All women are born with a little bit of fight in them. We fight for equality, we fight to be heard, we fight to protect our families, our health, and our rights. We fight for our dreams in a society that has historically said, “You can’t.” We fight to find role models for ourselves and […]Read more "What’s worth fighting for"
While driving to dinner with my sister and her friend, we started talking about our summer fitness goals. My ever-busy sister said she’d be happy just to make it to yoga and go kickboxing with her boyfriend on the weekends. Her friend said she wanted to drop down to 145 lbs. “Me too,” I said. “I’m […]Read more "Skinny-fat"
It isn’t easy being a woman. Bombarded with repression and shame from religion, politics, and society at large, the notion of female sexuality has long been a guarded, even threatening topic. But not for Rebecca Pillsbury, author of the new memoir Finding Ecstasy: How Buenos Aires, a Brazilian, and the Blues Saved My Sex Life (and My […]Read more "Rebecca Pillsbury, author of the new book Finding Ecstasy, talks sex and self-publishing"
There’s nothing quite so awful as spending a week thinking you might have cancer—and knowing that even if you don’t, one day you probably will. The chances of cancer being a genetic risk in my family is pretty high. Even though my mom’s breast cancer was BRCA1 and BRCA2 negative, the fact she and her […]Read more "Your breasts: Now in 3D"
Looking back you remember thinking, this is how your end could start. You’re in the shower, washing the remnants of a solid workout down the drain. As you reach for the soap you secretly hope that afterwards you’ll look in the bathroom mirror and glimpse that abdominal definition you’ve been striving for. You rub the bar […]Read more "Talking myself through a cancer scare"
Some great ideas come to you in the middle of the night. You jolt awake, every fiber of your body vibrating with excitement as you fumble for scratch paper in your nightstand, desperate to pen every detail before drifting back to sleep. And some great ideas come to you while sitting naked in a hot […]Read more "Spend 2014 with a Manicured Muff"
Last month I was mildly flirting with a cute guy at a party, which is a rare occurrence for me. My friends are overly supportive of me finding Mr. Right, so the night became a play-by-play of them pointing out everything this guy did to demonstrate his attraction to me. There was just one problem: I […]Read more "Feeling Cheated by Female Solidarity"
Herräng, Sweden is home to the largest swing-dance camp in the world. It hosts hundreds of multi-national dancers in one small town for a month, literally doubling their population every year. Dancers spend their days taking classes, hiking, paddling rowboats, making new friends, dancing the night away to live music, or relaxing in the co-ed […]Read more "Lessons from a Swedish co-ed sauna"
When I asked Felix if her job as pole-dancing stripper made her feel exploited, she replied with these words of wisdom: “All labor is exploitative.” Not what I expected, but her words rang true in my ears. I remembered a job that threatened to fire me if I logged the overtime hours they made me work. […]Read more "Stripped"
Eva Soni’s baby is a little different. At 3 1/2 months, her baby is already crawling, climbing, and doing pull-ups. Instead of gentle tickling and soft cooing, Eva’s baby enjoys biting. Like most infants, Eva’s enjoys affection and naps, but that won’t stop her from attacking Eva’s face—because Eva’s baby is a gorilla. Born on […]Read more "Not Your Average Baby Mama"