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Editorial

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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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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Body Image

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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College

I Went to School in the Rape Capital of America

By Jaycey Ells On August 6, 2014

Trigger warning for discussion of rape, slut-shaming and victim blaming. The day Jordan Johnson was pronounced not guilty for the rape of a young Jane Doe was the day everything changed in… Read More

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Memoir

I Am Not “Petite”; I Am a Woman

By Caitlin MacDougall On July 17, 2014

TRIGGER WARNING for detailed description of physical/sexual assault.  Recently, I was sexually assaulted on a bridge. I was walking home around 10:30 at night from a bar on a well-lit street with… Read More

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How Marijuana Laws Are Criminalizing a Livable Life For Those With PTSD

By Lexi McPherson On July 15, 2014

Trigger warning for discussion of rape and mental illness. On October 22, 2013 I found myself on the side of a highway in South Carolina in handcuffs. Thirteen months to the day… Read More

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Memoir

I Thought I Met “The One” – Until I Found Out He Had a Girlfriend

By Diana Trinh On July 15, 2014

What does it mean to be the other woman? In our heads, we imagine someone who is selfish – someone who wants our relationship and would do anything to ruin it. After… Read More

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Editorial

Why Being a Muslim Woman Makes Me a Better Feminist

By Zara Bennett On July 11, 2014

For many, it seems that the words “Islam” and “feminism” cannot coexist. As Ramadan, the month of Islamic fasting, gets under way, questions about how Muslim women “cope” with their religion often re-emerge. The… Read More

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Health

My Disordered Eating Gave Me Wings – Until it Took Away the Sky

By Georgia Boonshoft On July 11, 2014

Trigger warning for discussion of eating disorders, addiction, suicidal thoughts. I never used to qualify my body as part of me, a God-given temple to house my soul. I looked at it as… Read More

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My Mother Taught Me She Wasn’t Beautiful

By Lindsey Dennis On July 10, 2014

Trigger warning for mention of eating disorders. When I was a little girl, I believed that my mother was the most beautiful woman in the world. I was convinced that it was… Read More