First-Person

Can masturbation make me a better parent?

I’m taking a class on mindful parenting, and a recent passage in our assigned reading struck a serious chord. It was about the concept of “the sacred pause,” from a book called Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach. The idea is that by stopping to “become wholeheartedly present” in the current moment, you open your mind to new possibilities, “increased ability to make choices,” and creative ways to respond to the demands of life.

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The bonds of womanhood (or, “Accidentally ordered sex toys to my parents’ house…”)

“Accidentally ordered sex toys to my parents’ house, need help or some comforting words.”

When I dove into the post that began with those words on the Two X Chromosomes subreddit, I expected hilarity to ensue. What emerged instead was a touching snapshot of the ways in which women, even total strangers, can come together to offer each other genuine care, concern, and support.

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