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On Friday, November 27, 2015, Robert Dear shot and killed three people and injured nine at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood. The following day, I did my first shift as a volunteer clinic escort at a reproductive health clinic in New York City. The timing was coincidental, but it underscored the growing unease I’d felt about our increasingly embattled reproductive rights. I didn’t know a ton about reproductive justice, and I had no experience as an organizer, activist, or policy maker. But I knew I...
Mars, the planet of action and pure, raw sexuality, will be retrograde from June 26 to August 27 of this year in the airy sign Aquarius, making this a challenging time for us all to assert ourselves in various areas of life. Hot new romances and projects may fizzle out quickly as Mars moves backwards, provoking us to handle self-defense, relationships, and anger with a lot less diplomacy than usual. Mars in Aquarius, when direct and moving at its natural pace in orbit, tends to...

This piece discusses child sexual abuse.  For years, I thought men hated me. I got condescending looks. They wouldn't flirt with me. I sensed thinly-veiled hostility. Yet I wanted one. I hated and feared them and didn't understand men, but I wanted one. I didn't get one for a very long time. I know what you're thinking. No, I'm not a lesbian. People always ask that. No, I just would like to spend time with a guy who gets me, who doesn't treat me like shit. For years,...
  After the sudden death of Anthony Bourdain, many of us are remembering and reanalyzing our time in the food industry, whether as workers or as patrons. I’ve spent the last ten years working in the food industry, starting as a busser, and later becoming a waitress, bartender, fancier waitress, and occasional manager. It’s been a hell of a ride, and I could use a drink—good thing there’s plenty of that in the restaurant industry. There are also plenty of exploitative owners, creepy cooks, DRUGS...and plenty...
This piece discusses suicide. In the iconic 1985 film Return to Oz, Dorothy discovers that Oz is no longer the sparkly, technicolor spectacle she had previously known. Now it is a barren wasteland, dry and desolate, bleak and grey, even the yellow brick road a pile of rubble. Her old companions are long gone, as are any signs of human life, and so she must begin her journey alone once again.  At one point, Dorothy makes it all the way to the castle of Princess Mombi, who...
Puberty. We’ve all been there. And it hasn’t always been pretty. (For me, it involved years battling with hormonal acne, much grieving over the many beloved pairs of shorts lay to ruin because of Aunt Flow’s ill-timed visits, and the overwhelming realization that the smell I had been trying to ferret out was, in fact, just me). Luckily, the next generation may be a little more #blessed when their metamorphosis rolls around. Enter: BLUME, the first subscription-based line of self-care products curated specifically for girls...

A part of me has always believed I could only be my best self in love. Boundless, gut-wrenching, tear-jerking love. I can’t stop chasing it, no matter what I do. That desire is always there; a little voice telling me that I’ll reach my true potential when I find the right person, my other half. It’s not that I was unloved as child. My parents divorced when I was ten years old, but I’ve always felt their love. My mother, a July 4th baby, a Cancer...

The summer solstice starts tomorrow, marking the longest period of daylight and shortest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere as Earth reaches its maximum axial tilt toward the sun. Also referred to as Midsummer or often by Wiccans and other Pagan groups as Litha, the summer solstice has been celebrated since the Stone Age as a time of transition, renewal and warding off demons. However deeply your beliefs in the spiritual may run, everyone can enjoy this tipping point of the astronomical summer...
  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that the state will file a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for separating families at the border. At the time of the announcement, over 70 immigrant children had been placed in at least 10 federal shelters across New York. “The Trump Administration’s policy to tear apart families is a moral failing and a human tragedy. We will not tolerate the Constitutional rights of children and their parents being violated by our federal government,” Cuomo said in a statement. “New...
Spearheaded by San Diego comedians Jaleesa Johnson, Jordan Coburn & AG (an anonymous veteran with a doctorate in public policy, working in Trump’s executive branch), Mueller, She Wrote is a podcast set to focus on the Mueller investigation. The female-owned & operated podcast has been catching the attention of listeners by combining comedy and journalism. We talked with AG to get the scoop on the reactions to the podcast. So what in particular inspired you ladies to choose this case? The week the first indictments dropped against...