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.
Heather Heyer was a woman about my age, who was attending a protest as I often do. She was mowed down in the prime of her life by a white supremacist in Charlottesville last weekend.
And her…mother's words of courage have been downright inspirational this week—much like another grieving mother earlier this summer. Heyer's mom Susan Bro spoke movingly at her daughter's funeral recently, saying "I'd rather have my child, but by golly, if I gotta give her up, we're gonna make it count." https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/897850869500309504 In an appearance on Good Morning… >> Read More
Last week, we got excited over the news that Grossinger's, the fabled Catskills report that inspired "Dirty Dancing," might reopen someday soon. But until that happens, it lies in ruins.
Marisa…Scheinfeld has photographed Grossinger's and many other similar Catskills leisure centers today, as they are being reclaimed by time and nature. Her book,"The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland ," was published by Cornell University Press in October 2016. She shared some of her best photos of Grossinger's today with Kveller—from the laundry to the… >> Read More
Sometimes there's so much "mom news" it can be hard to sort through it all—and sometimes the news is so important we want to share it with our readers so we can all be well-informed. Here's some of…the most important articles we've seen in a long time. So take 20 or 30 minutes, if and when you can, and look at the following stories. They'll change the way you see motherhood and womanhood. If you've ever struggled with your weight, your eating and your relationship to food — and you're thinking about… >> Read More
Today's men and people of all genders are getting creative in the kitchen—it's no longer a "women's thing." So why should the imaginary kitchens that kids love so much be sold in a pink or gendered…package? This month, mom and entrepreneur Shari Raymond launched her brand-new business called Milton and Goose, it's a line of US-manufactured eco-friendly, gender-neutral toy kitchens for kids. Kveller was lucky to get a chance to hear from Raymond about how she went from searching for her ideal play kitchen to inventing it herself, and the… >> Read More
This weekend, I officiated my brother's wedding.
It was an incredible, exhilarating, romantic, and emotional few days filled with naches: joy, family and friend reunions, dancing and a few moments…of being verklempt (weddings bring out my Yiddish, clearly). But then, yesterday afternoon, I took a rare few hours off to recuperate. My husband and I retreated to an undisclosed and lovely location while our baby son was in the hands of his fabulous babysitter and I lay down for a few hours and read… >> Read More
Today, the Senate voted to go forward with Obamacare repeal, even as protesters shouting "Don't Kill Us!" packed the senate gallery. All the Democrats and two female GOP Senators opposed the…bill. A lot of people who voted for today's healthcare repeal bill to proceed claim to be pro-life. They are not pro-life. You cannot be pro-life and vote to proceed to take away healthcare from children with disabilities. You cannot be pro-life and vote to proceed to take away healthcare from expecting mothers and families.… >> Read More
Today is D-day for saving the ACA and preventing the disaster for women, mothers, and children that, in various forms, has been known as "Trumpcare."
The New York Times reports:
WASHINGTON —…Senate Republican leaders, trying to keep alive their flagging effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, are barreling toward a showdown vote Tuesday to begin debate on repealing the health law, but senators have yet to be told precisely what legislation they will even be debating. Apparently short of votes even to begin that process,… >> Read More
It's frustrating to think about life pitting a mother's needs against her child's. As good feminists, we want to take the position that what's good for the mother is always good for her kid, and…vice-versa. But let's be honest: That's not necessarily the case, is it? Sometimes a choice that makes a parent happy is bad for their offspring and vice-versa. Two vastly different novels that arrived on shelves this spring create their central conflict by examining this choice: positioning mother characters' desire for love, freedom and self-actualization against… >> Read More
This morning, many of us woke up and read a gut-churning story in the The New York Times about the so-called child welfare system that consistently (and too-frequently) removes the kids of poor black…and Hispanic mothers into temporary foster care for petty reasons—damaging everyone's lives in the process: "Dozens of lawyers working on these cases say the removals punish parents who have few resources," the paper reports. "Their clients are predominantly poor black and Hispanic women, they say, and the criminalization of their parenting choices has led some… >> Read More
Summer is halfway over, but there's still plenty of time to read a book on a breezy, beautiful beach or—alternately stuck undergound on a hellacious subway car.
So that's why I am here to offer…you my own counterpart to Jordana's summer books list, including a special section at the end featuring books by Kveller writers (a prolific bunch) all of which arrived on shelves in 2017. This list is 100% made up of books I have read, and therefore have my personal stamp of approval. First up: "The Lost… >> Read More
There's no sugarcoating it: American women die way, way, too often in childbirth, or from childbirth-related complications. The truth is scary, sad, depressing and steeped in misogyny and…racism. NPR and ProPublica published a massive feature on the subject earlier this year, while The Nation and Vice focused on racism's place in this deadly reality. Now, again in collaboration with NPR, ProPublica has launched a stunning, chilling project, "Lost Mothers," to name and track the hundreds of women who died last year for… >> Read More
Jillian Cantor creates magic in the form of stories. Cantor, also a mom, writes historical novels for both teens and adults, and I've read many of them— including "Margot," about Anne Frank's…sister, "The Hours Count," about the Rosenbergs, and her latest, "The Lost Letter," a historical novel that focuses on resistance workers during World War II Austria--threaded through by a love letter "that connects generations of Jewish families." It tells the story of Kristoff, a non-Jew and Elena, the Jewish daughter of a master stamp engraver, who fall… >> Read More
Today is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, and as a very enthusiastic Janeite, I'm loving all the thoughtful pieces about Austen proliferating across the web.
And since Kveller is a…site largely for moms, let's take a short moment out of our busy mornings to appreciate Austen's collection of negligent and downright awful fictional mothers (the ones who aren't dead, that is). There is one notable exception, the genial Mrs. Morland in "Northanger Abbey," Austen's first real novel. Clearly, she realized after that effort that… >> Read More
Here's a not-so-secret secret: Nursing moms like to text each other. I mean, we're stuck in one place, without two hands free to read a real book, so a dextrous person can make good use of that…downtime to get caught up with pals. And in many cases, if said mom has friends who are also moms to young babies, they might be doing the very same thing. Or maybe not! All kinds of people feed babies in all kinds (well, two) ways. Either way, there's a new shorthand for "bb on… >> Read More
A necessary Slate corrective to the much-read New York Times piece on Mac n' Cheese that we covered here on Kveller throws a little bit of cold water on the pasta-boiling panic that ensued this…weekend, noting a few points overlooked by the original piece, and study. Mostly, author Susan Matthews emphasizes that the study cited by the Times examines the presence of chemicals called phthalates, but not the amount of them, and that it would likely take a really really massive consumption of boxed mac n'cheese to cause serious… >> Read More
Beyonce's revelation of her twins' photo early this morning on instagram—the social media app beloved by mothers and celebrity stalkers alike—was hailed by most of the known universe as a…revelatory event. As she did with her pregnancy announcement gram, Queen Bey staged an elaborate photo shoot. Standing with little cherubs Sir Carter and Rumi in her arms, she looks like a goddess crossed with an Italian wine-maiden and something else not entirely describable by human language, but ineffably her. Seriously, though, I love the… >> Read More
Powdered mac n' cheese is my life. I mean, I love many other kinds of cheese and pasta combinations, especially ones made with real fromage, but come on, the boxed stuff is delicious.
When I was a…kid, I adored Kraft. When I was a teenager and young adult, my friends and I used to come home late late late and put a big pot of Annie's on the table, or more accurately eat it right at the counter. In my 20s as a freelancer, I made it for myself as a… >> Read More
I Instagram my baby most frequently on Saturday mornings, that once-sacred pocket of time that is now one of the toughest moments of the weekly cycle for me. On Saturdays, I used to sleep late-ish…until I woke up feeling leftover anxiety from the week, anxiety that I'd quickly purge with a yoga class, a big plate of eggs, and maybe a nap in the afternoon. Now, far earlier than I want to be, I'm awakened by my 15-month-old. I still feel tired, and anxious, and burdened by the logistical… >> Read More
Hi there! Are you living under a rock?
If not, you probably read today about some crazy emails between Donald Trump Jr. and a lawyer who promised to set him up with information from the Russian…government (read about Trump's brand new lawyer at our sister site JTA). It's a big fat mess, in our esteemed and highly sophisticated opinion. Anyhoo, we'll leave all the speculating to the political legal experts, but thanks to Huffpost Comedy, the internet got to blow off some steam about the whole thing using children's book… >> Read More
One of the most cherished aspects of my life as a major book nerd, especially before I had kids, was curling up and watching lengthy Masterpiece Classic adaptations of my favorite novels (especially…anything by Jane Austen or Charles Dickens). Lately, I've fallen behind on this delightful indulgence, thanks to a certain small human being who occupies my every waking (and would-be sleeping) hour, but there's one new project that is very much on my radar: a forthcoming "Little Women" adaptation. Angela Lansbury, Emily Watson and Michael Gambon… >> Read More
Simone Veil, who died this week at 89, survived the horrors of the Holocaust—including losing her family—to become one of France's pioneering politicians, a spearhead of the first law…decriminalizing abortion in the country since the Napoleonic era. How did she make a life, a family and a career as an activist and leader after enduring what she did? She credited her mother, who died of Typhus before the liberation of Auschwitz, as a guiding light. “I’m often asked what gave me the strength… >> Read More
One of the worst trends of 2017 is male politicians complaining about having maternity coverage on their insurance packages. The latest to do that is one Pete Olson from Texas, in an absurd attempt…to defend Trumpcare. Fortunately pro-choice group NARAL (whose president Ilyse Hogue, chatted with Kveller this spring) was there with a righteous Tweetstorm to shut that whole thing down (we hope), using this crazy thing called science. If everyone opts out of insurance coverage for things they don't think pertain to them, then the social contract… >> Read More
I'm learning right now that with a toddler, steps towards independence often result in a backswing of clinginess, both for me and for him. I had perhaps naively thought that the demands on me would…be less now that I'm not nursing around the clock, but in many ways, they have increased: there's a person in my life who really needs my help becoming a person, and he's less interested in kicking his little legs and staring at the ceiling and more interesting in knowing: What is dat? What is… >> Read More
The Senate's "Trumpcare" bill has been revealed and it's really, really bad. As Ezra Klein writes on Vox: "Policy after policy in the bill is built to achieve the same goal: making poor people pay…more for less health insurance." ThinkProgress elaborates: "The bill would strip health care coverage from millions of low income Americans by rolling back the expansion of Medicaid — and then making even deeper cuts ... the Senate bill makes even deeper, more dramatic cuts to Medicaid that, over time, would leave more low income Americans without health coverage."… >> Read More
We still don't know what's in the super-secret, super-ominous GOP healthcare repeal bill that's being hurried through the senate.
And some Democratic senators are so mad (as well as being spurred…by constituent phone calls) that they're finally trying to slow the process down in order to shine a light on the goings-on. "Without the votes to block Obamacare repeal, Democrats are turning to procedural moves they believe will underscore their most powerful argument: Republicans are hiding their repeal plan from the public and using Senate… >> Read More