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The Dirty Problems Behind “Clean” Eating

By Maya Dodd On September 10, 2014

Content ahead includes discussion of diet, restrictive eating, and disordered eating.  Look at any recent diet book, food blog, or Pinterest board from the past year or so and you’ll be sure… Read More

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Real Talk

4 Things That Happened When I Ended My Engagement

By Dannielle Norman On September 9, 2014

At the end of 2012 I broke off a five and a half year relationship and engagement that I’d previously had every intention of keeping. I’m writing because I know, from experience,… Read More

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Editorial

5 Annoying Realities Every Short Girl Has to Deal With

By Jessica Harkins On September 7, 2014

Can I be honest with you? Let’s just get real for a second. I am one short lady, I am 5 feet nothing, and if you were to ask my husband or… Read More

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Editorial

Can We Stop Acting Like Not Having Kids is a Controversial Decision?

By Sarah Willis On September 4, 2014

Childlessness is entering the mainstream. The Underwoods in House of Cards – the power couple du jour – are deliberately childless. A recent Open University study found that childless couples have more… Read More

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Editorial

The Problem with Changing Your Name For a Man

By Michelle Cason On September 3, 2014

The other day while standing at my front door signing for a package, the FedEx guy said to me as he was leaving, “last name Insertmyboyfriendslastnamehere?” It caught me so off-guard that… Read More

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We Shouldn’t Have to Worry About Our Mental Health & Safety Every Time We Go Outside

By Rachel Kinnard On August 26, 2014

Trigger warning for sexual harassment.  As a young woman in the 21st century, street harassment is a regular part of my life. On any given day, I can expect to be catcalled,… Read More

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Memoir

How Compliments About My Weight Loss Made it Harder to Love Myself

By Ellie Sear On August 25, 2014

Trigger warning for reflection on negative body image. Since I was around 11 I’ve been on the bigger end of the spectrum. It’s been a struggle for as long as I can… Read More

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Stop Telling Sad Bloggers They’re Just Looking For Attention

By Estee Shaw On August 23, 2014

Trigger warning for discussion of mental health. There are quite a few things I would be cool with never hearing again. As a citizen of the internet (including our beloved tumblr), there’s one… Read More

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Memoir

Why I’m Happy/Not Happy That My BFF is Pregnant

By Alice Willow On August 18, 2014

Trigger warning for discussion of abortion. About an hour ago, I found out that my best friend is pregnant. Not last week, not last night—this afternoon. 47 minutes ago, according to my… Read More

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Learning Not to Hate Myself as a Fat Girl in the Real World

By Noor Al-Sibai On August 18, 2014

Until two weeks ago, I lived in a bubble. Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, I moved to Asheville, a small San Francisco-esque city in the Blue Ridge Mountains, for college in… Read More

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How My First One Night Stand Helped Me Reclaim My Sexuality

By Elan Carson On August 13, 2014

I’m 24 and I’ve just experienced my first one night stand. The scenario is everything you’re already picturing: Drunk guy and drunk gal meet at a bar, they dance together while poorly… Read More

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Bi Erasure, or Why the Hell is My Sexuality So Hard to Understand?

By Rut Guðnadóttir On August 7, 2014

Once upon a time I thought I was a lesbian. It was mainly a conscious decision I made because I didn’t like boys at the time. That didn’t really pan out, since you… Read More