Posts Tagged Parenting

How the value put on two-parent families is dangerous for domestic violence survivors

After studying domestic violence services for a couple years, public health researcher Sara Shoener realized that one of the biggest barriers to survivors safety is the widespread cultural belief that two-parent homes are best–no matter what. She writes the New York Times:

I began my research in 2011, the year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than one-third of American women are assaulted by an intimate partner during their lives. I talked to women in communities that ranged from a small rural mining town to a large global city, in police stations, criminal courts, emergency shelters, job placement centers and custody proceedings. I found that almost all of the women with ...

After studying domestic violence services for a couple years, public health researcher Sara Shoener realized that one of the biggest barriers to survivors safety is the widespread cultural belief that two-parent homes are best–no matter what. ...

Photo of the Day: #normalizebreastfeeding

When Karlesha Thurman, a 25-year-old mom and recent graduate of California State University Long Beach, posted the above image on the Facebook group page Black Women Do Breast Feed, a group dedicated to promoting awareness as well as remove the stigma of breastfeeding in black community, she wasn’t looking to stir up controversy.

If anything, it was a celebration and acknowledgement that her daughter was her inspiration for her finishing her degree. Thurman wrote in a separate Facebook note, “I found out I was pregnant my last year of college. She was my motivation to keep going, so me receiving my BA was OUR moment.” After publishing this snapshot from college graduation, Thurman was subject to some nasty comments ...

When Karlesha Thurman, a 25-year-old mom and recent graduate of California State University Long Beach, posted the above image on the Facebook group page Black Women Do Breast Feed, a group dedicated to promoting awareness ...

More moms are staying home but not necessarily because they want to

After decades of declining, the proportion of stay-at-home-moms has risen from a low a of 23 percent in 1999 to 29 percent of all mothers in 2012. Let the mommy wars commence!

JK. In fact, while many a trend piece would have you believe that all SAHMs are affluent, educated women who are choosing to stay home to care for the kids while their husbands work because feminism is a failure, the new analysis from Pew Research shows that’s decidedly not the case.

After decades of declining, the proportion of stay-at-home-moms has risen from a low a of 23 percent in 1999 to 29 percent of all mothers in 2012. Let the mommy wars commence!

JK. In fact, ...

Support this campaign to challenge the narratives around parenting and addiction

The reproductive justice organization Young Women United, which recently helped defeat the 20-week abortion ban proposed in Albuquerque, is launching a new public education campaign around pregnancy and addiction. They’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign to fundraise for a short documentary video to “shift the ways we understand substance use and addiction in our communities.”

Women who are substance using and pregnant at the same time face a criminal (in) justice system that only serves to shame and stigmatize addiction. Mothers who use are often judged and told they must love their drugs more than their kids or that if they really loved their kids they would simply stop using. We want to make a short video to highlight the powerful ...

The reproductive justice organization Young Women United, which recently helped defeat the 20-week abortion ban proposed in Albuquerque, is launching a new public education campaign around pregnancy and addiction. They’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign to fundraise for ...

How Louis C.K. helps the domestic workers’ movement by showing that parenting is work

Ed. Note: This is a guest post by Sheila Bapat. Sheila is a former employment attorney who now writes about gender and economic justice. Her book about the U.S. domestic workers’ movement will be released by Ig Publishing in 2014.

I saw American Hustle on New Years Day. I was pleasantly surprised when comedian Louis C.K. popped onto the screen. In the film he plays the role of police chief Stoddard Thorsen who spars with an overzealous cop Richie DiMaso (played by Bradley Cooper).

This role comes just months after C.K. showed up in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Meanwhile, his critically acclaimed FX television show, Louie, is about to begin its fourth season.

Louis C.K.’s cultural capital is rising alongside a social ...

Ed. Note: This is a guest post by Sheila Bapat. Sheila is a former employment attorney who now writes about gender and economic justice. Her book about the U.S. domestic workers’ movement will be released by Ig Publishing ...

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