Five Star Friday's 194th Edition Is Brought to You By William Makepeace Thackeray

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by the devil's vagina, claiming one's right to beauty, an elective abortion, being badass, the hilarious side of cremation, sad homophobia and heternormativity, the restoration of a woman's faith in humanity, following the route you find most interesting, making the leap, the many realities of parenting, and

William Makepeace Thackeray

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Bravery never goes out of fashion.
     — William Makepeace Thackeray

Happy Friday!

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Red Bikini

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lolasangria

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i got over my moment, after talking to two friends and letting myself have ten minutes to cry. and you know, it's so far beyond, "i look fat in that picture". no. it's, "i don't know who i am". it's "i am not deserving of anything good". it's "everyone must think i am awful/lazy/ugly". it's "but i eat salad and go to the gym, and what will ever be enough?". it's "i want to disappear". it is guilt and shame wrapped into a ball and stuck together with loathing, and it is so fucking heavy to carry.

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The Clicking Elephant, My Longhorned Beetle Story

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Wait In the Van

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Indeed, the clicking noise was because of this creature. Indeed it was in there for practically HALF A DECADE. And indeed, it had climbed out of that godforsaken elephant.

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The Only Good Abortion Is My Abortion

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Maggie Koerth-Baker

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Boing Boing

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I am making a decision.
The only thing that makes my abortion decision different from anyone else's abortion decision is that some people who are against abortion will think that my abortion is acceptable.

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It's About Who You Are at Core

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Justine Musk

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It's about your X factor, your joie de vivre, your je ne sais quoi, your animal magnetism. It's about being as ambitious as you want to be with no apology and honoring your right to dream, be bold, take up space, and declare to the world just who you think you are — and why we should care. It's about pushing past your ragged edge.

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Pre-Planning for the Future

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Murrmurrs

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Neptune Cremation Service brought up some valid points. People move around so much these days that it makes less sense to place one's loved ones in a "local" cemetery. Which means "rest in peace" has turned into "buckle up, because your shiftless son is going to be toting you in a can from sofa to sofa for the next forty years."

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Here We Are Becoming Champs

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Melissa Chadburn

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The Rumpus

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Wearing dresses or playing basketball or playing nurse and having that distant look in our eyes like too much glue. Sure we wanted all those things, to be famous, and fierce, and rich, and to become Celtics, and suddenly people knew us for good things. For being the Best. For being Champs, but really truly when it comes down to it when people ask us what we want to do when we grow up we say, get married.

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An Open Letter to the Woman In the Safeway Parking Lot...

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Kristin Auger

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Today's Parent

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You have restored my belief in the goodness of my fellow human beings and especially of my fellow mamas. Thank you for lifting me up in one of the darkest moments of my life, and for caring so much for an utter stranger. I'm not sure I'll ever meet you again, but I know absolutely that I'll never forget you.

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You Don't Have to Be Pretty

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A Dress a Day

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I'm not saying that you SHOULDN'T be pretty if you want to. (You don't owe UN-prettiness to feminism, in other words.) Pretty is pleasant, and fun, and satisfying, and makes people smile, often even at you. But in the hierarchy of importance, pretty stands several rungs down from happy, is way below healthy, and if done as a penance, or an obligation, can be so far away from independent that you may have to squint really hard to see it in the haze.

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Life List: Hike in Hawaii, Jump Off a Cliff, and Yell "Geronimo!" on the Way Down – Check!

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The Amber Show

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When I imagined checking this off my Life List, I pictured it being thrilling and breezy. No big deal, leap into the water, "Geronimo-oooooo!" Splash! Yay!
Then I got to the top of the waterfall and looked down. And down and down and down.

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The Facts (for Some People)

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Swistle

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Some people will have listened mostly to talk about how beautiful and magical and fulfilling the child-rearing experience is. They will be in for a surprise. Some people will have listened mostly to talk about how horrible and barfy and crazy-making the child-rearing experience is. They will be in for a surprise.

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