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Pornification of Halloween

by Tracee Sioux Halloween has become S-E-X-Y. But, then so has innocence. If you deconstruct these costumes what about them becomes inappropriate? The pose? The make-up? The quantity of clothing? I think it's the porn-star quality. Let's…

Self Portrait of a Housewife

This is a self portrait of a 1950s housewife. What do you see? Thank You to my friend Cindy for allowing me to print her mother's work.

Birth Certificate Blanks

Guess whose name is not on Zack's birth certificate? Mine. In New York, after Ainsley's birth, when I filled out the form I noticed there was only one blank for Mother's Maiden Name, so I had the presence of mind to put my current legal…
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Sharks v. Happy Feet

By Tracee Sioux Good Job! You can do it! Get that ball! You're not afraid of her. Good try. It's alright. It's okay to lose sometimes. I saw you run really hard after that ball. Did you try hard and have fun? That's what's important! I'm…

Fashion Police (I mean, Policy)

This is what Ainsley wore to school yesterday. If you don't get up right now I'm picking your clothes, I tell her. She leaps out of bed every time. What's your fashion policy?

PPD, Work v. Stay Home Rages In Self

by Tracee Sioux For Blogher's Postpartum Depression Mother's Act Day, I want to write about a deep inner conflict I faced. And inner war which might help explain some of the increase in PPD we're seeing today. During the first three months…

Math Retarded

by Tracee Sioux I am math retarded, I heard myself say in the car with my three-year-old daughter and my husband. We were quarreling about my refusal to participate in our family finances. When kids are born they don't really understand…
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Hairspray

By Tracee Sioux I took my kids and my Grandma to see Hairspray (Full-Screen Edition) at the $1 movie. What a great family flick. Well, I'm not sure my grandma appreciated the subject matter (she's still not completely sure integration is…

News Ban

by Tracee Sioux Ten years ago I had the privilege of living in Lithuania for half a year. I was teaching English at a teacher's college. They were a very young democracy having attained their status only after the collapse of the Soviet Union. One…

Roloffs & Gosselins

By Tracee Sioux My two favorite family television shows just revved up again on TLC Mondays with Jon & Kate plus 8 and Little People, Big World. Little People, Big World is about Amy and Matt Roloff. They are little people or dwarfs.…
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Seventeen Body Peace Treaty

By Tracee Sioux Seventeen Magazine and Dove are asking girls to sign a Body Peace Treaty to encourage better body image and self esteem in their readership. I vow to: * Remember that the sun will still rise tomorrow even if I had one…

Devaluation of Motherhood

When looking at 6 to 12 week maternity leave policies in the United States one has to wonder: Do employers and lawmakers hate mothers? Or do they hate babies? After you push a human being out of your crotch and feel pressured to return…