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Jessica Pearce Rotondi
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The Note That Brought Me to My Knees

(41) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 8:01 AM

My mother was the only daughter in a family of four sons. While her brothers shared bedrooms and clothes, she was given a room of her own -- on the ground floor, her father used to joke, so that she could more easily elope.

Mom never did elope -- she...

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Breast Cancer Awareness: Will I Have the Disease My Mother Did?

(79) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 7:46 AM

My hips are spreading, pressing up against the waistband of a pair of 90s pleated pants that she wore so much, the lining is beginning to fray. I've begun to fill out her cocktail dresses, last dry cleaned in 1997. The leather of my watchband is threatening to crumble at...

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Avoir une sœur au tournant de la vingtaine : dix leçons de vie

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 12:08 AM

Ma sœur cadette et moi sommes nées à trois ans d'intervalle, d'une mère qui s'était fait dire qu'elle n'aurait jamais d'enfant. Résultat : nous avons été aimées, choyées et même un peu gâtées. J'ai surnommé Morgan mon « âme sœur » il y a fort longtemps, et je ne manque...

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What I Know About Having A Sister Now That I'm In My 20's

(15) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 9:38 AM

My younger sister and I were born three years apart to a mother who was once told she'd never have children. End result: We were fiercely loved and maybe even a bit spoiled. I've called Morgan my "Sister Buddy" ever since I can remember, and we still sign...

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MIA Vietnam Soldier Laid To Rest 36 Years After Disappearance

(275) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 5:44 PM

Every Memorial Day, I take out a scrapbook my grandmother made over 40 years ago. Each page is filled with headshots of young men with stiff Air Force hats clamped to their heads, their newly-buzzed hair just visible above formal collars. Some gaze at the camera confidently, their broad shoulders...

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Liza Mundy's 'The Richer Sex' Predicts Gender Role Reversal

(224) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 1:26 PM

We’ve heard a lot about the downfall of marriage lately; less than half of adults in the U.S. are married, according to the latest 2011 PEW Study.

But at one demographic has seen a recent increase in marriage rates: high-earning women. The implications of this phenomenon on everything...

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Couples: Do You Dress Like Your Partner?

(5) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 5:55 PM

If you've ever seen an elderly couple strolling in matching tracksuits or mistaken for twins a hipster couple in skinny jeans and matching cardigans, then you may believe the old saying that couples resemble one another. The phenomenon has actually been scientifically proven, though it's still not understood if

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Plastic Surgery: Should Advertising For It Be Illegal?

(61) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 4:08 PM

“Boob Jobs. Same Day Surgery. Get More, Pay Less!”

Ads like this one, displayed at bus stops in London in late 2011, will be banned in the UK if a new campaign spearheaded by women’s rights advocates there succeeds. This week UK Feminista, a nonprofit dedicated to...

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Romantica and The Secret Reading Habits of Women

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 6:16 PM

I'll never forget my first brush with "Romantica," that subgenre of romance novels with just enough sex content that you wouldn't want to be caught reading it in the DMV. I was 11, rifling through my Mom's closet looking to borrow some shoes (I was a tall kid),...

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Jon Hamm vs. Kim Kardashian: Who Do You Think Gets The Last Laugh?

(100) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 5:29 PM

"Say...they told me you were stupid. You don't sound stupid to me." -Mr. Esmond
"I can be smart when I want to." -Lorelei Lee in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"

"Whether it's Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated."

Thus Jon Hamm,...

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Skinny Fat: Does This Equinox Ad Go Too Far?

(240) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 7:39 PM

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If a fat cell grows and no one can see it, is it still there? A new Equinox ad wants to answer that question for you by causing even more anxiety about your body.

The gym's new ad features a rail-thin, nude model...

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Mantyhose: Is Brosiery The Final Step Toward 'The End Of Men'?

(269) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 4:32 PM

Robin Hood wore them. Prince Charming probably had a pair or two. But what would you do if you saw a man walking down the street in tights today? In her New York Times op-ed column on Sunday, Maureen Dowd mused on an email from a male friend calling into...

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Women And Alcohol: Do We Need Drinks 'Just For Women'?

(116) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 3:40 PM

Though there has been a lot of discussion in the news about who gets to make decisions about and for women these days, a new product is promising to relieve women of at least one "complicated" choice: what they drink. Little Black Dress Vodka's mission statement is to...

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Alejandra Gaitain And YouTube ‘Reply Girls'

(358) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 6:07 PM

You may not recognize Alejandra Gaitan’s face, but her voice and especially a certain area of her body have won her millions of views (and a number of sponsorships) on YouTube. Gaitan, who calls herself “The Reply Girl,” has carved out a career making YouTube videos commenting on...

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Free Time: Is There Such a Thing for Women?

(12) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 4:41 PM

Got a minute?" asks the cover of the April issue of Real Simple magazine: "No, we know you don't." KJ Dell'Antonia, who interviewed Kristin van Ogtrop, the magazine's editor-in-chief, for the New York Times recently, suggests that women's lack of "free time" is self-imposed. I couldn't agree more.

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'I Love You': Have You Said It By Accident?

(662) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 6:29 PM

There comes a time in a relationship when three words can mean a new level of trust and intimacy or profound embarrassment. It's a moment immortalized in pop culture everywhere from Rachel and Ross on “Friends” to the more platonic relationship between Paul Rudd and Jason...

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The Moment I Knew I Was A Woman, Not A Girl (SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO)

(53) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 3:35 PM

UPDATE: We've received many moving videos from readers describing "The Moment I Knew I Was A Woman, Not A Girl," but in case that topic doesn't resonate with everyone, we've decided to propose an additional one: "The Moment I Knew I'd Become My Mother."

We've all had that moment that...

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Morning Rush: Best Morning Show Clips For March 2nd, 2012

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 1:42 PM

Missed today's morning shows? We've rounded up the highlights here.

The original clips can be viewed on, FOX News, ABC News and CBS This Morning.

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Condoms: The Change That May Make More Young Women Use Them

(100) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 9:09 AM

By Jessica Grose (Click here for original story)

There's a new study from the Journal of Adolescent Health that shows that teenage girls whose primary source of spending money is a boyfriend are less likely to use condoms by a significant margin. The data � which was taken...

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Morning Rush: Best Morning Show Clips For March 1, 2012

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 11:42 AM

Missed today's morning shows? We've rounded up the highlights here.

The original clips can be viewed on, FOX News, ABC News, The Weather Channel, CBS This Morning.

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