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Feminist Healing Through BDSM

I realized I wanted to be part of the BDSM world, and that maybe it could help with healing.

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I’m A 39-Year-Old Who Wants Stuffed Animals — And I'm Not Ashamed 

I don’t typically lie to a date (or in general), but I was ashamed of my desire for wanting stuffed animals as an adult in my late thirties.

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Ask Erin: I Need Help With My Anger Issues

For me, getting angry is really easy, and to get out of anger is really difficult. This has brought me problems with all the people around me.

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A reminder that you just never know what sorrow a child’s terrible attitude might be masking. A reminder that probably applies to adults as well.

You Never Know When Sorrow May Strike

A reminder that you just never know what sorrow a child’s terrible attitude might be masking. A reminder that probably applies to adults as well.

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Eventually, I had to admit that the past I wanted to have — the mother I wished for so desperately — didn’t exist.

Re-parenting Myself As I Parent My Kids

Eventually, I had to admit that the past I wanted to have — the mother I wished for so desperately — didn’t exist. I am re-parenting myself as I parent.

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Ask Erin: Should I Accept My Friend's Apology For Sexually Assaulting Me?

I don't know if I should continue the friendship and accept my friend's apology for sexually assaulting me. I am still getting flashbacks and depression.

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Take The Cake: Cleaning My Closet Taught Me 3 Things About Fat Girl Scarcity

Fat Girl Scarcity — the sense that we are not enough or that we don’t have enough — permeates the life of a person in a marginalized body.

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I have to pack boxes and go through things that remind me of all the lives I’ve lead and throw away things that no longer serve me.

I Didn't Realize Moving Meant Packing Up My Trauma, Too

I cannot fix the fear and anxiety and overwhelming sadness about this upcoming move. The frightening truth is this: the only way out of it is through.

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