Feb 10 2014

Tim Armstrong Distressed Baby Parent Speaks Out (A-O-HELL-No)

The parent of a “distressed baby” that AOL’s Tim Armstrong blamed for cutting employee benefits is speaking out.

The second logo for AOL, used from 2006–2009

Here’s a link to an article Deanna Fei wrote for Slate.com’s DoubleX. The title?

“My Baby and AOL’s Bottom Line”


“That ‘distressed baby’ who Tim Armstrong blamed for benefit cuts? She’s my daughter.”

An article on Gawker’s ValleyWag by Nitasha Tiku makes the claim that the AOL CEO “has a history of targeting pregnant employees,” citing specific examples of past behavior, including a lawsuit dating to Tim’s time at Google. If you want to get really nauseous, read some of the comments.

Tim apologized. A couple of times. Doesn’t seem to be helping.

Bottom line? Smooth move, Tim. Stay classy.

Tim Armstrong blames “distressed babies” for AOL benefit cuts. He’s talking about my daughter. (via Slate DoubleX)

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Oct 22 2012

Free To Be You and Me 40th Anniversary at Slate DoubleX

DoubleX at Slate.com has a series of articles by Dan Kois on the 40th anniversary of “Free To Be…You And Me“. I haven’t read them all but I do love me that album. (I can call it an album because it was released in 1972 — ack — and was, in fact, an album. So there.)

This bit of text caught my eye:

…I remember the odd feeling of dissociation, even then, as I tried to relate the world of “Free To Be” with the world I actually lived in—1981 suburban Whitefish Bay, Wis. Because in my elementary school, it wasn’t, actually, all right to cry. Not if you were a boy. And certainly no boy in my second-grade class would admit to having a doll the way William does in “William’s Doll.”

It wasn’t just you, dude. The timing is a bit different but that one confused me too. Because it sure as hell wasn’t alright for boys to cry at my school. And we played with action figures rather than dolls. There is a difference, sort of.

Anyway, link to the first of three articles is below. Happy 40th Anniversary to “Free To Be”!

Free To Be You and Me 40th anniversary: How did a kids album by a bunch of feminists change everything? – Slate Magazine.