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All The Women I Have Been

Jessica Pan | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women
Jessica Pan

Forgetting can be a beautiful thing, but sometimes we live too much in the present. We forget about all the girls and women we have been.

Jane Szabo: Sense of Self

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 07.07.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

The images in Jane Szabo's Sense of Self exists at the intersection of multiple threads of contemporary photography.

Facebook's Experiment Reveals A Much Deeper Problem With The Internet Today

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 07.08.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It's not hard to demonize Facebook for their actions, but this problem is the same with every major company on the Internet today. The current relationship between consumers and Internet companies is unsustainable.

Be Yourself

Tony A. Gaskins Jr. | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Tony A. Gaskins Jr.

You can be an original or you can be a copy. An original portrait with honest mistakes is worth more than a perfect replica. I urge you to be yourself. I urge you to accept your mistakes and shortcomings and live the life you were destined to.

10 Truths for My Infant Twins

Betsy Boyd | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Betsy Boyd

At this point in my life, I've cultivated decent emotional intelligence to make up for the lack of calculus, but I tend to be forgetful. So here are 10 simple but super helpful things I've learned (frequently, the hard way) that I'd like to remember to tell you over the years to come.

The Secret Identities of Co-Workers

Liz Reed | Posted 06.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Liz Reed

Our secret identities are so often our passion, which explains why it is so easy to share that other side of you when people ask about it. I recently quit my 9 to 5 to do something I loved doing even more -- making comics.

Will the Clash of Identities Consume Us?

Dominique de Villepin | Posted 06.24.2014 | World
Dominique de Villepin

We seem to be prisoners of a terrible choice today: either the uncontrollable nationalisms of the humiliated striking back or the violent struggles of communities to assert their identities. At such a moment, we need to support artists that can be bridges between cultures. We need to support the work of spreading ideas and building a new common history. Only then can we avoid falling into the abyss of a clash of identities or succumb to the passions of nationalism.

Why We Must Tell Our Own Stories

Diriye Osman | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

I was offering a window into the lives of young people who happen to be African and gay in the midst of considerable hostility, but still managing to hang on to their identity.

The 28 Lessons You Learn On Birthright

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 06.16.2014 | College

Who would’ve thought that sleeping in the desert, riding camels, and eating an unlimited supply of hummus would make for the perfect week-and-a-half...

Who Are You?

Ellen Langer | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellen Langer

Who am I? I'm a person who cares about people, who enjoys a sense of humor, who values generosity and consciousness. When we define ourselves in this way, we're less vulnerable to negative circumstances, able to grow, and less defined by labels than by our more meaningful personal characteristics.

The Tao of Game of Thrones

Panache Desai | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Panache Desai

There's a frenzy running rampant in my household lately. It strikes every Sunday night and whenever there are sleepless hours due to toddler teething ...

How Cancer Helped This NFL Player Rebuild His Identity

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.16.2014 | Sports

What would you do if, all of a sudden, the roots of your personal identity were ripped from your life entirely? Would you know how or where to start o...

Lana Del Rey: The Reluctant Poster Child for Millennial Feminists

Katie Tandy | Posted 06.12.2014 | Women
Katie Tandy

One could more-than-easily argue that the new wave of feminism is about countering that rather exhausting, self-consciousness existence. Lana Del Rey recognizes she's a woman with a capital W. But her female-ness isn't at the very center of her being.

What I Learned from My Dad About Parenting

Betsy Boyd | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Betsy Boyd

As I prepare to deliver twin boys in two weeks -- I am 41 myself, and these are my first children -- I want to keep in mind the several sweet and profound ways in which my painter, poet, creative-director father enriched my world and my self-esteem through advice and direction.

Let It Go

Amy Turner | Posted 06.02.2014 | Women
Amy Turner

Some days, it feels like our online identities are creating us. I'm evaluating my choices twice as often. There is no clean slate. With all this technology, I have to trust my gut more than ever. Which feels positively exhausting.

Practicing Social Justice Through Arts Education

Nathalie Sánchez | Posted 05.29.2014 | Arts
Nathalie Sánchez

I believe that art can be a vehicle for change on a personal and communal level. I know this to be true because art allowed me to discover my identity, find my voice, compassionately lead and creatively work with others.

WATCH: 5 Wildly Viral TED Talks That Will Show You The Power Of Courage

TEDTalks | Posted 05.23.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

We've pulled together five of the most-watched TED talks from this year as voted by you, our loyal TEDWeekends audience. On the surface, they seem so different. But each speaker is an outsider spreading a common idea -- the best way to find courage in this world is to embrace your own, unique voice.

Fathers Are Not Needed

Vincent Daly | Posted 05.22.2014 | Parents
Vincent Daly

Fatherhood, in particular, often arrives unexpectedly even to those who have planned for it with their significant other. You may be asking "why the traumatic reaction to a predetermined choice?" I'd respond with the question "how can one prepare for an experience so uniquely personal in nature?"

Sexuality: Rewriting the Past

Randall Frederick | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion
Randall Frederick

One of my great professional frustrations is when I hear or see individuals, even entire communities, rewrite history to conform with their ideology.

Stunning Nude Photos Explore The True Power Of Stereotypes And Labels (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.15.2014 | Arts

Warning: This post contains nudity and, though beautiful, may be unsuitable for work. What defines you? The loving words bestowed upon you by your...

Why Kids Don't Have Signatures, and Banks Shouldn't Either

Brett King | Posted 07.04.2014 | Money
Brett King

In a recent UN/ICAO commissioned survey on the use of signatures in passports, a number of countries including the UK recommended phasing out the long...

A Little Gay Jewish Boy: "Life Is a Cabaret?"

Robert Levithan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert Levithan

I have spent most of my adult life distancing myself from my Jewish identity. On many levels this isn't that surprising: My father's family had a history of 'passing' as gentile in order to secure employment denied Jews in early 20th Century America.

Why 'Star Wars' Matters

Troy Campbell | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Troy Campbell

On "May the Fourth Be With You" Day, droves of Americans will dress up and celebrate, and I will be one of them.

The Clothing Item I Can't Live Without

Amy Mullis | Posted 06.29.2014 | Fifty
Amy Mullis

I'm not the health-chick who can order a three-leaf salad for lunch and be too full to pack in another bite. I'm the one who reaches for the dessert menu as soon as her stretch jeans hit the cushioned seat of the booth and orders her entrée by saying, 'Whatever goes with the 'Death by Chocolate'.'

3 Passports for 3 Continents

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 06.25.2014 | Travel
Helen I. Hwang

The idea of citizenship and national identity is a complex one. Recently, I became a citizen of three countries on three different continents. I can now claim passports to the United States, the United Kingdom and Taiwan.