Janell Burley Hofmann: "Mom, I'm Fat": How I Responded to My 7-Year-Old Daughter I read picture books with only central female characters, I insisted she wrestle her big brothers, demanded family call her words like smart and brave as much as cute and adorable. I tell her we are all different -- straight and thin to round and plump and millions of ways in between. I tell her it's what makes us all beautiful. Unconvinced.
Sharyn Bires: From Rock Bottom to Finding Loving Online My plan was to meet my fiancé in our new apartment. What I didn't plan on was finding him passed out with an empty vodka bottle in hand. Worse, in his other hand was a scrawled list comparing me to the woman he was cheating on me with.
Nina Burleigh: Failing the Virginity Test In Egypt, and other nations, Indonesia and Turkey among them, certainly the Gulf States, doctors or midwives are sometimes asked to perform "virginity tests" to ensure that a man is getting a bride untouched by a previous male appendage.