Life & Love

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Intent on making 2017 your Best Year Ever? We can help with that, thanks to our 2017 Coach of the Month series. For August, Senator Barbara Boxer, author of The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life, shares lessons learned over a lifetime in public service. This week, she recounts some of her mother’s
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Women get a lot of mixed messages when it comes to sexuality. On one hand, shows like Broad City, Insecure, Girls and more depict frank portrayals of the joys, pitfalls and complications of women’s sexuality, and encourage women to be open about their needs and desires. On the other hand, women are literally getting killed
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Dear E. Jean: I have a Craigslist etiquette question. I met the man of my dreams—Stanford grad, modern-art collector, brilliant—on the Casual Encounters section. He was sweet and attentive, and for months I was able to indulge every erotic fantasy I could think of. But then he moved 70 miles away, and we stopped seeing
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Do those eclipse glasses come in Tom Ford? (#WishfulThinking) Ah, well. Grab your safety-approved sun gazing specs anyway. August is eclipse season—especially exciting news for North America. On August 21, as the Leo new moon puts on a Cirque du Soleil in the skies, we’ll celebrate the first visible solar eclipse in our neck of
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Dear E. Jean: Can you tell me who is this “inner goddess” whom all ladies apparently carry inside? Inside where? I’m having trouble finding her! I was never really a girly girl, and flirting doesn’t come naturally to me, so at 27 I’m a total seduction rookie. My experience with men can’t even be characterized
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The first time I kissed a woman, I was eighteen. While I realized that I was bisexual at a young age, conversations with my peers about sexuality had always been surrounded in judgment and disgust. Politically and religiously, I understood that same-sex relationships were seen as a moral failing in our culture. I planned to
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The first time I kissed a woman, I was eighteen. While I realized that I was bisexual at a young age, conversations with my peers about sexuality had always been surrounded in judgment and disgust. Politically and religiously, I understood that same-sex relationships were seen as a moral failing in our culture. I planned to
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I got the worst sex advice of my life from an older girl at school—you know, the kind of seemingly experienced girl who smoked cigarettes and answered pressing questions from middle-schoolers, like “What’s a blow job?” One of her gems pertained to making a man feel sexy. She advised squeezing his biceps during a hook-up,
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Dear E. Jean: My new salary makes me nervous. It’s so much money, I’m scared that I’m going to end up blowing it. I’m afraid I’ll feel too comfortable spending it. How can I avoid losing my head? —Nervous Working Girl Aw, Hell, Working: You should lose your head. A woman who doesn’t lose her
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Happy National Orgasm Day! If you didn’t know that was a thing, that’s ok. I prefer to live every day like it’s National Orgasm Day. Between this and International Women’s Orgasm Day next week, the Gods of Random Holidays really want to make you aware of the state of your orgasmic life. Which is good!
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20 years ago, RENT was a hit Broadway musical, Angels in America was required reading in many English Lit classes, and Philadelphia was a Blockbuster Video must-see. But though AIDS continues to be a global health crisis worldwide (including right here in America), the disease has largely retreated from pop culture plot points… and become
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Dear E. Jean: In 2008 I made a sex tape with my boyfriend at the time. The affair ended badly. We’ve not been on civil terms since—in fact, we’re not speaking. Now, with a more sensible head on my shoulders, I’m applying to be an elementary school teacher. If I were establishing a career in
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One friend who recently broke up with her boyfriend looked at the books he left behind on their shared bookshelf, which included Frida Kahlo’s diary and Salt by Nayyirah Waheed. “If I was going home with him now,” she told me, “these books would definitely tell me that he’s a thoughtful man who values reading