Thursday BARB Up February 16, 2017.

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I read a lot of interviews and I’ve done a bunch myself. My least favorite question of a woman is this one: Do you think motherhood has changed you? Because, really? How can it not change the person you are? You may think it doesn’t. You may hope it doesn’t. You may be in denial about it. But you are a changed person once you take on the role of being a parent. Even if you are the most selfish human being in the world (nothing wrong with that), a child requires an active participation from you that never existed within you. A child can draw out the cranky you. A child can tap into your most impatient you. A child can touch you in the way no one else ever has. A child can do to you what you didn’t expect and don’t want. But, and this is key, a child changes you. So please, stop asking that question. It’s reductive, it’s ignorant, it’s dismissive. If you want to know what happens in a woman’s life once she takes on the role of mother, ask her how she’s feeling, in that moment. Because, there? That’s the most interesting answer you’ll get.

What I’m discovering, sadly, is that ageism isn’t limited to actresses in Hollywood. Geena Davis is the founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which “is the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence content creators and audiences about the importance of eliminating unconditional bias, highlighting gender balance, challenging stereotypes, creating role models and scripting a wide variety of strong female characters in entertainment and media that targets and influences children ages 11 and under.”

Marilyn Minter: “I’m not trying to be any kind of leader, ’cause it’s not my generation. I don’t need an abortion, and I’m not going to get deported. It’s your generation. I just want to be with you.”

How to raise a feminist? I know the answer to this one. Instill in her/him the values that you revere, always have her/his back and teach her/him the definition of feminism: that women and men are of equal value. Don’t get bogged up in time out’s and shit like that.

Sally Kohn is a genius!

Did you miss the Westminster Dog Show? Well, here’s a compilation video of some of the dogs and cats that were there.

Here’s an explanation as to exactly why we need Elizabeth Warren to keep persisting.

Oh and here’s how to really embrace being a morning person.

And here’s how to become a Unicorn!

30 ways that you can tell whether someone is good at sex before you have the sex with them.

Volkswagon’s Propeller of Diversity and Inclusion, Lisa Brown.

And now have a laugh with Judy Gold.

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