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11 Signs to Know if a Guy Is Thinking About You
If there's a special boy in your life, chances are you think about him all the time. So it's only natural to wonder if he's thinking about you too. Luckily, you don't have to be stuck in doubt! There are many ways to tell if a guy is thinking about you, as there are signs and clues that don't deceive.
The Truth About Agent 355, the Woman Who Became America's Spy
In July 1776, The American Declaration of Independence was signed. This sparked the American revolution as the British fought for control of America.
My First Diva Cup Just Brought Me Closer to My Period
As a genderfluid individual, who often ignores their female body, I never thought I’d form a relationship with my period. But there I was, at 26 years old, reaching my fingers deep inside to pull out the bloody diva cup- and surprisingly, I felt relief.
4 More Feminist Horror Movies that Will Make you Reflect
I’ve always been fascinated by the macabre and the unseen forces of the paranormal, starting out with Goosebumps books and the Canadian classic T.V. show, ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark’.
Blame The Government, Sweetie.
I had a conversation with my best friend today while we were in the gym. She brought up the fact of how different she was treated by her family at a family function because she had lost a significant amount of weight since the last time they had seen her. She said that for the first time ever, they had invited her to take shots with them and actually conversed with her on a deeper level. She also joked about how if they saw her now, even smaller than she was before, they would be serving her drinks and food. The common theme of her visits with her family during holidays were always uncomfortable for her because she was often ignored. She realized this past Christmas that the reason she wasn't spoken to was because of her heavier weight. I got to thinking, now why is that? Why would the people who are supposed to love you no matter what, treat you less as a larger person than they would if you were smaller? She inspired more questions that I had. Why is it that even strangers treat us differently? Sometimes without even noticing.
The Crochet Chair
An old chair sits quietly alone separated from anything that seems familiar in a darkened attic room put away for safekeeping, or perhaps just forgotten. The golden fabric left dull with a light coating of dust and a faint scent of musty wood, nestled in a corner pushed against the slanted walls of the roof line even though the bare plywood was in harsh contrast to the polished wooden accents this chair became lost. The raised floral patterns worn to smoothness as this chair found purpose and great use once in its lifetime. A bit scuffed, tattered and worn but obviously having some importance to be stored away for such a long amount of time.
My Dad: The Feminist
This is the story of how my dad became a feminist. Let's start with that all important caveat shall we? Just to be clear – I’m not talking about a born-again, protest-chanting, preaching-from-the-roof-tops feminist. Not even the type of feminist that is really comfortable calling himself that word.
On My Complicated Relationship with the Word “Okay”
Let me start with what I saw. The expanses above me were an aged off-white with the wildest, strangest assortment of clouds you can think of. Texture. Icy tile held accountable by gravity unyieldingly pressed itself to the back of my head, my shoulder blades, me, as I look up into the restless sea of plaster directly above me. A finite sky of drywall. The floor vent to my left puffs its wispy breaths, the plumbing pipes swishing fluid below me and above me and all around the tiny bathroom in which I laid. I didn’t feel; I saw.
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‘Tawaifs’ : The Unsung Female Musicians of India
The word ‘tawaif’ carries a bad rap in today’s times. But that wasn’t always the case. Today a tawaif is used to depict either a prostitute or the ‘other woman’ or a ‘woman of low morals’ who breaks families for her personal benefit. And unfortunately, in modern times, their portrayal as seductive girls, singing and dancing to double meaning songs meant to titillate the customer has further damaged their reputation
4 Remarkable Roles Women Played in the American Civil War
The American Civil War broke out April 12, 1861 between the North (Union) and the South (Confederates) over the issues of slavery and did not end until May 26, 1865. Most accounts are from the perspective of the male soldiers, generals, and politicians, however, there exists a force of women not only acting as supportive civilians f rom home, but also as primary participants on the front lines. Here are four roles women played in the American Civil War.
What my short-term relationships taught me about love and life
When it comes to love and relationships, it seems that everything is learned the hard way. It’s not taught in school (even though it’s one of the most important subjects in life) and even if it was, it would be a double-edged sword because there really isn’t a right or wrong way to love, the best you can do is love as much as you can and learn through your experiences.
6 Brutally Honest Truths About Healthy Relationships You Must Know
We all have our own idea of what love is, but let’s face it, it’s never really as simple as we made it out to be. Certainly, it’s far from the Hallmark romance movies they play during Christmas.
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How to Survive Infidelity in the NBA…and Beyond
The headlines come in quick succession, from the Internet to the evening news to the morning paper. What is the topic? The infidelity of Ime Udoka. It's a revelation that has rocked the NBA world as the ethos of the star coach keeps dropping like a rock after each passing headline.
7 Things to Do Today If You’re Looking for A Relationship
I think one of the things holding people back from finding the relationship they deserve is that they’re not quite sure what steps to take in order to find it in the first place.
7 Early Signs of a Highly Compatible Relationship
Compatibility is an achievement of love; it shouldn’t be its precondition.” — Alain de Botton Steve and Rinah are the most compatible couple I have ever seen. They were high school sweethearts and they have been together for years.
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