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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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Battling the Razor: A Fight for Women’s Natural Beauty

Female body hair and its removal are currently controversial topics. According to the Woman's Museum of California, "Some of the first razors, made of copper, were used in Egypt and India around 3000 BCE. Egyptian women removed their head hair and considered pubic hair uncivilized. Upper-class Roman women of the sixth century BCE used tweezers,… Continue reading Battling the Razor: A Fight for Women’s Natural Beauty

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Ladies, You Are The Experts in the Room: Fighting Impostor Syndrome

Recently I attended a training that involved practicing introducing ourselves as professionals, I dare say, even experts. Picture some of the most influential or up-and-coming nonprofit leaders in the community, all wearing dress shirts and pantyhose, sitting in a circle, taking turn after turn, listing their title and why they are "the expert in the… Continue reading Ladies, You Are The Experts in the Room: Fighting Impostor Syndrome

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Little Lacy Things: The Art of Feeling Sexy in Lingerie

The allure of almost seeing what you desire is arguably better than bare skin. According to Dictionary.com, lingerie has been around since 1825-35 France, and I think we can all agree that the French know a thing or two about romance. Four brassieres from the Middle Ages have been discovered in a debris-filled vault of… Continue reading Little Lacy Things: The Art of Feeling Sexy in Lingerie

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Bad Sex: We’ve All Been There, But Women Have Been There More

Trigger warning: sexual assault, force, coercion. Condom breakage, disturbing smells, surprising fetishes, awkward moments, back-breaking positions, nonexistent erection or lubrication, and faking orgasms: bad sex. When someone is describing bad sex, we're all capable of conjuring up similar memories. Whether it was with a partner or a hook up, drunk or sober, sex can be… Continue reading Bad Sex: We’ve All Been There, But Women Have Been There More

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The Atheist of Romance

Women are notoriously stereotyped as being romantics in the bedroom. We are often painted as stargazed, sappy love-makers and when placed on top of man, we are best known for our ultimate portrayal of experiencing "the best orgasm ever" brought on by the most romantic of all love-making, respectively. Unfortunately, I'm one of the women… Continue reading The Atheist of Romance