Sally McGraw

Girl Talk: The Evolution Of Female Friendship

When I was wee, I was best friends with the girls who were handy. Neighborhood kids, playgroup participants, and the like. In grade school, I gravitated toward girls who were brainy like me. Since book smarts were considered to be at odds with potential popularity, and since I had more going in the Brains Department…
By: Sally McGraw / July 6, 2012

Girl Talk: I’m A Nervous Nude

Writing about body love and acceptance? That's my jam. Teaching women to embrace their supposed "flaws," accept that physical beauty comes in infinite forms, and learn to love their own bodies just as they are? My life's quest. So it is with great trepidation that I reveal the following: I really dislike being naked. I mean, if…
By: Sally McGraw / June 29, 2012

Girl Talk: Finding Body Acceptance At The Tattoo Parlor

When I think of locales that are likely to offer me an onslaught of body-related judgment, I think of the beach, the bar, and the gym. I mean, body judgment is incredibly pervasive, but all three of those places are renowned breeding grounds for intense figure scrutiny, comparisons, and body-snarking. Recently, I discovered that my doctor'…
By: Sally McGraw / April 26, 2012

Mirror, Mirror: The Price Of Looking Good

Most conspiracy theories make me giggle. I'm a pretty open-minded gal, but the notion that the moon landing was faked strikes me as downright bizarre. However, I do believe that most major cosmetics and personal care products companies actively conspire against women. These corporations strive to manufacture discontent among women to convince them to buy…
By: Sally McGraw / April 23, 2012

Girl Talk: Don’t Judge Me For Not Drinking

I ran with a pretty tame crowd as a high schooler. We considered it a wild night if  we'd wrapped a musical theater production and all piled into someone's basement to watch the entire Star Wars trilogy on VHS and surreptitiously make out with each other. I liked it that way, and never sought out anything…
By: Sally McGraw / April 13, 2012

Girl Talk: Why I Ditched The Scale

I started watching what I ate around third grade. A boy in my class had made a crack about my weight -- an aspect of my physical self I'd never even pondered before -- and, suddenly, I was self-conscious about and uneasy in my body. I didn't dive into actual, formal diets until much later,…
By: Sally McGraw / April 2, 2012

Girl Talk: My Husband And I Have Separate Bank Accounts

My husband is my best friend in the world. I'm sure I've caused several cavities just by saying so, and can hear a few of you making gagging noises through my computer screen right now. But hey, it's true. He's amazing and he understands me better than anyone. He's the only person who doesn't annoy…
By: Sally McGraw / March 27, 2012

5 Reasons To Wear Color With Color

I remember the first time I was told that black and white should only be worn with ... each other. Maybe a little gray or brown, if you're feeling crazy. I scraped my jaw off the floor, snickered, and promptly dismissed this restrictive advice as total bunk.  But it lingered in my brain. And, over…
By: Sally McGraw / January 5, 2012

7 Reasons You Should Compliment Total Strangers

Ours is an increasingly insular society. Hop on the subway and you'll see dozens of people plugged into their phones. Sit down in a cafeteria and you'll observe dozens more absorbed by e-readers and magazines. Head to the mall and you'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who wants to talk with, look at, or eve…
By: Sally McGraw / January 3, 2012

The Soapbox: Fashion Policing Can Be Brutal

A note about this piece: The Frisky obviously regularly features our own brand of celebrity fashion policing (The Good, The Bad & The WTF, generally). When Sally, who regularly writes for us, pitched me this topic, I thought she had a valid point, one that many share and that she would argue well. Having her…
By: Sally McGraw / November 22, 2011

Girl Talk: Why I’ll Never Play In Another Band With My Husband

When I was 25 years old, I was in a band. It was a dinky little coffeeshop folk-rock band, but MAN it was fun. I had just enough skill to compose but not enough to accompany myself, so I made embarrassing recordings of half-formed songs, brought them to my bandmates, and we workshopped them together.
By: Sally McGraw / November 17, 2011

Girl Talk: I Went On A Shopping Ban … And It Backfired

I'm fairly certain that I have an addictive personality. I've avoided drugs, gambling, cigarettes, and alcohol based on those suspicions, and likely will continue to do so until my dying day. But I got blindsided by my own addictive tendencies when I discovered the joys of personal style. After years of hating my body, I…
By: Sally McGraw / September 26, 2011

Girl Talk: Why I Don’t Diet

When I was in sixth grade, my boyfriend told me he didn’t care that I was fat. He loved me anyway, just as I was. It was something along the lines of, “Tom and all those guys say you’re really big, but it doesn’t matter to me.” And instead of hearing the part about hi…
By: Sally McGraw / September 21, 2011

Girl Talk: Why Pants Scare Me

Last week, I bought new pants. And while that may sound like a mind-numbingly mundane act to you, believe me when I say that the earth shook a little. I haven't purchased new pants in over three years. I've worn them on occasion, sure, and have several pairs languishing in the dark recesses of my…
By: Sally McGraw / August 17, 2011

Girl Talk: What Is It With Guys And Short Hair?

About six months ago, my naturally curly locks entered a fussy phase. My hair has always been a delicate ecosystem, but some unidentified hormonal, dietary, or environmental shift had caused it to change from uniformly unruly to lopsidedly bizarre. Essentially, I looked like a frizzy mess except for one stubborn greasy patch directly above my…
By: Sally McGraw / August 10, 2011

Tattoos 101: Everything You Need To Know If You Want To Get Inked

Two years ago, I got my fifth tattoo, a large red and black crown on the back of my neck. I went home to visit my parents and was stunned by the lack of commentary. Eventually, I just had to ask. "Mom, did you see my new tattoo?" "Yes. It's ... big." Clearly, she'd made…
By: Sally McGraw / June 28, 2011

Girl Talk: Dressing Vs. Dieting

Every winter, I pack on about 15 pounds. I live in Minneapolis, which means that my city may be blanketed in snow from early-November through mid-May, and all that dark, oppressive, endlessly cold weather makes vigorous exercise and light, healthful foods seem about as appealing as major dental work. But despite the fact that my…
By: Sally McGraw / May 24, 2011

Girl Talk: My Ladyparts Hurt

Two years ago, I was sitting in the bathtub cheerfully shampooing my unruly mop of hair and engaging my morning ablutions. When the time came to wash my privates, a sudden, sharp, stinging sensation arose the second I touched soap to vulva. I actually cried out, causing my curious cat to peek over the tu…
By: Sally McGraw / May 16, 2011