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Gloria Steinem: Can a Housewife Be a Feminist?

Writer and feminist activist Gloria Steinem addresses the question of whether a stay-at-home mom may still claim to be a feminist.
Don't miss on MarloThomas.com: Little Moments That Made Up a Movement Steinem describes the feminist...
The writer and feminist activist shares her view on stay-at-home moms and feminism.

Family's Gender Neutrality Experiment Failed, Writer Says

Jesse Ellison (left) with her cousins Gillian Andrews (middle) and Thayer Andrews (right) in Northport, Maine, in 1980. Photo courtesy of Jesse Ellison
From the time she was born in 1978, Jesse Ellison was her parent's experiment in gender...

Is It Possible to Avoid the Princess Phase?

Down with Cinderella! My twins aren't even three years old, and I'm already sick of that girly triumvirate that seems impossible to escape when you are raising girls: The Princess/Barbie/Pink matrix. Toys 'R' Us has entire aisles devoted to Disney...

Feminists Silent On Call For Global One-Child Policy

In a recent op-ed in the Canadian National Post, editor-at-large Diane Francis calls on world leaders, especially those attending the UN's Copenhagen Conference, to consider the environmental virtues of China's one-child policy. According to...

Were 1950s Moms Happier?

These days, moms have it all; we can work or stay home or do both. In theory, we should be much happier than our mothers and grandmothers, who had far fewer choices. But that doesn't seem to be the case. In a recent "New York Times" article titled...

Facebook - Do You Hide Behind Your Kids?

Do you hide behind your kids on Facebook? Photo courtesy Lili Vieira de Carvalho on Flickr. Take a look at your Facebook friends list: Are all your mom friends pictured in their own profile photos? A quick survey of my own list found that at...

Disney Princesses Pose as Cover Girls

When it comes to Disney Princesses, I've got an "if you can't beat 'em, join em" attitude. And it's really hard to beat 'em when you've got two small girls in the house. But as much as I've come to accept sharing my home with Princess Aurora and her...

Bridget Jones - Ruining families everywhere

Who's to blame for the demise of the nuclear family? Why, Bridget Jones, of course. Wait ... what? A fictional character responsible for breaking up families? That's what David Willetts, who recently spoke at the UK's Conservative party conference...

Happily married? Divorce is still an option

How would you describe your marriage? Happy? Satisfying? Meh? Does it depend on the checking account balance? Or how the kids are behaving? Or just on the weather? You know, divorce is always an option. And according to Ellen Tien, it is an option...

Strawberry Shortcake grows up

My kids have -- and frequently play with -- a large plastic strawberry filled with Strawberry Shortcake characters that were mine when I was a kid. They love the way the dolls smell, the interchangeable hats, and the little rubber shoes that don't...

Are mommybloggers lame? A Linda Hirshman debate.

I'm not a big fan of anyone who lumps an entire group together in a stereotype. Gays are immoral, Republicans are creepy. American tourists are rude, the overweight lack discipline...it goes on and on. So, when a debate regarding the constantly...

How does an anti-male feminist raise a boy?

Debra J. Dickerson, a self-proclaimed feminist who didn't "much like those of the male gender," has an interesting article on Salon.com today. In it, she explores how to raise her son without either "castrating" him or becoming an "ovo-hypocrite" --...

Linda Hirshman's 'Get to Work' distorts Blogging Baby readers, writers

I keenly remember December 2005. It was the first Christmas for my second son, Truman. I got a new lens for my camera. And I spent the entire month with boiling blood thanks to Linda Hirshman's article telling me -- us -- that women who stayed...

Value of 'Mommy Blogs' from non-mom

There's often a ridiculous amount of ire in the blogosphere toward mothers who blog. At Blogher last year, at the end of a long day of snickered comments about the [eyeroll] Mommy Blogs, someone pointed out that we shouldn't just write 'Mommy Blogs'...

The feminist elite talk back: L.'s story

When Linda Hirshman wrote about how “elite” (read: college-educated) women who stay at home with their kids frustrate feminism, it got quite a response from you all. We continue a series of profiles of moms and whether or not they fit her...

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