Can we get a moratorium on parents exploiting their children for kudos and profit in the world of pop culture?
Conversations about reproductive rights routinely leave out both the trans community and the right to parent. Guess where that leaves trans parents.
When you ask most people to define ‘family,’ they’re likely going to conjure up a story of mother, father, one or more children. Straight (or perhaps bi, if they’re feeling generous), and definitely cisgender. This is the ‘family’ in the eyes of much in the nation, the one that so hotly needs to be defended […]
I’m noticing a really exciting trend in the tenor of discussions about reproductive rights: The acknowledgement that women aren’t the only people who need access to abortion services, and that not all women have the capability to get pregnant. These things are interrelated and they’re powerful statements about how we’re finally starting to shift social […]
I was raised by a single father in a household with a shoestring budget — and sometimes the shoestring was perilously close to snapping altogether. He was a bartender and later an English professor, picking up an adjunct position at the junior college that paid not much better than his job at the bar, though […]
I was at the home of friends with a young child the other day, and I was troubled by an interaction I had when I arrived. It’s an interaction I commonly have in similar situations, so I don’t want anyone to think that I am singling these parents out or labeling them as bad people […]
Pop culture has many gems of wisdom to impart about parenting, how to be the best parent, and how to wow people with your parenting skills — really, it’s astounding that people can’t learn everything they need to know about parenting from television, books, and magazines. Of course, whether that’s good advice is a different […]
With such a limited representation of disability on television, it can be even harder to drill into specific aspects of the disabled experience; when you’re only showing a tiny slice of disabled life, you’re cutting out a lot of varied experiences within the disability community. I sat down the other day to think about depictions […]
Here’s a thing about the right that puzzles me, and it’s something I have written about before: many conservatives claim to be deeply concerned about ‘the children,’ yet they actively work against their welfare on a regular basis. Most are specifically interested in foetuses, creating a sort of fetish for them that I find deeply […]
I am a huge sucker for a girl detective. Nancy Drew, Veronica Mars, Kami Glass, even Emily Thorne, who breaks the mold slightly by being an older woman, but still shares much in common with her younger cohort. I grew up on a regular diet of Nancy Drew and I haven’t stopped being fascinated by […]