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On good looks, ugliness, image, and what we teach our kids…

"We talk about body shape, size and weight, but rarely about distorted features. And we talk about plainness, but not faces that would make a surgeon’s fingers itch.

“The Ugly Duckling” is widely assumed to be the story of his own life. But the moral of that story was that a swan would emerge from the body of an outcast, and that you could not repress the nobility of a swan in a crowd of common ducks.

What if you just stay a duck?"

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What's the etiquette on taking a baby to an all ages show?

The types of show I'm used to attending are generally held in much smaller indoor venues, like bars and church basements. So far as the kid is concerned, as long as he's riding in the baby carrier with ear muffs on, I think he'll do just fine. I'm more worried that we'd be crossing some social line with the other concert goers…

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How and when do you tell your employer you're pregnant?

I just found out I'm pregnant! Incidentally, I was between rounds of interviews for my next job, which I start next week. The thought of telling them I need to go on maternity leave seven months after starting my job terrifies me. I've been let go due to lack of work twice in the past year, so I'm scared. And now there's an additional life counting on me. When and how do you tell your employer you're pregnant?

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5 things to consider before you ask, "when are you having kids?"

Some people don't have children because of fertility issues, because they don't want to pass along specific genetically-inherited traits, because they can't afford it, or simply because they don't want them, period! Reproduction is such a personal thing, it's about time we stop allowing impertinent inquiries into other people's reproductive statuses to remain common occurrences.