Health

Sextortion

What It's Like to Experience Sextortion as a Teen

In 2016, the Department of Justice called sextortion "the most significantly growing threat to children.” This month, a new study asked over 5,000 teens directly about their experiences with sextortion.
Kimberly Lawson
10.11.18
reproductive health

Women Are Being Denied Epidurals During Childbirth. Here's Why.

A forum post that asked mothers "anyone else tricked out of epidural?" attracted 1,000 replies in under two weeks.
Elysha Krupp
10.2.18
Health

What It's Like to Get a UTI Every Time You Have Sex

I’ve rushed to the emergency room at four in the morning; missed out on days of pay while on the floor in agony, and had to suffer the indignity of explaining to housemates why I was stuck in the bathroom all evening.
Kara Godfrey
9.21.18
My First Time

What It's Like Having Sex While in Recovery from an Eating Disorder

After Laura Hearn left a residential treatment facility for an eating disorder, she didn't just need to reset her relationship with food: she had to learn how to exist as a sexual being in the world.
Laura Hearn
9.20.18
mental health

Breaking Up with a Depressed Partner Doesn't Make You a Bad Person

When my partner Max was struggling with depression, I tried to be everything to him—but sometimes, you need to let the people you love seek professional help on their own.
Shanti Das
9.11.18
Dating

I Am HIV-Positive. This Is What It's Like to Date

When writer and activist Juno Roche was diagnosed with HIV in the early 1990s, it felt like being given a death sentence. She explains what it was like to date and find intimacy again while living with HIV.
Juno Roche
8.23.18
Health

The Myth That PrEP Is Just For Gay Men is Hurting Women

PrEP has been hailed as a revolutionary drug breakthrough in the prevention of HIV. But UK doctors are still having trouble convincing women it's for them, too.
Jake Hall
8.22.18
Health

How to Find a Fat-Positive Doctor Who Won't Just Tell You to Lose Weight

In many doctors’ opinions, weight loss is the only treatment for fat patients regardless of their health concerns, as though the answers to our problems are written all over our bodies. But I have the right to be fat and healthy.
Charlotte Zoller
8.15.18
Internet

Why Memes Express the Feeling of Disassociating Better Than Words Do

Disassociation is an isolating and sometimes indescribable experience in which sufferers feel disconnected from reality, or even from their own identity. For some, memes are the best way to describe that feeling.
Leonie Shinn-Morris
7.31.18
Beauty

These Very Glam Portraits Celebrate the Beauty of Double Chins

For its latest issue, London-based queer zine Polyester wanted to highlight the double chin as part of a message of fat acceptance and body positivity.
Sirin Kale
7.30.18
Health

How to Share the Burden of Birth Control With Your Partner

If it takes two to get pregnant, shouldn't it take two to prevent it?
Leila Ettachfini
6.22.18
The Privacy and Perception Issue

Online, I'm the Picture of Health. Offline, I Have a Chronic Illness

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at 19—but you'd never guess that from scrolling through my Instagram feed.
Ione Gamble
6.18.18