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Perspectives

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar’s To-Do List

To do:

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Op Ed

Baby Leo, Down Syndrome, and Our Collective Failure to See the Big Picture

At this point, nearly everybody has seen it. A New Zealander man, an Armenian woman, a baby with Down Syndrome, and a GoFundMe that showed that the world cares.

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Pop Culture

Making Sense of Serial — Who Did It?

In the final episode of Serial, Sarah Koenig’s producer, Dana, talks about the terrible luck that Adnan has. If he is innocent, she theorizes, he is the victim of an unbelievable number of unfortunate consequences. What is heavily implied is that Adnan’s story – his fuzzy memory, lending the car to the guy who implicated […]

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Op Ed

I Will Not Follow the Herd

[Original publication date: April 29. 2014] I wish I had educated myself more before my first daughter was born. I can never undo my choices, and I will forever worry about the unnecessary danger I put her in, all the chemical exposure, the potentially life-threatening risks I put her through.

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Perspectives

WIC Up My Sleeve: How it Feels to Use Government Assistance

My palms start to sweat before I even get in line. I choose my checkout carefully, trying to find a cashier who looks quick and sympathetic. Ideally, I would be able to suss out the other customers in line, but I can’t figure out who will be behind me until I’ve already chosen. My palms are […]

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Perspectives

Entitled

I want to talk about entitlements. Not the kinds Republicans talk about (although I will get to that) — a kind of entitlement that every single person born in the United States has access to, just because of accident of birth, and is so systematic that we forget it is there.

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Parenting

Ten Reasons I Breastfeed in Public

Lately, I’ve found myself breastfeeding in public more and more. This is clearly a problem for some, as the looks and mutterances I’ve received have made obvious. To clear things up, I want to talk about some of my thought processes while breastfeeding in public.

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Perspectives

Not All Men

The other day, I posted an article about Elliot Rodger to my Facebook page, and immediately deleted it. I’ve spent the last several days taking in everything that I can — articles about the shooting, #YesAllWomen posts, reading his manifesto — but I couldn’t actually go through with spreading the information myself. It wasn’t because I haven’t […]

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Perspectives

The Real Real Reason I Can’t Hang Out

I love my kids.  I love my kids a lot.  I love my kids so much that even though pregnancy was the worst time of my life, I decided to do it again so I could have another kid. When my older daughter took her first step, I felt like she had invented walking and […]

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Op Ed

I Will Not Follow the Herd

I wish I had educated myself more before my first daughter was born. I can never undo my choices, and I will forever worry about the unnecessary danger I put her in, all the chemical exposure, the potentially life-threatening risks I put her through.

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News

Crimea River: What the Hell is Happening in Ukraine?

Over the weekend, Russia essentially declared war on Ukraine, authorizing military force in Crimea and sending troops to occupy the area.  As I write this, there are rumors that they will strike overnight, or provoke violence so as to retaliate, or fabricate violence so as to retaliate.  Ukraine and Russia have a shared cultural and […]

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Op Ed

The Problem is Us

“I expect something like this from Fox News, but CNN?” – Facebook commenter on my feed. [Trigger warning for discussion of rape.]

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Mental Illness

I’m Not There, But I Can See It From Here

“Thank God there weren’t school shootings when we were growing up,” my sister said. I knew what she meant. Tommy.

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Persephone Birthday

Best of P-Mag: Call for Justice for Oksana Makar

We cover a lot of ground here at P-Mag. We love our pop culture, our cooking, and sex, but we also cover world news, feminism, and politics.  I am especially proud of Susan’s coverage of the Oksana Makar story, which got very little traction in the U.S. press. — Slay Belle [Trigger warning for rape […]

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Persephone Birthday

Best of P-Mag: What I Gained When I Lost Weight, And What I Lost

One of my favorite things about Persephone is our dedication to body acceptance and Health at Every Size. I personally have benefited a great deal from these discussions, and I know I’m not the only one. There are a number of wonderful articles I could have chosen, but this one seemed to sum them all […]