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You Are What You Read

Body ideals for women have dramatically changed over the past 60 years, according to media research. Scholars have found that the women shown in media images have become increasingly thinner…

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Shopping Your Joy Away

Call me shallow, but one of my most vivid prayers as a little girl was for L.A. Gear shoes and pierced ears. Yes, in case you’re wondering, I got my…

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Marriage As A Luxury Good

Much has been made in recent years about marriage’s new economic classification as a luxury good, a rite only reserved for the well-to-do. The argument is usually made from an…

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Resisting The Selfie Culture

The first time I posted a selfie on Instagram, I didn’t think twice about it. I looked good when I took it (or so I thought), and we all post photos of…

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How To Be A Gracious Commenter

When our comments are being expressed on today’s ubiquitous public platforms, we must always watch what is being written. It never seems to fail, regardless of the content being discussed,…

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New Year, Same Globe

It’s December 31st. People everywhere are preparing to gather in their homes with close family and friends, or by hosting parties with lots of champagne, hors d’oeuvres and dancing. The…

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Take Up Space

Sometimes I go to yoga simply to stand in the middle of a room where I don’t have to be worried about hitting my neighbor. Living in a city, these…

25 Days of Darling: Day 18

Put others first. There are only a few shopping days until Christmas, and parking lots and malls are a scene of mayhem; people are on edge–honking at one another and fighting…

Meet the Intellectual

What sets humans apart from the rest of creation is the ability to use our minds to imagine, critique, reason, or create ideas. Animals do not “think” about what they…

Meet the Beautician

Oh, how we all long for beauty! Mysterious and diverse as it is, we capture it, photograph it, and worship it, often forgetting how fleeting it is—like sand in an…

In The Limelight

Who among us can recall life before online social networking? Those hazy events which predate the Facebook status update and Twitter feed somehow seem less authentic in light of the…