Reclaiming Mother’s Day

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Cross-posted with permission from The White Noise Collective. As Mother’s Day approaches, the White Noise Collective is once again faced with more questions than answers about this national holiday with a rich but forgotten history. We all agree that the current mainstream celebration of Mother’s Day — adorned with endless … [Read more...]

How You Should Feel About Your Body When You’re Pregnant

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By Kate Fridkis Originally published at Eat The Damn Cake, cross-posted with permission. “If this is your first pregnancy, you may be especially bothered by changes in your body image,” said the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, published in 2011. It went on to clarify, “Simply put, you may feel fat and … [Read more...]

“Pregorexia”: Are Celebrities Really to Blame?

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon Yesterday morning, I fished around in my dresser drawer for a pair of pants that wouldn’t make me hate myself. I grimaced when I realized the only option was a pair of threadbare maternity jeans. I let out an exasperated sigh, because with a toddler in tow, I’m outside of the acceptable window to still … [Read more...]

Boobs are for Sex: Body Image, Breastfeeding & the Media – Part 1

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By Elizabeth Ganley-Roper and Julia Fuller-Kling By now, most of us have heard all about the controversial TIME cover published earlier this month. Here on Adios Barbie, Sayantani DasGupta posted “The Breast Wars,” in response to this troubling representation of breastfeeding. As two women passionate about natural parenting, … [Read more...]

What’s Up with the Super Skinny Demonic Pregnancy in “Breaking Dawn”?

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By Sayantani DasGupta If you have been, say, living in outer space, in some kind of a no-media cult, or simply in possession of particularly discriminating taste, and have not seen the Twilight films, or read Stephanie Meyer’s books, then, before you read this post, I respectfully send you to these superlative examples of feline … [Read more...]

Newest Diet Fad Offers False Positive

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon As I prepare to celebrate my daughter's fourth month of life, it only takes a quick glance at my stomach to wish I could burn through the baby weight. My complaint isn't unusual; after all, losing weight has become America's pastime. According to the Aug. 12, 2010 edition of PR Newswire, most Americans … [Read more...]

The Skinny on Pregnancy Weight Gain

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By Julie M. Green As soon as you fall pregnant, suddenly everyone is an expert extolling advice, whether you want it or not. Whole bookstore shelves are jam packed with “manuals” telling you what to do and what not to do when you’re expecting.  One such “commandment” recommends a 25-35lbs weight gain during pregnancy, regardless … [Read more...]