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My body

I am currently going to weekly Weight Watchers meetings. This consists of me going to a weekly meeting, weighing in, and chatting with people about the challenges I faced that week.

I am, as is usually the case when I go to these meetings, the only guy there.

I am not embarrassed to be the only guy there. I don’t try to sneak out after weighing in or shy away from discussions about my body. Likewise, I am not embarrassed to be a guy who struggles with body image.

If anything, I AM bothered, and yes, a little embarrassed as...


To parents raising kids who are distracted by women wearing bathing suits

To parents raising kids who are distracted by women wearing bathing suits

It is summer, a time when weather is generally hotter than it is at other times of year. In Ottawa, where I live, I know this to be true. When things are hot, people like to be comfortable. So, they don’t wear sweaters outside of their air conditioned homes and they like to go swimming in bathing suits that they have bought just for that kind of thing.

This idea is mostly assumed to be a good one. People should obviously feel comfortable in sweltering heat and swimming is much fun.

And here is another goddamn thing: women are people.

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WHAT'S NEW & WHAT'S MISSING FROM THE NEW KEN DOLLS?

WHAT'S NEW & WHAT'S MISSING FROM THE NEW KEN DOLLS?

On June 20, Mattel announced the launch of some new Ken dolls to the existing Barbie Fashionista line. The new line is certainly more diverse than previous versions of Ken. There are Ken's with different body types, skin tones, hairstyles, and hipster clothing.

Generally, I like this update. The more kids see themselves represented in toy lines the better in my opinion.

So, what's new and what's missing from these new guys? And which one would I buy?


Cut to the chase: every thought on my vasectomy

Cut to the chase: every thought on my vasectomy

Oh, hi, I like trying to remove taboos around things I don't think should be taboo to discuss.

Welcome to my vasectomy chat. In a relationship with a man and a woman, birth control and family planning are not the sole responsibility of the woman.

I have had a vasectomy because for us, that was a very useful family planning option. I am happy to talk about it so if you have someone in your life nervous to take it on or to even talk to a family physician about it, here's a point-by-point breakdown of what a vasectomy meant...


Men, your bodies are great and wonderful, I just wanted you to know

Men, your bodies are great and wonderful, I just wanted you to know

I just want to quickly say to all the dads and guys out there who struggle with the look of their own body that I see you and want to give you a hug.

We're told we're not really supposed to talk about our bodies or tell one another that you look great in that shirt unless we're talking about someone who is an elite athlete with zero body fat. We don't tell each other that the bathing suit you're wearing is awesome and that I want one just like it. We have bodies and we are left to...