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Preventive mastectomies have increased by about 50% in recent years.

Was Angelina Jolie's Preventive Double Mastectomy Too Drastic?

To gain insight into Angelina Jolie's brave yet extreme choice to get a preventive mastectomy, we sat down with YourTango Expert Dr. Shoshana Bennett — a clinical psychologist, an author and a breast cancer patient who opened up about the physical, emotional and sexual effects of cancer and mastectomies.

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Elaine DePrince with her daughter Michaela, a classical ballerina. Photo: Elaine DePrince

Limitless Love: A Mother Of Eleven Tells Her Extraordinary Tale

At the 2013 Women In The World summit, we stumbled upon Elaine DePrince, whose journey through motherhood has included life-affirming highs (watching one her adopted daughters become a rising ballet star) and heart-wrenching lows (enduring the death of two of her nine adopted children). The size of her heart and the strength of her will are things we should celebrate not only this Mother's Day, but every day. Here's her amazing story.

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"Life does not become easier; we become easier with life just as it is."

The Surprising Way I Finally Chilled Out (And Saved My Marriage)

There was a point in my marriage when things got weird. As a full-time freelancer, I often get lonely working from home. it wasn't really fair to rely on my husband as my sole social outlet when he came home from work. We were having fertility problems and real estate issues to boot. We were fighting constantly. Things felt hopeless. Then something changed: I discovered the solution (by accident, to boot.)

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Pope Francis was officially appointed as the new pontiff yesterday.

Should Pope Francis Bring Social Reform To The Catholic Church?

As someone who was raised in the Catholic faith, yet considers himself socially liberal, I understand the moral conundrum faced by millions of people who want the freedom to love who and how they want—yet also want to be true to their religion. But is it reasonable to expect a 2,000-year-old institution to change its belief system just to suit our modern lifestyles?

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Different cultures have vastly different definitions of beauty.

I Had The 'Perfect' Body ... And I Hated It

Being "too thin" may sound like a problem most women would give anything to have, but my reality is different. My culture places a greater emphasis on being curvy. I didn't realize the irony of my "problem" until I started working in a predominantly caucasian office. Most of my coworkers with were obsessed with being skinny. It was strange to me; all of these women were struggling for a body like mine, but when I looked at them, I secretly wished I were their size.

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Many women would rather be underweight than a healthy weight.

The Pressure To Be Skinny: Women Do The Most Damage

From websites devoted to fat-shaming celebrities to "thinspiration" Pinterest boards, it’s safe to say there's a pervasive message out there: women should be skinny in order to be beautiful. And it's not men who are applying the pressure. Women are consistently more critical of other women than men are to women. Why are we so hard on one another?

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Public slurs can keep gay and lesbian youths in the closet.

Rachel Maddow Is Not An 'Angry Young Man' — And Neither Am I

It seems like a million years ago that I was an introverted, closeted lesbian, forced to spend every day in a suffocating classroom, in a rural farm community. Looking at me now, you would probably never know that I came from a primarily white, protestant, homophobic town in Southeast Michigan. Now, I confidently wear a James Dean-esque haircut and boxer briefs, but, just six years ago, I was struggling to come out in a high school where it was commonplace for prominent gay figures to be slandered.

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Don't let food be a substitute for real love!

When Food Is Love: 7 Expert Ways to Combat Emotional Eating

When you have an argument with your significant other, do you reach for a pint of ice cream or a bag of barbecue chips? If you’re feeling lonely, do you find comfort in a bowl of mac and cheese or a slice of pizza? If so, you may be suffering from emotional eating disorder. Here's how to combat the problem.

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"Food itself is language."

4 Incredible Love Lessons We Can Learn From Cooking

I'm one half of the team behind the food blog, A Mouse Bouche, which I have been co-writing with my sister Megan ("The Mouse") since 2007. We are not food professionals, we are working artists who love to eat, love to cook, and love to talk about eating and cooking. Although we write about food and share recipes, we think of it more as a blog about life... through the important lens of snacking.

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Weddings are a great time, so long as you don't over do it.

7 Wedding Season Health Hazards To Avoid

In the now-classic wedding flick The Wedding Crashers, Vince Vaughn says to Owen Wilson "What do you like better, Christmas or Wedding Season?" It's a tough call. Who doesn't love months of catching up with old friends over cocktails, dancing and declarations of love? But being a wedding guest isn't all bouquets and butterflies. Here are seven health hazards to be aware of, especially if your wedding season calendar is packed tighter than Vaughn and Wilson's.

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'I Lost 90 Pounds, But It Didn't Make Me Happy'

When I was 18 years old, I thought that losing weight would make my life perfect. Like so many teenage girls obsessed with fitting into Hollister and cutting carbs before prom, the size of my thighs consumed me. All of the time. I spent my high school years wanting to be the one thing that seemed impossible for a pudgy Italian with an A+ on the emotional eating scorecard: skinny.

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A happy relationship starts with a happy you.

16 Ways Feeling Irresistible Benefits Your Relationship

Here at YourTango, we are all about the adage that it's as important to be the right person in your relationship as it is to find the right person. Anyone who's carried on a relationship knows that it takes finesse to maintain a happy "we" without sacrificing a happy "me," and vice versa. With this idea in mind, we have created Irresistible You, a 12-day initiative focused on helping you feel irresistible so your love life will, in turn, feel amazing, too.

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It's hard to be down on love when you are feeling irresistible, right?

Survey: What Makes You Feel Irresistible?

Tell us, YourTango readers: What is it that makes you feel truly irresistible? How does your partner or spouse influence the way you feel about yourself? And how deep is the tie between feeling great about YOU and, in turn, feeling great about your coupled life?

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"'I hate my stomach,' I said every time my girlfriends and I talked body grievances."

Why I Love My Body (Even Without Six-Pack Abs)

The other day I tried on a bathing suit. I could see the benefits of hitting the gym, though I was once again disheartened by the extra skin on my stomach. I pinched an inch and frowned...

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From reproductive rights to income and education, what's new in women's rights?

How Are Women Faring In 2012? A Women's Rights Report Card

March is National Women's History month—anointed so in order to empower today's women by teaching them about women's progress in the past. Women's progress is a dynamic thing, and is often marked by two steps forward, one step back. From education to reproductive rights, check out our Women's Rights report card below to see how the fairer sex is faring today.