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On Reasons Why Everyone is Engaged But Me: A Sampling

Meghan! We would all rather be watching Pitch Perfect in bed.

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm 2

On Interview with Susan Murphy, Genius Grant-Winning Statistician

This interview is great! Go Susan Murphy! Also we really should learn logic and stats in high schools; as someone who works in research it's consistently infuriating to me how sloppily research and data are interpreted or presented by media.

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 7:09 pm 1

On The Curious Case of Jennifer Weiner

Yes! I read this on the bus this morning and have been mulling it over. It's hard to imagine that she is really waging a campaign to have (commercial) female authors taken seriously and respected when her focus seems to be on disparaging or subtweeting anyone who espouses a different kind of style or protagonist or purpose in their writing.

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 12:39 pm 1

On Are You a Grown Woman? An Informal Survey

I think I will feel like I've achieved Peak Adult when I attain my mom's ability to negotiate with customer service reps and sales people. Like, when I call my cell phone provider and they're like, "No, this fee is non-negotiable," I usually make a weak protest and then cave because I hate talking to them and I'm tired. But my mom is like, "That is unacceptable. RELENT." and then she manages to get them to do whatever she wants. The ability and confidence not to immediately fall back on, "Oh, okay, sorry for asking." is my epitome of Adulthood.

Also every time I use eye cream I feel like an adult (what is it even doing?)

Posted on December 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm 0

On Are You a Grown Woman? An Informal Survey

@Gordon Bombay I feel pretty good in red lipstick but I really appreciate your description "looking like I ate crayons" to describe any of my other pathetic attempts at non-red colour- like all the trendy corals and orange-y colours from this year, or weird pale pink pastels.

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm 0

On A Thing You Should Probably Read If You Use the NuvaRing

@mynamehere <3 my Mirena

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 12:47 pm 2

On A Thing You Should Probably Read If You Use the NuvaRing

I do contraception counseling in a sexual health clinic, and we advise all of our clients who take hormonal contraception of the elevated risk of blood clots, as well as the signs of a blood clot. All medication involves risks. And there are so many women who take hormonal contraception that unfortunately some will experience side effects.

One thing that stands out to me is this: your risk of an adverse event (eg, stroke) is highest in the first three months of a new medication. So there were very possibly other factors if after four years this poor woman had a deadly blood clot.

The other thing is that while hormonal contraception raises the risk of stroke, and some forms more than others, they are still raise the risk much, much less than a pregnancy or giving birth do. Women should be informed about all these risks when making their decisions about contraception. No one should be pressured to take a form of hormonal contraception without knowing the risks, or the alternatives.

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm 5

On Befriending Your Best Friend's Girlfriend and Resisting the "One True Sex Act"

I second that the last LW should think about talking to an OB/GYN about their pain after penetrative intercourse. Not so that you can get a green light to have a kind of sex you're not into, but because it might indicate a health problem, like a cyst or polyp. Hetero women have a health advantage in that they are likelier to get regular screenings like Paps, STI tests, and vaginal exams, just because the health system tends to assume that women-sexing-women are low-risk, and those are often the exams that turn up other issues like polyps or give patients a chance to talk about what's going on in their body with a health professional. It's important to get your parts checked no matter who is putting their parts in or around it!

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm 8

On "It smells just like the color purple": Taylor Swift Fragrance Reviews

"I practiced the guitar till my fingers bled’ is something Taylor once said, which is laughable and surely a blatant lie as I plAy the guitar, only more shredding Metallica stuff"

Amazing

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 4:13 pm 0

On 26 Abortion Stories

@themegnapkin Yes! So much misinformation. "Clinics" that don't provide accurate medical information to pregnant women should be illegal.

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 11:40 am 2