February 7, 2006
Gloria’s post reminded me of a funny story I recently heard from my sister, who just birthed her third baby a couple of weeks ago. My grandma grew up poor – one of a tenant farmer’s ten kids. When she started her period, she thought she was dying. No one had explained to her what […] Continue reading

February 7, 2006
As you are well aware, my daughter is 11-years-old. We have celebrated some of the first milestones. First bra? Check. Self-conscious of body hair? Check. First shaving of legs and under arms? Check. Proper cleansing of hair and body? Check. What’s left? Her period. Or as kids her age are calling it….THE DOT. I spoke […] Continue reading

February 6, 2006
Ever since my son was born two years ago, I consistently have had purple marks on my arms and legs. Like the rings around my eyes and the drooping pouch I now call my abs, I attributed them to carelessness and my olive skin, which bruises easily. However, this column in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review got […] Continue reading

February 6, 2006
Salon online ran a thoughtful column on Betty Friedan’s passing and what it means to modern feminists. Most refreshing was the writer’s emphasis on the need to respect all women for their choices in life, including those pesky affluent women who choose to leave a fast-track career to stay home with their children. To try […] Continue reading

February 6, 2006
There’s a word for it: homophily — the tendency for people to form social networks with others whose age, race, ethnicity, education, religion, sexual orientation, etc. mirror their own. As I’ve moved through various life phases, certain criteria for social bonding have waxed and waned. As a teen, taste in music was a paramount marker […] Continue reading

February 5, 2006
Betty Friedan, author of the Feminine Mystique — the book credited for igniting the modern feminist movement that began in the 1960s — died yesterday on her 85th birthday in her Washington home. The cause of death was congestive heart failure, according to a family spokeswoman. Friedan’s book helped dispel the myth that the typical […] Continue reading

February 4, 2006
In the brow-raising celebrity gossip corner, cyclist Lance Armstrong and rocker Sheryl Crow called it quits after two years of dating and a five-month engagement. While People magazine offered no reason for the split, it would have been Armstrong’s second marriage and Crow’s first at the age of 43. The couple shares a ranch in […] Continue reading

February 4, 2006
A neighbor’s dog punctured my son’s favorite ball in the park. As recompense, the kindly woman, who worked at the local library’s donation center, gave my son a book, The Travels of Babar. My husband and I jokingly refer to it as “Babar, the Racist, Imperial Elephant.” Babar and his companion, Celeste, find themselves marooned […] Continue reading

February 3, 2006
Sex Education is a tricky thing.  I remember being about 7-years-old and being told by a school mate that my parents HAD to have sex for me to be on this earth.  I cried for days.  “Not MY parents!!”  Then, of course the inevitable sex-ed class.  I remember having to get my parents to sign […] Continue reading

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