Category Archives: Social Issues

Against My Feminist Opposition: My Kids Loved Barbie Dolls

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I remember having Barbie dolls as a little girl. I had plenty of them, but she just wasn’t my kind of gal. Barbie, Skipper and friends were usually left under my bed or at the bottom of the toy chest. I preferred to pretend play with friends from a very early age. Fast- forward a […]

Incarcerated: Parenting Outside the Razor Wire

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Photo: Megan Stevens

Single parents can face some difficult parenting decisions in part because they do not have someone to share parenting responsibilities. Having someone to “share the load” helps decrease stress, increase self-esteem, and reinforce ideas that what the parent is doing is beneficial to a child’s long-term growth and development. What happens, though, when parents are […]

Forgotten: My Daughter Is Mentally Ill

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Photo: Alina Solovyova-Vincent

Kamryn’s raging. It’s another day on the forefront of battle—a quest for my child’s soul. Hatred spews forth from her mouth, an eruption of unbridled anger. Her screams are deafening, so disturbing that our dogs flee for cover at the slightest elevation of her voice. Her anger is inconsolable and unrelenting, an endless cycle of […]

We’re Homeless: My Third Child Will Be Put up for Adoption

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I’ve cried myself to sleep every night for months, wondering if my children will ever forgive me. Wondering if I’ll ever forgive myself. The decision wasn’t easy, and I still try to balance the good vs. bad reasons for making it. I still have time; I won’t give birth for at least another week. It’s […]

Tahrir Square Presents: Children of the Revolution

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Photo: Darla Hueske "Mommy! Don’t ‘oust’ me! I am not an evil president,” said my six year old as a reply to my Allez! Oust! Au lit! which is French for "C’mon and get to bed right away." She associated the interjection "oust" with the English verb she heard so many times from me, as […]

Let’s Call It What It Is

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I have a fondness for the Separation of Church and State, but not all people do, and that’s unfortunate, especially when those who do not are elected officials. Abortion. Big, big, big issue these days. It shouldn’t be. A woman’s right to choose has already been decided. I think we can agree on that. But […]

Enzo in Nicaragua

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Photo: JD Roberto It’s with no small amount of guilt that I shoo away a kid of about 8 who approaches me with a, “Hello, amigo.” Enzo doesn’t notice. We’re sitting on the front steps of our hotel, me poring over the map of Granada and him captivated by the horse-drawn carriages that line the […]

Let Them Eat Cake

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Photo: Chris Devers Growing up in a small town in the Northwest, my greatest food concerns were whether Twinkies tasted better frozen and if eating cabbage soup for a week would really erase the memory of those Twinkles from my thighs. Flash forward twenty years and I’m staring into an empty fridge. My children would […]

Little Miss Feminist

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Photo: © Rita Fiorentino Earlier this summer, the owner of my kids’ Taekwondo school sent us an e-mail. It said: I’d like to sponsor Katie for The Little Miss contest in our town. What would you think? I think she would be great! Can I have your permission to ask her? It was hard at […]

Remember the Fallen

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Memorial Day is, of course, a day that pays tribute to those men and women who have lost their lives serving our country as military personnel. Memorial Day was officially declared a day of remembrance by General John Logan in 1868 as an official salute to those fallen soldiers who paid the ultimate price of […]