I don’t know how women who have babies and who haven’t lost over 50 pounds can be mothers. I don’t get it. Without this weight loss she would be basically worthless as a mother and a human. Everyone knows that moms who gain 50 pounds during their pregnancy and don’t lose it are basically incapable of caring for their newborns, chaining a diaper, feeding them, even singing them a lullaby. More
Topic: tabloid culture
It’s getting slightly less acceptable for mainstream media to body shame non-pregnant women, so now they have moved on to pregnant women so they can do it under the guise of WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF HER UNBORN BABY?
Somebody get this woman a medal of honor or name a street after her. She dared to be photographed wearing a bikini. WHILE PREGNANT. How terribly, terribly brave. Are you readers doing okay? Or are you sobbing hysterically into a Kleenex because you can’t fathom the courage and bravery it took a very attractive actress who makes her living being attractive to be photographed while pregnant wearing a bikini? Will you be okay? More
I can name a gazillion reasons why celebrities like Simpson and Kardashian can be picked on, but their pregnant body weight, and their not pregnant body weights, are NOT the reasons. This level of misogynistic body shaming towards women who are pregnant has to stop. More
Guess what Angelina Jolie was doing last week? She spent four days meeting with victims of sexual violence at a rescue camp in the Congo. It is an admirable piece of outreach from an amazing humanitarian. Guess what all of the headlines about Angeline Jolie have been this week? Hint: They’ve had nothing to do with the Congo. It’s been focused on a simple gold band on her ring finger. More
Back when Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise were happily married, I remember a huge fuss being made about the possibility of a sibling for little Suri. In fact, I remember mommy outrage because Holmes dared to suggest that she would have another child partially because Suri would really like a brother or sister. Well, the rumors are back that Suri might finally get the sibling she desires. More
Just yesterday I was trying to explain the difference between my own job, where I sometimes use stories about my daughter to discuss parenting, and celebrities who turn parenthood into a paycheck. These celebs seem to exploit their pregnancies and children to generate good press or sell the public some new product. And celeb mom extraordinaire Jessica Simpson just perfectly illustrated the type of child exploitation I’m taking about! More
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At least once a week, I get the opportunity to write a snarky blog post about a celebrity mom who uses her birth announcement to promote her new shoe line or a former boy band dad plastering his child’s face on a collection of lullabies he’s shilling. Sometimes, I refer to these bits of celeb parent branding as a form of exploitation, because moms and dads are using their children to further their career and market their business. Invariably, someone in the comments well say, “You write mommy blogs. You do the same thing.” And here’s how I would like to respond to those comments. More
I’ve always been a little grossed out by the idea of shopping your infant’s picture to the highest bidding celebrity tabloid shortly after the child’s birth. Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t need to see anyone’s six-day-old baby trotted out like a show pony so mom and dad can get a nice big paycheck. And that’s the Shakira baby picturesÂ of little baby Milan, and the charity these photos are going to support, makes me smile so much. More
Tomorrow, I’m going to write a piece titled, “Pregnant Kate Middleton Woke Up This Morning.” Because, ya know, I realize that’s the first thing you think about when your eyelids start to flutter open for the day. “Where is my bestie Kate and how are she and the royal fetus doing?” More