Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: When Parents Act Like Children

September 3, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

One of the most important boundaries between parents and children is the strict one concerning sexuality. Not only are the two generations required to refrain from sexual activity with each other: Even knowledge of the other’s activities is taboo.

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Sexual Assault, Intimidation, and the Fear of Being Rude

August 27, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

It is well documented that women don’t often report sexual abuse, for a whole spectrum of reasons that impair their ability to deal with it and punish the perpetrators. One of those reasons is the fact that victims often don’t feel entitled to see the abuse as a crime.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Is the ‘Female Viagra’ for Me?

August 24, 2015 by Patricia Allen

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Important work by Rosemary Basson, M.D., introduced the concept of a “circular” response cycle in women, as opposed to the more “linear” one that describes male sexuality, in which desire leads to arousal as a prelude to sex. Many women report “multiple reasons for initiating or agreeing to sex,” and desire may not be experienced until after arousal.

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What We Don’t Tell the Bride About Marriage

July 30, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

When hearing couples make idealistic promises to each other, we wonder if they really understand what’s ahead.

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Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY Speech Provides a Lesson in Acceptance

July 17, 2015 by Pat Kinney

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By Pat Kinney

The acceptance speech by Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender woman who most of us first came to know as Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, will be remembered for what she taught us about being different.

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The Fourth of July in Pin Point, Georgia

July 3, 2015 by Barbara Fertig

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By Barbara Fertig

For the descendants of former slaves, who had had the rare good fortune to remain an intact community from the time before freedom came to the early years of the 21st century, family closeness can be a celebration in itself.

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Surviving the ‘Cast of Characters’ at Your Family Reunion

July 2, 2015 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Like a play with its cast of characters, each family reunion comes with its roster of personalities.

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No More ‘Same-Sex': U.S. Supreme Court Affirms My Full Marriage

June 30, 2015 by Chris Lombardi

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By Chris Lombardi

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s final words of his opinion will likely be quoted in many weddings going forward: “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered.” Those last words are a mic-drop declaration that the matter is settled, in every state of the Union.

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Borrowing Other People’s Mothers

June 27, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I loved my own mom, and consciously took on lots of her characteristics, too. But borrowing mothers who were different from her, whom I didn’t have to defend against their own choices and sadness, enriches my life to no end.

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Famous Fathers in Fiction

June 21, 2015 by Margery Stein

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By Margery Stein

This lineup of major literary father figures starts off with Atticus Finch . . . of course.

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Candids of Daddy (Snapshots Not Included)

June 20, 2015 by Nancy Weber

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By Nancy Weber

Grow up without a camera, and your eyes—and ears, nose, and sense of taste and touch—record what’s imperative to save. I’m grateful for the secret album in my mind, its images sharp and bright, miraculously impervious to the blight of memory loss that robs of me of names and birth dates.

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Father’s Day: Words, Words, Words

June 19, 2015 by Grace Graupe-Pillard

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By Grace Graupe-Pillard

After his massive stroke, my father sat in his wheelchair, frantically scribbling in a notebook. Utterly frustrated, he scratched out on crumpled, stained paper: I USED TO BE O.K. . . . I AM A RETIRED ARCHITECT. Witnessing this encounter, I felt ineffable heartbreak

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Father’s Day: The Yarn-Spinner

June 18, 2015 by Judie Rae

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By Judie Rae

The tears start, spilling over one by one onto my son’s silken baby hair. I am crying for the man I never knew, for the family that protected him even from himself.

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The Wednesday Five: Fathers in Film

June 17, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

In this week’s Wednesday Five we share with you five iconic films featuring fathers of the big screen. Gather the family together for these beautiful stories about fatherhood and strong father figures whose children are at the center of their lives.

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Father’s Day: Let Us Now Praise Steadfast Men

June 17, 2015 by Diane Dettmann

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By Diane Dettmann

My father, Harold Elleson, had all the virtues expected of a husband and father in Minnesota in the 1940s: he was loving, steadfast, dependable, faithful. His was a hard-luck life, and, like Minnesota fathers back then, he shouldered his burdens without complaint.

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