Author: Michelle Noehren

Dear Molly: Here’s What’s Awesome About Raising a Girl

Our writer Molly wrote her post this week about her fear of raising a girl in a society that doesn’t exactly value women. Molly and her wife just found out that they will, in fact, be raising a daughter: “I went in feeling totally fine about either sex, but the news we were having a girl hit me like a ton of bricks. Like she had been diagnosed with increased risk for everything bad, like sexual assault. All I could think about was the catcalling and not being able to walk alone at night and all of the bullshit girls and women constantly put up with. I’m a woman, so’s my wife. We both like it, we both deal with the B.S. that comes along.” As a feminist myself who works on a daily basis to make our state a better place for women (and girls) I completely understand her fear. Each woman reading this has experienced some kind of sexism, harassment and/or oppression in their lives. We know, on a personal level, how being degraded or treated differently for being a woman feels. It feels like total shit. It feels infuriating. It feels unjust (because it is). I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Molly since she was in high school and peripherally watching her grow into the adult, and soon to be parent, she is now. Molly is...

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Moms Are Kind: A Mother’s Day Kindness Challenge

Hey fellow mamas! As you already know, Mother’s Day is fast approaching on Sunday, May 8th. Each year CT Working Moms organizes a kindness campaign leading up to this special day. I personally love doing random acts of kindness any time of the year but doing something around Mother’s Day feels extra special to me. I like the idea of celebrating moms (because MOMS ROCK!) and I like thinking about the day as something that’s not just for me, as one individual mom, but a day for all of us. So each day, from May 1st – May 8th, we’ll...

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This is what the truth looks like: Post-divorce resentment

During the past year I asked my husband for a divorce, sold our family home, lived with 2 friends while waiting to close on my condo, moved into said condo, transitioned my daughter into a new pre-school and began a whole new routine as a single parent. The truth is the past year has been really hard, and while life after divorce has actually been freeing and peaceful in many ways, resentment has been something plaguing me on the daily. I’ve gotten very caught up in feeling completely unappreciated by my ex. I do 100% of the school care,...

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To End Rape Culture We Have to Start With Our Boys

Something really upsetting happened to my daughter this week. She’s 4 and goes to a wonderful childcare center. Her teachers are awesome and the other kids are too. But for the first time something occurred that has left me upset and angry. Turns out that while my daughter was on the school playground she had been playing a game with the boys in the class, some kind of tag game. She decided that she didn’t want to play anymore but the boys (two in particular) kept after her. To the point that they pushed her up against the metal...

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Listening to My Eating Disorder

This is the absolute hardest topic for me to talk about publicly like this. I’ve written a handful of posts about my struggle with food and each time I hit publish I basically want to have an anxiety attack. Letting people see this side of me is scary. I guess that’s because I feel a lot of shame around my eating disorder. I haven’t “solved” it or come to peace with it. I struggle with it every single day. It is very, very present in my life. Having struggled with overeating since my early teen years, I’ve read pretty much every book about the topic, but the essence of one book sticks with me. It’s called When Food is Love by Geneen Roth, and as you can tell by the title, she suggests that compulsive overeating is used by people for their emotional hunger, not their physical hunger. I completely agree with her, as far as my own struggle with food. Another favorite author of mine on this topic is Karly Randolph Pitman, who writes over on her website Growing Human(kind)ness about sugar addiction, binge eating, body hate and overeating. She, too, believes that overeating is a reflection that something isn’t right on the inside — it’s not about self-control, as many people would lead you to believe. It’s something deeper than that (and I believe this is true with...

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