Michele Zipp

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I'm a high heel wearing writer, magician, sleuth, and twin mama with tattoos. My not-so-secret past includes doing time as the Editor of Playgirl magazine. I get personal on Mommy With Tattoos and mouthy at Daily Momtra. I'm obsessed with taking naps, 70s vintage, chocolate chip cookies, reality TV, and Mexican food (not too spicy, please).


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    Do you ever get the feeling that someone is watching you? Imagine if you realized someone actually was?! That is the stuff of horror movies. And that's what happened to a 16-year-old girl when she discovered the guy who had been stalking her was under her bed.

    Kyle Ravenscroft, 18, was stalking an unnamed 16-year-old. He sent her a text saying that he was going to hang himself outside her window. He also sent her a text saying "I'm watching you." That text was sent from under her bed.

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    When you have a baby boy, parents are faced with the decision on whether to circumcise or not. Currently, according to the CDC, circumcision rates are down in the United States with many parents foregoing the procedure. Many of those people call themselves intactivists. Others choose to circumcise for religious reasons.

    Some parents know right away what they will do, while others aren't sure and are looking at research to help them decide. There is a new study with the latest information for those parents to take into consideration.

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    A terrible tragedy happened in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that has orphaned 8-year-old twins and claimed the life of their 17-year-old brother. The teen, Joseph Crabtree, and his mother, 50-year-old Kimberly Crabtree, are believed to have made a suicide pact. It was reported that Joseph shot his mother and then himself with a gun the mom purchased just hours before the terrible incident.

    Police say there was a suicide note, which mentions the pact the mother and son made. A child's suicide is every parent's nightmare, and to think they may have planned this together is unfathomable and shows the depths of their despair.

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    There is a new campaign that shows support for boys who wear pink because of the sad reality that we need something like this in 2014. Pink is, as we all know, a color. And apparently it's a "girl" color, which means that boys shouldn't wear it unless they want to be considered a girl. Being considered a girl is supposedly a bad thing.

    Martine Zoer, founder of Quirkie Kids, is doing something about this. Her brand makes pink tees for boys and girls, and she's using her platform to promote acceptance of boys who wear pink with a Free to Wear Pink campaign. As a mother of a boy, I think this campaign is needed.

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    There are women against feminism. I am not one of those women. I have experienced misogyny firsthand. Countless times. I've been witness to prejudice against women in several forms. I would love to live in a world where this wasn't an issue -- for me, for my daughter, for my sister and friends, for all women -- but as the saying goes, we still have a long way to go. Even now.

    Still, there is a movement called Women Against Feminism, and while I don't agree with all they have to say, I do think their core message is similar. If only we could work together on that. Women are people, just like men, and we deserve equal rights and treatment. But the movement is divisive, and that is not helpful. If there is any doubt feminism -- in its true form -- is needed, watch this video called "If Men Were Women."

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