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I’ve always assumed the right to change my body. With the fall of Roe v. Wade, my daughter won’t have that right.

One of many possible futures. Photo by Bigjom Jom on Shutterstock.

I’ve been thinking, lately, about who I’ve allowed to change my body. I don’t wear a wedding ring, though my husband wears his; I don’t like jewelry. It’s uncomfortable, and I always lose it. I have a tattoo of a rose on my forearm, which I got the day after…

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I’ve been fighting a losing battle with the world’s Ben Davises for decades.

photo from Ben Davis’s page

If you Google me, my name auto-fills with ‘pants’. The first thing people want to know is whether I fit like ‘Dickies.’ I have an uncle named Dickie so there is a small chance this is a misguided fan with deep knowledge of my family and poor grammar. …

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Why did my parents really let her go?

Josie with my mother and brother, NYC, 1949. Image: author.

I was born three years after my parents gave my foster sister back. As far as my mother was concerned, I replaced her. My father, I’m not so sure. Josie would have been about six by then. My brother, Marc, was seven. …

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Bureaucracy’s role in poverty

Photo: Demianastur/Getty Images

The new Netflix series, Maid, is the story of a young mother escaping an abusive husband to make a safe life for herself. There are many obstacles in her quest to provide for her child, but perhaps none as large and infuriating as government bureaucracy. More importantly, the government bureaucracy…

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