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    The day mom-of-four Andrea James walked into prison, her breasts were still heavy with milk. "My son was just 5 months old," she recalls. "He wouldn’t wean so it was hard to force him to take a bottle. So right up until the time I was leaving, I was still breastfeeding him. My breasts were leaking. I wanted to just die. I couldn't believe I was leaving my kids."

    It was a terrifying reality the attorney, wife, and mother never imagined for herself. The educated daughter of a college professor and speech pathologist, to neighbors, James wasn't the type to end up in prison. It's a subject many people are talking about thanks to the buzz-worthy Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. Based on a book by Piper Kerman, an upper class woman who landed in prison after being a drug mule, it's Hollywood's latest take on the lives of women behind bars. It's funny and often poignant -- but is it real? James reveals what it's really like to have your freedom and family stripped away.

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    You would think that a doctor, a man of medicine and research, would be pro-breastfeeding, and specifically pro-breastfeeding in public because it's what babies need to thrive and the most natural and healthy thing a baby can eat. A doctor should realize that a baby gets hungry sometimes when mom is out and about, and therefore, baby should be able to eat wherever and whenever hungry. But one doctor is so caught up in his concern about toplessness, he is on a crusade to ban any and all kinds of sinful nudity, and breastfeeding moms may suffer because of this preposterous notion.

    Dr. Patrick Johnson is a pro-life activist and director of the anti-abortion group Personhood Ohio. He said via Facebook: "I am sick that women can legally bare their breasts to children and to married men against their will in Ohio." And because of this, he's trying to make it illegal for any woman to bare her breasts, and this includes for public breastfeeding.

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    There's a special spot in hell reserved for people who prey on others at their most vulnerable. If the allegations are true, one fertility doctor from Massachusetts deserves the book thrown at him for reportedly sexually molesting female patients for over a decade when they visited his office searching for help in becoming pregnant. Dr. Roger Ian Hardy is under investigation and has surrendered his medical license after 18 witnesses, including nurses, fertility experts, and colleagues, came forward to make claims that the 55-year-old touched his patients in a sexual manner while they were under his care.

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    Vanessa Knowles is a law student with big ambitions. She's also a professional stripper with countless fans supporting her endeavors on the web. A woman paying her way through college as a stripper is nothing new. In fact, you could argue it's a cliche. But Vanessa Knowles is different.

    Of course her use of the online medium makes this a fresh take on an old story, true. But more than that, it's Knowles' attitude. She has zero shame about her past (which includes a stint as an in-the-flesh lap dancer) and has been nothing but open about what she does for a living. In light of Duke student and porn actress Belle Knox taking ownership over her identity when a fellow student tried to "out" her, Knowles could be one of a new wave of sex workers who are out, proud, and unapologetic.

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    I know many, many women who choose to see female gynecologists exclusively. Heck, I used to be one! Until just a few months ago, I never thought I'd voluntarily see a man doctor for my girly bits, but then one came highly recommended, and I gotta say -- it wasn't really any more unpleasant than the female docs I'd previously been to. His bedside manner was great, and I think I'll keep him as my regular.

    I may have made a different decision if I'd heard about this story before I booked my appointment. A gynecologist in Arkansas is being charged with video voyeurism for "allegedly [using] his cell phone to take nude photos of patients during office exams."

    Aghhh! Is that every woman's worst nightmare at the gyno's or what?

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    The Work At Home Mom (WAHM), is like devil spawn of a Stay-at-Home (SAHM) and a working mom. Though many people think it's ideal (I do), it comes with a shocking amount of guilt, a penchant for procrastination and a sprinkle of self loathing. I know, I'm making it sound awesome, right?

    We have no actual schedule and no other people in "the office" for motivation, and we have constant feeling that we need to be accomplishing many things at once to be productive - like mulitasking on crack, which is why WAHMs have a lot in common. 

    If you're thinking of us in short shorts and high sweat socks, then you're thinking of WHAM and that's a different article, though I do write a lot about being obsessed with the 80s.

    That said, I thought I would make a list of traits, thoughts and occurrences most WAHMs have thought said or done:

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    It seems like no matter how many times we ladies crash through the glass ceiling, there are always going to be people that wish we’d stayed home barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. Especially when it involves a woman in a still male-dominated profession.

    Carey Steacy is a mom of two and a pilot for WestJet Airlines, and she recently received a very misogynistic note from “David” in seat 12E. “The cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman,” began the shocking note, and it just went downhill from there.

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    The woman who became semi-famous after Rush Limbaugh asked if she was a slut for demanding government-sponsored birth control looks to be very seriously considering a run for Congress.

    Sandra Fluke has filed and paid the fee to obtain the endorsement of the California Democratic Party, although she has not officially entered the race to replace the retiring Henry Waxman in his west L.A. district.

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    Oh. No. Just about a week after Time depicted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as nothing more than, as Slate described, "a pointy heel trampling an emasculated dude," here comes The New York Times Magazine with their ridiculous interpretation of the Democratic 2016 presidential election frontrunner. NYT staffer David Joachim tweeted a preview of the newspaper's Sunday magazine cover, stating that it shows Hillary "as you've never seen her." That's for damn sure.

    Check it out ...

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    WHAT is going on?! For the second time this week, a mom has shot and killed her two children and taken her own life without so much as a warning. Kyler Ramsdell-Oliva, a 32-year-old mom from Utah, reportedly fatally shot her 13-year-old and 6-year-old daughters before turning the gun on herself in yet another brutal murder-suicide that makes absolutely no sense to most of us. All three appear gorgeous and filled with life in photos posted on Kyler's Facebook page. According to her friends, who are leaving countless confused messages on her page, she seemed positively fine a few days ago. What would drive a mom to this point?

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