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Pamela Paul
Pamela Paul's latest book Parenting, Inc.: How We Are Sold on $800 Strollers, Fetal Education, Baby Sign Language, Sleeping Coaches, Toddler Couture, and Diaper Wipe Warmers -- And What It Means for Our Children, has just been published by Times Books/Henry Holt.

Paul writes about social and cultural issues, demographic trends, women's issues, and family. Her first book, The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony, was named one of the best books of 2002 by The Washington Post; her second book, Pornified, was named one of the best books of 2005 by The San Francisco Chronicle. Paul began her writing career as a London- and New York-based correspondent for The Economist, where for four years she wrote a monthly column on world arts trends, and contributed film, theatre, and book reviews between 1997 and 2003. She was previously a senior editor for American Demographics magazine, where she wrote about political opinion, and social, media and demographic trends. She writes for Time magazine and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The National Post, The New York Sun, Psychology Today, Health, Self, Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook, More, and Marie Claire. Online, she has written for Slate, Salon, and She has been a guest on Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Early Show, and Politically Incorrect, and has made frequent appearances on NPR, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.

Blog Entries by Pamela Paul

Raise the Price of Toys

Posted April 30, 2008 | 17:00:37 (EST)

If you're a woman of a certain age -- not that old actually -- in your thirties, you'll remember the puffy sticker. You will remember, as I do, those moments during school recess when you and your fellow second-graders took out your sticker albums to show off and trade goods....

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Kids are Killing the Planet!

Posted April 9, 2008 | 15:48:00 (EST)

Little did I realize, but apparently, I am on the verge of destroying Mother Earth. Yup, Seventh Generation-using, SUV-less (car-less, doggone it!), recycling-law-abiding me. I even turn off the water while I brush my teeth, and bought local produce long before locavorism became trendy.

So what's my crime? My...

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My First Princess Party

1 Comments | Posted March 31, 2008 | 13:20:00 (EST)

So, my not-quite-three year old and I just attended our first princess party, courtesy of my closest friend from childhood and her four-year-old daughter. And thus, once upon a time, it began.

Any parent of a girl under age eight (yes, this begins in the crib now), is familiar with...

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Punished for Being Pregnant

23 Comments | Posted March 20, 2008 | 18:41:00 (EST)

Being pregnant -- from the vomitous first months to the cumbersome final stretch (unpleasant pun intended) -- is onerous enough without having to worry about getting sacked on top of it. In this month's Elle magazine, one writer details the abysmal treatment she received at the hands of her erstwhile...

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Computerized Diapers

Posted March 3, 2008 | 17:00:31 (EST)

First there was the Diaper Check, an electronic device that attempted to replace the manual swipe. Farewell, poop-smeared finger. Now comes the Technodiaper, a computer-chip-enhanced diaper for children zero-to-three. Here's how it works: An embedded sensor detects wetness or increased volume and immediately sends a signal to your computer or...

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Fetuses Get Waitlisted

Posted February 21, 2008 | 18:23:00 (EST)

Call us neurotic, obsessed, and on the brink of irreparably screwing up our children. But with mere weeks to go before yea and nay letters are sent out, I, like many other nerve-wracked New York City parents, am captive to the craziness of contemporary preschool admissions. No matter how much...

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The Truth, Period

Posted June 19, 2007 | 19:30:00 (EST)

"Do you get your period on the Pill?"

I've been asking female friends this question for the past few weeks and the answer has pretty much been -- after a perplexed furrowing of the brow, as in "Why are you asking me such an obvious thing?" -- "Yes, but...

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