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If we want women to stop pushing dangerous ideas online, we need to understand why they believe this bullshit

When you think of conspiracy theorists, it’s likely you’re picturing an older white man holed up in a basement surrounded by newspaper clippings and a scribbled-on blackboard. The more accurate and modern picture, though, would be someone sleeker and more surprising: A younger, white, stay-at-home mom who dabbles in Instagram influencing.

Whether it’s Covid, QAnon, or vaccinations, there’s a new generation of conspiracy moms bringing a facade of palatability to some of the most dangerous ideas in America. …


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The consequences of COVID-19 are already gendered

As I write this column, three little girls are in the room next to me playing (and occasionally screaming). I usually don’t have children in my home on a workday morning, but such is the new reality while the coronavirus makes its way through the United States.

My daughter’s school sent out an email yesterday afternoon that classes would be canceled for the rest of the week. Since spring break was already scheduled to begin next week, my daughter is now effectively out of school for three weeks. Given that so many people are canceling travel and vacation plans, we’re…


Great Escape

Not all doomsday survivalists are macho men with bunkers and chainsaws. Meet the women preparing for the worst.

Jennifer had already taken the necessary precautions the night Hurricane Maria came barreling through the Caribbean. The 46-year-old stay-at-home mom, who lives on two acres of land with her husband and four children atop a mountain in Manati, Puerto Rico, was ready to make use of the filter she’d purchased for sterilizing rainwater in case the taps ran dry. And she didn’t have to worry about food, because her pantry was already stocked with two-and-a-half years’ worth: giant buckets of lentils, flour, and rice; shelves lined with mason jars of fruits and vegetables she had grown and canned herself.

What…


Trust Issues

Learning to trust myself as a parent has been one thing, but I don’t trust the world with my son

In October 2016, I found out I was pregnant. In November, I felt a thrill upon taking my unborn child into the booth with me to vote for the first female president of the United States.

After voting, I arranged the Hillary paraphernalia I’d collected over the years on the coffee table, like a kid at show-and-tell. I cooked black bean burgers for dinner, floating happily around the kitchen. My husband and I settled in on the sofa as if we were about to watch a favorite movie, one we’d seen a dozen times before. …


The disdain toward motherhood is the logical extension of misogyny

“There was no mother I wanted to be,” writes Meaghan O’Connell in her parenting memoir, And Now We Have Everything.

A mom was your servant. A mom picked up the wrong things at the supermarket. A mom needed to stop and get stamps on the way home from soccer practice and you hated her for it. A mom wore a white, collared shirt and stood at the kitchen island selling cereal in television commercials. Moms clustered on benches in the playground pulling snacks out of their bags. They took up the whole sidewalk with their goddamn strollers. Moms nagged. …

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