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The Purple Fig is a blogazine for real women by real women (cool, strong, outspoken women you’d want to have a glass of wine with). Raw, relatable stories on everything from looking for love to staying in love; from partying to parenting; from cooking to meditating.

It is a community where women share personal stories — no ego, no shame. We're about life, love and all of the stuff that makes us yearn, squirm, and giggle. These stories make up the authentic and intriguing journey of a woman. Share your story and join the convo.

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'Unexplained Infertility' Explained

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 5:39 PM

In viewing a recent "health matters" segment where my amazing colleague Dr. Erica Robinson was interviewed regarding ways to improve fertility, it occurred to me that she, myself and the rest of our expert team at the World of my Baby (WOMB) are addressing aspects of fertility every day that...

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How I Deal With the Comments People Make About My Adopted, Special-Needs Child

(3) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 5:26 PM

I've always wanted to adopt. I wasn't particularly interested in being pregnant because I felt that my calling was to adopt children who needed a family. I made that clear to my husband before we married -- while I wasn't opposed to having a biological child, I still wanted to...

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I Helped My Autistic Son Thrive By Ignoring Our Doctor

(12) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 12:32 PM

Autism.

That one word, uttered by a white-coated doctor during the spring of 2007, was all it took to turn my life upside down. Since my son's birth three and a half years previously, I had been lovingly crafting a picture of what my family life was going to...

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How Facebook Stopped Me From Dating a Lying Creep

(9) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 6:40 PM

I really wasn't looking forward to this wedding reception. I had been living back home with my parents for less than two weeks and the last thing I wanted to do was explain to everyone why I had moved from the incredible city of Chicago back to unexciting Ohio.

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My Morning Sickness Was So Horrific it Sent Me to the ICU

(3) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 2:19 PM

Hi, my name is Cate and I'm a survivor of Hyperemesis Gravidarum. For those of you who do not know what that Harry Potter-sounding term means, the definition is simply "excessive vomiting." Hypermesis doesn't have a lot of exposure, and many people don't think it exists. It's been in the...

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How I Live With Anorexia

(5) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 6:51 PM

The moment I put on my dream wedding dress, I cried tears of disappointment and frustration. It was exactly as I had pictured, with a corseted top that tied like a ballet slipper in the back, shiny white beads on the front, and a flowing, silky train. The dress wasn't...

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The TDSB Wants to Move My Kids to a New School, and I'm Rallying

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 6:46 PM

Recently, parents at Garden Ave Public School in Toronto got a shock -- we were told that our kids would potentially be forced to move to another school just over 1km away, with the TDSB saying they think that distance is not "too far" for JK kids to...

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I Can Be a Feminist and Watch Submissive Porn

(28) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 11:16 AM

The first time I watched porn was in a college dorm room surrounded by seven other first-time- away-from-home freshmen. We giggled at the sight of the nudity, the cheesy saxophone music, the awkward dialogue. We felt a small thrill at watching something our parents would have banned. Was anyone turned...

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Adrian Peterson Doesn't Deserve a Second Chance After Abusing His Child

(35) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 6:46 PM

Picture a 6'2" professional football player, beating a four-year-old with a stick until the little boy is left with blood all over his body.

While it may sound like a scene from a horror movie, this is sadly the awful truth behind the Adrian Peterson child abuse case. In May,...

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We Should Care Less About Kate Middleton's Second Pregnancy

(14) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 8:55 AM

When news of the Duchess of Cambridge's second pregnancy was announced on September 8, the Internet immediately exploded into a flurry of excitement.

In the nine months to come, we can expect endless media coverage of 32-year-old Kate Middleton's baby bump, maternity wardrobe and morning sickness.

According to the BBC,...

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A Two-Game Suspension Is a Small Price for Ray Rice To Pay

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 6:50 PM

In February, 27-year-old Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was caught on camera dragging his unconsciousness girlfriend Janay Palmer out of an elevator. The couple had been having an argument at a hotel in Atlantic City. Unfortunately a lot of us have seen this footage.

When more footage was...

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What About Everyday Women Whose Photos Get Leaked?

(28) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 5:41 PM

Jennifer Lawrence. J.Law. It is a name which most of us have heard before. In a world where many of us are social media-savvy and popular culture-aware, countless fans look up to the Hunger Games star as a type of classic girl-next-door American beauty.

As Apple and the FBI investigate...

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How to Help a Kid With Back-to-School Jitters Get Ready for the Year

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 9:51 AM

We know that it isn't always high-fives and smiles for children going back to school this fall. Some kids are faced with anxiety and apprehension during this time of change. Dr. Dubois, psychologist at Canoe Therapy, helps to equip us parents with some tools to ease those nerves...
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How it Really Feels to Turn 40

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 10:25 AM

Well, I've been 40 for a little over a month now, and I just bought mom-shorts. I guess there are some things about aging that are inevitable. I bought the shorts without trying them on because they were a good deal, and I wasn't about to wait in a long...

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The Balance Between Relaxed '70s Parenting and Modern Meddling

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 6:52 PM

If you are a parent, you know the complete powerlessness within parenthood that exists between peeing on a stick and the day you die. Something could happen at any time, for whatever reason. And as the world becomes more and more connected and the media fierce in its gravitation towards...

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Why I Wish I Was Needier

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 9:33 AM

Yes, that's right: I wish sometimes that I was needier. In recent months, I've come to a very blunt awareness about just how independent I had become in my four years as a single person. Moreover, I can reflect today and acknowledge just how much society places value on that...

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3 Key First Steps To A Fast Post-Baby Body Recovery

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 6:43 PM

1) Bind your Belly:

Women have been wrapping up their torsos after delivering babies for thousands of years. Japanese women wear a "sarashi", Latin women bind themselves with a "faja" and Malaysian women use a "bengkung". North Americans are evidently far behind when it comes to this practice! One...

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Letter to My Future Self (I Hope You're Still Fun!)

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 1:22 PM

My grandma set the bar for me on how the elderly should roll. I'm only realizing now that she was truly one of a kind. I thought that all grandmas flashed their grandchildren for a laugh and flipped the bird for family photos. She taught us how to play poker,...

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25 Ways to Be Vulnerable

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 6:46 PM

1. Do not, under any circumstances, stop singing or roll up your windows when you pull up at a stoplight next to another car. Let 'em hear you sing! Let 'em know that even in 2014, you still listen to Color Me Badd.

2. Remove the words "like," "kind of"...

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How Women Should Deal with Contractors

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 12:15 PM

Last year, approximately $24 billion was spent on home renovations in North America. Women are accounting for a majority of those home renovation decisions on where that money goes. We also account for 85 per cent of all consumer purchases including everything from autos to healthcare. Add to that, more...

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