On August 30, my son turned 10 — double digits. This means I've been a single mom for a decade. I have a bunch of single mom friends. Some are divorced and share custody with their exes. Others are choice moms and went to sperm banks. I have friends who have ex-partners who are supposed to pay child support and see their child, but don't. Whatever the circumstances, single motherhood isn't an identity my friends or I can slip on and off.
September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, so next time you look in the mirror (uh, you know, multiple times a day! ), check your neck. The thyroid gland is located just under the skin, splayed like a pretty butterfly across the windpipe and right under the "Adam's apple" area. Why are we talking about this now? Because thyroid cancer in women has more than doubled since the 1970s. And because this type of cancer can creep and grow super slowly with no major symptoms.
OK, single moms, let’s talk about sex. The sex you’re unfortunately not having with a man because you’re a single mom in a rut, or you have no time to date, or you recently broke up with someone and feel like someone punched you in the stomach while you simultaneously pack your kid’s lunch and get yourself dressed for work. Or, let’s face it, the sex you might not be having even as a married mom because of stress, busy schedules, and a million other reasons.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".