The Venus Effect
Our world has been turned upside down in the last 20 months or so, in no uncertain terms. We have been blindsided by unexpected events, and felt more collective fear and disempowerment than we have in a long long time. Perhaps in our entire lives. It has not been easy, nor gentle, for we’ve been swept up in a maelstrom of angst in unprecedented ways. And yet, with all the death, destruction and confusion; with all the unceremonious stripping away of dignity, autonomy and deeply held value systems…. something deep in our hearts and souls is galvanizing, even as the body and mind takes shelter.
To the Men Giving Me Fitness and Health Advice
First, let me just start by saying thank you to all the men who give me unsolicited help on health and fitness. You know who you are. You’re always present, at every gym. Sometimes, at workplaces. You may be a personal trainer, or a random gym goer.
Ladies, Use Your Period as Your Superpower.
Many women dread that time of the month. Many women constantly complain about cramps and pains. Many women curse elaborately.
An Open Letter to Every Man Who Dislikes the Word 'Feminism'
Often when I have a conversation with a man about feminism, I come across a familiar argument - why must you call it 'feminism'? Isn't that sexist in the opposite way? Why can't you just call it 'equality'?
“No means no”— unless you’re speaking to a film producer, your boss, your classmate, the President…
(TW: sexual assault and harassment, the Weinstein case, violence.) Today, I visited a church. They are pretty peaceful places, and I enjoy walking around the graves, picking out the deceased’s names and trying to remember them all. This particular church is situated on a busy stretch of road near where I live, opposite two pubs and a bus-stop often used by students — so it’s not unusual for this place to attract nosy people like me who want to look around.
Off the Hook
My eyes focused on the illustration of the fallopian tubes as Dr. Marquez fingered me with two digits and a pencil light. Poking and prodding at my cervix, I spread my thighs like I was back at cheerleading practice warming up for a jump sequence. I wondered what she might find down there…a rash? A tear? Old remains of a cheap tampon? In all honesty, I wouldn’t be surprised. In fact, I’d be thrilled to know it was my own stinginess which rendered sex impossible, and not the Judas-level betrayal of my vagina. I needed an answer, some form of explanation as to why my butterfly was dryer than the charcoal-colored dust framing my ceiling fan. Not only for me, but for my boyfriend playing Pokémon in the waiting room.
Great Books for Every Woman Who Is Shedding Society's Expectations
Every woman in this world has faced discrimination or disempowerment based on her gender. The patriarchy has created a situation where we have internalized constraints in our own minds. And these constraints are repeatedly reinforced by the people we meet and interact with on a daily basis.
Beauty is in the Eye of Your Hair Dresser
I have a lot of thick hair. My teen years were filled with hairspray to keep the teased and elevated hair locked in place. All the trying-too-hard-to-be glamorous girls were doing it. I did it so well that I continued into my 20s, 30s, and even a little beyond my 40s.
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Find Out How Ovulation Influences Your Choice of Clothes and Men!
Despite human evolution, the ancestral mentality and primary, instinctive behaviors are still, unconsciously, in our depths.
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THE OPEN MIND ✨ 🎶 Yays Coins - Toni Jones 🎶 I am a creator and a hustler to fuel my business to reach a level of wealth I never thought was attainable until I acquired this travel business opportunity. I live, eat and breathe travel. I am constantly creating with the deepest passion.
Men Don’t Believe Us
To make my point, let’s start with a little story from my morning commute. My workplace is in the city, but in such a hard-to-reach spot that we’re provided transport to the office from the city center. Since there’s no bus or train to make it there, everyone who works in the building either gets there in their own car or by minibus from the city center.
Jewelry Gift Ideas for Add Sparkle to Your Christmas
Christmas is upon us in all its glory. The lights are up. Mariah Carrey has taken over the radio and is singing about all she wants for Christmas. We are mildly addicted to hot beverages and fed up with spam sale emails flooding our inbox. But the undeniable truth is that a) no amount of hot chocolate will ever be enough, and b) as unappealing as overconsumption is, we need to know about the sales to go Christmas shopping. Because what is Christmas without presents?
12/1/2021 I wrote about being a lemon, giving away pieces of myself, and screaming into the void. Bette On It: Weird Adolescence is a highly-fictionalized story inspired by distant memories of my teenage years. All of these pieces were supposed to be ways to share my feelings about how I got to be a 35 year old woman who identifies as a scarred, monster, loved, lonely, and hopeful. Anyone listening?
Why Banning Abortion is Unconstitutional
In the face of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, otherwise known as the Mississippi abortion ban case, pro-choice advocates all across the nation have doubled down on their arguments for protecting the right to a safe abortion. A myriad of strong, valid arguments have been presented, with everything from protecting bodily autonomy to a fair question of when life truly begins. Unfortunately, though, it seems that many of these arguments fail to truly reach the ears of the other side, the side calling for an end to Roe v. Wade. However, one thing that both sides of the aisle value greatly is the Constitution, which grants American citizens the rights we hold so dear. Neither side wants to see an unconstitutional bill turn into a law because no one wants their rights to be violated and disregarded. The thing with abortion bans, though, is that they do directly violate the Constitution and some of America’s founding principles. Here’s just a few ways in which they do so.
Vagina Is Not a Bad Word
Society has molded us into creatures afraid of speaking openly about our bodies. This is especially true for women. There is a sense of shame or embarrassment when talking about women's bodies and naming specific parts accurately. When I started doing research for this article, one of the often "suggested questions" in Google was "what should I call my daughter's private parts?"
7 Power Colors That Tells She's Classy
If you are not Angelina Jolie or have the body of a supermodel, chances are you will get less attention from the opposite sex.
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