News Roundup

Some of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 is available for pre-order for November shipping. The Smart Passive Income Podcast recently interviewed co-author Francesca Cavallo about the wild success of their crowdfunding campaign.
  • Scary Mommy encourages moms to embrace “visible belly outline,” now trending on Instagram as #VBO (some images NSFW).
  • Mommyish speculates that an ad seeking a Mandarin-speaking nanny for $130k could be for Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, who recently announced the birth of their second child—on Facebook, of course.
  • Working Mother shares CNN’s Alisyn Camerota’s experience of being sexually harassed by Fox News’ Roger Ailes, including how she explained it to her 12-year-old twin daughters and 10-year-old son after the story was shared on Twitter.
  • Huffington Post reports that, for the first time, “a federal appellate court has recognized that employers are obligated to accommodate workers who are breastfeeding, just as they would employees who are injured.”
  • Romper shares blogger Esther Anderson’s viral video comparing her first pregnancy to being pregnant while raising toddlers.
  • The Washington Post has details about a bankruptcy filing by Toys R Us, reporting that “1,600 Toys R Us and Babies R Us locations would operate ‘as usual.'”
  • The Washington Post also reports that, according to a study published in the journal Child Development, teens have been experiencing milestones like driving a car, serious dating, working for pay, and drinking alcohol later and later—since 1976.
  • Quartz shares a Twitter battle between two London museums, The Science Museum and The Natural History Museum, that will make your day.
  • Recipe of the Week: Corporette readers have been sharing their favorite chicken recipes, including this New York Times recipe for oven-roasted chicken shawarma.
  • Laugh of the Week: McSweeney’s provides a hipster preschooler bingo chart.

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Comments

  1. avocado says:

    Am I the only one who has reservations about Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls? I bought it for my daughter and then noticed that there are at least a couple of subjects who are presented as heroes when their real stories are much more complicated. I don’t really want to research all 100 women in the book to make sure that my daughter is getting the full story, so I am on the verge of confiscating the book.

    • I don’t disagree, but confiscate? Most kid-level books about anything are going to be incomplete, simply due to reading level.

    • CPA Lady says:

      I wrote a novel length response that I either accidentally deleted or got eaten by mod, so apologies if I double post

      Anyway, this book sounds like it’s good for starting some conversations. If this is an issue of you being disturbed by them glossing over people who behaved appropriately within their historical context (but in a way that would not be so great these days), I’d use the book as a springboard to mention to your daughter that some things used to be okay that aren’t okay now. That we know better so we do better, but that people didn’t used to know better.

      If it’s more a problem with the book glorifying women who you think of as flawed (even within their historical context), that could spark a great conversation too. One of the most shocking things about growing up is realizing that there is really no such thing as “good people” or “bad people”, full stop, end of story. Every single “good” person does bad things, every single “bad” person does good things. If women had to be perfect to be in that book, it would be awfully short.

      • +1. I really like the first book, and did the Kickstarter for the second.

        My kids (boy and girl) are young, so we’re reading them at face value now. As they get into elementary and can process more gray, we’ll start to focus on how there’s no good vs bad – everyone is a little of both.

        I think of it this way – every man they will learn about in school ALSO had complicating factors, but they’re still going to learn about the guys as heros, and it’ll be on me and their dad to fill in the gray areas. At least this way they’ll have some women (other than Marie Curie and Amelia Earhart) heros to add to the mix.

        • avocado says:

          I don’t mind filling in the gray areas at all. I regularly let my kid read books with potentially controversial content and we discuss it, but this book just creates an enormous burden for parents. The racism in Little House on the Prairie, for example, is pretty obvious and requires no outside research to discover. This book, however, profiles 100 different women, many of whom I’ve never heard of, and presents them all as unequivocal heroes. So it’s on the parents to research every single one of these people to determine whether there is information left out. It’s just a lot of work.

  2. Heads up: basically none of those #VBO pics are safe for work.

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