Personal Essay

I Got a Nose Job During the Pandemic, and It Was the Best Decision I’ve Ever Made Right now, the business of plastic surgery is booming, with 49 percent of Americans who have never gone under...

In 2020, with the tragic deaths of Black men playing out on the evening news and protests against police brutality taking place in cities across the country, it’s hard to understand how anyone could...

I’ve only seen my mother cry twice, but both times rocked my soul. The first time was when she received the news that her father died. My family was forced to flee from Liberia at the brink of the...

Rosemary Ketchum is the first openly transgender elected official in West Virginia. She is associate director of the Greater Wheeling National Alliance on Mental Illness and serves on the boards of several...

Image Source: Getty / Ivan Romano At the beginning, it was far away. I used to see it flowing on the news, but Wuhan, China, is not close, so even a hypochondriac like me wasn’t paying attention....

Young women at the 2020 Women’s March on Jan. 18, 2020, in New York City. As we commemorate 47 years since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, young people...

Not everyone is cut out for traveling on the road — and that’s OK! — but I do think it’s a vacation everyone should experience at least once in their lives. For me, there’s nothing...

I was a junior in college when I discovered I was pregnant — and knew immediately that I wanted to have an abortion. I had very few resources at the time, and the student health center on my campus...

Young women at the 2020 Women’s March on Jan. 18, 2020, in New York City. As we commemorate 47 years since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, young people...

I Lived and Traveled in a Van With My Mom For Weeks, and It Was Both Awesome and Terrible Living in a van was never something I actually planned to do for any stretch...

I was a junior in college when I discovered I was pregnant — and knew immediately that I wanted to have an abortion. I had very few resources at the time, and the student health center on my campus...

My hair journey began in middle school — a time of Silly Bandz, chocolate milk in plastic bags, and square pizza. As a Chinese-American preteen in a predominantly Caucasian neighborhood, I desperately...

At 18, I don’t really remember the Sept. 11 attacks. I was less than a year old, after all. I learned about it later in school, but when parents and teachers describe that day, they talk about how...

To My Goddaughters and Every Young Woman in the World, As someone who is older and somewhat wiser, I want you to know that women like your mother, sister, aunt, teacher, and others who you look up to...

I’m not especially vain, but I pay to have my eyebrows chiseled into for hours. My brow bones are numbed, but I can still feel the scrape of the tiny knife. It’s a procedure called microblading...

My wife and I rolled up to the surgical center before the sun had even risen on a Wednesday morning in September. It was years in the making, but I was finally getting the hysterectomy I so desperately...