Are you fed up with men who make women uncomfortable online? Sleazy comments and abuse are nothing new, though unacceptable, but what about when it’s something targeting pregnant women? Kylie from Kidgredients has seen a few guys engaging in such behaviour recently, with one particular stand-out. He’s been trawling Instagram, leaving his thoughts on pictures of heavily pregnant women.

Instagram: More than just pictures of other people’s dinner.

Kylie and I have discussed this guy at length, because he’s appeared on the Instagram accounts of more than one of our blogging mates! We’ve both been among those giving him a piece of our minds about his comments. We’re not the target of his sexually suggestive remarks but just reading them is enough to creep you out.

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When I was 14, I forgot to buy my boyfriend a Valentine’s Day present. So I did the only thing I could think of and told his mate to tell him he was dropped. Everyone who told me that was a little harsh got a lecture about how it was “just a Hallmark holiday, anyway!”. I stand by that bit of the story, though. In hindsight, the “Tell him he’s dropped” probably was a slightly dramatic way to handle the situation. As a teen, I was maybe a little melodramatic. Maybe.
I haven’t had the pleasure of too many godawful Valentine’s Day gifts, thankfully. A few cards so soppy the envelope was starting to disintegrate, though. And my share, of course, of the useless, clichéd and tacky.

Nothing says “I think we’re soulmates” like a $2 chocolate from Target. Source.

Cynicism aside, Valentine’s Day is a nice idea. Ignore the commercialism, materialism and sense of forced romance. It’s a good excuse to tell someone that you love them and maybe spoil them a little. And guess what- you CAN do it without the useless crap currently on display in every shop! In case you’re wondering, this is the stuff I mean:

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Dear Miranda,
I read your latest piece, called “Don’t let your career make you a bad mother“.

Firstly, I’m sorry to hear that your friend passed away. You say her children spoke at her funeral about what a great mother she was. I think this is to be expected, isn’t it? I mean, that’s what you do when your mum passes away. You speak of how you saw her, as a mother first, regardless of her career. That’s what I did, when my Mum passed.

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Jeanemarie Almulla is an accomplished woman. She speaks 3 languages, has a degree in International Relations, has written a book and won pageants. She also speaks to Girl Scouts about confidence, has survived an abusive relationship, fled an arranged marriage in Abu Dhabi, worked with an NGO teaching English to Palestinian refugees and is a firm advocate of self-love. Jeanemarie is also a self-proclaimed feminist who says she wants to empower women.


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