Taking Care of My Sexual and Emotional Health
Names have been changed. I wish you could know who to trust just by looking at them. I was humiliated because the person I thought was my loyal boyfriend was messing around with other girls—and he gave me an STD. When I was 15, I befriended Rob and thought he was the nicest boy I ever met.
Learning About Feminism in the U.S.
by Marin Yamaguchi
In Japan, most mothers stay home with their children. I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about this—I assumed I would be a mom who stayed home with her kids too. But after I moved to New York City from Tokyo, I noticed that most moms work.
Living in His Fantasy
I grew up with my mom and stepfather, two grown children who threw drunken temper tantrums and abused their kids. During an attack on my body or mind when I was younger, I would slip away to a happy place inside my head, where I felt no fear or pain.
Speaking Up About Sexism in My Family
by Mariam S.
Names have been changed. After 28 days of fasting, Muslim families like mine mark the end of Ramadan with a holiday called Eid al-Fitr. My family invites our friends over for a dawat, which means feast in Urdu, the main language in Pakistan, where my parents are from.
Discovering Myself Beyond the Binary
by Andrew N.
Names have been changed. I was born male. But starting from age 5, I felt perplexed by the gender binary (the belief that everyone is one of two traditional gender identities). I stared up at bathroom signs in confusion. The monotonous blue walls and the faint smell of urine in the boys’ room felt oddly discomfiting, and the prospect of using a urinal frightened me.
Acting Brave Made Me Brave
by Shameera Sheeraz
When I was 7 years old, an earthquake hit my village of Gujarat, Pakistan. I was sitting in my classroom, looking out the window feeling hot, tired, and bored. Then I felt the ground shake. Seconds later, the whole school shook.