Carrie Murphy is a poet, freelance writer, and birth doula.
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"Teaching Naked" Blog Post Exposes College Sexism

Over at the blog Tenure, She Wrote, a Ph.D student named Gracie writes about what happened when she received the appalling suggestion to "teach naked" from one of her students on a mid-semester evaluation. Gracie was, understandably, confused, angere…
By Carrie Murphy

Traumarama: Embarrassment For Adults

Sometimes, the Internet is so awesome. Like when it provides an opportunity and a space for someone to curate an incredible creative project. This time around, that someone is writer Megan Milks and the project is a tumblr that seeks to simultaneousl…
By Carrie Murphy

5 Fantastic Food Blogs You May Not Know

I don't know if personal food blogs have had their moment or not, but I still read them obsessively, mainly because I love learning new recipes while also getting to know a fun online personality. (For the record, fashion blogs? MOMENT OVER. Sorry, S…
By Carrie Murphy

LeBron's Mom Is Slut-Shamed For Dating Younger Man

Hmm. I smell a big old stink egg of sexism and ageism emanating directly from this post over on Sports Illustrated's Extra Mustard blog. Why? Because the writer, Samer Kalaf, apparently found the fact that LeBron James' mother, Gloria James, is repor…
By Carrie Murphy

Could Selfies Be Harmful to Teenage Girls?

You need to read this teenage girl's piece about why selfies are hurting teenage girls. Olympia Nelson, writing for Australia's Essential Kids website, creates a compelling argument as to how and why the now-ubiquitous social media self portraits are…
By Carrie Murphy

6 Subscription Boxes Beyond Birchbox

Birchbox, everyone's fave subscription box, seems to have started a trend that just won't die: That of the monthly subscription box. And why should the trend end? Everyone loves getting fun stuff in the mail! These days, there are so many different k…
By Carrie Murphy

From The Unslut Project To 'Slut: A Documentary'

A few months ago, Emily Lindin decided to publish her own, raw, emotional diaries from the time she was branded the middle school "slut," in order to start a conversation about bullying, slut-shaming, and women's sexuality. The reaction to Emily's di…
By Carrie Murphy

Teen Drinker? You Have a Higher Breast Cancer Risk

I partied a lot in high school. Like, a lot a lot a lot. Like, every weekend with 40s and bottles of Smirnoff passed around hurriedly in the woods, games of beer pong in basements, fake ID after fake ID after fake ID. I engaged in risky behavior invo…
By Carrie Murphy

Entire Cheerleading Team Suspended For Hazing

The entire cheerleading team of Towson University has been suspended for the academic year for hazing. Yes, the entire team. The school didn't say much about the incident, but spokesperson Deb Moriarty did tell the Baltimore Sun that: "Hazing in any …
By Carrie Murphy

Your Boyfriend Feels Threatened By Your Success

Today in news that's about as shocking as the fact that Miley Cyrus wants attention, research has shown that men in heterosexual couples feel threatened by their female partner's success. I don't want to imply that all heterosexual men are secretly h…
By Carrie Murphy

One tumblr Fights Fat-Shaming And Feminist-Shaming

Kelly Martin Broderick was fat-shamed and feminist-shamed when her photo of herself holding a sign that said "This is what a feminist looks like" was stolen and posted on a "collective memes" Facebook page. Over at the HuffPo, you can read a detailed…
By Carrie Murphy

Columnist Goes Topless To Prove A Point

More toplessness in the news! This time, a Canadian newspaper columnist is drawing criticism for baring her breasts while asking the question if it's okay to bare her breasts. Lori Welbourne, a writer and radio show host, exposed her breasts while as…
By Carrie Murphy

Your Sports Team Losing Is Making You Eat Crap?

Researchers behind a new are hypothesizing that watching your favorite sports team lose can actually make you...gain weight? According to From Fan to Fat? Vicarious Losing Increases Unhealthy Eating, but Self-Affirmation Is an Effective Remedy, by Pi…
By Carrie Murphy

5 Job Sites That Aren't Craigslist Or Monster

Have you heard the saying that if you're looking for a job, your job search should be your full-time job? (A mouthful.) Translation: You should be actively looking for employment for a full work day, from 9 to 5. Although that's good advice, résumé r…
By Carrie Murphy

"You Are One Week Pregnant"— New Pregnancy Test

Starting September 1, you'll be able to buy a home pregnancy test that can tell you exactly how pregnant you are... down to the week, almost. ClearBlue's new pregnancy test uses two strips (instead of the standard one) to measure the level of hCG in …
By Carrie Murphy

LOL Because Pinterest Thinspo Sucks

I've written before about my love-hate relationship with Pinterest, but really, I'm all for it when someone makes fun of the social network that has the uncanny ability to make you feel bad not only about yourself, but also about your diet, workout r…
By Carrie Murphy

Sob At This Elderly Man's Song For His Dead Wife

Ready for your mid-week ugly cry? Because holy hell, do I have a doozy for you. This 96-year-old man, Fred Stobaugh, entered a singer-songwriter contest with a song he wrote about his wife of 73 years, Lorraine, who recently passed away. Stobaugh, wh…
By Carrie Murphy

Birth In The U.S. Needs Improvement; Here's Why

This coming Labor Day, September 2, there's going to be a worldwide rally to improve birth, spearheaded by the organization Improving Birth. Nope, the fact that it's going to be on "Labor" Day is not a coincidence, as the idea is to raise awareness a…
By Carrie Murphy

50,000 U.K. Moms' Jobs Changed After Having Babies

More bad news for women who are uppity enough to want to have both a job and a child: New data from the UK found that a full 14 percent (that's about 50,000) of the 340,000 women who take maternity leave each year find their jobs "under threat" when …
By Carrie Murphy

Girls' Math Anxiety Isn't As Bad As We Thought

Turns out girls aren't as scared of math as everyone thought! At least, not according to new research that's forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science. Popular research has found that girls have more math anxiety than boys, despite the fact t…
By Carrie Murphy