Kate Fridkis

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Girl Talk: I Met My Husband On My First Online Date

I was one of the skeptics. Online dating sounded kinda lame to me. It sounded kinda like giving up. After all, I was living in New York, a city teeming with eligible bachelors. In theory. I wasn't meeting any of them, but I was told they were out there. And I wanted to go o…

By: Kate Fridkis / January 24, 2012

18 Things Women Can Do That I Just Don’t Understand

I have long suspected that I am bad at being a woman. There are things that other women can do that I am terrible at. There are days that I go out wearing giant boys' sweatpants, my dad's old football sweatshirt and a red knit cap. I forget that I'm supposed to try to look…

By: Kate Fridkis / January 18, 2012

Girl Talk: My Dad Was My Menstruation Role Model

When I got my period for the first time, my mom wanted to throw a party. She had the whole thing planned. There would be a circle of women -- many of them her friends, who would talk about womanhood with me, share their womanly wisdom, and tell rousing tales of menstruation. My mom would…

By: Kate Fridkis / December 27, 2011

Girl Talk: I’m Sick Of Women Talking About Weight

The other day, I found myself engaging in conversation with a stranger at the grocery store about weight. "God," the woman said, pausing near me in the aisle as I considered a package of cookies. "I wish." I laughed. "Yeah, I'm trying to decide if it's worth it." "Go for it," she said, grinning. "You…

By: Kate Fridkis / December 21, 2011

Girl Talk: I Got A Nose Job

It's fun to talk about women who get plastic surgery. They're kind of sad. A little desperate. They're trying too hard. They're spending too much money on what God should have given them. Everyone is keeping track of which movie star recently got her lips puffed up or her boobs plumped or her nose whittled…

By: Kate Fridkis / December 14, 2011

Girl Talk: I Was The Ugly Friend

When I was young, my parents told me I was beautiful and I believed them. I went out into the world feeling confident about my womanly charms and things went smoothly for me. I always managed to find a boy who would tell me I was perfect, even if he did wear suspenders and a…

By: Kate Fridkis / December 6, 2011

Girl Talk: Maybe I’m Not Bridesmaid Material

"So, this is awkward," said the email from my friend, the bride. "But I've decided to keep my bridesmaids to just really close friends." She had three bridesmaids. I was the third. Apparently, she only had two really close friends, and I was not one of them. "Wait," I wrote back. "Why?" "I don't really…

By: Kate Fridkis / November 15, 2011

Girl Talk: Why I Got A Buzz Cut

People think that when a woman cuts off her hair, it means something is wrong. "I think she's going through a rough time," they whisper. They try to pinpoint the trauma—"it was that boyfriend who broke up with her" or "I think she might have had an eating disorder." Women are supposed to be attached…

By: Kate Fridkis / October 12, 2011

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