slut-shaming
My entire life, I’ve been taught to be ashamed of my body. Well, I’m not.
cancer
lawsuits
drug abuse
No one thought we should be together, but what else did I have going for me but him?
happy endings
I dimmed my screen and Googled “female happy ending massage, NYC.” To my surprise, a bunch of results came up, and the number one result was “The Doctor,” AKA Doctor M.
abortions
service industry
"No ice cream tonight?" the shop clerk asks, pretty much ensuring you will never shop there again.
racism
My manager asked me to stop pursuing justice for what happened because his friend needed her job. I felt like if she truly valued her job, she wouldn’t have treated a black customer differently for her race.
turia pitt
I'm grateful and honored to be chosen as the cover girl for Australia's highest circulation magazine.
homosexuality
I am an alumni of Gordon College who wants to speak out on this issue without outing my old roommate — which would happen if I posted under my own name.
christian values
It was the most remarkable moment in which erasure and inclusion collided. Sure, we could live in the complex, but did queer sex not exist for these people? Were we literally incapable of having sex, in their worldview?
misdiagnosed
I lost a decade of my life to fear, depression and anger. I’m not wasting any more time with blame. I just feel lucky and grateful that I finally found a doctor who figured it out.
nunhood
I didn’t know who I was, but I knew who I didn’t want to be: a person who stole a tampon from a homeless woman.
emotional abuse
In this age of Internet dating and catfishing, stories like mine are probably more common than one would think.
pansexual
I kept wondering, Do we really have to allocate funds to purchase a strap-on instead of an airline ticket for you to meet my family?
dating
I wondered if trashing my appearance was just his way of covering up his discomfort with the fact that I use a wheelchair, but he was certainly persistent in describing the things he considered to be flaws beyond my disability.
teaching
I was a teacher who was encouraged to ignore violence, disability, mental illness, neglect. I wouldn't.
bridesmaids
I posted an ad on Craigslist, offering up my services to a bride-to-be as a professional bridesmaid -– hoping to use some of my skills and bridesmaid knowledge to help other brides.
childbirth
I was scared and alone. After he put the needle in, I started crying.
sexual assault
If, as my college president stated in his letter, we have no tolerance for sexual misconduct, why did nothing happen to the perpetrators?
online dating
sweden
The decision to apply for the visa to move to live with my partner in Sweden was not an extremely difficult one to make.
dominatrix
I had many clients who were wealthy executives, married with children –- supposedly upstanding citizens -- but who led double lives as drug-hungry perverts.