Why Are There So Many Stories About Girls and People of Color on Banned Books Lists?

It’s Banned Books Week, which hits especially hard for creators and fans of diverse literature. I learned last year that one of my favorite summer reads, the Young Adult novel Eleanor & Park, had been called “dangerously obscene” by the Parents Action Council in Minneapolis....more
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Family Demographics Are Changing ... and So Are Our Children's Economic Opportunities

We’ve all heard about the growing numbers of breadwinner moms (40 percent of all U.S. households, in case you were wondering), but American families are diversifying in more than one way, and recent studies show that those changes aren’t just affecting our culture: Family structure may have a huge impact on the next generation’s economic opportunities. ...more

Actress Daniele Watts Was Handcuffed For… Kissing Her White Boyfriend?

Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts was detained by Los Angles police last week. The crime? ...more
They were treated equally. They didn't respond equally. You are missing the entire point.more

A Mom Talks About Mixed-Race Identity and Discrimination

PaKou Her writes about an important conversation she had with her six-year-old daughter about what it means to be mixed-race, Hmong, Asian, other. As important conversations often do, this discussion happened in the car while on the way home from a practice....more

Study Says Home-Cooked Meals Burden Working Mothers. What Can We Do About It?

If you were a child in the 1970s, you’ll remember the lyrics to the Enjoli perfume commercial: "I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan." But in reality, it’s hard enough to work to earn a living and put healthy meals on the table, even without the smelling good and looking sexy. ...more
Policy changes: Food Stamp recipients should get extra money specifically for produce.  Their ...more

This Old House

See the happy young couple, expecting their first child, posing in front of their new home? This is us with my mom, when we moved into our house 12 years ago. I’m seven or eight months pregnant with Big Brother, and you can see I was never one of those “Oh, just me, but with a beach ball for a belly” kind of pregnant women ....more

As an Asian American, I Care About Ferguson and Race Relations

In the immediate aftermath of the police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, I wanted to listen, observe, and amplify the voices of African Americans. As an Asian American woman, I don’t know firsthand what it’s like to be followed around by security while shopping or to be stopped by police while jogging in an unfamiliar neighborhood. ...more
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School Uniforms? Love Them or Hate Them?

One of my favorite parts of going back to school is seeing my kids with their fresh haircuts and crisply pressed uniforms. We’re not parochial or prep school people. We are very much a public school family – both my husband and I are products of the California education system – and our kids are enrolled in the neighborhood schools, too ....more

Mung Bean Popiscles, A Treat From My Childhood

This month’s Lets Lunch theme is favorite childhood memories… This is me, around age seven, in the front yard of our home in the Chicago suburbs in the late 1970s. See those short-shorts and the ruffled crop top? Yes, the outfit is stylish, and you can see I”ve mastered the sassy pose… but those clothes are also a necessity ....more

Photos from the National Moment of Silence

Since unarmed Black teenager Mike Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri last weekend, BlogHer’s Love & Sex editor Feminista Jones took to Twitter to plan a National Moment of Silence at 7p.m. EST/ 4p.m. PST today. ...more
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