Posts Tagged pregnancy

What’s really driving our interest in celebrity pregnancies?

I all but ignored the recent confirmation and (social)media frenzy over Kate Middleton’s pregnancy. For one, I’ve never really been into princesses; and for two, she is only one of 208 million women that will become pregnant this year alone. She’s not exactly trendsetting.

But I thought about it a little more when I came across this witty article in HuffPo, detailing the 9 most scrutinized uteri in recent history. They do a great job of highlighting the fat shaming and gender policing that the public inflicts on celebrities surrounding their fertility. We have historically used motherhood as a way to measure and define the worth of women. And only in pregnancy do we allow women ...

I all but ignored the recent confirmation and (social)media frenzy over Kate Middleton’s pregnancy. For one, I’ve never really been into princesses; and for two, she is only one of 208 million women ...

Ross Douthat wants more American babies

Ladies, I don’t know if you’ve heard this yet, but we’re not pregnant enough.  know. Bananas… It’s the kind of thing that only a true, enlightened and thoughtful white man can say to us, with a straight face. And that man, is Ross Douthat:

In the eternally recurring debates about whether some rival great power will knock the United States off its global perch, there has always been one excellent reason to bet on a second American century: We have more babies than the competition… But that’s no longer a sure thing. American fertility plunged with the stock market in 2008, and it hasn’t recovered.

Oh? Is this some sort of joke, my dude? You gonna go all Handmaid’s Tale on a girl?

I mean, ...

Ladies, I don’t know if you’ve heard this yet, but we’re not pregnant enough.  know. Bananas… It’s the kind of thing that only a true, enlightened and thoughtful white man can say to us, with a straight face. And ...

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‘God intended rape pregnancies’ and other unsurprisingly misogynistic GOP opinions

UPDATE: Planned Parenthood Action Fund has called on Romney to revoke his Mourdock endorsement.

UPDATE ADDENDUM: Romney ‘Disagrees’ with Mourdock’s comments, but stands by him as a candidate and will not pull his endorsement ads

Good morning! It’s October 24, 2012, and Republicans still don’t believe that you should have any control at all over what happens to your own body.

Case in point, the video below, in which Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Tuesday that when a woman is impregnated during a rape “it’s something God intended” after being asked whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest. Check  it out if you’d like to have your entire morning ruined by ignorance!! Otherwise just ...

Martha Plimpton on being bugged about having babies

This week’s issue of New York magazine has a short profile of Martha Plimpton, the Broadway actress who you might also recognize from TV’s Raising Hope. At one point, Plimpton describes her frustration at how often she’s asked whether or not she wants, or plans, to have children.

Oh, God, this subject! You’re 40, you’re getting old, your ovaries are drying up. The gynecologist is like, ‘So, are you thinking about it?’ It’s just the question every¬body—no offense—feels like they can ask. Like, ‘So, what are you going to do with your reproductive organs?’

Something tells me that there aren’t a lot of men being asked intrusive questions about what they’re going to do with their reproductive material. Granted, it lasts ...

This week’s issue of New York magazine has a short profile of Martha Plimpton, the Broadway actress who you might also recognize from TV’s Raising Hope. At one point, Plimpton describes her frustration at how often ...

Pregnant Women Need Health Care, Not Jail Time

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, Staff Attorney, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project

June 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s declaration of a "war on drugs" — a war that has cost roughly a trillion dollars, has produced little to no effect on the supply of or demand for drugs in the United States, and has contributed to making America the world’s largest incarcerator. Throughout the month, the ACLU has been blogging daily about the drug war, its victims and what needs to be done to restore fairness and create effective policy.

Deciding to continue a pregnancy, even if you are struggling with addiction, should never be a crime. But in the 40 years since ...

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, Staff Attorney, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project

June 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s declaration of a "war on drugs" — a war that has cost roughly a trillion dollars, has produced ...

On giving and misgivings

Not long ago, I was making my way home from Manhattan to Queens after meeting a friend for dinner. In the passage way between the 4-5-6 trains and the 7 train was a young woman, sitting with her back against the wall, with a backpack beside her. Against her legs she had propped a sign:

“7 months pregnant, boyfriend left me, stranded.”

I walked right past her, ignoring the twinge of concern and guilt and pity I often feel when I see a homeless person asking for help. I walked right past her, as you have to learn to do when you live in a big city like New York. I walked right past her, and, as you also learn to do ...

Not long ago, I was making my way home from Manhattan to Queens after meeting a friend for dinner. In the passage way between the 4-5-6 trains and the 7 train was a young woman, sitting with ...

What We Missed

Pregnant lady flash mob!

Miriam has a great piece in Colorlines on the negative impact that teen pregnancy prevention programs have on teen parents.

The Texas legislation that would force women to get a sonogram before an abortion is on its way to Gov. Perry’s desk, who has every intention of signing it.

Melissa on the point that Time Magazine missed in its recent piece on masculinity.

Pregnant lady flash mob!

Miriam has a great piece in Colorlines on the negative impact that teen pregnancy prevention programs have on teen parents.

The Texas legislation that would force women to get a sonogram before an ...

New study finds that men suffer postpartum depression too

According to new research published this month in the journal Pediatrics, new fathers are susceptible to postpartum depression.

Researchers from the University of Michigan collected data from 1,746 new fathers in 20 cities, finding that over all, about 7 percent showed signs of depression. More than 40 percent of depressed fathers spanked their children, compared with 13 percent of fathers who weren’t depressed.

As is the case with postpartum depression in mothers, depression in new dads affects children. Depressed fathers are more likely to report substance abuse than fathers who are not depressed, and they’re less likely to read stories to their children. And among certain groups, male postpartum depression is alarmingly common. According to the study, among fathers of infants ...

According to new research published this month in the journal Pediatrics, new fathers are susceptible to postpartum depression.

Researchers from the University of Michigan collected data from 1,746 new fathers in 20 cities, finding that over all, ...

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