The Love/Hate Relationship with My Body Hair – Part 2

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the relationship I have with my body hair, a love/hate one to be exact.  I left off with finally being allowed to shave my legs. I immediately began to hate the whole process of constantly shaving my legs and arm pits.  Unfortunately, this obsession with hair indeed continues.

As a late-blooming, not part of the “in crowd” yet not quite an outcast, and overall average girl, life in high school felt extremely difficult.  Whether I was battling my mom on the functionality and affordability of UGG boots or complaining to a teacher about the date of our next Biology test being right after a dance, high school seemed like a constant battle. Continue reading

The Love/Hate Relationship with My Body Hair – Part 1

The first time I remember being aware of my body hair was when I was about 12 years old.  I was convinced that my dark hair was so incredibly obvious that the first thing everyone immediately noticed about me was my manly, hairy legs. I thought people were disgusted by them, by me.  I wanted desperately to shave my hairy legs and have the silky smooth look that I was certain the pretty and popular girls at my school always had (not to mention all of the beautiful women on television).   Seeing as I hadn’t yet hit puberty and barely had the tiniest amount of peach fuzz Continue reading

What to watch on TV tonight….

Hey all! Do you know what day it is? (Hint: It’s Thursday) Do you know what that means…? Scandal is on tonight!!!!  I’m super excited about this show and can’t wait to tell you why.

BELLAMY YOUNG, DARBY STANCHFIELD, JEFF PERRY, TONY GOLDWYN, KERRY WASHINGTON, SCOTT FOLEY, JOSHUA MALINA, GUILLERMO DIAZ, KATIE LOWES

I don’t watch a ton of TV. Needless to say, in January when my mom insisted I follow Scandal with her, I wasn’t too excited.  This show is on it’s fourth season and I honestly have no idea what is going on over half of the time.  I really wasn’t sold on the show until last week’s episode.  Talk about girl power.  Continue reading

Emotional Creature Speaker Bio Series: Jessica Legue

Our exciting “I am an Emotional Creature” March Break Camp starts on Monday.  We have some awesome guest speakers coming in next week to talk about all kinds of issues, from body image to international violence against women.  If it’s important to young women, we’ll be opening the discussion. Today we are highlighting Jessica Legue, CrossFit Instructor at Summit Health Fitness. Continue reading

Emotional Creature Speaker Bio Series: Lee-Ann O’Brien

We are only days away from our highly anticipated “I am an Emotional Creature” March Break Camp.  Next week we are going to be talking about issues from body image to international violence against women.  If it’s important to young women, we’ll be opening the discussion. Throughout the week, we will be welcoming several guest speakers from our community, top notch authorities in their fields, to chat with us about these important issues.   One of these special guests, and who we are highlighting today, is Lee-Ann O’Brien, Akwesasne Mohawk Police Services officer.   Continue reading

Emotional Creature Speaker Bio Series: Carilyne Hébert

Next week SASS is hosting our March Break Camp for teen girls, “I am an Emotional Creature”.  During the week we will be talking about issues from body image to international violence against women.  If it’s important to young women, we’ll be opening the discussion.  Over the week we will be welcoming several guest speakers from our community.  Today we are highlighting Carilyne Hébert, local politician.   Continue reading

No Boys Allowed: The Women’s Only Fitness Club

As I was scanning through the news this morning, I came across an article about a couple of law students at McGill University.  The two young women are proposing that the campus gym should have women-only hours.  It would appear that some people are less than impressed by this proposal, saying it promotes segregation and further adds to inequalities between men and women. This story got me thinking, particularly about my own experiences with coed and women’s only gyms.

I most definitely feel intimidated going to the gym.  I feel hyper aware of my fitness level and am convinced that 90% of the other people in the gym are at least twice as in shape as I am. Continue reading

Would you rather…?

I’m currently re-reading the book I am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Lives of Girls Around the World.  It’s written by mastermind of the Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler.  If you aren’t familiar with Eve, she truly has been quite a voice for women, reiterating again and again that all women have their own unique voice, shaped through all of our individual and shared experiences, and that we all should feel empowered Continue reading

Ladies of Country Music, the Winners and the Losers

Happy Thursday!!!

I listen to the radio all of the time, when I’m working, when I’m driving, when I shower, when I’m cooking up eggs in the morning, when I decide to go for a run on the treadmill….like I said, all of the time.  Almost all of my radio time is spent listening to country music.  Lately there have been two songs that have succeeded at causing an emotional reaction when I hear them.  This is one of the beautiful things about music, it’s ability to make us feel.   If you’ll take a quick listen to these two songs, I’m thinking you’ll be able to guess my two very different reactions.  When it comes to how women are portrayed in music, one of these is a real winner to me, the other, not so much. Continue reading

A not so great weekend…..

I’ll be frank and say that I’m not the most “excited” about writing this particular blog post for SASS.  In fact, it may be better labelled as a rant….You can be the judge.

This past Friday night, one of my closest friends called me at 2 something in the morning, out of the blue.  Me being completely exhausted and sound asleep, with every intention of staying that way for at least another 6 hours, I doubt I even twitched at the sound of my phone ringing.  Continue reading