But while a Drake University professor has literally penned an essay entitled “The Baby Bump is the New Birkin,” a new cultural analysis is being presented. A baby bump isn’t just a trendy accessory (eye roll). In a rich celebrity setting, it’s the biggest lady tabloid status symbol. More
Oh to be a celebrity lady and have your entire childbearing years be constantly assessed and scrutinized for that possible baby bump. Is it here? Is it there? Is it under that big fancy print dress that you wore to the Met Gala that your BFF Gwyneth Paltrow will never ever be attending again? Inquiring and completely entitled misogynistic minds are dying to know, Beyonce! More
Last night at the 92Y Tribeca, Isabella Rossellini previewed one of her nine short films entitled “Mammas,” a contemplation of motherhood that pivots towards the animal kingdom. But by juxtaposing animal behavior with that of human mothers, Isabella meditates on many of the complex threads of motherhood. Specifically, the complex and loaded terrain of “maternal instinct.”
Reaching out to abused children is difficult to say the least. Considering that these kids are most likely being abused by the person that they depend on the most — their parents or guardians — encouraging them to speak up is fraught territory. But the Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk Foundation (ANAR) in Spain has just pioneered a worthwhile attempt: a child abuse ad that appears differently to kids and grownups. Or maybe a very short grownup. More
I was sitting around this morning feeling a deep void in my soul. I was thinking, Gosh, I wish men would be more vocal about what they thought about women’s bodies. Because, as you know, we don’t get critiqued, picked apart, and held up to impossible standards of beauty enough. More
Postpartum doula and lactation counselor Sarah Longwell-Stevens is a stay-at-home mother of two. Among many other parenting accolades, including being an early childhood education specialist and a certified babywearing educator, Sarah is an advocate of elimination communication (EC) — a childrearing practice in which parents learn to read baby’s cues that it’s time for potty without relying solely on diapers.
She has been recently quoted in the now highly clickable DNAinfo.com piece, espousing the virtues of this “au natural parenting trend” that is allegedly sweeping through Brooklyn. But Sarah tells Mommyish that the press’s depiction of her as a deranged helicopter mom is all wrong — as is the sensationalizism of EC. Turns out EC parents do use diapers, claim that there is less cleanup, and overall less potty training struggle. Sarah admits that she too initially thought the tactic was “batshit” and nearly gave up herself. Oh, and she also doesn’t let her kids poop and pee all over Brooklyn. More
For years the MPAA’s ratings system for movies have been pretty vague — and not all that helpful to parents. Painted with a broad stroke, the ratings system didn’t specify which exact content in the films caused them to be given the ratings they received. There is also the little issue of failing to take into consideration that some parents may not care so much about their children witnessing nudity or bad language — but were more concerned with violence in film. But now the MPAA has announced a revamped ratings system to provide more information to parents, which I think is long overdue. More
In addition to all the run of the mill ick that’s commonly hurled at pregnant and post-baby celeb ladies about their bodies, there exists the derogatory ”can you believe she is still hot?” piece. A lady in the limelight has a baby or two, happens to be wearing a bikini somewhere, and the tabloids pause to contemplate how a woman could still be conventionally bone-able after birthing a child. WEIRD I KNOW. More
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Come time for her to do the sultrier dances like the rumba (nicknamed “a vertical expression of a horizontal desire”) she can either a.) sacrifice the quality of her dance in order to keep from looking too sexy, or b.) rock that shit, and get chastised by disapproving moms and dads everywhere. More
Another post-baby body is among us, ladies! This time it’s Snooki grabbing tabloid covers with — not just a leopard print bikini — but also coveted details on how she went about losing baby weight. Applause, applause! Postpartum magic!
Now, as someone who sorts through celebrity post-baby weight loss coverage for a living, I can guarantee you that big postpartum weight loss reveals always come coupled with one of many canned explanations. More
Straight from the files of WTF Are We Teaching Our Daughters comes this concerning tale of a mother of three who went about picking up her 7-year-old daughter’s bedroom. Among the “Polly Pockets” and ”friendship bracelets,” Amy Cheney discovered a very sobering tween artifact on girls diets that will leave you weeping. And raging against media depictions of women, girls, and their bodies. More
From the moment Kate Middleton had her big fancy Princess wedding in April 2011, the hunt has been on for that royal baby bump. So much so that when the Duchess was not pregnant mere months after her wedding, tabloids started spinning that old infertility narrative. But now that Kate Middleton is officially expecting, some are still wondering where their big Kate Middleton baby bump is. As if they’re entitled to it.