I’m raising two boys, and it is exhausting — but not for the reasons you might expect. It’s not because they’re “gross” or “loud” or “stinky” or “roughhousing” all the time. All kids can be those things at any given moment. What is truly exhausting is always running into sexism and violence in toys, TV… Continue Reading →
I like Ben. All that keepin’ it real with his Baahston roots and getting off the crazy train that was Bennifer before it was too late. Then I read the this month’s Details’ interview with him titled “Ben Affleck: No Apologies. No Regrets. No Bulls#*t” and as a mom with two small kids who dreams… Continue Reading →
An article on AlterNet about sexualization of young girls concluded “Mothers are a strong predictor — even more than the amount of media consumption alone — of whether a girl will regard herself as a sex object.” But I couldn’t help but wonder: What role do fathers play in their daughters’ sexualization? The article, titled “I Want… Continue Reading →
Recently, there seems to have been a spate of moms encouraging their daughters to have cosmetic procedures. First, there was “Botox Mom” Kerry Campbell,Â who claimed to have injected her 8-year-old daughter Britney’s face with Botox. Then, “Human Barbie” Sarah BurgeÂ gave her 7-year-old daughter Poppy a voucher to get breast implants once she turns 16. The… Continue Reading →
While previous generations were playing with Barbies, current younglings are opting to become Barbie – and their mothers don’t seem to mind. In a current reality TV series on TLC, Toddlers and Tiaras, the cameras follow young girls and their mothers in their quest to win beauty pageants. Beauty pageants have always been scrutinized, and… Continue Reading →
Recently we came across an honest, enlightening account of a mother and daughter’s experience with eating disorders, and we thought you should know about it. Distorted, a book by Lorri Antosz Benson and her daughter Taryn Leigh Benson, chronicles the experiences they respectively shared while Taryn was battling eating disorders as a teenager. Distorted is… Continue Reading →
“Mommy, does plastic surgery make you look like a different person?” “No, it just makes you look more beautiful than you used to be.” From my seat next to her, both of us facing the Starbucks storefront, I balked. Her reflection gave her away: tall, thin, with a tightly drawn face and deep-set eyes.