Joelle Barron

Joelle Barron is an award-winning poet and writer. They received their Master's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia in 2014. They live in a small town in Northwestern Ontario, where they work at the public library. In their spare time, they are studying to become a doula.
Recent Articles

Do Leak-Proof Period Panties Really Work? I Found Out

Lots of people think the idea of just bleeding into your underwear all day is gross or uncomfortable. Our society is not super friendly to seeing period stains on your jeans. I think most people who menstruate have one (or several) pairs of ugly unde…
By Joelle Barron

I Wrote Erotic Friend Fiction Like Tina Belcher, & Here's What Happened

Tina Belcher of Bob's Burgers is the hero we deserve. She's a strong, smart, sensual woman; she's a budding feminist and she puts her bra on one boob at a time, just like the rest of us. She's also the inventor of erotic friend fiction, and let me te…
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I Parented Like The Dutch For A Week, & This Is What I Learned

My kid's name, Anouk, is actually Dutch, though I didn't know that until after she was born. It's a French name, too (my family is French Canadian), so that's why I chose it. But it's actually way more popular in the Netherlands, where it's been a to…
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I Fed My Baby Spicy Foods, & This Is How It Went

Making sure that my kid is an adventurous eater is one of my parental sticking points. I love food, and I want her to, too. It’s kind of a thing in my family, I guess; when my niece was 3 years old, I watched her eat a golf ball-sized gob of wasabi o…
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My Toddler & I Recreated North West's Best Looks, & Here's What Happened

However you might feel about her parents, you have to admit that North West is undoubtedly the coolest baby in the world. She’s rocked more than one look that I, a supposedly adult person, would die to have in my size. In fact, as much as I admire so…
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This Is What 'Star Wars' Taught Me About Feminism

We're just about two weeks from the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and if you listen hard enough, you can hear the collective excitement of nerds around the world. As the latest addition to the franchise, The Force Awakens is predicted to …
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I Had A C-Section & I Absolutely Hated It

I'll admit it: I'm kind of a control freak. Being pregnant and giving birth might be the ultimate test for people like me; aside from taking care of yourself, there's not much you can do to make sure everything goes the way you want it to. I knew tha…
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I Made Thanksgiving Dinner With Only Kid-Friendly Foods, & Here's How It Went

My daughter is only 10 months old, so I'm not sure that I've defined what "kid friendly" means to me yet. So far, she seems to have a pretty adventurous palate and I generally try to encourage her to try everything. This past week, "kid friendly" mea…
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I Ate My Own Placenta, Because That’s What Everyone's Doing Now, Right?

I’ll admit that when I was deciding whether or not to eat my placenta, I didn’t do a whole lot of research. After six consecutive years of college, my capacity for research doesn’t typically go much further than the first page of Google. Before my ow…
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I Did Pelvic Floor Yoga To Improve My Sex Life, & Here's What Happened

I’ve practiced yoga, on and off, for the past 10 years. Although I struggle with knowing whether or not I have the right be doing it at all, I find yoga to be incredibly restorative and beneficial for both my mind and body. I did yoga while I was pre…
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I Tried DIY Stretch Mark Remedies, & Here's What Happened

To start, I feel like I should be honest: I like my stretch marks. My skin has always been prone to them; I started getting stretch marks on my legs when I went through my middle-school growth spurt, and I’ve had them on various spots on my body off …
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When Your Co-Parent Is Your Mom, This Is What Raising A Child Looks Like

When you listen to the other women with kids at play group, you’ll hear a lot of, “We decided to go with cloth diapers,” or “We just started her on solid food.” That “we,” for most, is effortless; everyone knows you’re talking about you and your part…
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What Dating When You’re A Single Mom Is Like, & Yes, I Did Drive 124 Miles For Sex, Thank You Very Much

Not many people go into a pregnancy thinking, “OK, how is this going to affect my ability to get a date?” but I was single, and although I didn’t have any plans to date while I was busying creating another human, I knew that at some point in the futu…
By Joelle Barron