Posts tagged "girl talk"

Girl Talk: Breaking Up With My Mother

“Oooh this one looks discreet.” My mom held up a hot pink vibrator. I was 16 years old and instead of going home to do homework or grab a snack like any normal teen, our mother-daughter outing consisted of going to the Love Boutique. I knew in my gut that none of this fell under…
By: Jordan Katz / July 22, 2013

Girl Talk: On Bearing The Unbearable

This week, I found out my brother is going to be deployed to Afghanistan. Ever since he joined the Marines, as difficult and stressful as the journey has been, I have always comforted myself with the fact that he wasn't in a war zone, and that, thanks to the type of work he…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 19, 2013

Girl Talk: Assorted Thoughts On Sisterly Love

Here are my first memories of my sisters. My newborn sister Jenny is brought home from the hospital, three days after my birthday. I am excited, suspicious, eager, and in my curiosity, poke her in the eye, provoking a banshee shriek that does not stop. This sets the tone for all of our interactions for…
By: Megan Reynolds / July 18, 2013

Girl Talk: On Lying About Having A Boyfriend

Two days ago, I lied about having a boyfriend. I don’t do this, ever. This is one of those things I do not like to do. I do not want to feel like I have to lie about having a boyfriend to get out of an uncomfortable situation. Before I get to this story, here…
By: Almie Rose / July 11, 2013

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, masturbatio…
By: Meghan Murphy / July 9, 2013

Girl Talk: I Will Not Pretend To Like Sports For Guys Anymore

I've recently come to terms with something: I don't like sports. This should have been obvious to me a long time ago -- like, we're talking in kindergarten when I quit my soccer team because I was never the goalie (or as I saw it, the person who just got to stand there and do…
By: Mallory Schlossberg / July 1, 2013

Girl Talk: My Bad Boss Was The Best Thing That Happened To Me

Today, I’m going to go where, if you’re a woman, you’re never supposed to go. And that forbidden zone is to talk about the perils of women at work—and specifically, about that most fearsome of office creatures, the bad female boss. “Gird your loins!” Stanley Tucci warns as his tyrannical female boss, played by Meryl…
By: Sara DiVello / June 28, 2013

True Story: My Ex-Boyfriend Announced That He’s HIV-Positive On Facebook

This piece originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Republished here with permission. An email arrives from an old friend with the name of your ex-boyfriend in the subject line. In the body of the email, just this: “I'm totally shocked. When was the last time you talked to him?” You sigh,…
By: Emily Heist Moss / June 18, 2013

Girl Talk: Assorted Thoughts On Being Raised By A Single Dad

Here is a collection of memories from my childhood. I am in kindergarten, it is story time, I am wearing a turtleneck that itches at my neck and I am not feeling well. I throw up on the rug, in front of everyone, sobbing hysterically, and my father leaves the campus where he's teaching to…
By: Megan Reynolds / June 14, 2013

Girl Talk: Why I Left A Dream Job For My Real Job

Not long ago, I was promoted to Associate Editor at the local Toronto magazine where I had been working as an Assistant Online Editor. Shortly after receiving the news, I cried at my desk. They were not tears of joy. No. These were snot-is-coming-out-of-my-nose-running-into-my-mouth tears. These were I-am-an-uglier-crier-than-James-Van-der-Beek tears. My co-worker sent…
By: Brianne Hogan / June 11, 2013

Girl Talk: My Single Dad’s Strange Advice Turned Out To Be The Greatest

My father gave great, yet strange advice to me when I was younger. “My advice to you is this," he said. "Let’s go be bad, let’s go poot in public.” Clearly, my dad is not a man who's embarrassed of his actions. The only reason he said he wanted kids was so that he could…
By: Katy Conroy / June 10, 2013

Girl Talk: Are Wedding Gifts Optional?

After our wedding, when my husband and I finally got around to opening our gifts and noting who gave what for our thank you cards, we became concerned that a bunch of our wedding gifts might have been stolen. About a third of the 150 guests who attended our wedding did not appear to have…
By: Maggie Lite / June 7, 2013

Girl Talk: On Being Called “Tiny”

Sitting in the sports medicine clinic’s waiting room, I poked at my knee and winced, hoping that the doctor would be able to fix my troubled joints so I could run my first road race the following month. Half an hour later, I had my answer: my biomechanics were off, I suffered from the commo…
By: Sara Tatelman / June 3, 2013

Girl Talk: Finding My Birth Parents

I was 12 when I found out. My stepsister hurled it at me during a fight: “At least I’m not adopted,” she retorted after I called her a four-eyed idiot. My real mother died when I was six, and the fact that I now had a stepmother didn’t mean I was adopted. “You really are a…
By: Kathy Hatfield / May 31, 2013

Girl Talk: Marriage Freaks Me Out

My parents got divorced when I was almost too young to remember. I carry only brief images of the time surrounding their divorce. My mother, in a red dress with polka dots, kneeling down to meet me at my level as I squirm in a chair, legs swinging above the floor. "I'm going away for…
By: Megan Reynolds / May 30, 2013

Girl Talk: I Did Everything Wrong, But Still Found Love

While many people start online dating to meet people, I joined OKCupid because I knew far too many already. This may sound cold, but I wanted to meet guys outside of my social circle who were more ... expendable. If a date…
By: Kristine Rose / May 29, 2013

Girl Talk: Bisexuality, Straight Privilege, And A Place At The Table

Sometimes, I have a hard time talking about being bisexual. Part of the difficulty is label itself: bisexual. As soon as it's said out loud, or implied with the abbreviation bi, lady sex pops into peoples' minds and all of a sudden things get X-rated. The mere mention of bi conjures images of co-eds kissing…
By: Rachael Leeson / May 28, 2013

Girl Talk: Taking The Leap

Up until last month, my boyfriend Nick and I had lived in Oregon all of our lives. We both grew up in small towns outside of Portland, and then, after high school, we migrated into the city like people from small towns tend to do. For the past few years, Nick worked at the cheese…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 23, 2013

Girl Talk: I Don’t Know What I Weigh — The Case for Stepping Off the Scale

The June issue of Allure has the usual headlines about what beauty products to buy and how to get good hair and better skin. Also thrown into the sexy, sun-kissed mix is this tidbit of information about their cover girl: “Zoe Saldana: 115…
By: Claire Mysko / May 17, 2013

Girl Talk: My Husband’s Parenting Made Me Question Myself As A Mother

When I was pregnant, everyone warned me not to judge myself against other women either positively or negatively. They told me not to compare myself to the Super Moms, the Momzillas or even the Deadbeat Moms. People warned me that once I was a mother there would be some things I would do effortlessly, and…
By: Susan Finch / May 14, 2013
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