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Just Because You’re a Mom Doesn’t Mean You Have to Dress Like One

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Lady Cockburn and Her Three Eldest Sons by Joshua ReynoldsA few years ago, Saturday Night Live aired a fake commercial for “Mom Jeans.” The video went viral—not only because it’s funny, but also because it spoofs a basic fact about the lives of millions of women: “You’re not a woman anymore. You’re a mom!”

It’s a perennial problem. How do I, as a mom, dress to fit my lifestyle and to send the right message to the people around me? I don’t want my clothes to say, “I’ve given up on myself.” But I want them to reflect certain features–psychiological, social, and practical–of my life. Read the rest of this entry

Lessons in Wifery from Anna Karenina

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The Unequal Marriage by Vasili PukirevLeo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina famously begins, “Happy families are all alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Tolstoy weaves together the storyline of one happy family and one unhappy family through the protagonists Constantine Levine and Anna Karenina. Through Levine (and his eventual wife Kitty) and Anna, Tolstoy shows us what love can add to—and take away from—an ordinary, human life. And through both Kitty and Anna, we see how each choice a woman makes leads to her eventual happiness or downfall. Read the rest of this entry