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NAVIGATING BATHING SUIT SEASON

BODYSummer means: backyard barbecues, July 4th celebrations, no school, free time, reuniting with camp friends, and so many other joyful, carefree occasions. But summer can also mean: pool parties, beach days, and feeling uncomfortable in a bathing suit. READ MORE

THE PINK TAX

BODYDespite that the average American woman still makes 80% of the salary that her male coworkers make, our cost of living is not 80% of a man’s. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: U.S News and World Report says that women are spending 48% more on toiletries than men are. READ MORE

A SMART GIRLS GUIDE TO SHAVING

BODYHow do I shave? Where do I shave? When do I start shaving? Once I start, can I ever stop? Do I have to shave? These are just a few of the many questions that might come to mind when you start noticing that you have body hair, or that your friends did and now they don’t. Shaving is one of those topics that, despite a lot of people doing it, no one really talks about. And it can be hard to ask your family or friends about it, whether that’s because it feels awkward to or because you don’t want to make it obvious that you feel out of the loop about something that everyone else seems to magically know everything about. READ MORE

HOW TO STOP DATING SOMEONE

LOVESo you’ve been dating someone, but you’re not into it anymore—how do you end it? A lot of words have been spent giving advice to people who like someone and aren’t sure how to make it happen, but it can be just as hard to navigate the art of walking away. Sometimes it’s hard because you don’t know someone that well and you’re not sure if you owe them any kind of explanation, sometimes it’s hard because you were never really “together” so it feels weird to officially call it quits, and sometimes it’s hard because you’re someone who likes to avoid conflict like the plague.  READ MORE

PADS VS. TAMPONS: WHICH IS BETTER?

BODYShould you use pads or tampons? Whether you’re new to having a period or a veteran, the perennial question still stands. Ask most women and they’ll have an opinion on the matter.  READ MORE

ON KOREAN DIVERS AND FEMINIST CHEESE

LIFEWhat does the future of work look like for women? For centuries, what’s classified as “women’s work” has been up for debate, changed definitions, and caused controversy and it doesn’t seem like that has any chance of slowing down in this decade. From working on farms, to working in factories, to working in the home, to filling in on “men’s jobs” during World War II when many men were at war, women have really done it all. READ MORE

BEATING THE TROLLS

MINDWhat’s your reaction when someone tries to tell you girls or women can’t do something? If you’re teen explorer Jade Hameister, you ski across the South Pole. Let’s back up a bit. Hameister is only 16, but already she’s an accomplished explorer who’s trekked across many snow-covered places on ski, sled, and foot. She’s the youngest woman ever to ski across the Greenland ice cap, unassisted. READ MORE

SHOW SOME FRIENDS LOVE

MINDValentine’s Day can be hard. If you’re in a new relationship, the pressure to show lots of affection early on can be uncomfortable to navigate. If you’re in a long-term relationship, you might feel disappointed if your partner isn’t living up to the standard you had for the holiday when you first started dating. And if you’re single, you might suddenly be feeling down on yourself about it. READ MORE

THE WOMEN'S RESUME PROBLEM

MINDMy favorite podcast in the world is Another Round (it was a Buzzfeed podcast, but they just parted ways and are going independent). The hosts, Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton, are intelligent, funny, compassionate, and real, and they cover everything from race issues in America to intersectional feminism to why squirrels are the worst animals on earth. The episode I think about most often covered problems that women, especially women of color, face in the job market. READ MORE

THIS ONE IS FOR THE CURLY GIRLS

BODYWhen I was little I loved my hair. It was big and curly, and it made me feel unique—no one else I knew (besides my mom) looked like that. Adults used to fawn over it and lament how much time and money they spent trying to style their hair like mine. But it didn’t stick—something changed in middle school, as they do for so many of us, and what had once been a point of pride became an embarrassment, something that made me stand out when all I wanted was to fit in. READ MORE