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Girl Talk: I Went To Prom With My Bully

It Gets Better
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Anti-Bullying Vid
Jonah Mowry's anti-bullying video. Watch »

Yesterday, Lady Gaga launched her anti-bullying foundation, Born This Way, at Harvard University. This got me thinking of my own days as a bullied pre-teen—and the sweet revenge I was able to exact on my young male tormenter.

Halfway through sixth grade, I switched schools. I’d been living on Cape Cod with my sister, mother, and stepfather. Then my sister and I moved to Connecticut to live with my grandmother. It was a hellishly confusing time. My mother had left for what was supposed to be a week-long trip to visit friends in California. But she decided to escape her bad marriage by simply not returning.

In the suburban oasis where my grandmother lived, I was enrolled in the local junior high. Then, just in case my 11-year-old self hadn’t suffered enough that year, a young thug by the name of David made it his life’s mission to compound my misery. Keep reading »

Mirror, Mirror: A Lament From A Size Zero On The Ever-Changing Body “Ideal”

He Told Me To Lose Weight
When he told me to lose weight, I got rid of him. Read More »
My Snaggletooth Rules
My smile doesn't need fixing -- it's perfect the way it is! Read More »
Suddenly Curvy
One woman on loving her weight gain. Read More »

I spent my teens and early 20s wishing for a bigger, rounder, fuller body. In fact, I did more than wish. I padded my bra with two rolled-up washcloths, I wore two pairs of long underwear beneath my jeans, and I stuffed myself with a pint of ice cream every night. Every night.

Alas, none of it worked. I remained a small-boobed, flat-assed, tiny-limbed, size zero waif. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Why “Ugly” Models Are Bad For Girls

In a scene from “Scouted,” the E! reality TV series premiering this evening — in which model scouts troll the malls, parking lots, and fast food chains of suburbia looking for the next Gisele Bundchen — a middle-aged woman excitedly approaches a willowy girl in a grocery store.

“Have you ever thought about modeling?” she inquires, eyeing up her young prey with leering enthusiasm.

I sat there thinking, Is she talking to her friend? Because standing next to the skinny young blonde with the Byronesque (read: large) profile and receding chin was a much more attractive girl. But, no, the scout was talking to the odd-looking one. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Maybe He’s Gay

9 Signs He's Gay
Are you always making the first move? Maybe he's gay. Read More »
I Slept With My Gay BF
You know you want to know the hows and whys. Read More »

In a classic episode of “Sex and the City,” Miranda has an epiphany: A guy may “just not be that into” her.

Miranda was thrilled with this revelation. She can now stop being anxiety-ridden over a man’s mixed messages. She can now shrug and say, “Well, he’s just not that into me,” and move on. Women everywhere sighed with relief … or did we? Keep reading »

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