Just recently People magazine (being People magazine) published an article showcasing a series of famous women, ages 50 through 71, wearing swimsuits and being fabulous. They looked gorgeous, yes,…but wouldn’t take a plastic surgeon to notice that nearly every woman featured had undergone some sort of cosmetic procedure to make her look less tired and more youthful. Don’t get me wrong — I believe in people’s right to choose what they want do with the body they are inhabiting. If someone opts to… >> Read More
It’s happened to me twice already. Some random person assumes I’m pregnant just because my tummy isn’t perfectly flat.
The first time, I was at a yoga training. I was unpacking my bags on…arrival day in my dorm room at a well-known yoga center, when a woman I had just met cupped her hand on my stomach and said, “Oh, sweetie, I didn’t know you were pregnant.” I recoiled physically. “I’m not,” I replied, more politely than I wanted to. Perhaps I should have just left it at… >> Read More
Miriam of the Bible is probably best known as Moses’s older sister — she’s the one who placed him in a basket and sends him down the Nile to safety. She’s known as “Miriam the prophetess”…because, after the Israelites were being chased by the Egyptians — nearly losing their lives and witnessing the parting of the Red Sea — it was Miriam who provided hope and faith by rallying the women to play their tambourines and dance on the shore to celebrate their redemption. Today, Miriam is revered by modern… >> Read More
Can we talk about childbirth for a minute? It's hard. Really hard. Whether you give birth in a meadow with butterflies and singing deer, or in an operating room, or anywhere, it's really fucking hard.…When I gave birth to my first kid, I was a leaking, sagging mess. Instead of underwear, I wore these stretchy, net-like thingies with the biggest pad I had ever seen — basically a diaper — tucked inside. My breasts looked like Beyonce's ass. And because I had lost an insane amount of blood, I… >> Read More
There's that beautiful photo from your wedding; you often find yourself wistfully staring at it. But it's not the image of young love that has you feeling nostalgic. It's yourself. Specifically, your…old body — how it used to look, and all the ways you used to take care of it.You look down at your breasts. How the mighty have fallen! You stopped pulling grey hairs because what’s the point? Sex? Ha! So goes the story of "body after baby" for so many women. First, there’s the… >> Read More