Selling Old-School Motherhood With the Groceries

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I actually might appreciate the Mom-on-the-go tips in the supermarket booklet, except I can’t get past the messages about dieting and motherhood.

Equality, Without Marriage?

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While following the ups and down of the Prop 8 trial, I was reminded of an editorial by Bob Morris in The New York Times way back in 2004. “Gay Marriage? How Straight” was a cheeky bit of contrarianism, a gay man’s lament that marriage equality could ruin what he considered the relative freedom of […]

Marriage, Unnatural In Every Way

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Following Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision overturning Proposition 8, the accusation that he is furthering “unnatural” marriage is being spouted so often that it is quite obviously a deliberate talking point: notably from Pat Buchanan, or a variant coming from L.A. Cardinal Michael Mahoney that “the union of a man and of a woman in a […]

Study: “Marriage Promotion” in Welfare Doesn’t Work

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Welfare reform’s marriage promotion programs have not only had little impact on the plight of poor families, looks like they’ve also done a pretty lousy job of pressing impoverished couples into the right-wing mold of “family values.” Mathematica Policy Research evaluated Building Strong Families, a flagship marriage-focused program operating in several states, and concluded that it’s […]

Could ANYONE Really Support “Traditional” Marriage ?

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Proposition 8 may have been struck down for now, but the nationwide fight for gay marriage will undoubtedly continue for years. Though any competition for “Most Baseless Excuse To Oppose Same-Gender Marriage” is a photo-finish, “I’m opposed because I support ‘traditional marriage’ between a man and a woman” wins by a nose. The only possible […]

Newsflash: It’s World Breastfeeding Week (Somebody Tell Tulsa!)

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On Monday, Tulsa, Okla. coffee shop The Double Shot caused an uproar by Tweeting that breastfeeding was now banned on their premises. Too bad breastfeeding is protected by state law. Mothers and advocates led a firestorm of Tweets directed @thedoubleshot explaining the law. After protesting that boobs are gross, “Settle down, folks. We just don’t […]

“Ramona and Beezus”: A Mother-Daughter Film Review

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Natalie (mom): Though I was suspicious that the latest children’s book-to-film adaptation would be a fluffy disappointment, I was pleasantly surprised by Ramona and Beezus. Many other reviewers, however, don’t share this view. Dawn Taylor at Cinematical argues the film “feels a little …off,” is “so limp,”  and drips with “maudlin sentimentality.” Arguing that the film is […]

Trans/Parents on Father’s Day

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Mother’s Day. Father’s Day. Two days when there is a frenzy of gilt- and guilt-giving in the U.S. for parenting well done or aspiring to be. Thinking about the ways my American Mexican family’s traditions and cultural influences affected mainstream celebrations, I arrived this year at a decidedly 21st-century question: “How do families celebrate these […]

What Was So Great About the 1950s?

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The late 1940s and early 1950s tend to be remembered in the popular imagination as a time of virtue: The United States emerged from the second World War as a victorious nation and an economic leader on the global stage. American families were enjoying a new sense of affluence (and profligacy)–they were stronger than ever […]

It Takes a Village to Raise Octomom’s Kids

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Nadya Suleman became a household name when it was revealed that she gave birth to octuplets. That was news enough, but her notoriety grew even larger after it was revealed she had already borne six other children.  Notwithstanding the Duggars, by modern day standards that’s an extremely large family. But not every child born is considered a […]