No Swim Masks in the Pool: Let Me Parent My Kid, Please!

It seems like the world has decided that parents are no longer capable of determining what is safe for their kids are not, so we need lots of rules telling us what we can and can't allow our kids to do. Case in point. The kids and I go to the pool and they like to wear goggles. Isaac's old goggles broke, so I let him pick new ones that happened to cover his nose, which I didn't even question. I remember having fun with similar goggles when I was a kid and they hate getting water up their noses so it made sense. Until he put them on in the pool. Then the 15-year-old lifeguard informs me they are not allowed in the pool. Um, what?...more
i disagree. maybe it's because i'm not a parent, but if you're in a public space, the provider ... more

BlogHer at Home Twitter Account Brings BlogHer '12 to You

I know what this feels like, missing a conference. All the tweets about fun and friends and great conversations and food and swag and myriad Instagrams of people having So! Much! Fun! Without me. Boo! That said, don't be sad. Because we know this, and we will miss you, too. We'll miss you so much, in fact, that we are not letting you go that easily. We want to keep you involved in the conference through our BlogHerAtHome Twitter feed!...more
so excited! a lot of the blog her excitement, none of the blisters ;-) more

Who Went Nude for the 2012 ESPN Body Issue

ESPN The Magazine just published their fourth Body Issue, an annual celebration of the athletic form, featuring 27 world-class athletes, including New England Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski, WNBA Star Candace Parker, Toronto Blue Jays' slugger Jose Bautista, U.S. Women's National Soccer Team forward Abby Wambach, New York Knicks' center Tyson Chandler and MMA star Rhonda Rousey...more
i'm always glad that they choose people of all different body types, color, shape, and origin. i ... more

Asking A Father's Permission: Romantic or Chauvinist?

Before my ex-husband proposed to me, he met with my mother for dinner to disclose our intentions and ask for my family's blessing. Not too long in the past, this kind of meeting had a very specific purpose -- and not one that I look back on with any sort of nostalgia. Back then, it was not a blessing that was asked of the future bride's family, but permission and it wasn't so much a gesture as it was a negotiation. ...more
 @HomeRearedChef i think by the time that my fiance and i got engaged, he knew that he was a ... more

Asking A Father's Permission: Romantic or Chauvinist?

Before my ex-husband proposed to me, he met with my mother for dinner to disclose our intentions and ask for my family's blessing. Not too long in the past, this kind of meeting had a very specific purpose -- and not one that I look back on with any sort of nostalgia. Back then, it was not a blessing that was asked of the future bride's family, but permission and it wasn't so much a gesture as it was a negotiation. ...more
i *literally* just wrote about this on my blog. i've been stalling my wedding planning because i ... more

Bloggers Visit Connecticut and Offer You a Chance to Win!

oh! there are so many beautiful parts of connecticut! kent is absolutely adorable, and so is ... more

The Senate Kills the Paycheck Fairness Act. So What Else Is New?

I didn’t hold much hope that the Paycheck Fairness Act would get a fair hearing in the Senate. And sure enough, even though the bill had 52 votes—a number that, until the filibuster became so wildly popular with the GOP as a political weapon, would have guaranteed a vote--it didn’t even get discussed. Because that would have been too normal and grown-up. ...more
maybe it's because i'm a woman. a 26 year old woman who has no desire to have kids and really ... more

Margaret Cho Doesn't Deserve a "Retarded" Baby

Usually, I'm one of those people who are sitting at home, shaking their heads ruefully, when I hear about how everyone is mad because some pea-brained celebrity made some inappropriate comment during an interview. You know what I'm talking about -- someone uses a racial slur, or slams homosexuality, and the media feeding frenzy begins. I always sit around and say how the media makes it worse, let it drop, etc, etc. Well, I'm a hypocrite, in case any of my regular readers haven't figured it out, and I'm about to prove it to the tenth degree. Recently, Margaret Cho, a comedienne, did an interview in which she declared she didn't "necessarily want to have a retard" baby. ...more
 @MyPixieBlog she has, for so many years, tried to be a champion for people who society ... more

Top Five Battleground States for 2012

And now for the most interesting part of presidential campaigns - predicting the winners of the closely watched and eternally catered-to swing states.  While states with long-standing political leanings like Massachusetts (Democrat), Texas (Republican), Illinois (Chicago), and Wyoming (Cheney and his neighbors) have already been written off by pundits, a host of other states' electoral votes are up for grabs in November.  Here's my top five picks (with Pennsylvania and Florida close behind)....more
i've never lived in a swing state, let alone voted in one! born and raised lefty liberal on the ... more

Liberals Defended S.E. Cupp; Why Aren't Conservatives Defending Liberal Women?

Today we are going to have a quiz on feminism and politics. Afterward I’ll provide a bit of analysis. I know it’s just after Memorial Day, but it’s really easy and I promise it will be fun. ...more
as a liberal woman, i was APPALLED at hustler's picture. it's absolutely despicable and they ... more