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Why The 'Body-Positive' Lammily Doll Is Anything But

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 01.19.2015 | Style
Nikki Gloudeman

I hate to criticize Lammily -- the new "normal" looking doll for little girls -- as challenging the all-mighty Barbie and her size negative-four standards is a commendable act. That said... I'm about to criticize Lammily.

Are We Abnormally Normal?

Tami Shaikh | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Tami Shaikh

What I am trying to say is that when we were created to be different, why do we even try to fit in a certain mold? We think being the same is cool yet I think the beauty of the world lies in us all being "abnormal"!

A World Where "Normal" Is Freaky: Freakshow Redefines "Normal"

Joanne Dagonese | Posted 12.20.2014 | Entertainment
Joanne Dagonese

My seventeen-year-old Olivia is to be thanked for this piece. Last week she was checking out some back episodes of AMC's TV series "Venice Beach Fr...

Dear Normal

Shanell Mouland | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Dear Normal, You're fickle, aren't you? Ever since Kate's diagnosis, I can't really find you. I see snippets of you here and there.

The Word Isn't Normal. The Word Is Mainstream.

Lara Lillibridge | Posted 12.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Lara Lillibridge

Backlash towards a gay person who says "this is harder than being straight" should be directed at the straight world.

Justin Hartfield &

Bill_Robinson | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business

Justin Hartfield founded an Irvine, California-based company, Weedmaps, that I came to find out is considered the "Yelp of Cannabis."

I Bought a Peacock

Paige Davis | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Paige Davis

I'm choosing to embrace little signs, however silly or insignificant they may seem, as little "atta girls" from the universe reminding me that I'm never really alone. And that circumstances, people and random objects show up to remind us what we need to know in the moment.

The Cloak of Visible Disability

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 04.23.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

If you have a visible disability, especially if you happen to use any sort of adaptive equipment like a wheelchair, walker and/or braces, chances are you also have experienced this cloak with your disability.

"That's Not Normal!" The Statistics of Penis Size

Floyd Elliot | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

As everyone knows, there's nothing guys like talking about more than math. No, wait, that's not right, it's...oh, yeah: dicks! Guys like nothing better than talking about their dicks! But I believe that guys will talk about math, as long as that discussion centers on their dicks.

What Is "Normal"?

Eric Maisel, Ph.D. | Posted 03.29.2013 | TED Weekends
Eric Maisel, Ph.D.

What do we mean by the words "normal" and "abnormal" as they apply to the mental and emotional states and behaviors of human beings? Can those words be sensibly used at all, given their tremendous baggage, their built-in biases and the general confusion they create?

The Surprising Thing I Learned About Memory Loss

Nancy Alvarez | Posted 08.06.2012 | Fifty
Nancy Alvarez

My friend and I talked with a neurologist about our memory loss and how distressing it is to us both. She said that when she went to med school she was taught that we all lose brain cells as we age, and there is nothing to be done about it. Now they know otherwise. Both of us perked up. "What can we do?"

'New Girl': Winston's New Co-Worker Is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Posted 04.11.2012 | TV

Jess and Russell have been progressing nicely in their relationship, but it's been almost exclusively at his place thus far. She wanted to immerse him...

Will I Ever Have A Normal Sex Life?

Hayley Rose Horzepa | Posted 03.05.2012 | Women
Hayley Rose Horzepa

If your first "sexual" experience is a violent crime, can sex and rape ever be dissociated?

Who (and What) Defines Normal?

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 02.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Dennis Palumbo

All clinicians should be wary of seeing their patients only as a set of symptoms. They're not; they're individual human beings, each with a history and a particular (though not always healthy) way of coping with a hard, uncertain world. As are we all.

Cara Santa Maria

Is Monogamy Natural? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.10.2012 | Education

I fear that some of our discussions about human sexuality thus far have confused the term "natural" with the term "normal." Natural can be defined in many ways, but based upon its etymology, having some relationship with nature is a dominant theme.

Her Nether Regions: What's Normal?

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 10.25.2011 | Women
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

A study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has declared that most women seeking genital cosmetic surgery to reduce the size of their inner lips do not have oversized or misshapen labia minora.

Help Like a Normal Person

Attiyya Anthony | Posted 09.18.2011 | Impact
Attiyya Anthony

We seem to think that if you can't make a large-scale, celebrity-influenced difference, then it doesn't count, but it does. You don't have to have a million dollars to make a million-dollar difference.

Strange Family Ties

Magda Pecsenye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Magda Pecsenye

The other night I was having two text conversations simultaneously. One with my mother about Christmas Eve, and one with my uncle (my dad's brother) a...

I'm Not Falling For It

Taylor Nunley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Taylor Nunley

When addressing the issue of bullying, I feel all too often no one ever really takes the time to help strengthen students against bullying so as to put bullies out of business.

Should a mom worry about her daughter making friends?

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Irene, My 7-year-old daughter, soon to be 8, seems to be having some problems, and I am not sure how concerned I should be. I have two...

Does 'Normal' Really Exist?

Donna Flagg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Flagg

Maybe, at the end of the day, there is something not so "normal" in thinking that everyone, in the whole wide world, should be the same.

FDIC Closes Four Banks: Bank Of Illionois, Sun American, Waterfield, Centennial Bank

AP | IEVA M. AUGSTUMS and MARCY GORDON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Regulators on Friday shuttered banks in Florida, Illinois, Maryland and Utah, boosting to 26 the number of bank failures in th...