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The Soapbox: Why Do We Assume “Having It All” Means Being A Wife And Mother?

The Soapbox: Why Do We Assume "Having It All" Means Being A Wife And Mother?

“Can women have it all,” has been asked hundreds of times over — it seems as though the media never tires of the question. They tell us that, because many women are not in a position to manage a career and a family (or that, at very least, it is extremely difficult to balance the two), feminism has failed us.

But why do we think “having it all” means getting married and having kids? Keep reading »

Girl Talk: 5 Red Flags That Told Me To Leave

On Abused Women
Facts about why abused women stay with their abusers. Read More »
Spot A Narcissist
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Four ways to spot a narcissist before he becomes your boyfriend. Read More »
No Respect Warning Signs
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Eight warning signs a partner does not respect you. Read More »

He seemed sweet at first. In fact, he had many sweet moments. But then there was the other stuff …

Abusive behavior isn’t as simple as we, as a society, want it to be. We often think that the kinds of signs that tell you a man could be abusive are very obvious. We imagine monsters, overtly misogynist thugs. We think of extreme physical violence as being the key – or the only – signifier. But often the violence doesn’t start until a relationship is already established – sometimes not until after a woman has moved in with her boyfriend, marries him, or becomes pregnant. In fact, the leading cause of death in pregnant women is domestic homicide, which is to say they are killed by their intimate partners. If we limit our understanding of abusive behavior to physical violence, we risk ignoring other red flags we should be heeding. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Maybe I’m Just Not Cut Out To Have A “Fuck Buddy”

6 Rules For F**k Buddies
Amelia on six rules for a successful f**k buddy relationship! Read More »
Dating While Divorcing
Girl Talk: It's Not Wrong To Date While You're Divorcing
It's not wrong to date while your divorce is being processed. Read More »
I Can't Handle FWB
"Friends with benefits" didn't work for me. Read More »
Sex Rules To Break
These sex rules are not worth following. Read More »
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When I broke up with my ex about a month ago, I was determined to rebound as quickly as possible. No wallowing this time; it was over and I was moving on.

It was almost too convenient that I was presented with an immediate distraction. Jack was someone I’d known for years; we were never super close, but he’s part of a circle of friends I’ve known since high school. I’d lusted after him for years, too. About four years ago, I even asked my boyfriend at the time permission to make out with Jack, just to “get it out of my system.” My boyfriend said “no,” alas, and so the pining continued. The timing had just never been right.

Until now. Keep reading »

True Story: Unfriending My Ex-Boyfriend On Facebook Was One Of The Most Empowering Choices I’ve Ever Made

Unfriend Him Already!
6 lame excuses for not unfriending your ex on Facebook. Read More »
Facebook Unfriending
Facebook
How to do it with minimal drama. Read More »
FB Types To Unfriend
Eight types of people who are too negative to be your Facebook friend. Read More »

I did it. I actually did it.

What may sound unsubstantial, I experienced with a great deal of deliberation ending in elation. I felt heroic even. What I had always imagined was simple for others felt practically impossible to me. Yes, I’m talking about the ex-boyfriend unfriend. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Don’t Masturbate (But That Doesn’t Make Me A Bad Feminist)

Masturbation Flowchart
Is now a good time to masturbate? Read More »
Masturbation Confessions
A chronic masturbator shares her secrets. Read More »
Weird Masturbation
The weirdest places one woman has masturbated. Read More »
Girl Talk: I Don't Masturbate (But That Doesn't Make Me A Bad Feminist)

I don’t masturbate. Don’t judge me.

That isn’t to say I never have. I’ve tried. I really have. But it’s always felt more of a chore -– a kind of requisite feminist activity -– than the pleasurable, relaxing, even necessary pastime I assume it is for everyone else.

While for most women, I’m told, masturbation is a shameful activity, my shame always came from the fact that my orgasms were never self-induced.

Feminists are supposed to masturbate. We’re supposed to be empowered, sexually liberated, independent women of the (sexy, sexy) future! In essence, we’re supposed to be able to give ourselves dick-free orgasms. Keep reading »

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