Arti Patel
Arti Patel is an editor at the Huffington Post Canada covering lifestyle and viral content. A 2011 Ryerson University journalism grad, she generally covers health, women's issues, food, relationships, trends and coverage around diversity. Follow her on Twitter @artipatel
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What Does It Mean To Be Asexual?

(12) Comments | Posted March 15, 2017 | 1:07 PM

You may have heard the term being thrown around in conversation, but what does it mean to be asexual?

Asexuality is a sexual orientation and identity, and it means the person doesn't typically experience sexual attraction.

And no, that doesn't mean practicing celibacy.

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Lesbians Often Told They Don't Need Pap Smears: LGBT Groups

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2017 | 11:39 AM

Many lesbians are being told they don't need to get pap tests.

Because of this, half of all lesbian and bisexual women have never had the cervical screening test, according to The National LGBT Partnership in the U.K.

Groups also say these women have a tough time accessing...

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11 Ways Couples Can Get Through That First Year Of Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2017 | 4:12 PM

Marriage can be a wonderful thing, but that first year with your loved one can also be challenging.

Whether you're living together for the first time, sharing more responsibilities or just getting used to marriage as a whole, that first year as newlyweds may be a little difficult for...

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A Majority Of Bridesmaids Don't Like Their Dresses, Survey Says

(21) Comments | Posted March 13, 2017 | 11:52 AM

It's news many women can attest to: some bridesmaids gowns are hideous.

According to a recent survey by U.K.-based fashion retailer Simply Be, 78 per cent of bridesmaids said they disliked their dresses, the Daily Express reports.

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Despite this, 86 per cent...

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These Sisters Are Fighting Islamophobia By Training In Hijabs

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2017 | 9:56 AM

Yara and Nancy Helmy are super proud to train in their hijabs.

In the video above by The Scene, we meet two Muslim-American sisters who are competitive Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters.

The sisters were born in Egypt and moved to the U.S. in 2000 when they were 11...

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Ashley Jane Lewis Is One Canadian Leader You Need To Know

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2017 | 1:16 PM

If there's one thing you should know about Ashley Jane Lewis, it's that she always sticks up for what she believes in.

The 27-year-old Toronto-based tech educator made headlines in February when she refused to sit on a panel hosted by Shopify’s Toronto office.

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Things Your Asian Mom Tells You Every Single Damn Day

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2017 | 9:25 AM

Asian parents may not always say, "I love you," but they have many ways to show it.

In the video above by Buzzfeed, three moms (portrayed by their daughters) go through some of the most common phrases heard in Asian households.

From worrying about how hungry...

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Single People Are Co-Parenting Without Being In Romantic Relationships

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2017 | 12:19 PM

Imagine all the joys of parenting with someone else, without necessarily being in a relationship with them.

In the video above from a recent segment of "The Doctors," people are trying methods of parenting that don't involve romantic relationships.

On the episode, Dr. Travis Lane Stork...

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Model Grace Victory Doesn't Have Time For Your Fat-Shaming

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2017 | 11:52 AM

Grace Victory isn't here for your shaming.

The U.K.-based model and lifestyle blogger was recently announced as one of Nike's plus-size apparel models, and while social media celebrated more body diversity in fashion, some haters were quick to fat-shame her and call her unhealthy.

But the model isn't...

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9 Things New Parents Can Do To Bring Back The Intimacy

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2017 | 1:46 PM

What was once a home for just you and your partner, is now a space being shared by a small human being.

For any new parent, the first few months can be stressful: your sleep schedule is off, you're juggling multiple chores and many women suffer from...

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Menstruation Cycles Probably Don't Sync With Other Women: Study

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2017 | 10:43 AM

Common knowledge tells us that when women spend a lot of time with other women — co-workers, best friends or siblings — you end up syncing your period cycles.

But as much as some of us want to stand with our sisters in menstruation solidarity, it turns out syncing...

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8 Sex Tips For Men With Small Penises

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2017 | 2:34 PM

For men with not-so-large penises, getting naked in front of your partner might be a little intimidating.

And as much as we hear how size doesn't matter, men with small penises may have a harder time feeling confident in their skin.

"There are some people who have a...

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5 Ways To Be An Active Feminist In Your Community

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2017 | 1:34 PM

Saying you're a feminist is one thing, but actions speak louder than words.

In the video above, Time shows us five simple ways you can be an active feminist in your community. And although the women in the video are referring to how important feminism is right now in the...

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Babies Can Pick Up A New Language In The Womb

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2017 | 12:12 PM

Even in the womb, babies can do extraordinary things.

According to research published in The New York Times in February, babies have the ability to pick up on languages while in the womb.

"Newborns can recognize the voices they’ve been hearing for the last trimester in...

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Air India Makes History With All-Female Crew

(4) Comments | Posted March 7, 2017 | 10:36 AM

This is history in the making.

Last week, an all-female crew on an Air India flight travelled 15,300 km from San Francisco to New Delhi in 15-and-a-half hours.

"The entire flight was operated by the women staff of eight departments," the airline said in a statement...

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If Your Child Has A Serious Health Condition, Here's What You Can Do

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2017 | 2:27 PM

For any parent, watching your child get sick can be devastating.

But for those who have children with ongoing illnesses, it can be stressful to keep everything else together.

"If families are able to be a family first, and deal with the illness second, then things stay more balanced...

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10 Things East Asian Women Are Tired Of Hearing All The Time

(9) Comments | Posted March 6, 2017 | 12:50 PM

"Were your parents really strict growing up?"

If you're an Asian woman, chances are you've probably heard this and many other stereotypes about your community before.

In the video above by Social Renaissance Project TV (an organization that aims to raise awareness for underrepresented communities), we...

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Woman Boycotts Posting 'Before' Photos Of Her Eating Disorder

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2017 | 10:50 AM

For anyone suffering an eating disorder, a "before" and "after" photo can sometimes be encouraging for progress, but one woman says they can be just as damaging.

Lexie Louise, a 21-year-old mental health blogger, recently started a campaign boycotting "before" shots of her eating disorder, and she...

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Some Of The Coolest People Who Call Vancouver Home

(16) Comments | Posted March 3, 2017 | 4:15 PM

There's definitely something in Vancouver's air.

The largest metropolitan in British Columbia, the city is home to some of Canada's biggest names, from actors to activists to politicians.

So many names, in fact, the list below is just a glimpse of the mega talent Vancouver has to offer.

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Finally, A 'Smart Condom' That Will Count Calories Burned During Sex

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2017 | 10:15 AM

The future is here and it knows everything about your penis.

If smart technology wasn't enough, one British company thought it would be a good idea to create a "smart condom" that can track everything from performance to girth size to even calories burned during sex.


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