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Mental Illness

Caregiving: The Love Of A Good Woman

This post originally appeared on July 30, 2012.  Or: “Juniper reads Fifty Shades of Grey and was utterly appalled.”

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Here’s what we read this week:

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Crossposts

Study Reveals Sexual Harassment Leads To “Insidious Trauma”

For many women, sexual harassment is (sadly) common. Those of us who experience it frequently are all too familiar with its negative effects… to the extent that it’s hard to understand how anyone could possibly not understand such impacts. The truth is, though, that many persist in believing harassment doesn’t really do harm; that, to use […]

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Perspectives

Birth. Stories. Horror. Power.

Stories matter. They are one of the fundamental ways in which we learn. In pregnancy and childbirth, “horror stories” are to avoided. To be ignored. To be drowned out by the empowered. Why does empowerment need to come at the exclusion of a whole spectrum of knowledge?

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Perspectives

Room for Grace

A year ago today, I lost one of my closest friends in a terrible car accident.

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Perspectives

Birth. Trauma. Rape. Compassion. Healing.

Last time I put my first birth experience into words, I had been sitting at the top of our stairs. It was some time after 5am. I hadn’t slept at all and instead, I was watching the sky change colour through the skylight. I had a pen beside me and an old envelope, I think. […]

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Sex

Sex On The Micro Side: Your Questions, Redux

One of the joys of writing a sex column is the amount of questions we get. Without continued questions, there is no column and no way to talk about experiences or problems we may or may not have experienced. In many ways, it’s a little bit like group therapy, and even though I’m on one […]

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Perspectives

Oh To Be Heard

[Trigger Warning]

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: The Love Of A Good Woman

Or: “Juniper reads Fifty Shades of Grey and was utterly appalled.”

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Perspectives

Birth. Trauma. Rape. Compassion.

[Editor’s note: Trigger warning for frank discussion of sexual violence.] In less than three months’ time, my son will be five. It will be five years since I gave birth to him. Five years since my husband and I cried with joy as he was laid on my chest. Five years since one of the […]

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Parenting

Powerful Parenting… I Mean Re-parenting

A few weeks ago on Monday, in the wake of Mother’s Day,  I moderated a panel for “Love Your Body Day,” an event put together by the Center for Community Alternatives to uplift and celebrate the women who benefit from their extensive programs. 

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The Frisky Feminist

“How Do I Start Having Sex Again?”

Q: My husband and I stopped having sex when I was going through a rough time (yeast infection + depression + recovering from trauma). I needed the break because it got to the point that I was feeling physically ill at just the thought of sex.