The Story Behind The Story
J. Anderson Coats (aka nilliaj)
Recently, my essay on the production of historical fiction appeared in Mamaphonic, an anthology that deals with creativity and motherhood. I did what promotion I could manage, cheerfully badgering local libraries and bookstores to carry it and sending out a few review... Find Out More
by heather jackson
I never thought I would be a mom. I never thought that me, Heather, would become pregnant. Or be a single mother or be one of "those" pregnant girls in high school.
Reasoning for not wanting children was because I would start thinking of the over population growth of the world, the stupid leaders of the world,... Find Out More
And So I Choose
by Allison Crews
A version of this essay appears in the second edition of the book Listen Up! Voices From The Next Feminist Generation, edited by Barbra Findlen.
As the editor of a small website designed by and for empowered, feminist teen mothers, I sometimes wonder how to attract the amount traffic that the... Find Out More
Ten Ways to Have Fun for Under $2: Advice from Under the Edge by Wendy Dutton
Why should Dad and Grandma get all the glory? Just because you're poor doesn't mean you can't spoil your kids....
1. The Rosebud Bath: Steal roses from your neighbors yard and sprinkle them in the tub. If roses are unavailable, any pretty... Find Out More
Teenage pregnancy is not a "crisis" or "epidemic," like so many people would like us to believe. The only true epidemic associated with teen pregnancy is the overwhelming and universal lack of support available to young mothers. The only true crisis is the denial of the fact that teenage girls can be, are, and always have been, both sexual and maternal beings, with the capacity to love, procreate, and nurture.
We love our children fiercely. We protect and care for them like any mother, of any age, would. Through Girl-Mom, We hope to slowly show that to the world.
Girl-Mom in no way encourages teen pregnancy, as some critics have implied. Girl-Mom encourages mothers. We encourage all young women who have chosen to become mothers. We encourage all young mothers to stand up for themselves, to fight for their children, to empower themselves and to defy the notion that being young means that you are unworthy of parenthood.
We do not encourage childless teens to follow our path; face it, it's a tough path. But we encourage all teens that wake to the call of "mama!" before dawn breaks, to do all that they can to empower themselves and nurture their children. We encourage those who, through their own choices and freewill, have evolved from Girl to Girl-Mom. The girls who frequent this site are intelligent, strong, compassionate, socially aware, politically active, and eternally nurturing. Together, we will change the face of "teen parenthood."