Marriage, Economics, and Culture

Economics is not the only force pushing couples toward, or away from, marriage (gettyimages.com).   In recent decades, the face of the American family has changed considerably, along with our understanding of marriage. Consider that over 40% of all U.S. births occurred to unmarried mothers in 2014. The rate was even higher among non-college-educated mothers, at … Continue reading

What’s A Breastfeeding Mom To Wear To Synagogue?

Designers need to start keeping real women in mind when designing our clothes (today.com).   Last fall, Project Runway’s Tim Gunn took fashion designers to task for not designing clothes with non-model American women in mind. Gunn focused on unrepresentative sizing, but as I try to decide what to wear to my third daughter’s baby … Continue reading

Why You Should Consider Starting Your Family Earlier Than You’re Planning

Embrace pregnancy, embrace glamour and posterity (dailymail.co.uk). This is part four of my series on fertility challenges within the American Jewish community that started in the now shuttered altFem magazine. It is also the second part of my deeper dive into options available to younger Jews (high school and college students, in particular), who may … Continue reading

What Brad Pitt Could Learn From Prince Harry About Life’s Tragedies

Meet post-split Brad (gq.com).   Pity Brad Pitt. Yes, I know he’s an international movie star. But after repeatedly flinching while reading his latest, lengthy interview with GQ Style, I can’t help but feel bad for him. Breaking with the tradition of the celebrity puff piece, GQ has managed to run a cringe-inducing cover story. He … Continue reading

Jennifer Weiner Got It Wrong On Work-Life Balance Nosiness

Of course we should respect women writers — moms included (amysmartgirls.com). Novelist Jennifer Weiner is peeved. Inspired by Bill O’Reilly’s ouster from Fox News, Weiner took to The New York Times late last week to mock the pugnacious TV personality for his fiction, applying standards she describes as commonplace for women writers. While I can … Continue reading

Second Lady Karen Pence Opens Up About Her Struggles With Infertility

The Vice President and Mrs. Pence pose with their family at an inaugural ball (Zimbio.com). For one in eight American couples, having a baby is anything but straightforward, and that can become an incredibly isolating experience. Infertility remains stigmatized, so affected adults are unlikely to speak openly about their difficulties, even with family and friends. These are … Continue reading

SNL Trashes Ivanka For Taking The High Road And Supporting Her Father

Liberals wish Ivanka more like Patti Davis, less like Chelsea Clinton (Politico.com). As women, never in history have we had more opportunities. We can be mothers, career women, or some combination of the two. We can personalize what it means to live our best lives (thanks, Oprah!) and expect to be respected for it. (Or at least, … Continue reading

We Shouldn’t Only Care About Anti-Semitism When Trump Is President

The scene at the JCC in Albany, New York, after a bomb threat was called in (Slate.com).   What a messed up world we live in. New York-based law enforcement has now identified Juan Thompson as the man allegedly responsible for eight of the 100-plus calls targeting Jewish institutions nationwide this year. Bravo, law enforcement. You’re doing … Continue reading

How To Protect Your Infant In A World Of Anti-Vaxxers

Keep your baby healthy and happy — vaccinate (Pinterest.com)! Anti-vaxxers represent only about 2 percent of American families, although you’d be forgiven for thinking they’re more numerous. They certainly make a lot of noise and have some world-famous adherents. However, like malaria-carrying mosquitoes, this tiny group that punches above its weight may be on the verge of … Continue reading

5 Ways to Help Jews on Fertility Journeys

Fertility can be complicated, but the community can help (healthimpactnews.com).   Jewish continuity is the idee fixe of American Jewish communal discussions. We talk about it. All. The. Time. We debate whether the best route forward is investing in Jewish camp, Jewish day school, or Birthright trips. Interestingly, these discussions typically don’t touch upon Jewish fertility. Yet, they should, because it is … Continue reading