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Oral Health is Health

Oral Health is Health Because of some terrifying childhood experiences, I’ve since been afraid of the dentist. Add my generalized anxiety on top of that and every cleaning becomes An Event. When my hygienist begins The Scraping of the Teeth, my entire body tenses. In all seriousness, I have to consciously untense every single muscle… Continue reading Oral Health is Health

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Because I Said So

The words will never leave my ears: “Because I said so.” If I didn’t want to do something and asked why I had to do it, that was my mom’s answer. I thought that as a person who doesn’t want kids that I would be exempt from ever uttering this phrase. However, my recent exploits… Continue reading Because I Said So

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When Women Aren’t People

Chloe Dykstra’s essay was a shock to me, and then it wasn’t. I didn’t want the manipulative and abusive behavior to come from the person about whom we all knew she was writing. On the heels of one of Arouse’s very own pieces regarding abuse in Hollywood, I didn’t want Chris Hardwick to be one… Continue reading When Women Aren’t People

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Depression and Anxiety DGAF

CN: Suicide, depression, anxiety National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Chat online or call 1-800-273-8255 This piece started out as my personal experience with discovering the kate spade brand, which would slowly transition into the tragedy of Kate Spade’s suicide. She touched so many lives with her designs and created a brand that, even though she hasn’t… Continue reading Depression and Anxiety DGAF

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Online Dating Was Made To Destroy Me

As all sane women do, I texted one of my best friends before swiping:  Just downloaded a dating app. Panic is setting in. What. The. Fuck. As all best friends do, her response came in two messages: It’s not Tinder is it? Lol SWIPE To be fair, I probably should have just downloaded Tinder. Coming… Continue reading Online Dating Was Made To Destroy Me

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Buzzworthy Satisfaction

Whenever I would get sick as a teenager, my mom would come home from the drugstore with supplies: medicine, ginger ale, some kind of cracker-type snack and magazines. Since she read Elle, she would usually get me Elle Girl. I never thought much of it until I turned 18. That's when she brought out the… Continue reading Buzzworthy Satisfaction

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Sex Positivity Doesn’t Mean You Want Sex

The sex positivity movement has roots in feminism with women taking power over and being shameless surrounding our sexuality. This isn't an all-inclusive approach, but there's room for all voices in the sex positive movement - there has to be. One of the common misconceptions is that you have to brag about sex, talk about… Continue reading Sex Positivity Doesn’t Mean You Want Sex