With party season here, I’m proud to tell you that I, with my less-than-perfect body, attended a wedding celebration in a slinky black dress without any shapewear underneath it. Excuse me while I…give myself a high-five. For those of you who are unfamiliar with shapewear — and by those of you, I mean most straight men and skinny women who realize they are skinny — it's underwear designed with one holy purpose: to make you look thinner than you are. In reality, shapewear (also known as Spanx,… >> Read More
Being a woman is hard, especially when your body is scrutinized in every way. Either you're too skinny, too fat, didn't lose enough of the baby weight, lost too much, or lost it in all the wrong…places — you get the idea. No matter what women do, especially moms, it's never good enough. That's why we love this parody video called "Mama's Got Bump" (a nod to "Baby's Got Back"). Watch it below: https://youtu.be/7CPscjvHLVw >> Read More
I recently said to my sister that when my daughter leaves for college next year, I’ll finally be able to take off the baby weight. I was kidding. I’m really not that kind of person, the kind who…obsesses over calories and food intake and exercise. I like my cheese and bread and chocolate too much to care about that sort of thing. Not that I’m unhealthy or even particularly that overweight. Sure, I could stand to lose 10 pounds (okay, maybe 15), but I won’t succumb to the idea that the extra weight I’m carrying,… >> Read More
When asked how observant I was growing up, my answer was always, "I am Conservative." I came from a home that valued religion by placing a major emphasis on the importance of being a Jew—and my…parents maintained traditions, holidays, music, foods, and prayers. In the community I was raised, there was a large Jewish population. It seemed I shared similar customs, rituals, and life events with my classmates and friends from school. But at the same time, I competed at a high level of soccer, where the teams I played… >> Read More
A male colleague and I were chatting at a departmental meeting when he caught sight of the thick streak of gray hair at my temple. He sucked in his breath.
"Ooh! Are you going to do anything…about that?” he asked me. I was surprised by his concern for my vanity. “No, why would I?” I replied. “I don’t mind it.” He looked skeptical, but then wandered off in search of coffee, leaving me to ponder my hair. I’ve had gray and white hairs among my mess of dark brown curls since… >> Read More