Where Are the Brown Girls in Teen/YA Books?

I went to the 2014 National Book Festival with two of my daughters.  Elle, a high schooler, is the voracious reader of the family.  Often times, before any of the rest of us can finish reading – or even begin to read – a book that we’ve checked out of the library or bought at the bookstore, she has “borrowed” and finished the book, then handed it back with a quick review.  No book is safe in her arm’s reach (and she has long arms.)  Nat came along, too; still in elementary school, she reads when and if she feels like it. ...more
The Hunger Games - Katniss is BROWN, regardless of what the movie says. Breadcrumbs - Anne Ursu ... more

I Was Racially Profiled and This is What I Did

This morning, after I dropped the girls off at school, I donned my mom uniform (jeans, t-shirt, flip-flops, purse and sunglasses) and went out to run some errands. I needed to get them done and get home before noon because this weekend has the potential to be just ridiculously crazy-busy. I need to get prepared. So, off I went.       ...more
I have to admit that, while I love how you ultimately handled it, I was sort of hoping you'd go ... more

Help! My Teen is Reading Erotica!

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I recently caught my daughter reading erotica. She's 14. Advice? Signed,Not Ready _________________________ Credit: itsmichelle. Dear Not Ready, ...more
Don't worry - I started reading erotica at 11! I'd say 14 is a good age. And remember, it's a ... more

VIDEO: Relive a Little of BlogHer '13 with Our Videos, Now Live!

Happy Friday! Our BlogHer '13 official conference videos are live! We know that both those who attended and those who couldn't make it love to watch these, so we're thrilled to put them here for your viewing pleasure! Would you like to relive a little of BlogHer '13 with me? Okay, let's go. ...more
Typo: I Goat Saved at Jesus Camp   Admittedly, I laughed at the idea of being goat saved, but ... more

10 Bloggers Share Their BlogHer '13 Experiences

You know what? Bloggers sure do write a lot. So what do bloggers do after a blogging conference like BlogHer '13? They write. A lot. We've been reading everything, following along with the collective post-conference sigh of exhaustion. Today we bring you 10 posts that encapsulate different aspects of what this conference meant to different individuals. I always say that two people can go to all of the same sessions and parties and keynotes and come away with two very different experiences. Let's see what these ten attendees had to say about their time in Chicago. ...more
I've decided the BlogHer doesnt like my link, because it keeps disappearing! One more ... more

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Would You Let Your Six-Year-Old Walk Home Alone?

Each time she has asked me this question (every day, for the past 14 days, multiple times each day OMG) my answer has been, "no." And her response has always been, "but why not?" And my response is always, "because you're too young." And her response has always been, "but I know that I need to stay on the side of the road and watch for cars and not to get in a stranger's car!" ...more
Good grief, there is a lot of horror stories going on in this thread! To start with, you're not ... more

Would You Let Your Six-Year-Old Walk Home Alone?

Each time she has asked me this question (every day, for the past 14 days, multiple times each day OMG) my answer has been, "no." And her response has always been, "but why not?" And my response is always, "because you're too young." And her response has always been, "but I know that I need to stay on the side of the road and watch for cars and not to get in a stranger's car!" ...more
@bootybumper  @aaustin13 Bootybumper, you seemed determined to terrify everyone with how ... more

Would You Let Your Six-Year-Old Walk Home Alone?

Each time she has asked me this question (every day, for the past 14 days, multiple times each day OMG) my answer has been, "no." And her response has always been, "but why not?" And my response is always, "because you're too young." And her response has always been, "but I know that I need to stay on the side of the road and watch for cars and not to get in a stranger's car!" ...more
@bootybumper Actually, the vast majority of child molesters are people the child knows well. So more

Would a "Women's" Phone be a Marketing Flub for HTC?

Rumors about a new Android phone marketed specifically to women have hit the news lately. The rumored phone is the HTC Bliss. Tech reports like this one at Time's Techland show us an Android phone in "calming" color schemes, preloaded with apps all the ladies are sure to love – like calorie counters – and equipped with dangling charms that light up when you have a call. The reactions of female bloggers to this rumor suggest that HTC's ideas of how to market tech gadgets to women may be off base. ...more
Look, unless they come up with a phone that is actually powered by my vagina, I don't think ... more