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

It is only now, as an adult, that I look back at my hatred of pink in childhood and see it for what it was: a kind of self-hatred of my gender, or of what society’s expectation of my gender was. I grew up in a time when “girly” was frequently thrown around as an insult. It was made very clear to me: being a girl was not something to be celebrated.

At 31, I’ve grown more comfortable with my body and the clothes I like to wear. The fashion industry is also making important steps to keep up with demand for more gender-neutral clothing. As we gain a better understanding of gender and sex as fluid concepts, fashion is also becoming more malleable. And that’s a big win for little kids everywhere who just want to feel good in the skin they’re in.

Martial arts made me appreciate my body like never before. Here’s why.

Training has been truly revolutionary for me

How I came to terms with body hair (and decided to ditch Nair)

Growing up, I didn’t know any woman who had didn’t shave at least some of their body

Why are adult friendships so hard to make (and keep)?

When I do meet someone amazing, trying to be friends can feel more awkward than dating