personal essay

Queerly Beloved

How a Cis, Hetero Couple Became My Queer Chosen Family

When I came out as trans, when I found out I was infertile, when my queer heart was broken—the Thompsons were always there for me.
Dan Rowell
8.16.18
Sex

Getting Anally Fisted for the First Time Was Unexpectedly Perfect

The idea of getting fisted for the first time was thrilling, nerve-wracking, and entirely sexy.
Remy Black
8.7.18
Culture

What It's Like Growing Up with the Belief that Tampons Take Virginity

As a teen, I felt stuck in a miserable balancing act: hiding tampons from my family or being shamed by friends for not using them.
Leila Ettachfini
7.27.18
Unfollow Me

After My Ex Stalked Me Online, I Saw The Dark Side Of Romantic Obsession

Thanks to a childhood spent watching romantic comedies with forceful male leads, I thought love was persistent and never gave up—until my ex stalked me after our breakup.
Nana Baah
7.24.18
friendship

Instagram DMs Are an Antidote to the Difficulties of Adult Friendships

In these conversations, I feel like we’re keeping the friendship alive, finding ways to fit moments of connection into our weird, sprawling, digital-and-not-digital lives.
Larissa Pham
7.20.18
personal essay

When I Met the Now-Arrested Leader of a 'Feminist' Cult and His 'Kittens'

After the recent news of Turkish televangelist Adnan Oktar's arrest for fraud, sexual assault, and espionage, I look back on what it was like to meet him and the women of his "Islamic Creationist" cult, known as his "kittens."
Meher Ahmad
7.13.18
Bodies

I Turned My Own Jawbone Into Earrings

I wanted to make a part of myself into something wonderful.
merritt k
7.10.18
roe v. wade

What It Was Like Getting an Abortion Before Roe v. Wade

Jo Baxter opens up about getting an illegal abortion in 1965—and her fears now that abortion rights in the US are under attack.
Jo Baxter
7.5.18
Essays on Religious Exemptions

I Went to a Catholic Hospital During My Miscarriage—And It Nearly Killed Me

At the time, I was staunchly anti-choice, and did not go to the hospital looking for an abortion. But when I found out the pregnancy was ending, I just wanted to get the care I needed.
Laurie Bertram Roberts
6.29.18
Essays on Religious Exemptions

What It Was Like to Be Denied Medical Care Because of My Gender

Transgender people require healthcare just like everyone else. We are not asking for special privileges; we just want to have the same access to medical care all Americans are guaranteed under law.
Evan Minton
6.29.18
Race

As a Black Creative, Brands Want Me—but Not My Conception of Blackness

In a short film and essay, artist summer mason reflects on the constant dance between taking commissions and avoiding exploitation in an era of commercialized identity politics.
summer fucking mason
6.29.18
LGBTQ

The Gay-Straight Alliance Helped Me as Much as It Could

My school's GSA was my first LGBTQ community, even if it didn't represent my identity in full.
Diana Tourjée
6.29.18
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