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5 Things That You Can Do to End Period Shaming

Period shaming has been around for about as long as periods have. That’s to say, forever. It’s only been in recent years that women have decided enough is enough and fought back against the menstruation stigma. Still, there are so many ways in which each of us is shamed for bleeding every month and it can be a challenge to know what to do about it. While those of us in developed countries like the United States and Canada are not using bits of old mattresses to control our flow or dropping out of school because we don’t have access to restrooms, we’re still faced with being told that our periods are dirty and shameful, having our emotions invalidated because we’re bleeding, and resorting to covert, FBI-like operations to get into the bathroom to change our tampons. In order to end the taboo and shut down period shaming, we all have to take action - and take it now. Here are 5 ways you can put an end to period shaming.


  • Talk about your period openly

  • Having honest conversations about menstruating is one of the fastest ways to dismantle the societal stigma placed on it. By opening up a dialogue about our bodies, how we feel during our periods, and challenges faced, we’re able to create a sense of solidarity among people with periods. You may think that what you go through on your period is unique to you but, if you open yourself up to having conversations about it - with friends, your family, and your doctor - you’ll likely find that you’re not the only one.


  • Have period sex

  • While some people simply don’t prefer having sex while on their period, many people are just too afraid...

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    6 Reasons You Should Be Masturbating Right Now

    Masturbation. It’s a polarizing topic, if we’ve ever seen one. Some people shout about it from the rooftops, indulge without guilt or shame, and seem to be glowing all the time. Others - not so much. And we get it. Society makes it out to be a thing that only guys do (this is not true, in case you were wondering). Some of our parents swatted our hands away when we were just toddlers learning about our bodies, putting the idea into our impressionable minds that touching ourselves was a big no-no. Our friends might even express their shock and disgust if we ever decide to venture into the territory of bringing up our menage a moi at girls night. That’s to say, there are a lot of reasons why so many women either don’t self-pleasure at all or, if they do, don’t talk about it.


    Despite all this discouragement from the world, masturbation is healthy, normal, and really, really fun. Without further ado, here are six sexy reasons why you should throw a party for one, like now.


  • Orgasms boost your mood

  • When you invest some time in a little DIY action, you’re likely to orgasm. Reaching climax does a lot for your body - and your mind. That peak of pleasure triggers a release of endorphins, dopamine, and oxytocin in your brain. These chemicals lower cortisol levels, which are linked to high amounts of stress and make you feel happier overall.


  • It’ll help you eat healthier

  • Those higher levels of oxytocin do more than give your happiness a boost - they also help reduce your cravings for junk food....

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    3 Easy Ways to Up Your Feminist Game

    We are more than half-way through 2016 and practically everyone we know is a feminist - or at least striving to be one. In practice, feminism is the not always so simple quest for gender equality in every area of life. But how can freshie women really activate their feminism in their day to day life? This is a question that we’ve thought about endlessly and, having dug into our personal beliefs, the values that freshie was founded with, and some research into powerful ways to be a feminist. While there are many different ways that feminists can step into a more active role to further the movement, sometimes the most effective actions are the most simple. If you want to step up your feminist game, here are 5 tweaks you can start implementing this week.


  • Create an equal opportunity household

  • One of the easiest ways to amp up the impact you have on forwarding feminism is to create a home environment that teaches that both men and women can (and should) share equal responsibilities. By ditching traditional gender norms, you can enforce that all members of the household contribute according to their skill levels and ages, not their gender. Some ways to incorporate this equality into home life are having men tie an apron on and whip up a delicious dinner or having the girls helping out with yard work. The benefit that goes beyond divvying up household duties is laying a foundation on which kids and adults alike will be able to base a lifetime of beliefs around gender equality.


  • Constantly educate yourself

  • Keeping up with trending feminist topics, as well as understanding the history of feminism, doesn’t have to be a Master’s degree...

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    What to Pack: Day trip, weekend getaway, or week-long explore-athon

    One of the greatest adventures of life is stepping foot into a place you’ve never been before. The rush of being surrounded by new scenery, hearing the sounds of a culture other than your own, smelling the scent of the air in a new city - these sensations are unparalleled. Whether you’ve got a major itch to travel or are content with hopping around new cities close to your own, packing is where many women go overboard. You don’t need a suitcase that you have to sit on to close. In fact, traveling lightly can make your trip even more fun because you won’t be lugging around enough clothing for a month-long safari. A little can go a long way when it comes to traveling so, whether you’re heading out for a day trip, a weekend getaway, or a week-long explore-a-thon, use these packing lists to help you prepare.


    If you’re going for a day…

    Whether you’re walking out your front door intent on getting to know your city like a tourist or driving a few hours to explore a city you’ve never been to before, packing may seem like no big deal. But, take it from us, you’re going to want to be at least somewhat prepared. The only consistent thing about adventure is that it’s ever-changing. Even if your trip is going to last less than 24 hours, you’ll want to have these basics on hand, just in case:

    • A jacket
    • Small first aid kit - bandaids, hydrocortisone cream, and a pack of baby wipes should do the trick
    • Shoes that are made for walking (your wedges are adorable but your feet might hate you if you traipse around in...
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    How to Transition From Summer to Fall Without Missing a Beat

    The end of summer is here and we’re starting to look forward to cozy sweaters, bonfires, pumpkin spice lattes, and leaves falling from the trees. As sad as it can be to say goodbye to bikinis and beach vacations, the transition from summer to fall is an exciting one. The air gets crisper and we’re offered a fresh start in focusing on the healthy habits that we neglected in the heat of the summer. With all the change happening, there are some ways you can ease into the beauty of fall and say a sweet goodbye to the summer months.


    Cleanse your body

    Summer often brings a big dose of indulgences - drinks, desserts, and delicious summer meals are served up daily. As we head into fall, your body deserves (and needs) a reset. Treat yourself to a cleansing diet of foods that will help flush out any lingering toxins and get your body ready for the hearty foods of fall. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and chicken or fish. Your body takes longer to digest red meat so cutting back during your cleanse can be beneficial. Drinking lots and lots of water will help your body reset, too. Be sure to check with your doctor before doing any kind of cleanse.


    Schedule in downtime

    Summer and fall are busy times in their own unique ways. June through August are full of barbecues, vacations, and trips to the pool. Fall keeps us busy with back to school, the onset of the holiday season, and a scurry to accomplish all the goals we set back in January. It’s easy to go from busy to busier but doing too much can create a feeling of burnout and exhaustion. To keep your...

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