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Where Are Television’s Good Dads?

  Where are the men? In the Father Knows Best era, we could assume they were in (nearly) every home with a wife and child. As David Frum referenced in his recent, provocative Atlantic article, that’s no longer the case: As the wages of non-college-educated men have tumbled, marriage has looked like an increasingly pointless and even dangerous choice … Continue reading

Moms And Dads, Don’t Fear Your Princesses

Programmer and writer David Auerbach recently took to the pixels of Slate to fret that his preschooler loves princesses. He writes: “When my 4-year-old told me the other day that she was ‘ready for princesses,’ part of me died.” Most offensive, it seems, is that the four-year-old daughter’s preferred princesses are insufficiently Progressive. These princesses apparently … Continue reading

What Do Employers Owe Pregnant Employees?

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case testing the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, the federal law that protects working mothers. The trouble is, no one is clear on precisely what that means. Petitioner Peggy Young was a UPS delivery driver in Maryland when she became pregnant in 2006. Young’s … Continue reading

Working Mother’s Lawsuit: Strange Bedfellows?

All working mothers – and those who aspire to someday be mothers – should have their eyes on the U.S. Supreme Court this week. On Wednesday morning, the Court heard oral argument in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. In this case, Peggy Young, a former UPS delivery driver in Maryland, is suing UPS for not accommodating her with light-duty work … Continue reading

Jane, the (Charming, Pregnant) Virgin

Imagine a show about the adventures of a young, comely virgin. Doubt it’d exist? Jane the Virgin, adapted from a Venezuelan telenovela, is a new CW abshow that’s original, affable, and surprisingly respectful of religious believers. The show offers a new twist on traditional mores—provocatively and comically—asking: What happens when the wrong woman is artificially … Continue reading

Are Working Breasts Offensive?

Is Alyssa Milano hoping to become the public face of breastfeeding? And do we need one? If that was Milano’s plan, the actress is well on her way. In the last few weeks, she has shared two photos of her breastfeeding new daughter Elizabella on Instagram. The more recent snap has Milano essentially re-enacting Gisele Bundchen’s … Continue reading

Mission Impossible: Dressing My Daughter Modestly

Dressing my fashionable three-year-old is a daily project. She’s a feisty toddler with opinions about everything—especially what she wears. I love that about her. Thankfully, it’s not too hard to please us both on weekdays. She’s thrilled to wear endless pink and anything Hello Kitty, and I’m pleased when she dresses weather appropriately. The larger … Continue reading

Mothers Can Be More Productive at Work

Ambitious women, rejoice. If you can master time management, you may not have to choose between a powerhouse career and a happy family life. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis recently published a study disproving the conventional wisdom that mothers must be less professionally productive, by examining the publication frequency of 10,000 academic economists. In fact, … Continue reading

Does Your Professional Conference Welcome Mothers?

You’ve decided to off-ramp while raising young children, but you don’t want your professional muscles or networks to atrophy. So, what do you do? The best solution this independent writer has found is attending conferences. Many organizations talk a good game about work-life balance, but professional reality often clashes with parenthood. There is little understanding or … Continue reading

Keira Knightley’s Topless Wisdom

Brava, Keira Knightley! Well, sort of. Knightley recently agreed to (NSFW) pose topless for Interview magazine in return for a promise not to Photoshop the picture. The actress, who is accustomed to having her image retouched, told Time, “That [shoot] was one of the ones where I said: ‘OK, I’m fine doing the topless shot so long as you don’t make them … Continue reading

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