Toni Nagy

Why This Proud (Middle-Aged) Feminist Is Supporting Bernie Sanders

I am a proud feminist. I celebrate the sacred feminine every full moon with a menses ritual. I say things like “smash the patriarchy” non-ironically at dinner parties. I named my dog after Simone De Beauvoir. But just because I’m a feminist, doesn’t mean I am going to blindly support Hillary Clinton for president. And apparently, I'm not alone. In the New Hampshire primary, Bernie won 55% of the overall female vote to Hillary's 44%, according to NBC.

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What's a Feminist Mom to Do With a Disney Princess-Loving Daughter?

As a post-modern feminist progressive liberal parent, I was supposed to be the kind of woman who spawned a gender-neutral, omni-racial child. When I was pregnant, my prevailing philosophy was that gender was a construct created by social convention, and I was convinced my child would transcend the imposed definitions of femininity or masculinity. When I gave birth to my daughter I dressed her in taupe, gave her non-specific wooden toys whittled by elves, and kept her away from any media that insisted girlhood is outlined by a particular definition.     

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Sia Video Featuring Talented Young Dancer Is Inspirational, Not Pedophilia: One Parent's View

The modern music video has been drastically dumbed down over the past 30 years. Once an art form, the music video has devolved into images of women thrusting their pelvises at alarming speeds. Pop culture doesn’t have to be high art; it's allowed to be entertaining. But images of half-naked people has gotten old. 

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Our Overzealous Protective Society Makes It Really Hard to Be a Parent These Days

Parents today can be some of the most annoying people on Planet Earth. They brag incessantly about their kid’s first crap in the potty on Facebook, they’re overly protective to the point of making their children wear life jackets in the bath, and they incessantly praise the brilliance of their precious little bundles of joy as if they are the next Gandhi or Einstein. Basically, they act like they’re the first people to ever have children with their sanctimonious and overly precious methodologies, making sure everyone who sits on the bench gets a trophy for participation. But you guys…it is not our fault!

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Is Pop Culture Polluting My Child’s Mind?

When I first became a parent, I wanted to avoid all forms of mainstream media – ie no “screen time” for my kid. I envisioned my daughter spending her days frolicking in the forest while identifying mushrooms and molding moss into gender-neutral toys. But… life doesn’t always work out the way you plan it. Eventually her grandmother exposed my daughter to the world of cartoons because MOM YOU NEVER LISTEN TO ME!  Once that seal was broken, my kid would never unsee the magic of animation. Before long “Curious George” crept into our lives like the sneaky little monkey he is.

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Rick Ross as a Mirror for the Music Industry and Culture as a Whole

When I first heard of Rick Ross's now famous line about slipping a girl some "Molly" and having sex with her when she "doesn't even know it," in the song "U.O.E.N.E.O.," I thought it was distasteful. But I also remember feeling the same way when as an 18-year old I heard Eminem's lyrics about killing his wife -- and he won a Grammy.

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Before I Had My First Child Nobody Told Me That Babies Are Boring

When I first gave birth and brought my baby girl home, I aspired to be the ultimate earth-mother-Gaia-worshipping-priestess from another dimension. Those first few weeks with my child I thought I had transcended all trivialities and was officially crowned the “New Age Queen of the Now.” I was so present in the moment, I put Buddhist monks to shame. Absolutely enthralled by my child, I watched her sleep for hours, finding peace in the sound of her breath. I avoided my phone and computer, and arrogantly decided everyone else was merely living a devastating life of distraction. The rest of humanity could be consumed with their technology and gadgets, but I had moved on.

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