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Hayley Krischer is an award-winning writer and editor whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Parenting, Babble, iVillage, Organic Authority and more. She teaches a blogging class through Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She co-writes the blog Femamom.com which covers edgy tales from parenthood about the mysteries of parenting and beyond. More of her work can be found at hayleykrischer.com.

Entries by Hayley Krischer

The Maleficent Rape Scene That We Need To Talk About

(939) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 1:06 PM

Imagine you're drugged by someone you thought you trusted. You wake up in the morning with your face down in the dirt. You're aching. Your appearance has changed and you can feel that you're different as you try to stand through the pain. Beyond the physicality of it, your power...

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Why Do We Still Need to Shatter the 'Good Mother' Myth?

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 3:48 PM

Perhaps it's fitting that the two worst mothers on television currently -- Corrine Dollanganger and her mother Olivia Foxworth of Lifetime's rendition of Flowers In The Attic -- coincide with the launch of a new book on mothers. The book, unlike Flowers in the Attic, isn't a little shop of...

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Here's One Way to Wreck a Child's Education: Take Away Recess

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 12:05 PM

Recess is the only "subject" my 9-year-old will talk about.

I don't even bother asking him how school is. He's a good student. An excellent student. A veracious reader. I'm not telling you this to brag. I don't have an "honor roll" sticker on the back of my car. I'm...

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3 Reasons the Government Shutdown Is a Women's Issue

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 3:41 PM

Hood Feminism points out who is most-likely affected by the government shutdown.

Women.

First, it comes to a matter of nutrition and survival. Nine million mothers and children who receive benefits under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will...

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6 Things You Should Know When You're Talking About Rape, Black Women And Dancing

(3) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 5:53 PM

"The first thing you should know about the so-called Steubenville Rape is that this was not a rape involving intercourse."

The first thing you should know is it is always a mistake when you write a sentence such as this. But this is how Richard Cohen started the second paragraph...

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Mother Made to Feel Embarrassed About Breastfeeding On Flight -- It's Time For New Policies

(43) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 2:47 PM

Breastfeeding isn't a sexual act -- so why are breastfeeding mothers made to feel that it's pornographic?

A mother breastfeeding her baby on an American Airlines flight last week was told by a stewardess that she needed to "cover up" while breastfeeding. According to the mom (via

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I'm Reading My First Romance Novel, and I'm a Feminist

(34) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 1:44 PM

I'm not prudish when it comes to erotic literature; in fact, I love sex scenes, will re-read sex scenes, have no problem writing sex scenes, and even taught a class about sex scenes to a group of very willing students. I believe in kink. I think women should express themselves...

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The Daunting Recovery of the Jersey Shore -- and What It Means to My Kids

(8) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 12:36 PM

First things first. I am OK. My family is OK. We are out of power. The extent of our damage: A bag of ravioli perished in my melting freezer, my fence hinges blew off and Halloween was postponed until Monday. Probably the saddest piece of all this was my 3-year-old...

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Why My Vagina Is Voting for Barack Obama

(5) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 1:02 PM

According to the New York Times yesterday, the presidential campaigns are "intently pursuing votes of women." In past elections, it's been the soccer mom. It's been the hockey mom. It's been Joe the plumber. But now, just a few weeks before the election, they're...

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If There Is No More 'Average', What Does This Mean for Our Kids?

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 6:25 PM

Thomas Friedman recently went on "The Brian Lehrer Show" and announced that "there is no more average." Citing statistics about the connection between unemployment and education, Friedman said that the less educated you are and the less spectacular you are, the less likely you are to succeed in...

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An Open Letter to the Video Game Industry, From a Mom Whose Son Loves Gaming

(21) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 2:11 PM

Dear Video Game Industry:

In retrospect, maybe the whole video game thing is my fault. I was the one who bought him Wii. I was the one who got him the DS. I was the one who taught him how to play Lego Star Wars Wii, and yes, I was...

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The Dark Knight Shooting: The Violence And Kids Connection

(16) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 2:14 PM

Let's imagine the horrific scene of the Aurora, Colorado midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. You're sitting in an open theater and someone begins shooting at you. You are now an open target for a crazed maniac with an automatic weapon. Let them call it what they want --...

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Single-Sex Public Schools Increases Sexism -- Not Learning

(3) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 6:57 PM

Separating kids based on gender is nothing new in schooling -- boarding schools and private schools have been doing it forever. But according to a new article in USA Today, with boys' dropout rates...

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Syrian Children: Why Parents Need to Be Outraged

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 1:44 PM

Last weekend, the Syrian government killed over 100 civilians, more than 40 of whom were children, according to reports -- but the news of an 11-year-old boy who survived the massacre by smearing his murdered brother's blood over his face to pretend he...

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Why Is Vogue Ahead of Seventeen In The War On Eating Disorders?

(16) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 10:29 AM

Just as Vogue announced a ban of under-aged and thinspo-leaning models from its pages -- a "triumph" according to Slate's Libby Copeland -- Seventeen magazine shut down 14-year-old Julia Bluhm, a ballet dancer who attempted to convince...

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Women vs. Mothers

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 9:23 AM

Over the past two weeks we've witnessed an array of mudslinging, and I'm not talking about Romney vs. Obama. From Alicia Silverstone mouth-feeding her baby pre-chewed food to Slate's Amanda Marcotte veering into attack mode by likening placenta-eating moms to "animals," there's a whole lot of warfare going...

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Why Would a Mother Write A Memoir About Her Overweight 7-Year-Old Daughter?

(93) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 9:11 AM

There is not a worse feeling than having your parent humiliate you in public. Me, it was my Nana, whom I adored, screaming my name across a clothing store. Like a banshee: "Hayleyyy! Come and look at this pink shirt!"

Now, replace that with: "You can not absolutely not have...

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Thinspo Blogging Continues On Everyone's Favorite Site: Pinterest

(14) Comments | Posted March 25, 2012 | 4:50 PM

When I was 15, I went through a bulimic episode.

I'd gorge myself with all sorts of food, go to the bathroom, stick my finger in my mouth and throw up.

It didn't matter where I was. Many times I was in front of friends. At the diner after bingeing...

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If Girls Rule The World, Where Do The Boys Fit In?

(714) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 2:15 PM

Is this a reasonable argument?

Babble blogger Laura Mayes made an interesting point recently with her column, "Someone To Look Up To," by discussing a potential girl power backlash. With full knowledge that we still make less, etc. etc., Mayes wonders if powerful...

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A 13-Year-Old Schools Us All On Slut-Shaming

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 1:30 PM

First, let's agree that the word "slut" has a variety of definitions. Salon writer Tracy Clark Flory wrote that the word's subjective nature-- some women think it's a turn on, others feel it's a demeaning label, some high school and college girls use it as a term of endearment...

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