I Don’t Care What You Think About My Breakfast — Katie Heaney
After years of copying other people’s snacks and fending off unsolicited diet advice, Katie Heaney wrote about finally figuring out what she wants to be eating.
Hell Yeah, I Wear A Fanny Pack — Rachel Wilkerson Miller
Rachel Wilkerson Miller makes a case for why the fanny pack may not be the purse we want, but it’s the purse we need.
How I Made A Career Out Of Showing People My Cervix — Alexandra Duncan
As a gynecological teaching associate, Alexandra Duncan uses her own body to teach medical students how to perform pelvic exams. She wrote about why it’s the best, most empowering work she’s ever done.
How I Gave Myself Permission To Be Gluten-Free — Martha Stortz
When she was diagnosed with celiac disease, Martha Stortz was more concerned about how her gluten-free diet looked to other people than she was about what it meant for her.
I Fell For The Perfect Guy, But Not For His Open Relationship — Jess Haberman
After years of disappointing dating, Jess Haberman finally found someone great. The only problem was his other relationship.
For years in America, Anup Kaphle tried and failed to replicate the Nepali dishes his parents made. Then he realized he was doing it wrong.
Pinterest Is Actually A Porn Director’s Best Friend — Kitty Stryker
Find out why your favorite place to window-shop for succulents is Kitty Stryker’s new favorite way to plan on-camera threesomes.
I Have Long Nails Because I’m Proud Of What They Mean — Jacob Tobia
As a genderqueer person, Jacob Tobia’s fingernails have made their femininity more visible, both to other people and to them.
How I Learned To Celebrate Eid Al Adha In America — Zainab Shah
I Was A Fundamentalist Christian Until I Discovered Feminist Writers — Susan Gray Blue
Today it’s finding feminism, not God, that makes Susan Gray Blue want to testify. But getting here took a long time.
Susie Armitage is not fearless. But she spends a lot of time doing things that terrify most reasonable people.
When Ramona Emerson moved out of her parents’ house at 18, she didn’t expect to be back a decade later. Now she may never want to leave.
Kaye Toal explained why anyone who really wants to understand what’s at stake in the debate over abortion should spend some time outside the places where it happens.
For most of her life, Lauren Paul struggled with her hair because it reminded her of her own otherness. After her mom died, she realized she didn’t have to.
Experimenting with the color of her hair has helped Kaela Myers to claim it as truly hers, and to change the signal it sends about her biracial identity.
Why #DuragHistoryWeek Is More Than A Joke — Vann R. Newkirk II
Or: How the iconic hair accessory of Vann R. Newkirk II’s youth became an unexpectedly meaningful way to celebrate blackness in the face of isolation.
I Can’t Live Without Fear, But I Can Learn To Be OK With It — Arianna Rebolini
I Have To Push My Own Limits To Let My Kids Find Theirs — Josh Stearns
Josh Stearns’s greatest challenge as a father is figuring out how to teach his kids independence and keep them safe at the same time.
The Year Of The Snail — Alanna Okun
Getting an unexpected pet made Alanna Okun feel like an actual adult.
In Defense Of Going Out — Ramona Emerson
The next time you’re inclined to whine about going to another party, remember people like Ramona Emerson, who is hardly able to go to any.
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