My Dear Host-Mother

We have a saying here in Timor-Leste and it goes like this: “Feto forte, nasaun forte.” It translates to “Strong women, strong nation,” and is a popular phrase blurted out in meetings concerning women and the future of this young country. Many of my fellow Peace Corps Volunteers have heard me talk about my host-mom […]

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The Girls of Ermera

By Marta Gravier Back in the States, I grew up fitting into the standards of beauty mass media of the West has propagated since essentially forever. I was a little ballerina, tall and thin since childhood, with long brown hair, pale skin, and blue eyes. On top of that, I grew up in great neighborhoods […]

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The People You Meet

Disclaimer: The content of this blog post does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the Peace Corps, or the Timor-Leste Government. Six months ago, in what I thought was the hottest time of year, my newlywed husband and I boarded a series of planes across the world. We had joined the Peace […]

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Menstruation Series: Part IV

Hey everyone, This is the final installation of the Menstruation Series, and my final official blog post here on Feminine Boutique. What started as a mission to create more female-centered content is now growing into a hub of passionate writers who make this blog as wonderful as it is. Gah – leaving is bittersweet! In […]

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Menstruation Series: Part III

Hey everyone! This time around in the Menstruation Series, I bring to you the greatest thing since sliced bread and another reusable menstrual product… Period underwear! I really like these, because unlike cups or tampons, they can be worn like regular underwear during your period, and they are machine washable like the rest of your […]

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Menstruation Series: Part II

Hey everyone! Last time in the menstruation series, I talked about the difficulties girls and women encounter in the developing world. I particularly concern myself with this issue because in 38 days, I will start my journey as a Peace Corps volunteer (YAY!!). Living in a developing country with no plumbing, waste management facilities, or electricity […]

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Menstruation Series: Part I

Hey everyone! A couple of months ago, my partner and I were invited to serve in the Peace Corps. Super exciting! While we are still waiting for medical clearance (fingers crossed), this possible adventure got me thinking a lot about periods. Where we were going, there is very little electricity, and no running water, not […]

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Living Radically: Graduating Early

Hey readers, This past weekend, I graduated college! Well, almost. It’s story time. Three years ago, I graduated high school with every intention to either, A) Travel the world on my own, or B) Move across the country and attend college on the west coast. Instead, I ended up going to college fifteen minutes down […]

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