religion
I wouldn’t trade that period in my life for anything, though. It was the worst time ever but I’m stronger having gone through it. The day I stopped believing was 12 days before I tried to kill myself.
gambling
I had no idea that penny slot machines and scratch-off lottery tickets could destroy a home.
weddings
I’ve never had a wedding myself, but my understanding is that most of the attention is supposed to be on the bride and groom and not on the imploding personal lives of any of the guests.
disabilities
It may sound melodramatic, but my speech impediment has affected my identity, friendships, family dynamic and my professional path.
rape
pregnancy
charm school
We were told less is more and to avoid bright or loud blushes, eyeshadows, or lipsticks that might make us look "impure."
plastic surgery
A small part of me wondered if I'd made a $7,000 mistake.
long distance relationships
We decided to give it a go. Long distance be damned, we could do this. Didn’t love conquer all?
high school drop out
To everyone’s chagrin, I was so depressed and physically ill that I chose to drop out.
racism
I bent down to make eye contact with the boy, who was still sitting and staring straight ahead. I said, “I’m gonna tell them what I saw, but I don’t want to put words in your mouth." He cut me off: “They won’t listen to me anyway.”
anti-abortion
Who wants to talk about abortion at a wedding? Just about everyone at this wedding.
summer camp
I had never met children who came from wealth and privilege so immense, and suddenly I was in charge of making sure they brushed their teeth and got to bed on time.
anorexia
Most treatment centers don’t take girls under 13, so it was difficult to find a place that would accept me, even though I desperately needed help.
twitter
It doesn't hurt me to be called "ugly" by some jerk on Twitter.
in

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pregnant
rape
Dismantling rape culture means holding people responsible for their actions -- even people you love.
craigslist
photography
If Karlie Kloss had credited me when she posted my photo to Instagram, I would have received what amounts to major publicity and had publications contacting me directly to license the photo.
suicide
I opened the door to the garage. My son and I both saw him hanging there.
dating
If I started actually dating this guy, would I appear in his columns? Would he be using me as an experiment for his dating theories? But me being me, I was also very intrigued. And so it began.
defamation
My rapist won’t be charged. It’s not the kind of rape that they like to charge.
healthy
Cystitis is one thing I can rely on to happen when I’m too tired or too stressed. That slight sting, the hot feeling in the base of my gut.