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Cher Taught Me Everything That My Mother Couldn't

My friends who grew up in religious homes tell me that there wasn’t a moment they “learned” about God — it just felt like something they had always known, like how to sleep, or breathe, or blame their farts on the dog. I felt the same way growing…
By Gabrielle Moss

More Women Are Self-Inducing Their Abortions. Here's What You Need To Know.

Welcome to Bustle's Abortion AMA column, where reproductive rights advocate and Romper editor Danielle Campoamor will speak to experts and medical professionals to answer people's questions about abortion in a way that is educational, unvarnished,…
By Danielle Campoamor

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Telemedication Abortion

Welcome to Bustle's Abortion AMA column, where reproductive rights advocate and Romper editor Danielle Campoamor will speak to experts and medical professionals to answer people's questions about abortion in a way that is educational, unvarnished,…
By Danielle Campoamor

How Our Mothers' Rapes Affect Us

I’ve spent most of my adult life trying not to think about my mother. But in in 2017, as the reality of President Trump set in and the #MeToo movement emerged, she — and our very complicated relationship — wouldn't leave my mind. I’ve never been…
By Sarah Bridgins

Cher Taught Me Everything That My Mother Couldn't

My friends who grew up in religious homes tell me that there wasn’t a moment they “learned” about God — it just felt like something they had always known, like how to sleep, or breathe, or blame their farts on the dog. I felt the same way growing…
By Gabrielle Moss

A New Form Of 'Retirement': What It's Like To Leave Your Kids, Spouse, And Fears Behind

Imagine, for a moment, that you are cruising down some lonesome highway in the great American West, the wind in your hair and a sunset blooming across the sky. A truck appears in your rearview mirror. As it speeds along, you notice it’s pulling a…
By Elizabeth Kiefer

Am I The Only Person In The World Who Doesn't Have A Hobby?

Earlier this year, my husband and I were sitting next to each other on an airplane, traveling home from a never-long-enough vacation, when out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of what he was looking at on his phone. I figured he was doing…
By Caitlin Abber

Why The Best Video Games Are The Ones That Make Men Cry

The outside of your childhood home house is dark, except for the dim flicker of a porch light. Inside, everything your family owns is packed into boxes, and all the remaining furniture is draped in ghostly sheets. But there is one sign of life — a…
By Tonya Riley

I Stopped Sharing A Bed With My Husband & Here's What It Did To Our Relationship

I used to sleep 8 hours a night, every night. And then, I fell in love. OK, that’s not exactly true. In the years before I met my husband, I had the occasional sleepless night, for all the usual reasons: job interview anxiety, excitement about…
By Gabrielle Moss

Here's What An Abortion Care Room *Actually* Looks Like

Welcome to Bustle's Abortion AMA column, where reproductive rights advocate and Romper editor Danielle Campoamor will speak to experts and medical professionals to answer people's questions about abortion in a way that is educational, unvarnished,…
By Danielle Campoamor

What It's Like To Be Young And In Love — And Choosing To Not Have Sex

Last fall, after almost a decade of on-and-off long distance dating, Lindsey* and Jake* finally decided to take the next step and move in together. Lindsey left her home state of Texas to be with Jake in Connecticut, and though there was a period of…
By Julie Zeilinger

Can I Still Get An Abortion If Roe V. Wade Is Overturned?

Welcome to Bustle's Abortion AMA column, where reproductive rights advocate and Romper editor Danielle Campoamor will speak to experts and medical professionals to answer people's questions about abortion in a way that is educational, unvarnished,…
By Danielle Campoamor

Everyone Thinks You Should Settle Down At 30 — But I Hit The Road Instead

Last July, I dumped every single thing I owned on the floor of my apartment. These were the belongings that had made up my life since college — 30 pairs of shoes, 12 bras, 20 handbags, 13 stuffed animals, seven picture frames, 34 DVDs, three old…
By Jen Glantz

My Husband Has Been To Rehab 3 Times, And It’s The Most Painful Type Of Loneliness

I remember he was crying. For weeks he’d been sweaty and shaking, but the crying made it different. The crying changed the sweating and shaking into something I could no longer explain in my head as work stress, too much caffeine, or any of the…
By Courtney Enlow

When I Fought Anorexia, I Got Help. When I Fought Binge Eating Disorder, I Got Embarrassed

Head down, don’t make eye contact. That what I’d tell myself over and over when I went to the mini-mart a block away from my dorm, the same one I’d gone to every night that week. I’d thought about going to a different store, one where the clerk…
By Dana Schwartz

Abortion AMA: Can My Partner Come With Me To My Abortion?

Welcome to Bustle's Abortion AMA column, where reproductive rights advocate and Romper editor Danielle Campoamor will speak to experts and medical professionals to answer people's questions about abortion in a way that is educational, unvarnished,…
By Danielle Campoamor

This Generation Of Wedding Planners Is Just As Tired Of "Tradition" As You Are

Say what you will about millennials — they’re entitled at work, they think life should imitate Instagram, they demand wacky things, like paid maternity leave and less racism and more human kindness — but one thing they have going for them is that…
By Kaitlin Menza

If You Don't Get Married And Have Kids, How Do You Know When You're An Adult?

Last year, Jane Church hit a major life milestone. For more than a year, the 31-year-old Toronto-based consultant had been building out her own company, a nonprofit natural resources consultancy called NetPositive, when word came in that the…
By Jill Filipovic

Here's A Step-By-Step Guide To Scheduling An Abortion

Welcome to Bustle's Abortion AMA column, where reproductive rights advocate and Romper editor Danielle Campoamor will speak to experts and medical professionals to answer people's questions about abortion in a way that is educational, unvarnished,…
By Danielle Campoamor

Can We Talk About Why So Many Young Women Are Afraid Of Flying?

It’s 9 o’clock on a Wednesday night, and I’m hunched over my laptop, watching a live chat unfold on my screen while listening in on a conference call. Both the chat and the call are populated by strangers with a common fear. My heartbeat revs, my…
By Stephie Grob Plante

I Wanted To Save A Dog With "Issues." Really, I Was Trying To Resolve My Own.

There have been times over the last decade when I was convinced I'd never be stable enough to take care of myself, let alone anyone else. I traveled, adapted to a career abroad in Seoul, met my boyfriend, and lost myself to a years-long episode of…
By Amanda Richards