What Former Sluts Tell Their Daughters About Sex

You're a mom. You've had a daughter. You want to tell her the truth about sex. You yourself were "promiscuous" back in the day (or maybe still are, whatever that means). What to do? So inquired a recent online thread that highlights some interesting ideas about how we talk to girls about sexuality, including our own. » 9/15/14 4:00pm Monday 4:00pm

Parents Hope Their Sons Are Geniuses and Their Daughters Aren't Fat

Another reason to feel bad for today's little girls: one day, the straight ones will grow up to face a dating selection consisting of doted upon nightmare boys raised by parents who used the power of the internet to validate their sneaking suspicion that their lil' All Star might be a genius. Meanwhile, the girls'… » 1/22/14 4:45pm 1/22/14 4:45pm

Being a Good Person Versus Being a Nice Girl

"Be a good girl?" "Smile, sweetie." "She's such a nice girl." They're all phrases most women have heard in their lives, whether they're on the receiving end of them or have heard them being said to another woman. "Good" and "nice" are adjectives that have a lot of baggage for women, which is why it's so refreshing to… » 7/31/13 5:00pm 7/31/13 5:00pm

Your Afternoon Cry: Caitlin Moran's Posthumous Tips for Her Daughter

No, thankfully Caitlin Moran isn't dead. She's alive and — for the most part — doing quite well. There's just one thing: Her daughter is about to turn 13 and the stress of it is making Moran possibly smoke herself into an early grave. And it was with that in mind that she penned this funny, touching essay for The Times » 7/26/13 12:20pm 7/26/13 12:20pm

What I'd Like for Father's Day: An Open Letter to My Daughter

No ties, please. No cufflinks or gift certificates. No presents at all, really.

Kid, if you're struggling for some last-minute token for Father's Day, here's what I'd really like — this year and for years to come:

I want you to know there's no end game. The sports you play, the colleges you get into, the accolades you… » 6/15/13 3:00pm 6/15/13 3:00pm

Drive Your Mom Wild With These Mom-Pleasing Tips

You know what all the other girls will be doing for their moms this Mother's Day — the brunching, the mimosas, the cards, the pedicures — YAWN! We here at COSMOMPOLITAN know you're not like those other girls; you're a fun fearless female offspring who wants to make this Mother's Day one that will have her… » 5/10/13 4:00pm 5/10/13 4:00pm

Daughters of Communist Party Leaders in China Might Finally Benefit…

As you've watched the Chinese Communist Party leadership age over the last two decades, you've probably kept yourself awake at night fretting about who will produce the next generation of Communist propaganda. Well? Will the Politburo of tomorrow be full of more stodgy and corrupt old dudes, or, by some unforeseen… » 3/19/13 6:40pm 3/19/13 6:40pm

Genius Dad Styles Daughter's Hair With a Vacuum Cleaner

Here's awesome father Brandon Ramirez beautifying his adorable daughter's hair using a vacuum cleaner attachment. At first, it appeared to be a flowbee he's employing for the task — but no, it's just a regular old vacuum cleaner. So resourceful! This is that pioneering spirit that kept folks alive on the Oregon… » 3/12/13 9:30pm 3/12/13 9:30pm

Father's Day Memories Of A Pot-Dealing, Cross-Dressing, Murdered Dad

A woman named Tanya Quaife, now grown and working at nonprofit for LGBT homeless youth in Los Angeles, tells the complicated story of her father on Salon in a piece rife with bitterness, sensationalism (sentences like "The detective told me my father's penis had shrunk to the size of a seahorse," a number of disgusted… » 6/16/12 2:45pm 6/16/12 2:45pm

My Mom Is My Best Friend, and That's Not Necessarily a Good Thing

"My mom is my best friend. I can talk to her about everything, she helps me through everything. We don't really have any secrets," I said, playing with the weave of the orange upholstered chair I was sitting on in a cramped therapist office at the University of Wisconsin's free health center. » 4/24/12 5:40pm 4/24/12 5:40pm