Food stamps, credit cards, and public vs. private poverty

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I just got food stamps for the first time in my life. I struggled with the decision as a white grad student in my thirties: I’m supposed to be a sort of respectable middle class poor, not food stamps poor. I’m supposed to boot strap my way through grad school, eat ramen, get an extra […]

Hickory Ham Maik on Michelle Obama’s Weird Water-Related Public Health Campaign

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I’ve spent the last 15 minutes being rather baffled by the website for Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier America campaign to get people to drink more water (file under: procrastination). You can find it here. You might have expected the website to provide you with some tips on how to remember to drink water throughout […]

In Praise of Leggings as Pants

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My body has a weird thing where it cycles up and down about 20-30 pounds every few years. Before you start with the OMG YOYO DIETING IS SO UNHEALTHY, let me reassure you that I don’t diet, and can only attribute these fluctuates to random stuff like geographical location (no, really), relationship status (really, really), […]

2013 Fatkini Review

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Ok, so this post is kind of overdue, but I haven’t been able to get to the beach much this year living in Indiana. But I plan to enjoy Hollywood Beach every chance I get on my upcoming 2 week trip to Chicago! I’ve been wearing bikinis while fat for about eight years now, and […]

Femmytomboy by Jera Brown

Janelle Monae- classic example of Tomboy Femme style. Portrait by aogwhatisthishith.

I’ve always been a little femme and a little tomboy – a princess and a jedi, comfortable with mascara and power tools. Both terms, femme and tomboy, have visual components: they’re tied to certain fashion choices, as well as mannerisms, even one’s presence. But to me, they’re also tied to how I relate to men […]

My Complicated Relationship with Paleo

Lest I be accused of austerity: pate with a golden layer of bacon fat.

Almost a year ago I experimented with eating Paleo for the first time. For the unfamiliar, Paleo is a style of eating where you avoid all processed foods, with the idea that you’re eating a pre-agricultural diet that is better suited to the human body. The Paleo diet (I don’t consider it a diet in […]

Let’s Talk About Snacks, Baby!

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Rashaun always posts on Facebook about Graze, this snack box subscription she has where they send her a snack box, every week, for $5 a box, which sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Of course, Graze is like the Studio 54 of snack boxes and you need an invite code to enroll, and Rashaun is […]

There is No Wrong Way to Have an Orgasm. I Promise.

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This post stems from a discussion some friends and I had on Facebook that really indicated to me how starved women are for validation about their personal experiences with orgasm. I am sure this discussion also applies to people of other genders as well although the details might be somewhat different. If you’re a woman […]

Style Icon: Shani Akilah Robin

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Name:Shani Akilah Robin Your age: 29 years old.  It gets better each year! Your location:  Bloomington, Indiana What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you been doing it? I am an anti-oppression advocate/activist.  My area of focus 9 to 5 pm and beyond is anti sexual assault/domestic violence work.  I […]

Fitness Party: Twerk 2 5K!

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If you’re a Ms. Behaved regular, you’re well aware that editors Bianca and Rashaun are both hardcore fathletes- thick hotties who like to get physical for the joy of it, and bust stereotypes about fat people and fitness. Both Rashaun and I are runners (although I run really fucking slow, I’m out there almost everyday […]

The Problem With How The New York Times Treats Bipolar Disorder

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(The author of this post is choosing to remain anonymous for privacy reasons). Last week, the NYT ran an article entitled “The Problem With How We Treat Bipolar Disorder.” As a person diagnosed with Bipolar 2, I was eager to read it. While I am out to my friends and loved ones about my condition […]

Knitting Boots and Knocking Booties: The Good, The Bad, and The Unexpected

*Not actually Brighid.

Knocking Boots and Knitting Booties is a no-holds-barred series about sex during (and after) pregnancy from MsBehaved contributor Brighid. Last time, Brighid shared the story of her laborious labor. This week, she talks about getting back into the swing of the things, after surviving some post-partum trauma. Read on! The day after my delivery I turned to MVP and […]

Video Sex Toy Review: Jopen’s “Intensity” Electro-vibrator

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Meet the $250 Jopen Intensity vibrator: it’s silicone! It’s inflatable! It has a vibrating alien arm! It has muthafuckin’ kegel-inducing ELECTRODES!  It is the vibrator of the future! Unfortunately, the future of vibrator technology kind of sucks. :/ Watch the video review for more information:

Knockin’ Boots and Knitting Booties: Brighid’s Birth Story!

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Knocking Boots and Knitting Booties is a no-holds-barred series about sex during (and after) pregnancy from MsBehaved contributor Brighid. Last time, Brighid received a vibrator- at a baby shower? This week, Brighid shares the story of giving birth to her son, at long last! Read on! Knockin’ Boots and Knittin’ Booties is back! It’s been a while, but […]

The Mom Abides

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I am not the most laid back person you could ever meet.  In fact, I’m more like a tightly wound rage monkey, and although it is not something I like to shout from rooftops, it is something I will freely admit.  I could chalk it up to lack of sleep and a million other things and pretend […]

Still Feminist, Size Positive, and “Actually” Fat

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This is a comment I received on Facebook regarding my most recent blog post here at MsBehaved.com.  I wasn’t surprised to receive a comment like this, just disheartened, because I thought I’d made it clear in my article that my ideals were intact even though I did something that is, from the outside looking in, […]

Why Lena Dunham’s naked butt is the best thing to happen on TV in a long while

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“Unlike Seth Rogen, whose career was ruined by losing the weight, the dominant discourse insists that fat girls are worthy of our ridicule, as a woman has to be ‘f*ckable’ to be liked. It’s not enough to give an Oscar-worthy performance. You also have to look like Natalie Portman when you do it.” -Nico Lang […]

Work It! Sexuality Educator and Researcher Dr. Debby Herbenick

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Work It! is an interview series on MsBehaved featuring fascinating folks who work outside the traditional 9-5, to amuse, inspire, and light a fire under your butt to start pursuing the career of your dreams. This Work It! is kind of personal, because Dr. Herbenick is my academic advisor at the School of Public Health […]

My Phoenix Is a FAThlete

Workin' out?  More like WORKIN' IT.

I disappeared from MsBehaved.com during the early fall of last year, when life was blowing up in my face. I lost my awesome job and my great house within about two months of each other, and then moved out of another home about two months later. My attempts at dating were so horrible and humiliating […]

Author Interview: Janet Hardy on being a Girlfag

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Name: Janet W. Hardy Age: 57 Location: Eugene, OR Who are you, and what do you do, in your own words? I’m a publishing generalist, I guess. I’ve run a couple of small publishing companies and done all the kinds of work that entails – writing, editing, design, production, marketing, bookkeeping, you name it. These days, […]

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