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Womanhood

The Mean Girls Club: Does It Truly Exist Among Women?

Charmaine Carraway | Posted 02.08.2016 | Women
Charmaine Carraway

The better question is, how do we break this cycle of feminine destruction among women? We begin with the embrace of our own insecurities, and the allowance of those insecurities to become our strengths.

Why Fight Like A Man When You Can Talk Like A Woman

Anthony Conwright | Posted 01.11.2016 | Women
Anthony Conwright

This post was originally published on BlackandWordy.com Son, You have not been born or conceived. As of now, you are still an idea that exists some...

The Day My Daughter Became a Woman

Beverly Willett | Posted 01.05.2016 | Parents
Beverly Willett

I had an actual "aha" moment with my youngest. It had nothing to do with her having reached a physical milestone. But at the moment it occurred I suddenly felt certain that I'd just witnessed her crossing over into womanhood.

The Woman Factor

20 Beautiful Women | Posted 12.21.2015 | Women
20 Beautiful Women

Have you ever been in mid-conversation with a group of women and one says, "Oh, I've never had many female friends..."? Most times a few other ladies in the group would agree with her. But then there are some whose mouth drops open in surprise! How can you be a woman without women friends? Oh, wait... I was once THAT girl!

'Dear Estrogen, We Need To Talk': My Journey Through Womanhood

Uzma Yunus | Posted 12.18.2015 | Women
Uzma Yunus

A relationship decided and sealed at birth, my X chromosome, a tiny strand of DNA, picked my destiny. A daughter, a sister, a woman, a wife, a mother, all these roles woven sequentially in the microscopic double helical protein within my cells.

5 Things Every Woman Should Definitely Have to Help Her Conquer

Aleichia Williams | Posted 12.10.2015 | Women
Aleichia Williams

I was laying in bed when I thought to myself. "You know, Aleichia, there are just some things every woman should have." Call it our inalienable rights but I truly believe that we women are powerful and magnificent and we should have these tools to help us impact the world or even get through a rainy day!

Womanhood Blossoming From Girlhood

Kathleen Shumate | Posted 12.01.2015 | Women
Kathleen Shumate

There is a purity in her girlhood: she has not learned to despise her femininity or distrust her good desires. She does not know there are people who scoff at her simple love and shun her pleasure in loveliness. And so, her girlhood shines like a beacon into my own heart.

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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
Ravishly

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
Quora

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.