Adding My Story to a New Book on the Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood

Gays and lesbians have lots of choices when it comes to starting a family. But this makes the whole thing sound like a happy go-lucky sales pitch at an ice cream shop, where I was trying to pick a flavor. Trust me, deciding not just to have a child, but also how to have a child can be exceptionally difficult. And there are no samples before you buy. ...more

The Only Possible Upside to Saying Goodbye to Jon Stewart Is If Sam Bee and Jessica Williams Get the Job

When one door closes, it's tempting to jump out a window. And after Jon Stewart surprised us with his resignation from The Daily Show this week, I was considering it. But wait! Before we give up hope, let's consider this. His seat behind the wooden desk and in front of that totally fake-looking blue map is empty. There will be no more imitating George W. Bush's six-grade laugh or slamming the business end of a book on the table in front of the camera after interviewing yet another American intellectual about the state of our union. ...more
There both awesome! I'd love either one to host.more

Talking With Women About Their Obsession with 'Serial'

CUE MUSIC: Bad Dream (the theme) by Nick Diamonds ME: For the last two weeks, I've spent every working day trying to understand why Serial is so popular. Or technically, why are my female friends obsessed with this podcast? ...more

Hey Ladies, Megan Amram's New Book Gives Science a Pink Mani-Pedi, Just for Us!

If Cosmo magazine, your high school textbook and your phone chats with your BFF had a baby, it would be Megan Amram's new book Science... For Her. ...more

When Publishing a Powerful Memoir Means Your Mother Won't Speak to You

After Michelle Theall's book came out in February, her mother stopped talking to her. The story, which chronicles Michelle's childhood growing up in Texas, her struggle to come to terms with her sexuality and her tense relationship with her mother, a devoted Catholic, a hypochondriac and a constant critic, would be too painful to read, according to her mother. Instead, the book, which is now available in paperback would become a wall between them. ...more
Although I did not grow up in a Catholic area, it is probably just as bad. Welcome to the Bible ...more

Get Hooked on 'Serial,' a Fascinating New Murder Mystery From 'This American Life'

Fans of true detective stories and public radio should be thrilled to learn that today two of the women producers of This American Lifeare kicking off a new podcast calledSerial. The show, appropropriately named, will follow one story for 10 to 20 episodes which will unfold each week. It's all super addicting and deeply mysterious: Even producer Sarah Koenig and senior producer Julie Snyder don't know how this season will end. ...more
I've just listened to all three episodes. I am a true crime junkie and from Baltimore.. around ...more

Banned Books Week: Reading Alison Bechdel, a Genius to Look Out For

It's Banned Books Week, so break out your copy of 50 Shades of Grey and give it a kiss or a sassy slap on the tush, whatever you prefer. Then, stop for a moment and appreciate that the First Amendment protects your right to read that book, whether you loved it or loathed it. ...more
BlogHerPop Just added that book to my library holds! Good one!more

INTERVIEW: Meet the Mothers Behind a Modern-Day Civil Rights Story

Tonight, HBO will premiere a documentary called The Case Against Prop 8 which traces the 5-year journey of two same-sex couples who took their case against California’s “Prop 8” marriage ban all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won. Filmmakers Ryan White and Ben Cotner chronicled the lives of the two plaintiff couples: Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, along with Paul Katami and Jeff Zarillo, and their lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies. ...more