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Babies: not that smart!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  August 10, 2012

Review: Friends with Kids

There are only so many baggy vagina jokes one can take. And writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt's disappointing film about how parenthood changes a Manhattan circle of friends has its share.
Jennifer Westfeldt's disappointing film
By ALICIA POTTER  |  March 09, 2012

Telling Jessie's story

Julie Ross didn't always plan to blog about her experience as the mother of a 10-year-old transgender child named Jessie (who, until her 10th birthday in 2011, was known as George).
The soul inside
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 02, 2012

Funny you should say that

I'm pretty confident in saying that humor is probably one of the key things that separates us humans from the rest of the animal kingdom.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  June 18, 2011

Parental devices

Babies: not that smart!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 18, 2011

Why parenthood is a bad model for government

Political theory has, for centuries, come down to an analogy of anatomy, or of family: the head of the government is the head of the body politic, or the head of the household.
Diagnosing democracy
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 11, 2011

Curfews, Christmas, and the company's dime

I am a bit stumped by this matter and perhaps you can help me. My son has recently turned 18, he is a senior in high school. We have been discussing a change in his curfew time ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  December 17, 2010

Tilda Swinton's mixed metamorphoses

Most people know Tilda Swinton either from her role as the White Witch in the Narnia movies or as the striking-looking woman who in her speech accepting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Michael Clayton said she was going to gi
Indie-cinema luminary gets retrospective in P-Town
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2010

Dead Kids

Boston's violence promotes more violence, and its murders beget even more murder.
Startling sociological findings about violence and Boston's inner-city youth
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 11, 2010

Moms rock!

Some moms decide, from heartbeat one of ultrasound, that they aren’t going to let a small (i.e., life-changing) thing like motherhood get in the way of their art.
Musician-mothers learn to balance boundless energy and tireless creativity
By DENA RIEGEL  |  May 07, 2010

A black leadership silent on abortion fabrications

Last month, controversial anti-abortion-rights billboards appeared in Georgia hinting that abortion is a tool of black genocide.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 26, 2010


Review: Tegan and Sara at the Orpheum

Considering that it was Valentine's Day eve and identical twins Tegan and Sara are currently the indie pop darlings of the gay world, one would expect to find a whole lot of grrrl power flowing at the Orpheum last Saturday night.
Tegan and Sara, live at the Orpheum, February 13, 2010
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 19, 2010

Review: Extraordinary Measures

Most parents would go to great lengths to save a child in peril, but would they find a cure for a terminal disease?
The business of who lives and who dies
By TOM MEEK  |  January 29, 2010

Review: The Spy Next Door

Let’s hope Chan’s fans back East never get a whiff of this one.
Brian Levant’s cheap misfire
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 15, 2010

Fight for your right to party

Rhode Island's tragic collision with teen drinking in recent years has heightened concern about substance abuse in the state's school districts.
Civil Liberties Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 13, 2009

Review: The Horse Boy

Rupert Isaacson and Kristin Neff seem the best of parents and yet they’re worn down by their four-year-old autistic son, Rowan, with his four-hour tantrums, his rejection of toilet training, his inability to answer to his name.
A compelling real-life adventure
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 06, 2009


Harvard ‘ACT UP’ show gets rise from right-wingers

Taking a detour from directly bashing President Obama, right-wingers are now hot and bothered by a Harvard art exhibit. And they have an Obama administration foil toward whom they can channel their bile.
Tea Baggers Meet the Tea-Baggers Dept.
By GREG COOK  |  October 30, 2009

Review: Motherhood

Being a mother can be stressful.
Fails to carry to term
By TOM MEEK  |  October 23, 2009

Review: The Boys Are Back

Director Scott Hicks ( Shine ) returns to warm hearts with the saga of Joe Warr, a journalist (based on real-life columnist Simon Carr, and played by Clive Owen) whose second wife (Laura Fraser) dies of cancer, leaving him a single father with a hands-
We're supposed to root for this guy?
By SHAULA CLARK  |  October 02, 2009
poop list

Everybody poops

Recently selected as one of 17 regional artists to exhibit at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park's Biennial in January 2010 (alongside fellow Mainer Randy Regier), and awarded a grant from the Maine Arts Commission in support of her interactive sc
Greta Bank talks priorities and realities
By ANNIE LARMON  |  July 31, 2009

Review: Away We Go

Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida had a baby last December, their second, and congratulations for that. But not for this self-righteous, pseudo-hip, cutesy-wootsy, cringe-inducing screed.
Sam Mendes furthers his descent
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2009

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Owning her identity

After twice seeing the one-woman stage adaptation of The Passion of the Hausfrau at Portland Stage Company, and perusing several issues of the Hausfrau mutha-zine , I was curious to see how Nicole Chaison's tales of motherhood would translate to boo
Portland zinester's tales become a book
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 05, 2009

A play grows up at Portland Stage

It's hard to identify any specific differences in this year's incarnation of The Passion of the Hausfrau , but the one-woman show, which debuted as part of Portland Stage Company's Little Festival of the Unexpected last year, is certainly more polishe
Hero's journey
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 10, 2009

Stage blogging

The main characters of the play Speech and Debate, three Oregon high school misfits, do a lot of their living among the modern technologies of chat rooms, Google, and personal video blogs.
A chat room sex scandal
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 01, 2009

Jonah Goldberg

Most parents want their kids to amount to more. But this half-stepping conservative hack is a straight up cunt just like his cheap mother.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

18. Michael Kamrava

Now that “octo-mom” Nadya Suleman has turned down an offer from Vivid Video to star in her own porn series, there's no justification for Beverly Hills gyno Michael Kamrava inseminating her with an eight-kid litter. If it's any solace, though, he is slipp
Now that “octo-mom” Nadya Suleman has turned down an offer from Vivid Video to star in her own porn series, there's no justification for Beverly Hills gyno Michael Kamrava inseminating her with an eight-kid litter. If it's any solace, though, he is slipping; one of his other patients – a 49-year-old California woman – is currently hospitalized with just four bricks in the oven.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009


Unveiling the new (old) Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood wants abortions for everyone! Well, not exactly.
Rebranding the Branded
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 25, 2009

Like Christmas in the spring

State officials say that Maine stands to receive approximately $900 million via that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act we've heard so much about.
Economic stimulus

Review: Mallu Magalhães

Mallu Magalhães is a teenage girl from São Paulo who was raised on a steady diet of old Beatles, Dylan, and Johnny Cash records.
Vivo (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  January 06, 2009

Beauty and the beast

Dr. Lovemonkey
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  October 22, 2008