Sarah Seltzer (Editor) is a journalist covering culture, activism and gender, most recently as Deputy Editor at culture website Flavorwire.com. Her print and online work has appeared in publications including Poets & Writers, The Forward, Lilith, The Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, The New York Times, Salon, The Nation, The Wall Street Journal, Jezebel, The Hairpin, Refinery29, The Toast, Rolling Stone, and many more. She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she edited The Crimson’s weekend magazine, as well as the MFA in writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her first baby, Mikey, is growing up way too fast and she can objectively report that he is very cute. You can follow her at @sarahmseltzer and reach her at email@example.com.
Yesterday, the Trump Administration gutted environmental protections put in place by their predecessors, CNN reports, with a sweeping executive order:
"Specifically, the order rescinds at least six…Obama-era executive orders aimed at curbing climate change and regulating carbon emissions, including Obama's November 2013 executive order instructing the federal government to prepare for the impact of climate change and the September 2016 presidential memorandum that outlined the "growing threat to national security" that climate change poses." This is really bad news for… >> Read More
The tussle over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act continues in the halls of power in Washington, D.C., quite dramatically. But one photo, taken by presidential aide Cliff Sims, has been…making the rounds on social media this afternoon, so I thought it might be instructive to just take a moment to look at it. It's an image of the the House Freedom Caucus, the most conservative group of representatives, who want to take away the requirement that all plans sold on the individual market include "essential health… >> Read More
I wrote last week about my obsession with “Big Little Lies”, HBO’s hilarious, twisted and dark miniseries about stressed-out moms on the path to some sort of mysterious act of violence. The…show is mostly getting raves from critics, and even fans like pop star Lorde, who have praised its mix of satire and melodrama, as well as its exploration of domestic violence in a particularly subtle and new way. But there a few exceptions to the general approbation, and what do you know, they happen to… >> Read More
Over the past few months, we’ve gotten asked this question every few days: Hey! Why is Kveller so political all of a sudden?
So, we wanted to take a minute and answer you. We’re living in a…very political moment. And at Kveller, which is mostly powered by brilliant freelancers, our content is largely determined by what our readers, who are also our writers, feel moved by and compelled to say. So yes, at this particular point in time, many of our authors who typically write about bedtime routines have been sending… >> Read More
Our society is pretty weird about breastfeeding, big on shaming moms who don't do it while also shaming moms who do breastfeed in public. Add to this double-bind the whole pumping phenomenon, and…you've got a lot of stressed out, under-pressure moms. So capitalism has caught on by trying to sell all kinds of accessories for nursing and pumping moms (some of those are amazing, don't get me wrong)—and presto! You've got a treasure trove of product-name puns about the words "boob" and "milk" that are funny, infantilizing, strange, clever and… >> Read More
As someone who recently took maternity leave in the United States of America, I have a lot of opinions on the subject. It's too short (even the more generous plans). It's too unpaid. Oh, did I…mention it's too short? How are we supposed to live in a society that shames women for not breastfeeding enough--and then sends them back to work before it's possible to establish a really regular, comfortable nursing routine? Or a society that claims sleep-training is cruel but then sends women back to work before babies naturally sleep… >> Read More
The President has presented his new "skinny" budget to the public, and in it contains so many promised cuts to vital programs that it's almost impossible to catalog them all. If I had room for a…long headline, I'd say "New budget slashes funding for the Arts, PBS, NPR, AmeriCorps, Meals on Wheels, the environment, housing, medical science, peace initiatives, job training programs and um, nearly everything with value." A Washington Post list of agencies the White House wants to eliminate has circulated widely on Twitter: Let's be clear: this is… >> Read More
Idit Solomon is a rabbi, mom, occasional Kveller writer, and activist trying to raise awareness about Infertility. We talked to her about her organization, Hasidah, which aims to help Jewish families…struggling with fertility issues. Why did you found your organization, Hasidah? In the Kveller community, we all know that infertility, secondary infertility, and the whole host of fertility challenges are painful and isolating. It can be a cycle of despair and hope, not to mention financially devastating. I formed Hasidah (Hebrew for stork) because it… >> Read More
HBO’s “Big Little Lies” is a murder mystery, a drama about domestic violence and bullying, and a darkly funny playground satire. Its targets are over-involved helicopter moms living in…beachfront splendor--women who use their excess brainpower and energy to square off over their kids’ playground squabbles as though they’re an endless, merciless war. This juicy material, adapted from a perfect summer novel by Australian writer Liane Moriarty, is drawing out incredible performances from A-listers like Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley.… >> Read More
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Ever find yourself alone at the playground, looking hungrily at those moms on…the bench sharing lattes and passing out Puffs and Yums to their intermingling broods with abandon, like the cool girls in the cafeteria but with even deader eyes? Wish you had a mom posse of your own to while away the blissful afternoon with? Not sure how to make it happen? Well, we're here to… >> Read More
Oh, how I love D.C.'s feisty congressional representative, Eleanor Holmes Norton, who captured my heart as a frequent guest on the late, great Colbert Report. This week, she's sponsored a bill to…open up lactation spaces in all federal buildings, everywhere. The bipartisan bill, called the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act, would require buildings that are either federally owned or leased to provide designated private and hygienic spaces — other than a bathroom — for nursing mothers. “Considering millions of people visit federal sites across the country, and… >> Read More
I am not a big celebrity person. I don't follow celebs on Instagram, or read their tweets. This is especially true for models and other celebs who post glam shots of themselves. Yawn, seriously. So…not my thing. But Chrissy Teigen, supermodel, cookbook author, and internet personality who recently had a baby with her husband John Legend, has been the lone exception to this rule ever since she announced her pregnancy. You see, it was the very same week I announced mine. Feeling a bit lonely, as one often does during early pregnancy,… >> Read More
Tomorrow is International Women's Day, and many women are participating (or not) in the #DayWithoutAWoman women's strike (read our guide to that action here). The holiday is about honoring and…fighting for women's labor, hearkening all the way back to those female garment workers in New York City's Lower East Side—women who banded together for workplace rights and dignity. So who are today's equivalents to those brave garment workers whom American Jews valorize for standing up for their rights 100 years ago? Well, there are two groups of… >> Read More
Many liberal and left-leaning celebrities have expressed their dismay about Donald Trump's election and then presidency. But some, especially women, are finding it's taking a toll on their physical…health, especially their eating. Most recently, Barbra Streisand joked that she's been smothering her feelings about the presidency, and the constant onslaught of news and scandal, in giant stacks of pancakes. https://twitter.com/BarbraStreisand/status/838191361228681216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw https://twitter.com/BarbraStreisand/status/838192748931006464?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Lena Dunham is another celebrity who told Howard Stern that the soul-crushing pain of the election was making her eat less. It was… >> Read More
This Wednesday, on International Women's Day, many activists are calling for a women's strike, using the #daywithoutawoman hashtag on social media. As some of our writers have already noted, it's…interesting that this observance comes right before Purim, a holiday in which Jews think about Esther and Vashti's resistance (you might say Vashti went on strike, right?) against dictatorial male authority. So how does one participate in the strike, and what about the rumors that some Jews are uncomfortable with the organizers' backgrounds? We're here to give… >> Read More
2017 has been such a trying year already for religious and ethnic minorities in America, especially given the spike in hate crimes against marginalized groups, JCC bomb threats, scary deportations of…immigrants, and a Muslim-targeting "travel ban" that caused havoc at airports and is still affecting many. But one small bright spot is the way Jewish and Muslim communities in the United States, long assumed by popular narratives to be adversaries due to Middle Eastern geopolitics, have joined together in example after example of sister and brotherhood.… >> Read More
Jews are rightly fascinated and compelled by the story of Anne Frank and others like her, shielded from the Nazis by the righteous among the nations who opened attics, basements even churches and…zoos as hiding places, risking their own lives to save Jewish ones. Today, our questions about "what would we do" in such a situation are coming to a head, with President Trump vowing to step up a campaign of deportation and detainment against our neighbors who are more recent immigrants. Many Jews are heeding the… >> Read More
Last week, the Trump administration rescinded the Obama administration's guidance on protecting transgender kids in school by allowing them to use the restroom for the gender with which they identify…(a good explainer is here). As we noted at Kveller, this felt to many like a license to bully or discriminate—and sowed a lot of unfortunate confusion. Since then, well-meaning people have shown their support for affected students online with the hashtag #protecttranskids, which is great. But how do we actually protect trans kids in… >> Read More
The upcoming issue of The Nation forces us to look at some hard truths about the way our society is doing in terms of its tiniest, most vulnerable human beings—and about the physical toll that…discrimination and oppression take on both mothers and young babies. The lead article, called "What’s Killing America’s Black Infants?" reads a little bit like a detective story, starting with the tragic loss of one woman's young baby and trying to follow researchers as they asked the question: why does this happen so often? "Each year… >> Read More