Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

Growing up, I was bombarded with messages about how women’s personalities are our downfall — that we are inherently catty, dramatic, meek, jealous, superficial and overemotional. We’re told that women need to embrace physical femininity in order to make up for everything else: Look like a woman, but don’t act like one.

Boys talk about how much they dislike girls, then girls talk about how much they dislike girls. I feel sad about all the potential friendships that never were, simply because we were too caught up in judgments to give other girls a chance. I’ve probably done that a lot. I’m sorry.

Over the past several years, I’ve undone a lot of the damage of internalized misogyny, from judging others to judging myself. I’m pleased as punch with where I am right now, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that I surround myself with so many inspiring women who, despite our differences, lift and support each other to the fullest extent.

Since saying goodbye to my foster daughter, I’ve been in the throes of ambiguous grief. Here’s why it’s so complicated.

Everything in our home still reminds me of her, and I can’t bear to change a thing in her room

I hated my bullies in middle school. Here’s what happened when one of them messaged me years later.

I never thought I’d interact with my middle school bully again — so the Facebook message came as a complete shock

Welcome to Menstrualand, the world’s first period theme park

This place isn’t real, but I sure wish it were