What I’ve Learned From My Dad

Blog about my cousin Abdul, written by his friend and daughter

The Artist's Loft

Today my dad is one year older but also, thankfully, feeling younger than he has in a long time.  I decided to write this blog post when I had an awakening over the weekend: a little insight, if you will, as to why I am the way I am.

On Saturday, I received this text message from him: “Enjoy this day.  I can feel a distinct Energy around today that should bring much smiles and pleasure.”  I get messages like this from him all the time.  It’s cute, right?  Maybe a little fortune cookie-ish, but it shows his connection to concepts like energy which he introduced to me as a small child.  He’s like my own little affirmation angel.  Long before I had even heard the name Louise Hay, my dad had been writing his own affirmations and sharing them with me.  There was a beautiful one he…

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They are so wrong!

An Op-Ed in the New York Post has lots to say about the motherhood on display at the Grammys. The author criticizes Beyoncé for her “tush-wiggling” and “pagan fertility worship” and finds Adele’s words about her struggles with motherhood “self indulgent.” I think the take home message from the column is supposed to be […]

via New York Post thinks Beyoncé should cover up and Adele shut up. They are so wrong. — Dr. Jen Gunter


Several years ago a young American woman went to Dubai for an adventure. It’s an amazing diaspora and from what I have heard from this woman and others it’s a great place to combine work and adventure and travel. It is a time to be free, to learn about other cultures, and bask in […]

via When a doctor tells you how the travel ban has affected her and you just want to cry — Dr. Jen Gunter

Pantsuits on ladies. A call to arms for modern suffrage.

Dr. Jen Gunter

votesI started November 8th so hopeful. The polls were a comfortable 78. I wore my new berry colored pantsuit purchased especially for the election. I even wore my suffragette sash to work. The last face I saw before stepping into my office was a young woman in her 20’s who gave me a thumbs up and that knowing smile that said, I’m with her too! Every woman I met had a gleam in her eye and a spring in her step. There was an estrogen electricity in the air. We were unbeatable.

Until we were not.

As a 50-year-old woman and surgeon I have felt the oppressive weight of misogyny my whole life. In medical school. In residency. In the 11 years that I fought to get the same salary as my male peers. And even from my mother who felt being a doctor might be too hard.

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Donald Trump doubles down on fat-shaming. It’s unpresidential and medically harmful

Dr. Jen Gunter

Me the summer I turned 12

I remember the exact moment I became fat.

It was 1979 and I was 12 years old and standing in my mother’s bedroom in front of her mirror. The next day was 1950’s day at my junior high school and my mother said she had just the thing. She pulled a gorgeous dress out of her closet. A dress so breathtaking that even though she could not longer wear it she had not been able to part with it. A rose fantasy in chiffon and tulle nipped smartly at the waist. It was the kind of dress made for a 13-year-old girl’s dreams.

I struggled to get it on. Eventually I got it over my hips, but no amount of wishing could get the zipper more than half way up.

“Hmmm, my mother said. I guess you’re too fat.”

I felt my face flush. I desperately fumbled again with the…

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How did Andrew Wakefield get Tribeca to accept his anti-vax film? — Dr. Jen Gunter


By now most people have heard about the controversy surrounding Tribeca, Robert De Niro and Andrew Wakefield. If you haven’t here’s the short version. Wakefield directed a film, Vaxxed, that was accepted to the Tribeca film festival. The trailer looks like a one way trip down a rabbit hold of conspiracy theories. The fact that such […]

via How did Andrew Wakefield get Tribeca to accept his anti-vax film? — Dr. Jen Gunter