UES Mommas' Facebook Group Threaten Legal Action After Being Called Racist 

“UES Mommas,” a popular private Facebook group with nearly 28,000 members, is generally what you’d expect from an Upper East Side internet mommy group. The forum is filled with vacation advice, nanny recommendations, morning sickness questions, and discussions about the best way to shield one’s child from the eclipse…

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How Do You Talk to Your Kids About Domestic Violence? A Mother and Daughter Discuss

When I was in my early twenties I dated a guy who was just a nightmare. He played games with my mind, going back and forth between making me feel like I was the best thing ever and then making me think I made him sick to his stomach. Emotionally, I was a wreck. But things never got physical. Except once. We fought,…