Author Interview: Black Tape for a Blue Girl’s Sam Rosenthal on “Rye: an erotic novel”

Last week we posted an excerpt from genderqueer erotica novel “Rye.” Here is the follow-up interview with author Sam Rosenthal. Name: Sam Rosenthal Age: Older than most people guess. Location: Brooklyn, NY Who are you, and what do you do, in your own words? I’m this guy, who has a son, and runs a record label, […]

Knitting Boots and Knocking Booties: The Good, The Bad, and The Unexpected

Knocking Boots and Knitting Booties is a no-holds-barred series about sex during (and after) pregnancy from MsBehaved contributor Brighid. Last time, Brighid shared the story of her laborious labor. This week, she talks about getting back into the swing of the things, after surviving some post-partum trauma. Read on! The day after my delivery I turned to MVP and […]

Knockin’ Boots and Knitting Booties: Brighid’s Birth Story!

Knocking Boots and Knitting Booties is a no-holds-barred series about sex during (and after) pregnancy from MsBehaved contributor Brighid. Last time, Brighid received a vibrator- at a baby shower? This week, Brighid shares the story of giving birth to her son, at long last! Read on! Knockin’ Boots and Knittin’ Booties is back! It’s been a while, but […]

The Mom Abides

I am not the most laid back person you could ever meet.  In fact, I’m more like a tightly wound rage monkey, and although it is not something I like to shout from rooftops, it is something I will freely admit.  I could chalk it up to lack of sleep and a million other things and pretend […]

Knocking Boots and Knitting Booties: Sexual Speed Bumps

Knocking Boots and Knitting Booties is a no-holds-barred series about sex during pregnancy from MsBehaved contributor Brighid. Last time, Brighid discovered the magic of Greek yogurt after an ill-timed yeast infection. This week Brighid finds the second semester to be less sexy and more uncomfortable as she deals with the realities of her body changing. Read on! Pregnancy […]

Knocking Boots and Knitting Booties: Oops, I Did it Again! Pregnant, Take 2

Knocking Boots and Knitting Booties is a no-holds-barred series about sex during pregnancy from MsBehaved contributor Brighid. Last time, Brighid succeeded in conceiving, only to experience an inconveniently-timed miscarriage during a 5k race.  Read on… Fortunately for us, we were able to get pregnant again in our next cycle and I currently have a due date […]

But He’s Not Usually Like This…

I am a forum junkie. I am a member of more forums than I can remember to post on, and I go through phases where I will spend lots of time posting on a couple of boards all the time, then move on and forget about them for months or, sometimes, years.  In my current […]

Dear MsBehaved: Jonna Ivin Answers It For You

Dear Ms. Behaved I have been divorced for three years. My oldest son prefers to stay in my home while my other two children stay mostly with their mother. My ex says the only reason my son enjoys my house more is because I let him play video games “all night long” This is not […]

The Litmus Test

The typical grandmotherly descriptors do not apply to mine. Nanny wasn’t especially warm or tender-hearted; she was determined, hard-working, and unapologetic. She drank bourbon, smoked, and cursed like a sailor. To my delight, she had no qualms about telling my dad (her son-in-law) to eat his vegetables or comment that the pizza server would “make […]

Who’s Your Momma? by Elizabeth Nelson

All the girls in Mr. Frye’s fourth-grade class knew where the porn closet was at Heather Huff’s house. We often wound up at Heather’s on hot summer afternoons, slurping popsicles on the dusty porch while her mom Denise lounged on an old brown flowered couch with her greasy boyfriend Ron, eyes glazed and a smell […]

The Redheaded, Petite Woman I Call Mom… I Call Her Gayle, Too by Kaie Bird

Everyone has their personalized version of the stereotypical gingie, shaped by the media and cultural influences. Most of what I know about these sassy redheads was learned from the one gave birth to me; she taught me that gingies are indeed a force to be reckoned with. My Mother is quite petite and introspective, but […]

Knockin’ Boots and Knitting Booties: The Joys of Pregnant Sex

My name is Brighid. I’m 32. I’m finishing a PhD. I live happily with my partner of 11 years. I’m a running, knitting, drinking, foodie, sex-positive feminist– and now: I’m pregnant. While carousing the fertility and pregnancy message boards it occurred to me that many women posting in those forums used the appendage “tmi” when […]

10 Reasons Mom Deserves More Than One Day

She might not remember where she put her car keys or how to check her voicemail, but she remembers the exact time you were born, how much you weighed, when you got your first tooth and what your first lovey was called.  No one will ever know you like she does. From just a couple […]

There Are Many Names For Parent by Jodi Reigel

Mada. It’s a word that doesn’t show up in any dictionary. Your computer will try to tell you that it’s spelled incorrectly. Ninety-nine point nine nine nine (infinity) percent of the population doesn’t know the definition. As a matter of fact, I’ll bet YOU don’t know the definition. There are many, many Madas on this planet. They […]

I’m Not Cool, and I’m Totally Cool With That

We have eerily similar lives. Just kidding. I don't smoke.

I can remember being about 7 years old when Officer McGruff first came to my school as part of the D.A.R.E. program to warn us all about the evils of drugs. I can also remember thinking that I was definitely going to try anything that anyone ever offered me (excluding the use of needles. I […]