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“I hear black people are in danger” – by Iowna Free

I don’t want to talk race with a kid who isn’t my child or student, but she has been taught that it’s ok for...
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What Mollie Knows

By Karin Spirn Things my grandma doesn’t know: My name. That I am her granddaughter. That her other granddaughter in New York just had...
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Piano, Privilege, and Being Put in My Place

By Michelle Gonzales Once the husband and I realized that our son was serious about piano, wasn’t going to give it up after two...
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This is What Young Motherhood Looks Like

Nina Packebush interviews Jendella Benson about The Young Motherhood Project Hip Mama’s Nina Packebush recently got a chance to sit down with photographer and...
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“Tell Me When it Stops Raining”

by Lisbeth Coiman   The day of her menarche the girl goes to her mother, who is sharping her kitchen knife on the edge...
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Empty Nests and Morphine

by Lee Gallagher Aside from a few drinks and a joint or two, which hardly counts, I was basically clean throughout my son’s childhood....
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When My Mother was a Nun

by Laura Green How does a person’s mother leave the convent? Breaking up with God has to be the worst, with his perfection and...
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And the winners are…

    We had an amazing response to the Hip Mama and Unchaste Readers 2015 writing contest. Thanks to all of the writers who...
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You Have to Leave Now, Mama – by Jenny Forrester

You Have to Leave Now, Mama by Jenny Forrester After the family picnic, she said I could leave. I told her my flight doesn’t...
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“I’m Afraid I Can’t See Over Your Hair” by Anna Doogan

I was used to it. My hair often caused chaos. “Your hair be throwin’ gang signs!” “Your hair is a fractal!” “You should rethink...