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How can I raise my daughter to be a boss?

How can I raise my daughter to be a boss?

“When I grow up, I’m going to be a boss just like you!” my daughter said. I should point out that I’m not an ACTUAL boss. I don’t run my own company or even manage a team. However, as far as my daughter knows, I’m […]

I don’t share a last name with my child and it doesn’t matter

I don’t share a last name with my child and it doesn’t matter

My three-year-old recently informed me that her new baby sister won’t be able to have the same last name as her. “There are already two of us,” she said. “Me and Daddy. She’ll need a different name.” I wasn’t included, of course, because my last […]

Why Anna is better than Elsa

Why Anna is better than Elsa

My daughter has two cheap Elsa and Anna necklaces that she has never worn. She treats them as toys, and we have spent many hours using them to play ‘Elsa and Anna’ together. Elsa and Anna don’t act out scenes from Frozen or go on […]

If the Kavanaugh hearing was a typical job interview

If the Kavanaugh hearing was a typical job interview

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing recently. This hearing has such profound implications – not only for the future of the American judicial system, but also for for how we treat sexual assault victims – that it’s easy to forget […]

The pink tax: why women pay more and what we can do about it

The pink tax: why women pay more and what we can do about it

I recently got drawn into a bit of an online debate about the ‘pink tax’ after retweeting this post: This experience made me realise that some people haven’t heard of the pink tax, or don’t seem to believe that it exists. So, for all you […]

The benefits of being low-maintenance

The benefits of being low-maintenance

I looked at myself in the mirror the other day and thought, “I wonder if I need some statement eyebrows.” I had never really put much thought into my eyebrows – they’re not especially bushy or particularly thin, and besides plucking a few stray hairs, […]

This is the problem with boob shirts

This is the problem with boob shirts

Last weekend I saw a teenage girl wearing a crop top that said, “I have no tits.” I thought about that shirt for the rest of the day. Why would someone wear a shirt that draws attention to body parts that people shouldn’t be staring […]

Why I need to start playing roller derby again

Why I need to start playing roller derby again

I caught a glimpse of myself in the gym mirror today, all sweaty and disheveled-looking in my Gotham Girls Roller Derby top, and all I could think was, damn, I miss getting knocked on my ass by strong women. Usually when I tell people that […]