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Is That Normal? A Guide to Menstrual Blood

BODYHistorically, periods have been taboo to talk about. Whether that means withholding stories about the first time you got your period or not disclosing physical discomfort when you feel it, the whole topic of conversation has been off the table. A lot of that is starting to change, slowly but surely, as women push the boundaries of open conversation, both among themselves and in public spaces. READ MORE

How to Do New Year’s Resolutions the Right Way

SOULYou know the drill this time of year. Magazine articles start rolling in telling you to set your New Year’s resolutions, gyms start lowering their sign-up fees or waiving them all together, and the social media posts pile up about all the great diets everyone is going on. Then February creeps in, The New Yorker runs one too many sarcastic cartoons about all the broken resolutions, and the whole charade comes crashing down. It happens every year like clockwork. READ MORE

Do you have to maintain your eyebrows?

BODYThe pressure to manage body hair can start early for girls, so you may notice that your classmates at school suddenly seem to have perfectly manicured eyebrows. Does that mean you should, too? The simple answer is no, not unless you want to, and you’ve talked to a parent about it (while it is your body, decisions about altering it should come with some guidance from an adult).  READ MORE

The Movie “Eighth Grade” Hits Home

LIFEEighth grade can be tough. It’s the threshold between so many things: childhood and the very beginning of adulthood, middle school and high school, having someone be in charge of you and being in charge of yourself, figuring yourself out and knowing who you are, a body that’s familiar and a body that seems to change a little bit more every day. With all of that can come excitement, anxiety, confusion, triumph, and hope. This A to Z of what it feels like to be in the in between is something that the movie Eighth Grade captures perfectly—so perfectly, in fact that it can bring back some emotional memories for moviegoers who’ve already lived through this moment of life.  READ MORE

How to Track Your Period on Your Phone

BODYWomen have been tracking their periods for decades to keep tabs on their bodies. Period tracking is useful for many reasons, including learning what’s normal for your body, being able to reassure yourself that the reason a commercial for dog food is making your cry is not because you’re going insane but may be because you’re experiencing PMS, and being able to spot concerning changes to your cycle that you may want to consult a doctor about. READ MORE

Girls Scouts Add STEM badges

MINDThe Girl Scouts of America has evolved a lot since it’s founding in 1912, and continues to reshape as girls demand new roles and spaces in society. In keeping with this, the Girl Scouts this fall is offering 30 new badges that represent skills and knowledge that a modern girl should have and, unsurprisingly, many of them are related to STEM. READ MORE

IT'S NOT TOO LATE FOR SUMMER READING

MINDThe summer’s not over yet, which means there’s still time to squeeze in some last-minute summer reading. But with so many killer new releases and old standbys to choose among, where’s a girl to start? Look no further. Below are three book recommendations to cram into your last month of summer, and they satisfy a wide range of interests, from a chef’s memoir to a TK beach read to heavier but endlessly important non-fiction about the history of women’s health.  READ MORE

ARE YOU USING SUNSCREEN CORRECTLY?

BODYIn this day and age, most people know, generally, that they need to apply sunscreen when they go outside, but there are a lot of subtle mistakes that people make when applying sunscreen that can be the difference between burning up in 20 minutes and being able to sit on the beach for 5 hours safely. Here’s a list of all the things you should be doing to stay safe in the sun:  READ MORE

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

A NEW WAVE OF EQUITABLE ACCESS TO PERIOD PRODUCTS

LIFEIn January, New York State governor Andrew Cuomo made a big announcement: all public schools in the state would have access to free pads and tampons for girls in grades 6 – 12. On a nation scale, it’s a pretty progressive move: New York is one of the only states in country to enact such a law, behind only California and Illinois. READ MORE