Breastfeeding moms are told to cover up, to be discreet, to go feed their babies in public restrooms because as we all know, there is nothing more pleasant than having lunch in a place reserved for urinating and defecting, or else to go sit in a hot car in a parking lot and feed your baby in the privacy of your vehicle. When I was breastfeeding my kids, and when I did so in public, I always did it because they were hungry, but according to the internet, women do it for many other reasons More
Growing up in the 1970s, a great deal of my childhood was spent on my parent’s cracked linoleum floor, surrounded by avocado green appliances and flocked, floral wallpaper, dumping measuring cup after measuring cup of lukewarm water into an old saucepan or a tomato-sauce stained Tupperware container. I sat on a frayed beach towel with bleach spots, folded to make it more comfortable for my scrawny toddler body, my mom in a housecoat sharing a cup of instant coffee and smoking cigarettes with one of her friends who was probably dressed the same.
There was no Pinterest. More
Anytime the issue of public breastfeeding is discussed, there is always a man who makes the statement that if a woman is allowed to “whip out her breast” in public, he should be allowed to do the same thing with his dick. More
Growing up, I was a huge fan of scary stuff. I loved scary movies, and television shows like Tales from The Darkside and The Twilight Zone and one of my most beloved books was a giant Alfred Hitchcock anthology I dragged around with me that belonged to my parents. I dressed up as The Creature From The Black Lagoon for Halloween when I was about five-years-old and I had a huge crush on Vincent Price. I never wanted to stab anyone.
I don’t know how we deal with this. I don’t know how we keep our kids, especially our daughters, safe online. I want my own kids to have sex with people that is consensual and safe and healthy, I just don’t want the whole world knowing about it. More
I don’t need articles about rape or VAW meme-ified or dumbed down with giant images told with panels like I’m reading a post about pop culture or what 1980′s band I am or what celebrity is making funny faces. More
There’s a horrific case out of Waukesha, Wisconsin this morning about two 12-year-old girls who invited one of their friends over for a sleepover, and the following day lured her into the woods where they played hide and seek until they decided to stab the girl 19 times in order to appease the Something Awful forums originated mythical being of Slenderman. More
I’ve made fun of you. I’ve trolled you. I’m trolling you right nao. But here’s the thing, I’m not trolling you for expressing an idea. I’m trolling you because the ideas you express are so vapid and so mind-numbingly uninspiring it’s almost impossible to be a fully-developed, intelligent, socially aware, feminist human and NOT troll you. More
Cyber Seniors, a documentary film chronicling the lives of senior citizens and their introduction to the internet, is set to premiere country-wide this month. Judging from the trailers, the film should prove to be both interesting and endearing. The endearing aspect is that these technology challenged elders do not have to go through this journey alone. They have been assigned teenagers as their mentors. More
Potty training isn’t one of the most thrilling aspects of raising children. It isn’t like any of us jump up and down with glee, super excited we get to teach one of our kids to eliminate their bodily wastes in either an adult toilet or a plastic junior-sized one that may or may not play a happy little tune when the seat is lifted. Most of us don’t get super psyched about bodily functions, but seeing all these crybaby memes on the Whisper website makes me feel like some of these parents are just getting a bit too stressed out about potty training. More
I think that we all ignore that the internet can be one big suckshow for one other key demographic: parents. The most challenging part of being a modern parent is the onslaught of information and influx of judgey-ness that the internet has provided: More
I don’t know about the rest of you parents, but my number one priority at all times is having these people who live under my roof and don’t pay rent and eat all my food consider me, their 44-year-old frumpy mom, “cool.” Thank goodness someone wrote a Wikihow all about this so I know how to be cool around my kids because without it, I don’t know how I would manage. More
This is so lame! One does not have some big, highly publicized contest to choose a baby name and then decide at the last minute they don’t like the name that came up as the winner. More