Protest Progress: Professional and Personal Development


August– the heat, the uncertainty– seem far away on this chilly November day. But I’m reminded of how I felt only a few months ago, particularly on the day I first found out what was happening at my high school in Michigan. And, now, today, when news of some resolution is shared. In August my […]


The Dissimilarities Between Honey Boo Boo and Malala Yousafzai

Celebrity Sightings In Los Angeles - October 15 2012

Almost exactly two years ago I wrote a piece for The Huffington Post about the ways in which Alana Thompson (aka “Honey Boo Boo”) and Malala Yousafzai are similar. My, how times have changed. Malala is now a Nobel Peace Prize winner and Alana Thompson’s show has been axed and her safety is in question […]


Game of Clowns– Oh, I mean CRowns


I have now officially caught up on my TV watching; I was sick for a day this week and ended up binge watching Bravo’s Mrs. Pageant series Game of Crowns. But, really, a more accurate title would have been Game of CLOWNS. It’s like they took the worst elements of so many reality shows (Toddlers […]


Catching Up on TV, Part 2: The Summer of Dance


Last week I looked at stage moms on TV this summer, this week it’s specifically the DANCE stage moms, some of the worst offenders on TV no doubt. It was interesting to look back over the past two summers and see what’s changed and what is the same in the world of dance on TV. […]


Catching Up on TV, Part 1: The Summer of the Stage Parents


Yes, it’s October, I know. But between reading, writing, and childcare I’m still working my way through my DVR from August (DVR may be this mom’s favorite technological innovation, behind the iPad which helps me AND Carston). In previous summers I have done a wrap-up of stage moms and dance shows, but this year there […]


A Bookworm’s Dream Position: New Book Review Editor at Brain, Child Magazine!


When my name first appeared in Brain, Child Magazine in the Summer of 2013, I felt I had finally arrived as a writer. With the tagline “A Magazine for Thinking Mothers,” I had long admired the publication, and dreamt of the day when hopefully something I wrote would appear on its glossy pages. I’ve been […]


The Extreme Guide to (Sometimes Sad) Parenting


It’s no secret that I love a good Bravo show. So when the previews started– and I even got a press release about Extreme Guide to Parenting– I knew it was must see TV for me on multiple levels. The six episodes recently finished and it’s clear to me why the docu-series featuring nine families […]


You Gotta Have a Gimmick: Miss America 2015


Last night Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015, making history in particular for being part of a never-before three-peat for a state at Miss America. The reigning Miss America and past two Miss Americas all represented New York (though all grew up in states other than NY, they went there for […]


Mess America: But Still the Largest Source of Scholarships for Women

Tori Cowen, Fox Tampa Bay

The past month has been full of “pageant scandals.” From discussions about bodies, state-hopping, age of contestants, and tabulation errors, I can scarcely recall a time that both Miss USA and Miss America were so talked about in the news. Unfortunately it’s all for negative reasons and not for positive ones… The Miss USA  pageant […]


Friday Night Tykes: The Male Version of Toddlers & Tiaras

Friday Night Tykes

I’ve often said that in many ways the hyper-masculinity of youth (tackle) football– especially in the South– is the analog to the hyper-femininity of child beauty pageants. Esquire TV’s controversial series Friday Night Tykes proves it. The 10-episode series, plus a review and discussion show called Tackling Tykes that does a great job summarizing the […]