Almost 20 years after Dan Quayle publicly criticized the fictional Murphy Brown for having a baby out of wedlock, the issue is back in the news as conservative commentator (and possible presidential candidate) Mike Huckabee called out actress Natalie Portman for doing the same. Despite the popularity of shows like a Teen Mom, and a rash of unwed celebrity pregnancies right now, Americans are still overwhelmingly in favor of a two-parent home. Take this quiz to see how much you know about unwed mothers in the US.Take the Quiz
Boyfriends beware: if you hope to win Jenny McCarthy's heart through her son, you better be in it for the long haul. The actress, author, and autism advocate appears on today's Ellen DeGeneres Show to show off her new line of eco-friendly baby and children's products, and the conversation quickly turns to her new boyfriend. When discussing the man she has been dating for just over a month, she told the host that he has yet to meet her son, Evan, 8:
Evan is on the strictest VIP meet and greet — which is like six months. I don't have guys meeting him on a cycle. That boy is very important to me.
What do you think is the proper waiting period to introduce a new partner to your child?
When Jennifer Aniston's latest flick hits theaters this week, moviegoers will see the star portray a woman who decides to inseminate herself when she hasn't met the man of her dreams by her 41st birthday. In what is beginning to sound like an instance of life imitating art, the megastar has been discussing the role of men in starting a family while out promoting The Switch. In one quote, she said:
Women are realizing more and more that you don't have to settle, they don't have to fiddle with a man to have that child. They are realizing if it's that time in their life and they want this part they can do it with or without that.
Those words aren't sitting well with Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly. The conservative talk show host took to the airwaves last night to debate the topic of single motherhood, suggesting that teens will hear her message and not understand the difference between single motherhood as a teen compared to that as a mature adult. He said:
She's throwing a message out to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds that, "Hey you don't need a guy. You don't need a dad." That is destructive to our society,
Given the high rates of teen pregnancy, do you find Jennifer Aniston's comments "destructive"?
Sandra Bullock is a single mother. The actress finalized her adoption of adorable Louis Bardo Bullock on her own. She will likely raise her son without the help of her soon-to-be ex-husband, Jesse James. But are women who coparent (participate actively, physically, emotionally, and financially) with their child's biological or adoptive father still considered single mommies?
Meg Ryan is the single mom of Daisy. Will Halle Berry be deemed one too since she has split from her boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry — even if he maintains his role in their daughter Nahla's life? Modern relationships have evolved into more than just conventional couples, but has the definition of single motherhood changed with the times? Or does marriage or a commitment between two parents decide a mama's status? What's your opinion?