A Plus-Size Girl Walks into a Barre Studio

A few months ago, I started a new job with a political consulting company.  One of the things I really like about it is being surrounded by people who are healthy and active, but not judgmental.  Several of them are really into Barre classes. Barre is a challenging, non-impact workout that focuses on ballet-like movements to help sculpt and tone your body. ...more
I had a similar experience during my first Barre class (thankfully NOT in any co-workers' ... more

A Letter To My Neighbors About My Yard: There's a Reason for It

Dear Busybody Neighbors,This is a letter to you, the ones that made a huge fuss over the state of chaos that was our yard after several tons of oak tree smashed our house during Hurricane Irene, the ones who welcomed us back to the neighborhood the very day we arrived home after our 10 months of refugee-living (while our house was being rebuilt) by reminding us that we had one week to clean up the yard before the America In Bloom garden snob judges came to town. There are many of you in this neighborhood. I know because I've had you pull over to remind us that our grass needs mowing even when it is only an inch or two taller than yours. I've seen you scoff at the toys scattered on the porch and the general unruliness of our yard....more
TerriLynnMerritts Huh. It must be WONDERFUL to be so perfect. And so clearly non-judgmental of ... more

Shame and Misplaced Blame: The Problems With a Girls-Only Dress Code

There's an article going around the internet right now about a sixth grade girl's outfit. A mother published on Slate after her daughter was made to wear an oversized t-shirt because her (mighty cute, may I add) blue jean shorts didn't pass the school's dress code which stated that all shorts and skirts must reach fingertip length or longer. Who cares, right? Well, there's a big reason that you should: ...more
I completely agree. The fact that many schools have dress codes which only apply to girls is ... more

Why Can't I Handle My Husband's Travel?

There's this thing going on in my life right now that I keep wanting to write about and keep feeling like I can't. ...more
I was the traveling one in my marriage for about 18 months, and it was the WORST 18 months of ... more

Yes, Elsa is Sexy in 'Frozen,' and Disney Got It Right

(This post is written in response to a piece which appeared on SlateandHuff Post Parents.) ...more
Absolutely! I loved that Disney finally gave us a fully empowered woman instead of an overgrown ... more

Can you be a feminist wife?

 "Can you be a feminist wife?"...more
I myself married a feminist (by his own definition - because women are people). I suppose that ... more

Why Do We Place So Much Blame On "Homewreckers"?

Editor's Note: This blog was written in partial response to The Real Scandal: Homewreckers Are NOT Heroines!, which has been featured on BlogHer. - Feminista Jones ...more
Putting all the blame on the "homewrecker" is just a way to avoid looking at the real issues of ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your June Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily June NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
"Roots" theme this month, so I put in my Thanksgiving post with the turkey from hell. He was ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your November Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily November NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
Oops...and of course I put MY name instead of my POST ... more

Hey Roger Ebert, I Saw "Ted" and I Want My Money Back!

Roger Ebert, I may sue you.  Last night my sister, brother-in-law and I went to a movie based upon your recommendation and it was the worst.  No, it was the worst of the worst.  It was horrid.Not only did I lose 45 minutes of my life (and, since I am in my mid-50s, every minute counts), now I have some deeply disturbing images and dialogue in my head.  I may never be able to forget.It all started innocently enough....more
If you're not a fan of Seth McFarland (Family Guy) you likely wouldn't enjoy Ted. The movie is ... more