The Exponent

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A Defense of Swearing? Hells ya!

I can remember the first time I heard my very devout Mormon mother swear. I was 7 years old and we had just moved to a new house and were transporting our cat. The second...

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On The Rawness of Birth and Mother’s Bodies

Once upon a time, almost exactly a year ago, I found myself standing before an exhibit at Tate Modern, in London, sobbing. The second part of this isn’t entirely unusual. I am someone who cries,...

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Sacred Music: Bogoroditse Dyevo

When I was in college I sang in choir for a few semesters to fill a general education requirement. This was at the height of my cognitive dissonance about women in the church. As...

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Persephone Returns

I became a feminist when I was 24 years old. I had graduated from college, been promoted to a new position and flashed a fresh-from-the-velvet wedding ring. In a window of time between waiting...