3 Ways Pregnant People Face Body Oppression

Let’s face it — our cultural narratives of pregnancy paint a pretty specific picture. We imagine a cisgender heterosexual woman dressed in pink frills happily “nesting” while getting ready for the stork to bring her a little bundle of joy. In reality, this archaic 1950s picture of pregnancy is social cause for many pregnant people … [Read more...]

Navigating Gender Norms With My Transgender Daughter

By Tasha Sanders For the first time in her life, my eight-year-old daughter is finally able to be her true self. She loves dresses, the color pink, and rocking purses with pizzazz. These may seem like normal things, but for my daughter, being able to showcase her identity publicly this way is brand-new. My daughter is … [Read more...]

The Evolution of Pregnancy: From Shame to Post-baby Bodies and Kim Kardashian West

By Nicki Karimipour Kim Kardashian West is in the limelight again for one of her magazine cover appearances — but this time, she's fully clothed. Who could forget about the time she tried to break the Internet with her racy Paper Magazine  cover in winter 2014? Kim K. appeared, sans (visible) makeup, on the cover of the … [Read more...]

If Our Sons Were Treated Like Our Daughters

By Lori Day Come with me. Let's open the door to a parallel universe. You unlock this door with a key of imagination, just like on The Twilight Zone. Here in this parallel world, the rules are different because gender roles are flipped. Loving parents and teachers accept this strange culture as if it's not so bad, or perhaps … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Ditch the Happy Plate

By Janaya Greene (Intern 2015) I remember anxiously waiting for my sister and my parents to arrive at the dinner table when I was about five years old. After a long day of school and an unpleasant school lunch, I was overwhelmingly excited to eat a home-cooked meal. But that excitement turned to dread when my stomach seemed to … [Read more...]

The Selfie Project: Staying in the Picture

By Jessica Roberts (Intern 2015) When I was still pregnant with my daughter, I made three goals for myself as a new parent. First, I would tell my girl that I loved her, out loud and unprompted, every single day. Second, I wanted to make play a priority — something that didn't come naturally to me but I was willing to practice. … [Read more...]

Does Make-up Make Mommy Beautiful?

By Erin Brown from I Am Erin Brown, cross-posted with permission The first time I put on make-up in front of my daughter, she was just a few days old. She was lying there like a tiny lump of newborn human and I gave my first "you get to be who you are" speech. It went something like this: "Mommy likes to put on her eyebrows. You … [Read more...]

Eating Disorders and Parenthood: Breaking the Cycle

By Tasha Sanders, Intern 2015 In the same way that John Green describes the process of falling in love in The Fault in Our Stars, my troubles as a new mother started slowly, and then happened all at once. I always wanted to be one of those mothers who instantly bonds with her child, who people look at and say, “Motherhood suits … [Read more...]

Reclaiming Mother’s Day

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

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...]