What’s Your Relationship to Porn? A Mother and Daughter Broach an Uncomfortable Topic

I’m old. So old that my introduction to “porn” was hardcover books in my parent’s den. When I was a teenager, Judy Blume’s Wifey was hardcore imagery for me. Eventually, I was an adult and I could order OnDemand movies from Comcast. Then I got semi-knowledgeable about porn and what I liked. While I understood the…

How Do You Talk to Your Kids About Domestic Violence? A Mother and Daughter Discuss

When I was in my early twenties I dated a guy who was just a nightmare. He played games with my mind, going back and forth between making me feel like I was the best thing ever and then making me think I made him sick to his stomach. Emotionally, I was a wreck. But things never got physical. Except once. We fought,…

When It Comes to Changing Your Body, How Much Is Too Much? A Mother and Daughter Discuss

I consider myself mostly au naturel. My hair has been natural for decades. I’ve only lightly dabbled in makeup. I’ve been pretty much what-you-see-is-what-you-get into adulthood. But of course, when I really think about it, I’ve been sucked into all kinds of culturally mandated body modifications since puberty.

What's Your Body Count? A Mother and Daughter Talk About How Many People They've Slept With

When I was younger, if a guy asked how many partners you had, it was assumed that a woman would knock a few numbers off. I remember one guy I’d been dating for a few months asked me about my “body count,” as he called it. I told him I’d had five partners. He raised an eyebrow and said: My dad told me that whatever

Can Parents Keep Things From Getting Weird When Kids Have Sexual Urges? 

When I was about five years old, my parents and I visited my dad’s extended family in Houston. For a family portrait, my distant cousin Jack, a beautiful dark-chocolate stunner with a bright smile, hoisted me on his shoulders for the photo. I remember feeling…something. Looking back, I understand that it was an early…