Gabrielle Blair

Gabrielle Stanley Blair is the author of the book, Ejaculate Responsibly: A Whole New Way To Think About Abortion — an instant New York Times Bestseller. She is also the founder of DesignMom.com. Started in 2006, it has been named a Website of the Year by Time Magazine, praised as a top parenting blog by The Wall Street Journal, Parents, and Better Homes & Gardens, and won the Iris Award for Blog of the Year. Her first book, Design Mom: How to Live with Kids, also a New York Times Bestseller, was published in 2015. Gabrielle is also a founder of Alt Summit, the blockbuster annual conference for online content creators and creative entrepreneurs, currently in its 13th year.

As a thought leader for over 15 years, Gabrielle has written and moderated hundreds of discussions on difficult topics, and interviewed some of the most influential people in the world. Her writing is quoted and shared across the globe daily. Gabrielle and her husband, Ben Blair, have six children — Ralph, Maude, Olive, Oscar, Betty, and Flora June. After six years in Oakland, they moved to a small town in Normandy, France where they are renovating a house from the 1600s. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Photo by Justin Hackworth
Photo by Justin Hackworth

Photo by Nicole Breanne

After working in New York City as an art director, Gabrielle Blair started Design Mom as a hobby. She had just had baby number 5 (baby number six came a few years later), and blogging seemed like a good a way for her to connect with other women when she was up with middle of the night feedings. She started writing essays, sharing parenting advice and interesting finds that she had picked up as a young mother and designer — and the blog took off.

Over 6000 blog posts and two books later, Gabrielle is considered a top expert in creating accessible conversations about hard topics, parenting engaged and independent kids, and creating a home where both parents and kids can thrive. Endlessly curious, she shares projects she’s working on, starts discussions about newsworthy topics, amplifies women’s voices, introduces new ideas and cool discoveries, and lends her passion for engaged parenting to everyone who reads her work.

Gabrielle is a mother of six with a BFA in graphic design who has raised her family on both coasts and across the ocean. The family spent 8 years in New York, then moved to Denver, Colorado for 1.5 years, then Normandy, France for 2.5 years, then Oakland, California for 6 years, and then back to Normandy in September 2019. You can follow along with the on-going renovations of their house, built in the 1600s.

Recent Press

For press inquiries regarding Gabrielle’s forthcoming book, Ejaculate Responsibly, please contact Ilana Gold Ilana.Gold@hbgusa.com. The high-res images of Gabrielle featured here may be used by media with credit to the photographer.

Gabrielle Blair argues that the abortion debate should focus more on the lack of accountability by men in preventing unwanted pregnancies

BBC Woman’s Hour
‘Ejaculate Responsibly: The conversation We Need to Have about Men and Contraception’ is a stirring manifesto by American writer and award winning parenting blogger Gabrielle Blair

The Times UK
I want men to think of their sperm as potentially very dangerous

Queen City News
New book explores a whole new way to think about abortion

Vanity Fair
Ejaculate Responsibly, occupies a wide yellow stripe at the top of the paperback: a call to action with a caution sign’s sense of urgency

Alt Summit Keynote
Keynote interview about ‘Ejaculate Responsibly’ at the Alt Summit conference.

Boston Globe
Reimagining the abortion debate in ‘Ejaculate Responsibly’

Fox News
New Jersey board approves ‘Ejaculate Responsibly’ book after teacher was ‘disturbed’ it was not included

National Post
Men: Take responsibility for your sperm, author argues

New York Times Book Review
Gabrielle Blair Embraces ‘the Least Sexy Way to Talk About Sex’

New York Times Feature
Gabrielle Blair Would Like a Word With Men

Oprah Daily
Ejaculate Responsibly: One Woman’s Take on the Contraception Controversy

Washington Post
Who is responsible for unwanted pregnancies? Men, a new book argues.

CBS Mornings
“Ejaculate Responsibly,” a new book written by a self-described “religious mother of six,” argues that “men cause all unwanted pregnancies” — and, therefore, should be the focus of abortion debates.

In Ejaculate Responsibly, Gabrielle Blair Makes Abortion a Men’s Issue

Book by mom of six puts onus on men to stop unwanted pregnancies

The View
New Book Argues Men Are Responsible For Pregnancies

EJACULATE RESPONSIBLY! How to stop abortions

Ms. Magazine
‘Men Are 100% Responsible for Unwanted Pregnancies’: Gabrielle Blair on Her Viral-Tweet-Turned-Book, ‘Ejaculate Responsibly’

USA Today
Who is author Gabrielle Blair, and what does this Mormon mom want men to do before having sex?

Yahoo! Unmuted
Author Gabrielle Blair believes men could end abortions if they ‘Ejaculate Responsibly’: ‘Every time a man has sex, he could potentially impregnate someone.’

Katie Couric Media
This Mormon Mother of 6 Is Battling for Reproductive Rights

Publishers Weekly
Ejaculate Responsibly: A Whole New Way to Think About Abortion

Salt Lake Tribune
As abortion debate heats up, LDS auther has a message for men: use a condom

Today Show
Mormon mom of six responds to her viral stance on how to end abortion

NPR — KJZZ Phoenix
‘Sperm causes pregnancies’: How men can step up in the abortion debate

Zeit Magazin (German newspaper of record)
Für jede ungewollte Schwangerschaft ist ein Mann verantwortlich

De Volkskrant (Dutch newspaper of record)
Het iconische twitterdraadje over abortus dat maar viral blijft gaan: ‘Raakt een vrouw ongewenst zwanger, dan heeft een man dat altijd veroorzaakt’

The Press Democrat
The woman behind the brilliant abortion Twitter thread

USA Today
Mormon mom of six writes viral Twitter thread focusing on male responsibility in pregnancy

Buzzfeed News
Some of the Most Viral “Pro-Choice” Instagram Content is Coming From Mormon Bloggers

Orlando Weekly
Men cause 100% of unwanted pregnancies. Period.

Photo by Ben Blair
Photo by Gabrielle Blair
Photo by Justin Hackworth

Did you know?

• Design Mom is credited for launching dozens of brands and services that you’ve come to know and love. Watch Fixer Upper? Yes, Joanna Gaines was discovered on Design Mom!

• Since its launch in 20016, popular lifestyle blog, Design Mom, has consistently won awards and been recognized as a top influential parenting site by major media and social media peers, including The Wall Street JournalParentsReal SimpleMartha Stewart Living and Better Homes & Gardens.

• Gabrielle wrote a Twitter thread about abortion and irresponsible ejaculations in September of 2018 that has been viral for four years and counting, and continues to shape the national conversation around abortion. The thread has been covered in dozens of media sources (including several listed above), and was the inspiration for her new book — the instant New York Times bestseller, Ejaculate Responsibly.

• Design Mom was named Blog of the Year at the industry standard Iris Awards in 2015.

• The Design Mom: How To Live With Kids book made the New York Times Bestseller List.

• Time Magazine named Design Mom a Website of the Year.

• Gabrielle and her husband Ben Blair are currently writing a Parenting Book to be published by Workman.

Photo by Ben Blair
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