Treating Women Like Single-Issue Voters Is a Disservice

Last month, when I read that Cosmopolitan was going to use their platform to get women more engaged in this election, I was hopeful that maybe, just maybe, this women's magazine would take a different approach than other media outlets and recognize that women aren't all of one mind. We're not single issue voters or a special interest group. We're the majority of voters, and care about all the issues.   ...more
BadDomesticGoddess You have GOT to be kidding me.  I have no words. more

If You Don't Make Money, I Won't Date You

I ain't saying I'm a gold digger, but yes, you have to have a little gold. Let me give you a little context to explain my decision. When I was 19, I started my own very successful freelance writing business and by the age of 22, I dissolved it not only because of the economic downturn, but because I saw a more profitable career in Corporate America. Within three years, I was making six figures, flying across the country, buying stocks and working to earn a master’s degree - all while working full-time. I made good and bad choices financially, and twice, I’ve walked away from jobs, leaving me with no income streams. But divine intervention from God and my ability to get back in the game allowed me to recover each time, coming back more financially stable and resilient than before. I now find myself in another decently-senior position in a Fortune 500 company, writing this blog, sitting on important non-profit committees and attending high-profile parties in between. ...more
I'm guessing your outlook might shift and adapt as you grow up a little.  This sounds like a ... more

10 Things Parents Shouldn't Say To Non-Parents

Lately, I've seen some articles (this one in particular) about how people with kids are tired of hearing certain things from people without munchkins. I know, I know, we don't get it. But maybe, possibly, you're forgetting what it's like to not have kids. There are different stresses but stress none the less. ...more
Having animals are never ever ever ever EVER like having kids.  EVER.  I kind of laugh when ... more

We All Want to Raise Strong, Brave Girls

First of all, just writing that title made me go “AHJHJKJgajgdajsgdjhagdhja” because we all want this for our daughters, don’t we? We all want our daughters to grow up brave and empowered, able to stick up for themselves in an unpressured environment that, frankly, does not exist. And that’s really the root of all of this, isn’t it? The world is a rollercoaster. How do we help our girls ride without puking? Is there an antidote? An emotional Dramamine we can prescribe to keep them from feeling sick as they go up and down and upside down and backwards? ...more
For me, part of raising my soon-to-be-five daughters to be strong and brave and courageous is ... more

I Gave My Daughter Her First Joint

[Editor's Note: Today is National Pot Smoker's Day. As more and more states legalize marijuana, situations like this will just keep happening. What's your opinion? Tell us in the comments. - Rita]...more
AlexandreaMerrell A-FREAKING-MEN.  Well said. more

I've Taught My Daughter to Hate

“Boo! Hiss!” That is what my daughter will yell out whenever we drive by a McDonald's or a Burger King. On occasion, she will also stick out her tongue at the massively popular fast food chains. And you know what? This behavior totally warms my kale-eating, Greek yogurt-loving, grass-fed beef burger-grilling heart.  Image: greg westfall ...more
Your kid sounds like a real peach...super fun to be around. more

Open Letter to Those Who Don't Believe in Publicly Funded and Regulated Daycare

In response to the commenters on this article in the Toronto Star—and every article ever—about the need for safe, affordable childcare for working families. ...more
Ok, I get your huge long sob story (which really ends up being that you have awesome daycare, ... more

Crossing the Reality Line and Why I Don't Think You Can Watch 'The Bachelor' Now, Even to Make Fun of It

Oh, man. Here we go again. Were the producers at ABC's The Bachelor jealous of the social media attention Duck Dynasty received, or was Juan Pablo going rogue when he called gay people "more perverse in a sense?" You can read about his comments, made at an ABC press event, here. An audio of the interview is also available.  ...more
This, "The Duck Dynasty kerfuffle exploited the religious right's racism and views on ... more

Sexual Responsibility and The Post-Breakup "Surprise" Kid

WARNING- This sh*t is about to get real and preachy. If you think sexual irresponsibility is cool, don’t read this.I’ve encountered this too often for it not to be a trend. It’s a horrifying fad to me and I’d like to call it out. I’ve dated several men who, post-divorce or post-long term relationship breakup, end up knocking up a short-timer and now have a kid. (I’m sure you’ve heard of Dwyane Wade and his relationship hiatus baby by now). ...more
NewWomanOrder thlsralv I just keep thinking of my parents drilling it home to us all, "If you ... more

Sexual Responsibility and The Post-Breakup "Surprise" Kid

WARNING- This sh*t is about to get real and preachy. If you think sexual irresponsibility is cool, don’t read this.I’ve encountered this too often for it not to be a trend. It’s a horrifying fad to me and I’d like to call it out. I’ve dated several men who, post-divorce or post-long term relationship breakup, end up knocking up a short-timer and now have a kid. (I’m sure you’ve heard of Dwyane Wade and his relationship hiatus baby by now). ...more
What about just not hooking up?  Seems to mitigate most of the consequences, intended or otherwise. more
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