Why Facebook’s Egg Donor Ads Freak Me Out (And Should Freak You Out Too)

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By Sayantani DasGupta Three white chicken eggs with smiley faces drawn on them peer out at me from a Facebook ad. (Notably, a Facebook ad forwarded to a listserv by a young woman in college, not one that popped up in my own middle-aged Facebook feed.) One of the smiling eggs exclaims, "Donate Me and Help Make a … [Read more...]

Sit Down. We’re Gonna Talk About Periods.

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By Allison Epstein It's a scientific fact: Our culture gets weird about bodily fluids. I mean, everybody pees, and yet someone's programmed an entire website to show people the least awkward way to do it in public. But when you take a look at the intersection of biological discharge and gender, stuff starts to get real tricky, … [Read more...]

How Do Leggings Shine a Spotlight on Sexism in the Media?

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By Tasha Sanders, Intern 2015 When I first caught wind of blogger Veronica Partridge's recent post about her decision not to wear leggings or yoga pants anymore, I was stumped. Full disclosure: I am totally in the "Leggings Can Be Pants!" camp. I love leggings. They're so comfortable, they look great under dresses and tunics … [Read more...]

How I Stopped Worrying and Started Loving My Boobs

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By Lauren Hockenson for Femsplain, cross-posted with permission When I thought no one was looking, I locked myself in the bathroom that I shared with my four brothers and sisters to stare at myself in the mirror. At nearly eleven years old, scrawny and small, I could really only see the upper part of my torso. But that was all … [Read more...]

How I Dealt with Multiple Miscarriages while My Friends All Had Babies

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By Tamar Henry at GirlTalkHQ, cross-posted with permission. One premise-level misconception that often seems to surface when we talk about women who can't get pregnant, or are dealing with pregnancy loss, is that there are two distinct types of women: 1) women who have an easy time getting pregnant or carrying a baby to term, … [Read more...]

Popular Publishers Tell Women to Be a Man or Write Like One

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By Caryn Rubanovich I'm sitting in my writing seminar. Over this past semester, I've gotten to know my fellow classmates and their writing intimately. I've read their poems, fictional stories, non-fictional accounts. I've befriended, fallen in love with, and despised their intricately constructed characters. I've familiarized … [Read more...]

Guess What, Ladies: Phyllis Schlafly Thinks You Shouldn’t Go to College


By Emma Cueto for Bustle, cross-posted with permission There are certain things in life you can count on — January is terrible, kittens are phenomenal, and any time Phyllis Schlafly is in the news, you're going to want to tear your hair out. Recently, Phyllis Schlafly has declared women should stop going to college, and that … [Read more...]

Cross-Country: On Feeling Safe

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By Hayley Krischer for The Toast, cross-posted with permission Editor's Note: This piece discusses instances of sexual assault and sexual violence that may be triggering for some readers. I traveled across country just before cell phones were widely available. My cousin in Baltimore had a cell phone, so my father instructed me … [Read more...]

I Learned To Be a Feminist From My Single Mom


By Mac Premo at Tue/Night, cross-posted with permission. She just stood there, not moving, staring at a closed door. I was standing behind her, having come to the same complete stop as she did. I was confused as to why she wasn’t moving anymore. I was seven. Then it dawned on me: she was waiting for me to open that door for her. … [Read more...]

Exploiting Impostor Syndrome

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By s.e. smith at This Ain't Livin', cross-posted with permission Impostor syndrome: The feeling that you're not really qualified for something, that you are pretending, that you will, at any moment, be caught out by someone who actually knows what she is doing. The constant nagging fear of humiliation as people realize that you … [Read more...]