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Is NuvaRing Deadly? That Happened

Hormonal birth control, especially the pill, has been credited for liberating women. But are products like NuvaRing safe? While I never used NuvaRing, the product at the center of the most recent birth control controversy, like many women, I spent most of my adult (and teenage) life taking hormonal birth […]

‘The Fosters’ Takes on Late-Term Abortion: That Happened

ABC Family’s “The Fosters” tackles late-term abortion—and gets it right. A recent episode of “The Fosters” featuring a character getting a late-term abortion has me rethinking my regular viewing habits—unless “Stick It”,  the classic Missy Peregrym/Jeff Bridges movie about a non-conformist gymnast is on, you’ll rarely find me watching ABC […]

Maria Bello and the Modern Family: That Happened

Maria Bello’s recent Modern Love column shows that people still don’t understand non-traditional definitions of love, sexuality and family. Many headlines about actress and activist Maria Bello’s Modern Love column in The New York Times say things like: “Maria Bello Comes Out as Gay” and “Maria Bello Is a Lesbian.” […]

The Friend Babymoon: That Happened

The friend babymoon. A new thing we invented! I recently spent the weekend in Maine with three of my best friends, one of whom is pregnant. Without meaning to, we ended up on a friend babymoon. If that’s not a thing already, it should be. In addition to laughing until […]

That Happened: Dove’s Real Beauty Ad Celebrates Outer Beauty

ColumnDove says, hey, you’re not that ugly! Dove’s new ad campaign, Real Beauty Sketches, features a forensic artist asking women to describe themselves and then asking a stranger to describe the same woman. The artist draws two sketches and, in every case, the stranger’s description leads to a more conventionally […]

When Roe v. Wade is Overturned: That Happened

ColumnMany of us take Roe v. Wade for granted, but what will we do when it’s overturned? That’s right, I said, “when Roe v. Wade is overturned,” not “if.” To many, such a reversal seems impossible, but an examination of the current anti-choice climate shows it’s not as far-fetched as […]

That Happened: I Was Told There Would Be Beer

ColumnGraduating in the ’90s has defined my career. Last month, I reached a huge milestone. I have kept the same full-time job for two years. Two whole years! For most 36-years-olds this would not be an accomplishment, but I have quit 10 jobs since graduating from college. Mostly when I […]

Suicide and Storytelling: That Happened

When I was a junior in high school, two girls took their own lives. Twenty years later, I realize how writing about a friend’s suicide has shaped my outlook on storytelling. Twenty years ago this week, my mom was standing in the kitchen and asked me a simple question: Do […]

The Bachelor Is a Homophobe: That Happened

The Bachelor’s hateful comments about gay people are just one more example of the power of words—and the danger of hate speech. You know what I’m not doing right now? Watching “The Bachelor.” As some of you know, I love the terrible franchise and have spent way too many Monday nights […]

Navigating Girl World: Advice to My 2nd Grade Self

ColumnReading my 2nd grade diary, I was confronted with myself navigating girl world—and I have some words for Libby, Age 7. I write a lot about the world today’s American girls are growing up in and how they are navigating girl world. The Disney princess-ification of girls’ toys, what advertising like […]

That Happened: Choice Without Access Isn’t Choice

ColumnMarch has been madness when it comes to attacks on reproductive freedom—three states are ignoring the constitution and passing restrictive abortion bans.  Looking at the political landscape, it’s clear that since I wrote a recap of the attacks on choice exactly two years ago, our ability to make decisions about our […]

What Is Date Rape? That Happened

  What is date rape? It’s rape. If only that was all that needed to be said. I really feel like the question, “what is date rape?” was answered very effectively in a number of after school specials and very special episodes of TV shows back in the ‘80s and […]

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What Is Date Rape? That Happened

  What is date rape? It’s rape. If only that was all that needed to be said. I really feel like the question, “what is date rape?” was answered very effectively in a number of after school specials and very special episodes of TV shows back in the ‘80s and […]

‘The Fosters’ Takes on Late-Term Abortion: That Happened

ABC Family’s “The Fosters” tackles late-term abortion—and gets it right. A recent episode of “The Fosters” featuring a character getting a late-term abortion has me rethinking my regular viewing habits—unless “Stick It”,  the classic Missy Peregrym/Jeff Bridges movie about a non-conformist gymnast is on, you’ll rarely find me watching ABC […]

Women Against Feminism: That Happened

Women Against Feminism is proof that feminism has a branding problem. Back in the ‘60s, it was often assumed that if you identified as a feminist, you hated men, loved armpit hair and liked to sleep with the ladies. Fast forward to 2014 and the stereotypes are largely the same. […]

Carleigh’s Ass Rules: That Happened

What’s the best way to fight back against body-shaming bullies? Put your ass into it! The fastest way to make a girl feel bad is to make fun of her body. Forty-seven percent of girls in 5th-12th grade say they want to lose weight because of magazine pictures, according to […]

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