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I Almost Quit Writing; This Book Is Why I Didn't

Maya Rodale | Posted 09.05.2014 | Books
Maya Rodale

Earlier this year, I almost quit writing. The hours are endless, the pay is wildly unpredictable, and writing emotionally driven books is draining.

Do Latin@s Have Better Sex? Are We Even Allowed to Ask That?

Samantha Eyler | Posted 08.03.2014 | Latino Voices
Samantha Eyler

We have to stop being scared to talk to each other frankly about how our cultures do sex differently and why. And if we're not prepared to get our feelings hurt or our intentions misunderstood in the process, I fear we'll miss out on each other's insights.

Why Abortion Isn't Just About Abortion

Dawn Laguens | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Dawn Laguens

When it comes to high-minded discussions about feminism, nobody knows quite how to talk about abortion. Organizers of the TEDWomen conference -- a prominent forum for these discussions -- have chosen to "solve" that problem by prohibiting any talk about abortion at all. Jaw, meet floor.

24 Pieces From 2013 That Every Woman (And Man) Should Read

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray and Lori Leibovich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

Thought-provoking, hilarious, heart-wrenching writing by women was everywhere this year -- despite some suggestions to the contrary. So for the second...

8 Women-Focused Must-Reads for Your Summer List

Barbara Lee | Posted 09.17.2013 | Women
Barbara Lee

Sure, ad revenue-generating cover stories often hit on the trifecta of fashion, beauty and lifestyle. But women's magazines are aptly proving that these topics and "serious" journalism can seamlessly co-exist.

If Not Wanting Kids Is 'Entirely Normal,' Why Is It Hard to Totally Accept?

Laura Carroll | Posted 11.24.2012 | Parents
Laura Carroll

More people are recognizing what we've been taught to believe about parenthood is just that -- what we've been taught to believe.

AFTER THE NICU
The Hard Lesson I Learned When My Baby Came Home

Jessica Valenti | Posted 11.07.2012 | Parents
Jessica Valenti

Our ability to nurse is presented to American women as the most basic, natural thing a woman can do for her child. So when it doesn't work, we're blamed.

Lori Leibovich

Jessica Valenti Asks, Why Have Kids?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lori Leibovich | Posted 10.21.2012 | Parents

In Why Have Kids? A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness, feminist author Jessica Valenti poses a question that few people actuall...

Women vs. Mothers

Hayley Krischer | Posted 06.12.2012 | Parents
Hayley Krischer

There's a whole lot of warfare going on over unconventional mothering and much of it is being done by women.

A Slut Manifesto

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Every woman, even one simply speaking intelligently in her own interest, is a potential slut. A slut is also any woman who wants to control her reproduction, build a life, earn a living of her own, dress how she wants, and take care of her health and her family.

Are You A Slut Shamer?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 01.21.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

I'm not saying girls should be "like boys" (whatever that means) or that I think promiscuity is a good thing. I'm saying there should be the same standard of behavior for both sexes.

What's in a Word

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 12.12.2011 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

More than you might think, especially for women.

Jessica Valenti: Even progressive heroes can rape

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christian Avard

Ever since sexual assault allegations surfaced against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Wikileaks supporters, many who consider themselves "progressi...

Who Gets to Call Herself a Feminist Matters More Than We Might Think

Lisa Solod | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Solod

Within the past few days, young and famous feminist Jessica Valenti defended her decision not to take part in a panel based on More magazine's rec...

A Book of One's Own: The Myth of a Top Ten

Madeline Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Madeline Wheeler

When asked to come up with a list of the top 10 books for 2009 to counter Publisher's Weekly all male Top Ten Best Books of 2009, the 'She Writes' members decided to blog.

Why Is America So Obsessed with Virginity?

Anastasia Kousakis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Anastasia Kousakis

As a concept, virginity is more dangerous than not, because it puts us into these virgin or not categories, which doesn't really give us a very nuanced perspective or understanding of sexuality.