Series

Women Who Inspire: Oyindamola Shoola, Author, and Poet

This is the second installment of a new and exclusive series here on Feminine Collective called “Women Who Inspire.” As an ongoing...

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Women Who Inspire: Kate Torgersen, Founder, and CEO of Milk Stork

This is the first installment of a new and exclusive series here on Feminine Collective called “Women Who Inspire.” As an ongoing...

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FREDERIC FEKKAI’S World of Beauty Expands

In the late 80’s one of my clients as a makeup artist was the divine Dawn Mello, the President of Bergdorf Goodman. One day she asked me...

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The other woman aka Stepmother

Cinderella hates me and rightly so I would too if some woman came back home with my father so recent after my mother’s passing so why did...

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Rapunzel, untangled

Mother’s been bugging me to leave the tower she can’t stand me moping around I don’t mope, I told her, I just like staying home...

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Finding the Right Travel Partner

Now that you are part of the Baby Boomer generation or close to it, you may have the freedom to travel and be able to leave your home at...

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Three little pricks (An account by Mr. Wolf)

I’ve had it with those little pricks this time they’ve gone too far first my fruits then my land I heard they’re now after my fur to...

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Snow White and the 7 Pygmies

my seven dear friends told me what happened while I was sleeping apparently a man disguised as a prince tried to kiss me! must have been...

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Send in Your DNA Today!

You might find family members you don’t know exist: half-brothers, half–sisters living not too far away to visit. Might I find a better...

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Genome Analysis

Numbered and lettered genes listed in thousands of pages. Increased or decreased risk for this or that cancer, bone strength. Three genes...

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Put a Bandaid on It

Diagnosed during cardio kick semester. Thrice weekly high kicks and lunges, crying, burning vagina-wound. My options limited: tell the...

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To the Male Doctors Who Do NOT Understand How Pulmonary Hypertension Affects MY Life

I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (PH) nearly three years ago. It was a few days before Christmas. PH is a...

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Tales of Immigrant Ancestors

Another conversation with my aunt, who tells me about her father’s trip who made his crossing to America when he was fifteen. Alone, he...

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Family Fears and Invisible Illness

Life is hard, it’s even harder when you are diagnosed with a debilitating invisible illness. Once that diagnosis is given, it can...

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Map of My Origins

My grandparents are all from Sicily, brave, unschooled souls who came through Ellis Island in their twenties, married paisans who did the...

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Italiano

An Italian heart is an artichoke,prickly-petaled, not inviting to eat. Every leaf ends in a little nail, a claw that forces you to navigate...

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Grandma Josephine

My godmother tells me stories of my mother’s mother, her aunt, called Pepina. In her forties, she climbed into a dumpster in the Bronx to...

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