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A Meditation On Aging At 25

Emily Tess Katz | Posted 11.20.2015 | Women
Emily Tess Katz

How can I be confident that I'm navigating this unstructured free-for-all period correctly when I've been on this earth for less time than the movie Hoosiers? And where can I find some sort of validation for how I'm living that doesn't include Instagram likes?

What I Learned About Privilege The Night I First Passed

The Establishment | Posted 11.09.2015 | Gay Voices
The Establishment

The night of my "passing," I realized I'd achieved in six months what some never achieve their entire lives. And in that moment, I recognized that I had a very specific type of privilege; a type that carries with it painful implications.

Am I a Woman?

Bianca Hayes | Posted 11.09.2015 | College
Bianca Hayes

I am a pretty happy individual, but I am fatigued when facing the reality that although I am comfortable with myself, my womanhood will always be defined in relation to men.

6 Rules Of Being A 'Lady' I Break All The Time

Ravishly | Posted 09.18.2015 | Women

I choose to define myself by how I interact with the world and how I treat people. The rest is window dressing, and it's one I don't want to wear anymore.

Visions of a Female Paraplegic

Giselle Noelle Morgan | Posted 09.14.2015 | Women
Giselle Noelle Morgan

At 17, my high school friend Taylor broke her back. Without authorization she became a paraplegic poster child, reiterating her story to friends and entitled strangers alike again and again. Four years later, Taylor has a more intricate perspective of the female disabled experience.

My Indian Sister

Peggy Payne | Posted 08.28.2015 | Women
Peggy Payne

One morning 24 years ago, I stepped out onto the second floor balcony of a flat on Kabir Nagar in Varanasi, India. A woman doing a household chore on the next balcony caught my eye. She said: Come to my house!

What Makes A Woman?

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 08.17.2015 | Women
Lulu Salavegsen

In the mirage of a man I lost my life, and in the projection of another I built one. Both came down at a different pace and weight. This is the crux. I now stand in that ugly place of believing in myself and my ability to do the impossible, and I am still not able to leave this room.

A Revelation

Alicia Keys | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Alicia Keys

For as long as I can remember, I've hidden myself. I definitely started hiding when I got old enough to walk down my NY streets alone. I became comfortable hiding my intelligence, my physical appearance, my truths, my thoughts, myself. But just the other day it hit me: Alicia! Why are you choosing to be that person?

The Ugly Truth About Being 40

Jess Kapp | Posted 07.31.2015 | Parents
Jess Kapp

Forty is a time contradiction and complexity, a.k.a. horrifying reality and inner turmoil. It's realizing that these are the days of questioning every decision, wondering about regrets, and realizing that life is short, and getting shorter every freaking day. It's when the terrifying reality sets in that yeah, THIS is life.

From Womanhood to Motherhood: What Just Happened?

Jason Graham-Nye | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Jason Graham-Nye

There is a large void here. New ceremonies would serve a very valuable role to mark these life stages. Let's start making some now!

What Easter Says About Trusting Women

Bronwyn Lea | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Bronwyn Lea

This week before Easter gives me cause to pause and reflect. Haven't men always failed to trust women, because somehow there is an innate belief that women are less trustworthy? But I'm reminded on Easter that Jesus did. And it tells me that somehow, when it comes to bearing witness to Him, He trusts me too.

Things Aren't Always Glittery

Emily Ballard | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women
Emily Ballard

It's that I need to do all of these things and -- because they're the things I need to do -- I keep waiting for one of them to fill me up all the way. Sometimes some of them fill me up a little bit and then I find myself depleted by something else.

Why I Miss And Don't Miss My 20s

Angela J. Kim | Posted 04.25.2015 | Women
Angela J. Kim

We were untamed, raw and daring. We used words like f*ck and sh*t proudly and loudly at stupid boys and into thin air. We didn't worry about what others thought about us, because we were happy with who we are.

A Girlfriend's Guide to Lasting Friendships

Angela J. Kim | Posted 04.06.2015 | Women
Angela J. Kim

Women need women in their lives. And to attract and maintain lasting friendships, here are some things to bear in mind.

Overcoming My Cool Kids Complex

Dr. F. Emelia Sam | Posted 03.29.2015 | Women
Dr. F. Emelia Sam

My cool kids complex is nothing but a story I've told myself about myself. It's simply the vestiges of adolescence that I unconsciously continued to build upon. It's way past time for the complex to be disassembled.

The Importance of Loving Your Self

Osi Mizrahi | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Osi Mizrahi

Treat your self with kindness and love, and you will find that same kindness and love surrounding you. You will eventually notice the negative behavior occurring around you and choose to remove yourself from harmful relationships.

Soy Latina, También

Bianca Betancourt | Posted 12.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Bianca Betancourt

"[They think] Sofia Vergara. They think Eva Mendes. They think JLo. They think, you know, all these girls that are very, very light, basically look white and have an accent. And a lot of times [others] and I get dismissed as Latina because we're not immediately identifiable."

At What Point Did You Stop Thinking of Yourself as a Girl and Consider Yourself a Woman?

Quora | Posted 08.26.2014 | Women

I still treasure those delicious memories of my mother, but my definition of what a woman is has metamorphosed from pearls and heels and No. 5 to something much more complex and real.

Three Generations Of Women Don The Same Outfit In A Perfect Portrait Of Womanhood

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts

German Photographer Nina Röder has imagined a beautiful way to pay homage to the strong matriarchal bonds in her family. The concept is simpl...

The Violence of Abortion Barbie, Wendy Davis

Molly Rosner | Posted 08.09.2014 | Women
Molly Rosner

Affiliating Wendy Davis with Barbie attempts to transform a political leader into a vapid and empty-headed doll famous for her over-sexualized body. The pink Barbie-like frame of the poster plays up girlhood and downplays womanhood.

The Grown Woman Series: Defining Womanhood

Dr. F. Emelia Sam | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Dr. F. Emelia Sam

The only reason we perpetuate these restrictions is to bring some sense of order to our own worlds. We enjoy the comfort of categorizing people. Grown women make decisions for themselves -- not for other women nor based on other women.

14 Totally Overrated Things We Couldn't Wait To Do As Little Girls

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 04.25.2014 | Women

Womanhood, oh how far you've fallen. As furry-legged, bare-faced and slightly frisky pre-teens, we coveted your promise of power suits, black pumps an...

9 Facts That Prove Traditional Definitions Of Gender Roles Are Bullsh*t

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.29.2014 | Women

Remember the good old days when men wore high heels?

Are you a SINK? The Manifesto for The-Single-Income-No-Kids Female

Christine Deakers | Posted 05.21.2014 | Women
Christine Deakers

What's the function of a woman who's married, yet childless? Better yet, what's the function of a woman who is single by volition, financially independent, and has no kids?

Why I'll Throw a Party When My Daughter Becomes a Woman

Rachael Clarke | Posted 03.10.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

Some people say you become a woman when you become a mom. That is true, I think, but I became a woman much sooner than that.