Body-positive intersectional feminist. BP Type II. Diet industry dropout. Wife. Mom of 5. Bibliophile. Cake aficionado. Editor In Chief @ Ravishly. Types 17 WPM.

Joni Edelman's Articles

The silence may be worth the mess. Image: Thinkstock.

5 Alternatives To Montessori When The Waitlist Is Full

“Oh, great!” Says the woman on the other end of the line. “Our waitlist is only about 18 months right now.” Not a typo.
joni edelman   |   05.23.16 12:00am   |   SHARE
I don’t want to fight to be seen as beautiful. I want to fight for beauty to come last on the list of things that I am. Image: Joni Edelman.

Body Positivity: Are We Fighting For Equality, Or Just Equal Beauty?

I want to be seen, too. But now that I’ve settled into my fat body, now that I don’t waste my insomnia on worrying about my husband leaving me for a skinny blonde (as I’ve been warned), now that getting dressed isn’t an existential crisis, now that I shop... Read...
joni edelman   |   05.17.16 12:01am   |   SHARE
Sometimes my brain makes me think things = happiness. Image: Joni Edelman.

In Defense Of Things

I know my more-than-average amount of stuff is related to my higher-than-average wealth, which makes me self-conscious — especially as someone who used to have to budget groceries to the dime. I can’t separate my privilege from my possessions, but I also know... Read...
joni edelman   |   05.12.16 12:01am   |   SHARE
I immediately took to FB, calling out to my tribe, “Who wants to see my ass?” Image: Joni Edelman.

The Power Of MomSnap: AKA Why I Send My Friends Snapchat N00ds

We are still sharing our days in all the ways we usually share days — talking about kids, bills, dinner, stress. And now we are sharing the times we are most vulnerable, the times we need to hear something good about ourselves.
joni edelman   |   05.9.16 12:01am   |   SHARE
"Both of my babies were born at home with midwives in attendance." Image: Bryn Huntpalmer

The Birth Hour Podcast's Bryn Huntpalmer: Woman Made Of Awesome

I immediately felt like I'd known Bryn. We hung out, we ate. I laughed until I peed my pants.... Interviewing Bryn for Ravishly's PWL was the next logical progression. I mean, I love Byrn, and we all love a good birth story and The Birth Hour delivers on the... Read...
joni edelman   |   05.3.16 12:01am   |   SHARE
Who even NEEDS that many flowers?

5 Big-Money Mother's Day Gifts — And Their More Practical Alternatives

You’d be hard pressed to find something more meaningful to mom than watching YOU scrub your own urine off the toilet seat/floor/wall. DO IT YOURSELF. And try this, do it EVERY DAY.
joni edelman   |   05.2.16 12:01am   |   SHARE
Remember when all we had was sneakers?

7 Awesome Things We Have Now That Didn't Exist In The 80s — And Their Not-So-Awesome Side Effects

Are the advances worth the trade-offs? You be the judge.
Joni Edelman   |   04.28.16 12:01am   |   SHARE
Matt Joseph Diaz

#MondayMotivation With Matt Joseph Diaz: Something Different, We're Talking Cartoons

Wonder what films you should be showing your kids? Here's a list!
joni edelman   |   04.26.16 11:11am   |   SHARE
His birth was supposed to be peaceful, swimming into the world in our kitchen, surrounded by his family, welcomed with cake and champagne. Image: supplied.

My Labor And Birth Didn't Go As Planned — And No, I'm Not 'Over' It

I was lucky I didn’t have a c-section. I was lucky he was born, healthy and huge at 10+ pounds, with two hefty pushes. I was lucky. I sobbed anyway.
joni edelman   |   04.26.16 12:01am   |   SHARE
PayPal is less evil than you think.

Do Your Research: PayPal And The "All-Male" Panel Debacle

I’m lucky enough to be in a business where current events of this type make their way to me with relative frequency, especially when shared by Feministing. Today, of course, no exception.
joni edelman   |   04.22.16 8:01am   |   SHARE