Courtney Gorter

Courtney is a staff writer at SparkNotes, and regular contributor to BNTeens and BuzzFeed.

This Utterly Blimmin' Perfect Book Guide Matches You With A Kids' Book According To Your Fav Novel

It is a truth universally acknowledged that choosing a children’s book with which to enthrall and delight your kids is not easy. In fact, I’d say it’s almost as difficult as putting the kids to bed after said book is done, because apparently it is…
By Courtney Gorter

A Short History Of The Wine-Mom Meme

Most memes seem to spring from nothing and nowhere, leaving us to Google them secretly lest we reveal how clueless and un-hip we are to the Internet zeitgeist. This is not the case with wine mom. This particular meme is unique in that everyone knows…
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The Biggest Trend In Parenting Is ~Supreme~

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everywhere, and I don’t just mean “in the Supreme Court” or “at the gym, doing more push-ups in one day than you or I will do in our entire lives.” (The woman is 85 years old and a two-time cancer survivor and she is…
By Courtney Gorter

'Harry Potter' Helped Me Come Out To My Mom

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Courtney Gorter

Every Existential Crisis Alice in Wonderland Ever Gave Me

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Courtney Gorter

Here's The Big Problem With Erasing Dumbledore's Gayness From 'Fantastic Beasts'

Let me just say this: I love Harry Potter. I’m a Harry Potter fan first and a human being second. But the latest piece of Fantastic Beasts news is, well, a blow. Director David Yates said in an Entertainment Weekly interview that Dumbledore’s…
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Everything Children's Books Ever Lied to Me About

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Courtney Gorter

I Learned How To Hold A Baby From Bradley Cooper, & Guys, I Don't Think I'm Doing It Right

I’m a twenty-something-year-old woman who just recently held a baby for the first time. What can I say? I didn’t previously know a ton of people with babies, and how often do you encounter a baby in the wild? Hardly ever. And when the fateful moment…
By Courtney Gorter