BY Veronica Santos
on Mar 29, 2015
The Piplantri village in Rajasthan, India is becoming known for its eco-feminism. Former village leader Shyam Sundar Paliwal launched the practice of honoring newborn female babies by planting 111 trees every time a girl is born. The village now abounds with neem, sheesham, mango, amla and other tree varieties. The project was named after Paliwal’s daughter, Kiram Nidhi Yojana, after she passed away at a young age.
The community is taking action in ... Read More
Open letters to children have become a viral sensation this year, capable of permanently cataloguing personal words of wisdom for public inspiration. Yes, there have been some failures, like the letters scolding teens for taking selfies or shaming them wearing certain clothing items. But there have also been those special letters from parent to child, promoting freedoms of self-expression and comfort amidst the pains of growing up. Dr. Kelly ... Read More
When celebrities discuss their children, their voice often takes on an otherworldly, dazed quality: “Oh yes, he’s the light of my life. Motherhood... is transformative.” And while that’s the beautiful and honest experience of many mothers, we may also long to hear stars discuss the more terrifying, humbling aspects of parenting.
Well, Tina Fey has us covered. In a hilarious interview with David Letterman, the comedian ... Read More
Let’s face it: middle school dances are terrifying. In my youth, I spent my first dance alone in the corner of the cafeteria wearing my mom’s lipstick and a clip-in french twist hairpiece, hoping that the cool girls dancing in their cool circle would come talk to me. They didn’t, and a part of me has always regretted not getting up and dancing with them (I was and still am a horrible dancer, but who cares?). School dances offer a ... Read More
Ferrett Steinmetz and Daughter
At a recent panel following a screening of the new Amanda Seyfried film Lovelace, Gloria Steinem spoke out against excessive parental control over young women’s intimate lives: “I have always, always said that children must be allowed to disobey.” For weeks, I turned this comment over in my head. How does what we learn from our parents during our young adult years effect our ideas on gender and sexuality? Our ... Read More