18 weeks ago
What’s the point of trying something new if there isn’t the potential to fail? Wouldn’t life be extremely boring if every new thing we tried, we were masters of immediately?Risk is the companion of innovation.John Adair
18 weeks ago
 Is voicing your dissenting opinion on appearance more important than someone else’s discovery of their own happiness and power?You would like to think that woman-on-woman crime is a thing of the past. After all, didn’t we all see Mean Girls?But that leap of faith into the waiting arms of fellow sisters is still something that I would hesitate to undertake with an unfortunate number of ladies that I encounter.
18 weeks ago
Their worth is in their suffering — and in the praise that is a byproduct of it.I smell bleach. It’s coming from the laundry room, which is right next to my bedroom, where I am, on my bed, propped up on five down-alternative pillows, writing this.I’m in my bed propped up on five down-alternative pillows tonight, because yesterday I was urinating blood. There is bleach in the wash because little kids get their socks really filthy playing outside, and the medication I’m taking turned my urine pumpkin orange.
18 weeks ago
Can women wear makeup and be feminist? I recently came across a comment that berated someone for claiming that she wasn't wearing any makeup when she clearly had some blush and concealer on, and then continued to argue that it was hypocritical to say that they were not anti-feminist when they "clearly leaned" towards that attitude. I don't know why this has to be said, but...
18 weeks ago
 In a world where botox and plastic surgery are so easily on offer, I sometimes wonder why we can’t just be the way we are. Who tells us that we need all these things to look beautiful? Who tells us that our nose is not ‘perfect’? What is a perfect nose anyway? And does fixing our nose or other parts of our body make us feel happier about ourselves? Perhaps once our nose is ‘perfect’, we might need a matching ‘perfect’ mouth!
18 weeks ago
In the United States, every child learns Christopher Columbus discovered America. When I attended school, the books talked about the Native Americans that were already here, but it was presented in such a way that we totally accepted the “reasonableness” of taking over the land.
18 weeks ago
 One more thing accomplished…day 3 FSH level blood test – check! Now hopefully the results will be okay…Prior to this, it was quite the day…
19 weeks ago
"We all have our own story. Tell it. Listen to others.  Elicit it from others even, and from within ourselves."Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road
By bameng
19 weeks ago
I loved watching Kelly Clarkson sing “Piece by Piece” on American Idol earlier this month. It was a moving, emotional ballad; Kelly struggled with tears through the whole song, at times even losing her voice to tears as she pushed through to the end.
19 weeks ago
When you think about Louie, the barely fictional character from the show LOUIE, the term ‘sex god’ may not immediately come to mind. It certainly doesn’t come to mind for his love interests. The ones that reject him explain with “My chemistry is telling me you’re a loser”, or just “Suck a dick, son.” Even worse, the ones he does bed complain that “You’re bad at sex” and “You smell weird…like dying.”Yet last season, Louie was a full-on chick magnet. Not only was he was banging bonafide hotties on the regular, but — unlike in previous seasons — not a single one was batshit crazy.
19 weeks ago
A friend on Twitter told me that this month is endometriosis awareness month, in the midst of my complaints about one of my pain flares. And I struggle to write this in a way that will make sense and be helpful, but also not be cliche. Because endometriosis affects one in ten people and no two people have similar experiences.
19 weeks ago
Question: have you ever seen a person (a stranger or even perhaps someone you know) and complimented them… in your head? “I really like that girl’s outfit.”“He has an incredible voice.”“She is SO funny.““Damn, my coworker KILLED that presentation.  That was incredible.” 
19 weeks ago
Let Your Life SpeakParker J. Palmer This little book is jam-packed with excellence. It was on my reading list for many years, and I like to think that this was the perfect moment that it reached me. I was ready.
19 weeks ago
 I thought I would do an update on how I'm medicating with cannabis. I've been a patient now for almost six years and over that time, I've modified how I use cannabis for my rheumatoid arthritis. I'm in remission now and I don't need to use as much as I once did.
20 weeks ago
"You gotta be loud, if you want their attention."
20 weeks ago
Yesterday was International Women’s Day. I wrote my 5-year-old daughter a poignant note on the back of a watercolored card I painted for her, which said: “believe in your dreams.” Between my daily musings urging her to smile and be kind, I urged her to celebrate being a beautiful, smart little woman. Not because she is able to comprehend the power of womanhood now, but because one day, all my messages to her together may resonate loud enough to trump the other noise.
By MrsAOK
20 weeks ago
On being a woman...My thoughts on being a woman have changed since I was younger, but stayed the same in some respect.  I was once enchanted with the beauty of women from a more shallow perspective, I looked up to beautiful women with beautiful things and beautiful covers in magazines.
20 weeks ago
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