I can’t believe it’s 2014 and we still insist on tying a woman’s worth and value to whether she has married or procreated yet. The women’s lib movement happened almost 50 years ago – didn’t anyone get the memo? We’ve all collectively decided that a woman does not have to use her uterus for baby-making or take vows to be considered “complete.” Can everyone let that sink in, please? Women do not have to get married or have babies. In fact, no one has to get married and have babies. Can we stop asking single, childless people when they are going to get married and have babies? More
Author Archives: Maria Guido
A preschooler in Florida has been expelled from the private Christian school he attends because the school was less than happy about something his mom said on her private Facebook page. My kid attends a church-run daycare and this is basically my nightmare. I was totally on her side until I read that she tagged the school in her bitchy post. That was a dumb idea. More
I look at my friends online and I see art projects, interesting dinners and family outings. I see vacations and smiling children and I wonder what the heck I am doing wrong. There are not enough resources – especially with my husband traveling as much as he does. How do you catch up? Is it possible to actually feel like you’re doing a good job when there are so many things that take your focus off your children daily? More
Underwear brand Dear Kate relishes the concept of using non-traditional models in their ads, and when the company’s CEO talks about her brand, you really get the sense she thinks she’s above the Victoria’s Secret come-hither sales model. That’s great and all, but putting female tech CEOs in their underwear and claiming to make some feminist point while doing it totally misses the mark. More
I’m heartbroken today because watching parents bury their child is something that I will never be able to comprehend without debilitating grief and compassion.
I’m angry today because imaging what these parents have been through in the past two weeks — defending the fact that their son had a right to come away from a brief altercation with police alive is infuriating. More
If you sleep next to someone that is a quiet, motionless sleeper who does not have a lot of night time quirks, you have no business judging the couple that can’t share a bed. More
I don’t know if it’s because I’ve mostly seen still footage of Blue Ivy – but last night during MTV’s Video Music Awards, the adorable daughter of Jay Z and Beyoncé started grooving while her mom was onstage performing and I lost my mind. And I have two kids. Two really, really cute kids. But this was beyond.
Have you heard of the “Snoogle,” a.k.a pregnancy body pillow a.k.a cushioned moat of no-love? It’s revered by pregnant women all over the land and probably despised by their partners. It wraps you in a warm embrace while simultaneously shoving your husband out of bed — and once you own one it is really hard to let go. Unfortunately, your partner will probably want their nighttime real estate back eventually, and once you have a baby there’s not really an excuse to keep this thing around. More
A neighborhood restaurant in D.C. denied a pregnant woman (who was not a paying customer) use of their bathroom last weekend. She took to a local neighborhood blog to complain about it and got berated by most of the people on the forum. I’m on her side. Denying a pregnant woman use of a bathroom is a mean thing to do. Have some common decency. More
I’ve been watching Bravo’s Extreme Guide To Parenting because in my house train wreck plus reality TV equals relaxation. I’m seriously beginning to doubt my decision to do so. Last night’s episode, about a mother who is still so scarred by her parent’s divorce that she takes out all of her issues on her four-year-old made me want to set my television on fire. More
There’s so much news lately about women breastfeeding in public and people being shocked and offended by it. I really feel the need to perform sort of a public service to let people know that there are several breastfeeding cover-ups out there that will make everyone around you more comfortable. More
In the new Scooby-Doo movie Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy, Daphne gets cursed – and as a result of the curse, grows from a “size two to a size eight.” Clearly, growing to a size eight — way smaller than the average American woman — is the worst thing that could befall a girl and a great lesson for the kids! More
A floor manager at Anthropologie allegedly forced a customer off the store floor after she began nursing in what was probably one of their lovely, totally overpriced shabby-chic chairs. Ingrid Wiese-Hesson’s 6-week-old started to fuss, so she did what any mother who just spent $700 in a store would do – relax for a minute in the glow of their AC and feed her child.That’s when the manager arrived to save the day and tell her where she would be most comfortable.
On the toilet. More
Jill Duggar (now Jill Dillard) and her husband Derrick Dillard announced today that they are expecting their first child. The couple notoriously didn’t even kiss until their wedding day, because Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar like to force abstinence on their adult children, hence clearly forcing them into shotgun weddings. Well someone had to say it. Let me be the first. More