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Are Power Moms The New Gays?

Essay: 'Brigitte Mom' is a new German magazine for the post-modern mother, who the publishers want us to believe are the hippest urban creatures since upwardly mobile gays and lesbians.

Mutter or Mom? (Indy Charlie)
Mutter or Mom? (Indy Charlie)
Andrea Fischer

ZURICH - A new German magazine called Brigitte Mom has just made its appearance at newsstands. It's a chic little publication aimed at a new species: mothers who are happy, confident and in step with the times – women, in other words, who aren't very mother-like. As such, these hip modern women aren't content to go by the name "mutter" or "mutti," the German words for mother. Instead they prefer the English term: "Mom."

A typical Mom also has a lot of money, which is why an awful lot of things are invented just for her. Buying these pricey products will make her feel even more special. Being a Mom, in other words, is not only something worth striving for. It's what everybody envies, at least that's what the new magazine seems to convey.

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War In Ukraine, Day 85: Russia’s "Smaller" Operations And Shrinking Ambitions

U.S. Department of Defense officials report that instead of the typical battalion tactical groups in Ukraine, which number several hundred soldiers, the Russians have now shifted to attacks by smaller units,

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A new Pentagon report has found that Russia is continuing to reduce the scale of its military actions toward more "small" operations, which is another sign that it has lowered the ambitions of its invasion of Ukraine.

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The Washington Post, citing a U.S. Department of Defense official, reports that instead of the typical battalion tactical groups, which number several hundred soldiers, the Russians have now shifted to attacks by smaller units, each ranging from a few dozen to a hundred soldiers. These smaller units have also scaled down their objectives and are targeting towns, villages and crossroads.

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