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  • Kristina
    Published about 4 hours ago
    CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: WHAT THE LATEST BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE IS TRULY ABOUT

    CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: WHAT THE LATEST BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE IS TRULY ABOUT

    *TRIGGER WARNING*
  • Paula C. Henderson
    Published about 5 hours ago
    Statues of Real Women Who Lived

    Statues of Real Women Who Lived

    Statues in the United States that Honor Women
  • SKYLERIZED
    Published about 5 hours ago
    Sarah Cooper for President
  • Jules Fortman
    Published a day ago
    How to Make the Most of Your Summer Vacay—Even #WhileBleeding

    How to Make the Most of Your Summer Vacay—Even #WhileBleeding

    I thrive in the summertime. Maybe it’s because I was born in August, but I have always felt like the best version of myself in the sunshine and hot air. There’s something about the long days and late sunsets that encourages me to make the most of every day. Summer offers newfound optimism-- adventure awaits around every corner. If I were Mother Nature, I would see no reason for any other season.
  • Leighton Beck
    Published 4 days ago
    Women at Work

    Women at Work

    Misogyny. Even the sound of it is unpleasant when you say it. However, you can’t fully imagine how unpleasant this word really is until you have experienced the type of situations where it is applied. Here I will be sharing examples of what it’s like for a woman to work in a misogynistic business based off of situations I have experienced, or witnessed. As you read I Would appreciate it if you would respect that these are real situations that have happened to real women, and not to belittle or dismiss them.
  • Keshia Firth
    Published 5 days ago
    I love my job, but I also want kids

    I love my job, but I also want kids

    I was catching up with an old school friend over the weekend. We used to be inseprable. She now lives in Dubai with her husband whilst my other half and I live in the UK. It was wonderful to reminisce about what was. But, as friends naturally tend to do, we spoke about our futures as well.
Staff Picks
  • Jules Fortman
    Published a day ago
    How to Make the Most of Your Summer Vacay—Even #WhileBleeding

    How to Make the Most of Your Summer Vacay—Even #WhileBleeding

    I thrive in the summertime. Maybe it’s because I was born in August, but I have always felt like the best version of myself in the sunshine and hot air. There’s something about the long days and late sunsets that encourages me to make the most of every day. Summer offers newfound optimism-- adventure awaits around every corner. If I were Mother Nature, I would see no reason for any other season.
  • Hannah B
    Published 7 days ago
    Thelma and Louise: A lesson in girl power.

    Thelma and Louise: A lesson in girl power.

    I don't think I should have to warn about spoilers from one of the most iconic movies in history, especially one that is almost 20 years old, but I will anyway: if you haven't seen Thelma and Louise, you should first go watch it immediately, but second, keep in mind this article does contain spoilers.
  • Kriss Jordan
    Published 2 months ago
    Introducing "The Alpha Queen's Talk"

    Introducing "The Alpha Queen's Talk"

    Hey Gurlll & Welcome To The Safe Zone!
  • Mabel Holes
    Published 3 months ago
    Thoughts on Hysteria

    Thoughts on Hysteria

    Do you have a uterus? Do you sometimes feel anxious, experience sexual desire, or ‘cause trouble for others’? Well, then, you may just be suffering from Wandering Womb Syndrome! Yes, that’s right, it’s totally possible that your womb has taken a mind of it’s own and started to wander freely around your body, causing all kinds of mischief…
  • Natalie Lennard
    Published 4 months ago
    How A Girl At Summer School Changed My Life In A Week
  • Keri Savoca
    Published 5 months ago
    An Open Letter to Women in Tech
Featured Collections
Activism
  • Kristina
    Published about 4 hours ago
    CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: WHAT THE LATEST BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE IS TRULY ABOUT
  • Leighton Beck
    Published 7 days ago
    Women Supporting Women

    Women Supporting Women

    I recently started seeing instagram photos which are part of a new challenge for women to show support for each other. So basically what it requires is a female friend to nominate you to post a photo of yourself, which you post, which then shows that they support you. This is indeed a positive social media trend that I believe is needed - especially with our females on social media While it's refreshing to see a positive social media trend among women, it does make you question why women supporting each other is even a challenge to begin with?
  • Staci Dillon
    Published 10 days ago
    My Voice Has Power

    My Voice Has Power

    Why doesn't she eat anything? Is she hurting herself on purpose? She probably just wants attention.
Beauty
  • Aletia Robertson
    Published 29 days ago
    A letter to the awkward, quiet & weird girls at school.
  • Grace Seymour
    Published about a month ago
    On Self Image

    On Self Image

    Along with the rest of the (privileged) world lockdown has me confined to my home with absolutely nothing to do. Along with nothing to do comes the desire for obsessive social media usage, and absolutely bugger all to share with the world. My lockdown posts so far have been a few pictures of my dog looking cute, one selfie, a compilation of little things that had made me smile, and one snapchat thirst trap of an especially booby selfie with an inane caption about managing to get dressed. While wasting away another day in lockdown I (unusually for me) decided to do a full face of makeup, which lead to wandering around my home until I found the most flattering lighting, then banging out about 100 selfies until I found one where I liked my facial expression. Clearly, this was already very much me at my best, but because of the time of day the lighting wasn’t quite as flattering as it could’ve been, so I figured I’d whack it in Facetune and knock down the contrast a bit and up the saturation to recreate that perfect “golden hour” lighting. After a lot of little tweaks I finally had “the perfect selfie”, which in my eyes was still just a selfie because all I’d really done was touch up the lighting. At this point I paused before instagramming it purely because I was worried about posting two selfies too close together and seeming vain, so the selfie sat in my camera roll for a few days.
  • Lisaidy Zabala
    Published about a month ago
    Beauty of being Latina

    Beauty of being Latina

    Hi!. My name is Lisaidy and I'm a proud Latina.
Body
  • Samantha Williams
    Published 5 days ago
    We Need to Talk

    We Need to Talk

    My experience took place when I was seven. I’m not going to go into detail, partly because over the years I’ve pushed a lot of them out of my mind. It almost feels like a weird nightmare at this point, 20 years later. Also, I take trigger warnings seriously and wouldn’t want anyone to be affected by the violent details I do remember. What I will say is that it involves being locked in a closet with two younger brothers while the older brother played video games with his back against the door. All of the perpetrators were under 15. And because of something some people familiar with fundamental religions call “the two witness rule” no one was ever charged. My attackers grew up and moved away unscathed. No one ever knew.
  • Kadrian Oliver
    Published 6 days ago
    Letter to My Rapist

    Letter to My Rapist

    You’re a rapist but I’m stupid and weak so it’s my fault. You raped me [says name].
  • Dawana Davis
    Published 9 days ago
    My Life

    My Life

    A Glimpse
Book Reviews
  • Alexander Gates
    Published 2 months ago
    Women, War and Power in David Malouf's 'Ransom'

    Women, War and Power in David Malouf's 'Ransom'

    Women in David Malouf’s Ransom are significant in their absence, remaining confined to the historical and social realities of the novel’s setting. While Malouf’s reinterpretation of the world of Homer’s Iliad explores the nature of violence, war and patrimony, these themes are never removed from their traditionally-understood place within the ‘masculine’ sphere of influence, and the author presents a society, in which woman’s importance exists only in her association with the deeds of great men. As a result, the women in Ransom serve only the roles a patriarchal society will permit; those of wives, mothers and handmaidens. Malouf’s choice not to challenge these stereotypes may be read as a result of his authorial loyalty to the source material, or, more-critically, as an exploration of the ways in which cultural narratives surrounding war and violence are presented as almost-entirely masculine affairs.
  • Reija Sillanpaa
    Published 4 months ago
    Inspirational Women in Fiction
  • Cheryl E Preston
    Published 5 months ago
    Queen Haley is a woman to be admired

    Queen Haley is a woman to be admired

    Alex Haley, the author of the best selling book Roots. also wrote a book named for his paternal grandmother, titled Queen, the story of an American family. Each book was turned into a made for television mini series. Queen, aired over three nights in February 1993 on CBS. Alex Haley died before the book was completed and it was finished by his co author David Stevens. I’ve watched the mini series three times and read the book at least five times. I find the story of this woman to be simply fascinating. Since March is women’s history month I decided to celebrate this woman in American history who I believe is very inspiring. According to Wikepedia, David Stevens said he had hundreds of pages of notes that Haley’s left behind, but he completed the book mostly from the memory of conversations he had with the heroine’s grandson.
Career
  • Leighton Beck
    Published 4 days ago
    Women at Work

    Women at Work

    Misogyny. Even the sound of it is unpleasant when you say it. However, you can’t fully imagine how unpleasant this word really is until you have experienced the type of situations where it is applied. Here I will be sharing examples of what it’s like for a woman to work in a misogynistic business based off of situations I have experienced, or witnessed. As you read I Would appreciate it if you would respect that these are real situations that have happened to real women, and not to belittle or dismiss them.
  • Ashley Beeby
    Published about a month ago
    A Female Apprentice

    A Female Apprentice

    Being a tradesperson in the heavy vehicle transport industry as a female is a factor that I will not prioritise while sharing my experiences of work and the world, for reasons you will soon understand, but I cannot deny its influence on my experiences – and it might not be in the ways you’re expecting.
  • Destiny Smalls
    Published 2 months ago
    Femininity in the workplace

    Femininity in the workplace

    As a working woman, it is really hard to be feminine and soft at your place of employment. It some times feel like you have to take on very masculine energy just to keep up and stand in your place.
Fact Or Fiction
  • Nia Canselo
    Published 29 days ago
    Opinion Time: Black Women aren't just angry

    Opinion Time: Black Women aren't just angry

    Earlier this morning I watched a post on Instagram of a video where Lil Wayne talks to 50 Cent about exotic women, while black women are just "angry". It's something that everyday just gets under my skin.
  • EnlightenedMindzSpeak
    Published 2 months ago
    A Cry Never Heard Too

    A Cry Never Heard Too

    As time went on Lilianna became best friends with Mary Jane. Her father had never looked at her the same and it felt like wonderful life that she once knew would never be the same. Before the travesty against her body she had been somewhat an ambivert, knowing when to be introvert and extrovert. However after the rape she went completely changed, becoming an introvert completely. It was as if her spirit internally had been crushed, no longer in touch with God. She started to question if he was real, why would he let that happen to her, was it her fault for being disobedient or sneaky. Poor Lilianna, a child that had to face so many hard questions.
  • Lena Bailey
    Published 2 months ago
    Myths about abortions

    Myths about abortions

    When all the bans came down last year there was a lot of misinformation that swirled around. The pro life and pro choice people both believed lies. A lot of Americans are pro choice. I wanted to put out the truth as a neutral person.
Feminism
  • Hannah B
    Published 7 days ago
    Thelma and Louise: A lesson in girl power.

    Thelma and Louise: A lesson in girl power.

    I don't think I should have to warn about spoilers from one of the most iconic movies in history, especially one that is almost 20 years old, but I will anyway: if you haven't seen Thelma and Louise, you should first go watch it immediately, but second, keep in mind this article does contain spoilers.
  • Liga Dixon
    Published 13 days ago
    Being a Woman.

    Being a Woman.

    How do we survive in the world with so many stereotypes about women?
  • KJ
    Published 17 days ago
    We Don't Live To Serve You

    We Don't Live To Serve You

    I seriously question some of the people I follow on Facebook, specifically the MEN. The things they post and repost sometimes baffle me. Of course, people can be trash on all social media platforms, but by far, nothing triggers my fight or flight more than some of the outlandish things I see on my Facebook feed.
Gender Roles
  • Liga Dixon
    Published 11 days ago
    She is Fierce.

    She is Fierce.

    “She's fierce, she's blunt and she's unapproachable” someone said. Is that so, I wonder? What do you actually know about her?
  • Madeline Stocks
    Published 20 days ago
    Welcome to Madeline

    Welcome to Madeline

    Well, hello and welcome to Madeline’s Life Take 2. I decided to do a minor introduction as I think it would be fitting for some of you to get an idea about the person who will be writing the stories, the life lessons and the sometimes wine fuelled content.
  • Ashish Prabhu
    Published 28 days ago
    Women Work Through The Night To Manage Work And Family Life

    Women Work Through The Night To Manage Work And Family Life

    Working women face immense pressure at home, despite lockdown measures being lifted, as the expectation to perform professionally collides with domestic duties.
Health
  • Renea Di Bella
    Published 9 days ago
    Of Pain and Penetration

    Of Pain and Penetration

    I first started experiencing symptoms associated with my endometriosis - whom I lovingly refer to as my friend Endo - when I was 20 years old.
  • Cheeky Minx
    Published 11 days ago
    Blindsided by PMDD

    Blindsided by PMDD

    Hello my lovely PMDD community. Forgive me for not having written anything new in ages and probably at a very unfortunate time for many as we have all been doing our best to cope not only with the wretched PMDD but also with the total destruction of our world as we knew it. I sincerely hope you are all keeping it together...or if falling apart, loving yourself through it. Who could foresee the shitstorm in which we currently find ourselves?
  • Cherii C.
    Published 13 days ago
    What it's like: IUCD (Contraceptive Device)

    What it's like: IUCD (Contraceptive Device)

    If you're thinking of getting IUCD (a copper contraceptive device) or soon to be your first time getting it, as someone with an IUCD, I say don't be afraid. We all been there, google for images or even watches videos on how it is inserted. But, watching these makes us, even I, more afraid to get one. The pain is what causes us to step back and re-think a thousand time. Definition of pain differs from one another, some people feel more pain and some people don't. We all experience pain differently.
History
  • Paula C. Henderson
    Published about 5 hours ago
    Statues of Real Women Who Lived

    Statues of Real Women Who Lived

    Statues in the United States that Honor Women
  • Paula C. Henderson
    Published 7 days ago
    First Black Woman To Receive White House Correspondent Credentials

    First Black Woman To Receive White House Correspondent Credentials

    Alice Allison Dunnigan was the first black woman correspondent to receive White House credentials and become a member of the press galleries. As a journalist, Dunnigan reported on the decline of Jim Crow during the forties and fifties. She accompanied President Harry S. Truman’s on his 1948 campaigning trip: the very first black reporter to travel with a president.
  • Mae McCreery
    Published 2 months ago
    The Lost Generation

    The Lost Generation

    It’s easy for one to imagine the colossal leap basic education has bounded in the last hundred years. Back in the 20’s women were just being allowed into colleges, albeit these were mostly colleges for women only. Harvard didn’t even allow women on the main campus; a separate college called Radcliffe worked with Harvard but did not give out diplomas until 1963. Although most women were allowed equal education through certain colleges, they were not allowed an equal diploma.
Product Review
  • Jiska Stuij
    Published 3 months ago
    EVERYTHING you need to know about BIRTH CONTROL!

    EVERYTHING you need to know about BIRTH CONTROL!

    Birth control. For one a miracle cure, for another hell on earth. Since the birth of the pill, many different variants of the contraceptive have appeared, each with its own side effects.
  • Jane Kenney
    Published 4 months ago
    I Used a Menstrual Cup For the First Time... This Is What Happened

    I Used a Menstrual Cup For the First Time... This Is What Happened

    Periods are a weird topic. Some people get too into it and some people get too grossed out by it. Honestly, it's a normal part of the female reproductive system, so get over it. If you get skeeved out by blood and feminine product talk, then this article is not for you.
  • Brianna McCormick
    Published 4 months ago
    Birth Control

    Birth Control

    I first started taking birth control because my periods were so heavy and long. I started with the pill, I think it worked for awhile but I always forgot to take my pill so it just wasn't the right one for me.
Relationships
  • Lucky Moon
    Published 9 days ago
    Don't Kiss Frogs

    Don't Kiss Frogs

    It’s easy to get caught up in the magic and nostalgia of old-fashioned fairytales without considering what underlying messages they may convey. Of course parents aren’t telling their kids stories with the intention of giving them an unhealthy idea of relationships. Regardless, this may be what is happening. There is a stereotype of women getting into relationships with toxic men in the hopes of “fixing” them. Many of us saw a great example of this shortly after the release of the film Joker (2019) in the form of a meme, a tweet by @TamiDaBushPilot that read “*watching the Joker movie* (under breath) …I could fix him”. Just like most stereotypes, this was derived from a real-life pattern. This begs the question of just why so many women find themselves drawn to troubled men. For the purposes of this article, we’ll stick with the example of a heterosexual relationship wherein the woman wants to “fix” the man, simply because that’s what the stereotype commonly refers to.
  • Mia Lynn
    Published 29 days ago
    Not on the Same Page ... Round 2

    Not on the Same Page ... Round 2

    Finding a potential mate in life is quite frankly a blisteringly daunting task for anyone, it was in the past, still is today, and more likely than not it will be for the foreseeable future, unfortunately. Though I would like to take a moment to example some clearly s***ty reasons why some people need to always be left alone. This refers to the narcissists, wallowers, drama seekers, etc. Now in some cases, I agree that it is unmerited because the dator is really worthy of a great datee especially if both are willing to put in the time and work to make something of the connection experienced. However, more often than not those who are getting left in the dust aren’t as date-worthy as they think they are. In my opinion of course. Feel free to agree to disagree but here is some food for thought.
  • Kay Husnick
    Published 2 months ago
    Stolen Kisses

    Stolen Kisses

    A kiss used to mean something to me. This time last year, I had only ever kissed three people.