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mental illness
mental illness

I Need Medication to Treat My Mental Illness. Why Can't People Accept That?

At 27, a decade into taking medication for depression and anxiety, I'm used to strangers telling me that I should try yoga or do breathing exercises instead. But I'm certain my life would be far worse without meds.
Maria Yagoda
5.10.18
personal essay
personal essay

Growing Up As a Girl in Iran, Fashion Was Always a Form of Protest

As more and more Iranian women pull off their headscarves in protest of the compulsory hijab law, one writer recalls how, for her and other Iranian women, clothing and rebellion have long been intertwined.
Ari Honarvar
2.6.18
Essays
Essays

'My Mad Fat Diary' Author on the Messy Reality of Surviving a Breakdown

Rae Earl writes about the way breakdowns rumble like a storm in the distance for weeks and months—and how they finally arrive in your brain and crush you.
Rae Earl
8.14.17
WEED
WEED

That Time I Accidentally Made Pot Brownies with Ten Times Too Much Weed

"I'm so sorry, I've realized I've missed out a decimal point. You've bought… ten times the amount…"
Anonymous
4.20.17
reproductive health
reproductive health

My Abortion Made Me Appreciate All That Abortion Providers Do for Women

In honor of National Abortion Provider Appreciation Anniversary, which commemorates the murder of abortion provider Dr. David Gunn, who was killed by an anti-abortion extremist in 1993, I look back on how much abortion providers sacrifice to help women...
Mallory McMaster
3.10.17
taxidermy
taxidermy

My First Time Stuffing a Dead Rabbit

I went to a beginner's taxidermy class where I skinned, fleshed, and defiled a rabbit. Unlike the rabbit, I lived to tell the tale.
Lindsay Schrupp
10.23.15
Sex
Sex

When I Was a 13-Year-Old Camgirl

Before sexting even existed, I was stripping on webcam for boys at my school. My only regret is being found out.
Alanna McArdle
10.12.15
Essays
Essays

Some Assembly Required

It took 99 days for our relationship to fall apart once we moved in together. IKEA has a return policy of 90 days.
Jennifer Memmolo
10.10.15