Amanda Chatel

Girl Talk: I Put Myself On Mute For A Guy — And I’ll Never Do It Again

I like to consider myself a strong and independent woman. I live alone; I take care of myself and never waiver in my beliefs. I’ve managed to convince myself that I’m fearless; I look confrontation in the eye and am without regret in my behavior – even when it isn’t the most flattering or well…
By: Amanda Chatel / November 9, 2012

Girl Talk: Why I’d Never Date Someone Who Doesn’t Vote

I have been a registered voter since the week I turned 18 years old. Admittedly, at 18, I was fairly clueless about the people for whom I’d be voting, but I educated myself on each of them the best I could and embraced the privilege like no other. This opportunity, for me, was far more…
By: Amanda Chatel / November 5, 2012

A Daytime TV Show Wanted To Put My Friend And I On To Help Our Relationship, Destroying It Forever In The Process

I never really understood the daytime TV show circuit. I still imagine it the way it looked when my mother was a stay-at-home mom and everything was yellow or orange or pea green as they were in the early 80′s before neon took hold. So when a daytime TV show asked me to be o…
By: Amanda Chatel / September 30, 2012

My Abortion Was The Best Decision Of My Life

I was 11 weeks along when my gynecologist told me I was pregnant. I had been on The Pill since I was 18 years old and my period, since being on The Pill was non-existent. When it never came in January, then not again in February, it never crossed my mind that something wasn’t right.
By: Amanda Chatel / March 10, 2012

I Want To Get Over My Fear Of Cuddling

To the best of my knowledge, there is no technical name for my phobia. Although if we were to backtrack, I suppose it’s more of a fear than an actual phobia. Phobias directly impact your everyday way of life; this fear does not. I don’t wander the streets phobic that strangers are going to throw themselves o…
By: Amanda Chatel / January 20, 2012

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