About Molly Edmonds

As a precocious child growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, Molly Edmonds would often prepare miniature school lessons for her younger brothers. If her brothers didn't want to play school, Molly sat on them to prevent possible escape and continued with her lesson. Fortunately for the readers of HowStuffWorks.com and for the listeners of the "Stuff Mom Never Told You" podcast, Molly has learned over the years that physical harm is not a good way to provide information. A graduate of Emory University, where she majored in creative writing and political science, Molly spends her spare time seeking out good books, live music and people who will cook for her. You can keep up with Molly on Twitter at @MomStuffPodcast and on Facebook at the official Stuff Mom Never Told You page.

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Here’s a fun question for all of you: Who is your favorite pirate? Growing up in North Carolina, I learned an awful lot about Blackbeard, because he spent so much time hanging around my fair state, so I’d probably say he was my childhood favorite. As an adult, I’ve enjoyed getting to know that boozy pirate Captain Morgan, and because I’m scared of crocodiles, I’ve always had a lot of sympathy for Captain Hook.

I’m no expert on pirate culture, but even my cursory education is enough to show me that women are more sidekicks than stars on the dangerous high seas. That’s why it was so fun to record our latest episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You about female pirates.

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Last week, Councilman David Catania, of the District of Columbia Council, put forward a bill that would allow pharmacies to offer birth control pills, patches and rings over the counter without a prescription. Catania’s plan has a lot of big question marks hanging over it: Who would be eligible? Will the Food and Drug Administration be involved? Would it even pass? That said, Catania says the measure is important for low-income communities that don’t have access to health care providers.

Councilman Catania will find something to like — as well as a cause for concern — in a study coming out today (hat tip to Feministing).

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Good news, Stuff Mom Never Told You listeners! Instead of waiting for the end of the week to get a recap and source list for our two episodes, I’ll now be posting that information shortly after the episode is available! I know what you’re thinking, “What is this, Christmas?” But hopefully by posting a separate entry for each episode, you fine readers will have an easier way to comment on a particular episode. And our first episode this week is one that should surely get you talking — the history of vibrators.

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This week on Stuff Mom Never Told You, Cristen and I tried to warm you up, only to cool you right back down. Monday’s topic was kissing, something that’s guaranteed to give a person a fever, if Peggy Lee is to be believed. Most of the time, we’d prefer other people’s saliva stay far away from us, so why are we so eager to swap it with a person we love?

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Here’s a staggering statistic for you: one in four women in the United States experiences domestic violence at some point in her life. One in four!

It can be hard to extract yourself from an abusive relationship and begin to live again without fear. That difficulty is compounded if you bear the scars of your past. That’s why the work of people like Dr. Andrew Jacono is so important. Dr. Jacono provides free plastic surgery to women who have endured physical abuse, and his work is profiled on a new show called “Facing Trauma.”

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This week on Stuff Mom Never Told You, Cristen and I discussed hot flashes, one of the most notable parts of menopause. Since we recorded the episode, an interesting tidbit was published that I thought I’d let you know about. According to a study of more than 1,400 women aged 55 to 74, the ladies that experienced menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and depression were less likely to develop breast cancer than the women who didn’t experience symptoms. Researchers caution that the results are preliminary, but perhaps it will provide women suffering from hot flashes with at least one good thought to get them through that next blaze of heat?

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My occasional glimpse at People.com isn’t usually research or blog fodder, but I can’t help but write about the new Jennifer Aniston cover story that will be hitting newsstands on Friday. If you’re up on your celebrity gossip, then you know that Jennifer Aniston has to be one of the most invoked names in the tabloids. There are stories about how she’s still in love with ex-husband Brad Pitt, that she becomes despondent when she sees pictures of Pitt’s new partner, Angelina Jolie, and that she wants a baby, stat. Providing an interview to People seems to be a good way to try to dispute, however temporarily, some of these tabloid stories.

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On any given night, I’m probably dreaming that I’m at school. Either college or high school — even though the people who pop up in the dream didn’t necessarily go to school with me — and it’s invariably the end of the semester. I haven’t been to class all semester and I’m in danger of failing unless I ace the final exam. But, of course, I can’t find the classroom. Or the bathroom. As it turns out, this frequent dream of mine may be due to my gender.

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Come Sunday, many of us will gather around the television set to watch the Super Bowl. Some of us love this event because of the snacks involved (mmm, chicken wings!), some people want to see the latest commercials and some of us are suckers for the half-time show. Then there are those who will actually watch and care about the game. But don’t make assumptions about who falls into which category based on gender! According to several articles bouncing around the Web, the old stereotype that women can’t tell their quarterback from their running back has been dead for awhile.

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Last year, Cristen and I did a fun podcast about the woman behind Santa Claus. At that point, we’d been doing Stuff Mom Never Told You for about a year, and we’d learned enough about gender politics to think it was weird that we only knew the most supportive spouse in the world as “Mrs. Claus.” Now, I’m pleased to announce that another male celebrity’s wife is getting her day in the sun.

If there’s sun on February 2, that is.

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