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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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How I Live With Anorexia

(5) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 5:51 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 | 5:46 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 | 10:16 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 | 5:46 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 | 7:55 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 | 5:50 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 | 4:41 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 | 8:51 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 | 9:25 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 | 5:52 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 | 8:33 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 | 5:43 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 | 12:22 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 | 5:46 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 | 11:15 AM

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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I'm Over 30 and I Don't Care About "Acting My Age"

(5) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 5:46 PM

I hadn't been too concerned about the age gap until we were drinking forties out of paper bags in the parking lot of a dive bar at midnight.

Who's "we" you ask? That would be 31-year-old me, my two mid-20s male coworkers, and one of their girlfriends.

As we slammed...

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What Kegel Exercises Can Do For You

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 12:29 PM

We Pilates teachers love to talk about kegels. Like, all the time. Not just in class but at dinner parties, too (well, maybe that's just me). It's for good reason: engaging your kegels works your pelvic floor. The pelvic floor muscles are a group of muscles that attach to the...

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I Pushed Away the Love of My Life and He Won't Come Back

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 12:30 PM

I threw away the only man who ever loved me, who I was in love with. I realize that this statement must elicit a bunch of questions. Ten years later, I still can't process, make sense of, or come to peace with this loss.

They say that anything is possible....

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The Disease That Causes Unusual Weight Gain in 17 Million Women

(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 12:32 PM

Often mistaken for obesity or unusual weight gain, one disease affects more than 17 million women nationwide, and most are unaware it's a disease at all.

Meet Jasna, a 43-year-old female from Utah who suddenly found herself gaining a significant amount of fat in her legs and thighs.

The bizarre...

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Do All Only Children Secretly Wish For Siblings?

(6) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 5:19 PM

Do only children pine for siblings? Most of the parenting world seems to think so. Parent-friends have warned me of the perils of leading my son down the dark and isolating path travelled by the only child.

Apparently it's a path frequented by the selfish, the unsocialized, the entitled, the...

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