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Bodies

The Pregnancy Promise

So someone you are close to is having a baby — what an exciting, joyous time. Well, I’m here to make it better, because I’m about to tell you the most important thing you can know, and it’s beautifully, elegantly simple. Don’t comment on the mom’s size or appearance, or the baby’s size. Ever. Not one […]

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Crossposts

6 Reasons Not To Be A Jerk About Trigger Warnings

As you meander around the internet, you may occasionally encounter an article or video prefaced by a trigger warning (or the abbreviated version, TW). A trigger warning is a note that indicates potentially traumatic content. These notes applied to such varied topics as sexual assault, graphic violence, racism, transphobia, eating disorders and child abuse — […]

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Bodies

No Touching! And Other Useful Rules for Tattoo Etiquette

[Original publication date: July 21, 2011] Anyone who has been around me (either online or in real life) for the past week or so knows how very, very irritated I was by the “tattoo etiquette” piece from the New York Times‘ City Critic. The writer, Neil Genzlinger, interviewed NY Ink star Ami James – that part […]

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Life

Dr. Susan vs. Dr. Laura: How to lose friends and alienate people

Another week, another piece of crap from Dr. Laura! This week: How to lose friends and alienate people.

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Parenting

A Womb of One’s Own: Mama Manners Maze

I’m used to correcting my language to avoid saying inadvertently offensive things–it’s part of being an adult, part of being a feminist, part of being respectful of other people.  But since becoming a mother and interacting with other moms, I’ve learned a whole new world of language self-policing.

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Parenting

Letting Go of The Mommy Guilt: Follow the Golden Rule

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you – OR – I don’t want you to judge me, so I won’t judge you.

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Bodies

No Touching! And Other Useful Rules for Tattoo Etiquette

Anyone who has been around me (either online or in real life) for the past week or so knows how very, very irritated I was by the “tattoo etiquette” piece from the New York Times‘ City Critic. The writer, Neil Genzlinger, interviewed NY Ink star Ami James – that part actually isn’t so bad – and then […]