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Girl Talk: What Female Competition Has To Learn From World Cup Soccer

I am by no means a sports fan. In fact, if I’m being honest, it took me eight full days to bother turning on ESPN to tune into the World Cup — this despite New York City’s peculiar, nearly European-scale football/soccer mania which has surrounded me for over a week and permeated my consciousness.

I’ve seen soccer matches before. I’ve attended them before. And I enjoy them, sure. My command of its rules and strategies is shaky at best, even though I played soccer as a kid. I recall seeing a match in Seville, Spain, and remember that after marveling over the physical beauty of the swarthy, sweaty, sexy footballers and getting momentarily swept up in the intense emotions of the fans, I got totally bored. No one ever scored, and the players seemed more interested in feigning injury and pantomiming intense pain to earn penalty kicks than in scoring hard-earned goals. And after hours of back and forth, the teams TIED. No one came out a winner.

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Girl Talk: I Can’t Orgasm From Sex

Let’s just say that Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally” has nothing on me. I’m the girl who’s perfected her fauxgasm to the extent that I should be recording sound bytes for video games. I’m also the girl who sits bewildered, nodding her head as her assembled girlfriends trade stories about the guy who made her come three times in a row, how a few nights ago she came so hard she fell off the bed, how she and her boyfriend came at the same time and how spiritual it was. Back in the day, I’d lie and chime in with my own fabricated stories about my amazing orgasms, but age has forced me to confront some ugly truths about myself, and the truth is: I can’t come from intercourse. Never have. Keep reading »

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