PCOS and Weight: How to Get Your Groove Back

When I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) earlier this year, the doctors game me all kinds of helpful (and alarming!) information about the condition.  What they didn’t tell me was that their diagnosis would trigger my long-dormant obsession with the bathroom scale, send me into a calorie-counting frenzy and give my self esteem a serious pummeling. ...more
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Is Julien Blanc, the "Pickup Artist" who Advocates "#chokinggirlsaroundtheworld" Coming to Your City?

Trigger warning: discussion of sexual assault and violence against womenFor just over a week, Toronto has been abuzz over allegations that Jian Ghomeshi, a much beloved CBC radio host who claimed to espouse feminist values, was fired by the station over allegations he had abused and sexually assaulted a number of women, which rose from 3 to 10 as the week went on....more

How I Learned to Love My Menstrual Cup

As some of you may recall, I'm doing some work with Mother Nature Partnership, a fabulous organization providing women in rural Cameroon with reproductive health education and hygienic, reusable menstrual cups to replace the dangerous, unhygienic, and just all-around uncomfortable and inconvenient methods of managing their periods. Obviously I think this project is brilliant and am a big fan of menstrual cups because there are fewer chemicals in the body and fewer tampons in the landfill. At least, I was a big fan of them in theory. Despite talking them up all over the Internet and to anyone who didn't look ready to keel over from squeamishness in person for the past couple of months, I had yet to actually use one myself. ...more
I won't be trying a cup.  I dislike putting things inside my vagina.  I use tampons sparingly ...more

Ten Ways to Embrace Autumn

I know, I know, summer is barely in the ground and here I am telling you how to move on!...more

The Trouble with Trolls

I’ve been thinking about trolls lately.No, sadly, not the fluffy, neon-haired bejewelled belly button type (what a weird fad that was).I’ve been thinking more about the type who prowl the internet looking for unmoderated forums to spew bilious, hateful trash. You know, the ones you encounter when, against your better judgement you think, “I’ll just quickly scroll down to the comment section of this thoughtful piece of writing or this heartfelt video.”...more

How a Blood Clot Changed My Body Confidence

Of course, it hasn’t stopped me from scrutinizing my body with a less than kind eye now and again, but that shift in focus has been a really powerful thing. So my advice to women when they find themselves dissatisfied with their looks is to try your damndest to shift your perspective. Think about the amazing things your body can do besides fit into your skinny jeans. Think about the way it feels, and what you can do to make it feel better. ...more
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We're not Defined by Our 9-5s

The other night, my friend Emma and I were chatting with a bartender who asked us about our work. We obligingly gave vague descriptions of our respective administrative positions. When he left, we started chatting about how boring that was, and how we really should just tell people about our blogging and photography instead....more

Ten Ways to Boost Your Body Confidence

It seems to be such a rare thing to find a woman who is comfortable in her own skin. And with good reason, I think. There are far too many people who stand to profit from keeping women insecure, preoccupied and dissatisfied with how they look, to extremely detrimental effect to women, girls and society overall. So when I encounter one of these unicorn women, I am fascinated. ...more
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Flu-Fighting Frankensoup (and other home remedies)

I’ve been fighting off the threat of a cold/fever for weeks now.You know that feeling where you start to get fever chills and your throat has a distinctly raw quality to it and your neck is sore? I’ve felt it coming on strong at the end of the work week for the past couple of weeks but have managed to squash it (or so I thought) in order to do the weekend overtime hours I crazily signed up for or to run around the city eating dumplings and singing karaoke....more

Misophonia makes Loud Chewing the Stuff of Nightmares

I can’t recall when I first noticed the sound of certain friends and family members’ chewing. I can’t have been more than ten or eleven. But suddenly, the slurping, smacking and chomping of people who ate with, shall we say, a certain gusto, began to have a powerful impact on me....more