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Maggie Trela

Asking For The Space To Doubt Motherhood

Everyone means well, but is there a point at which we need to stop asking women when they’ll have children? How do we talk about doubt without responding with assumption and persuasion?
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I’m No Longer Hiding My Tampons

Of all the period experiences I’ve heard, The Hidden Tampon seems to be the most universal.
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Finding My Spot in the Beyhive As White Woman

I started holding back. I stopped listening. Beyoncé embodied blackness and I wasn't sure if I was allowed to be a part of it. As her performance at Coachella neared, a platform that could be considered the whitest music festival ever, I was nervous. Beyoncé as headliner wasn't just exciting, it was momentous. Her mother...
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Jealous of Their Sureness

My Friends Are Moving Forward While I Feel Stuck

I thought moving back home would resolve my indecision. But as I continue to run, no matter where my feet land, I’m still here. For the first time in my life things aren't happening in planned succession; the next thing doesn't feel proximate. As a child I hurried into being a grown-up. Now I feel...
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My Best Friend Broke Up With Me

It was a platonic love, more special even than kinship or sisterhood. We weren't born tethered to each other; we chose to be.
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Let’s Talk About Consent, Baby

Is sex consensual if one person participates but doesn't feel safe and secure?
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The Power of Should

Are You Should-Ing It?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a writer. Not professionally, but in quiet moments in my room, on airplanes, and in birthday cards. I got a degree in English Lit, which for those of you who majored in a more lucrative degree, means I read a lot and wrote even more. I’ve...
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Unlearning Negative Body Talk

It's Time To Cool It With the Self-Directed Hate Speech

"Am I the reason you doubt yourself and your beauty?" my mom asked. It was a heavy question, but I knew the answer without hesitation. Yes.
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