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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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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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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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Brayola: The OkCupid Of Bra Shopping

(8) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 5:10 PM

A new bra shopping site, Brayola, launched yesterday, and the press release bills the online outfit as "the Zappos for bras." After giving it a whirl -- filling out a profile that asked for my cup size, the bras I've bought in the past, what I'm...

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Living Alone: My Secret Single Behavior

(33) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 1:23 PM

One of the joys of living alone is that no one is around to stop you from doing the things you really want to do. You know, like yelling at the TV when Bachelor Ben says something sweet about Courtney or eating cottage cheese standing up in the kitchen in...

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Danica Patrick And 'The Danica Effect'

(88) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 6:20 PM

Even if you are not an Indy racing fan, you've probably heard of Danica Patrick. She is the first woman to win an IndyCar race. She finished higher than any other woman in history at the Indianapolis 500. (She placed third in 2009.) Her

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Bras: What's Really In Them (Besides The Obvious?)

(69) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 2:55 PM

My first bra was the grayish-white of recycled paper, and it's only conceivable purpose was to add warmth beneath my matching tunic and stirrup-leggings ensembles -- there definitely wasn't anything to support back then. My mom took me to buy it with a mix of motherly pride and the somber...

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Advertising To Women: The Surprising Things Marketers Know About You

(40) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 6:20 PM

You may have noticed that if you searched for "bachelorette party gifts" online recently, the ads on the right bar of your Facebook page after your search may have been full of anatomically-accurate "male" drink stirrers and neon boas, or perhaps teasers for the NBC show "The Bachelor." For over...

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What Women Want -- From Their Gym

(51) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 6:03 PM

For most of us, visiting the gym is pretty straight forward; we work out, shower (if we're cool with the all-in-one shampoo and conditioner) and move on with our lives, hopefully feeling a bit fitter , or at least less guilty about shelling out close to $100 dollars a month...

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Downton Abbey: Why It's Like American Girl Dolls For Grown-Ups

(28) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 3:22 PM

As much as fans looked forward to the second season finale of "Downton Abbey" on Sunday night, it was also a day of dread; season three won't appear on PBS until 2013.

To cope with the withdrawal, fans have a few unexpected options (besides watching Season 1...

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