Sara Benincasa

Shut Up, Selfies Are Awesome

I take a lot of selfies. You know why? Because I’m fucking adorable. If it bothers you, maybe you should’ve been around in middle school to tell me I was pretty. But you weren’t, and I felt gross, but now I feel hot, so boom! You get a whole lotta selfies. Look, I could go…
By: Sara Benincasa / July 7, 2014

How Not To Hate Your Body

Maybe you are a lady and you hate your body because you don't deserve to have control over it, according to the highest authority on law in the land. Or maybe you are a man and you hate your body because it doesn't look like what you see on TV or in pornzz…
By: Sara Benincasa / July 1, 2014

Frisky Rant: Please Stop Bragging About Your Husband On Facebook

When women brag on Facebook about having the "best hubby in the world," I want to buy advance tickets and popcorn to their inevitable divorce. If you really and truly love your husband and you're actually that happy, why do you need to show off? Is Facebook your own personal delusion billboard? Like when did…
By: Sara Benincasa / June 25, 2014

“Louie,” Attempted Rape And Awful Questions

This piece was crossposted with permission from Happy Nice Time People. Louis C.K. did terrible grabbing, pushing, forced kissing and more to a lady on his teevee program "Louie" and everyone was freaked out. He tried to drag her into a bedroom and it was disturbing and I can't…
By: Sara Benincasa / June 5, 2014

Girl Talk: I’m Too Crazy For Health Insurance

Unlike my future captor Tom Cruise, I'm a big fan of psychiatry. Why? Well, it's given me opportunities I never could have experienced without medical intervention for depression, agoraphobia and panic attacks. To put it more simply: Psychiatry has saved my life. But thanks to a couple of friendly letters from health insurance companies, I've recently…
By: Sara Benincasa / November 2, 2012

Book Excerpt: “Agorafabulous! Dispatches From My Bedroom” — Plus, Win A Copy Of The Book!

Sara Benincasa’s struggle with panic disorder began with childhood anxiety attacks and intensified until, at the age of 21, she developed full-on agoraphobia.  Her fears were so severe she was afraid to leave her own bedroom.  She sank into suicidal depression.  Garbage piled up against the wall as her appetite for food—and life—slipped away.  Finally,…
By: Sara Benincasa / February 11, 2012

I Have Panic Attacks

In retrospect, it was all inevitable. Not the details, like the time I grew so afraid of using the toilet that I urinated in cereal bowls in my apartment, or the time I collapsed outside a filling station in Sicily and told someone I couldn’t remember how to breathe. Those specific situations weren’t predictable, of…
By: Sara Benincasa / April 14, 2010

Recapping “Gossip Girl”: Valley Girls (The Spin-Off That’ll Never Happen)

Last night, "Gossip Girl" was awesome fun! It was weirdly sentimental, and sweet, and No Doubt was there covering Adam and the Ants, and Brittany Snow actually charmed my dang pants off with her turn as Young Lily, and the ‘80s fashion was ADORBZ, and they played Men Without Hats, and there were actual nice…
By: Sara Benincasa / May 12, 2009

Recapping “Gossip Girl”: The Wrath Of Con

OMFG this episode was actually F-U-N in spots! Can you believe it? Neither can I! Well, don’t worry. I’m sure next week’s episode will be supreme crossover lameness to pimp the new Lily-is-young-in-the-‘80s series. But today it’s still 2009, and I’m still basking in the afterglow of a sorta-good episode. To review: Serena’s ugstown boyfriend…
By: Sara Benincasa / May 5, 2009

Recapping “Gossip Girl”: Southern Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Last night paired up Blair and Chuck once again as a duo willing to stoop low to achieve a high goal: save their girl Serena from heartbreak at the hands of a sociopath. Only this time, their route actually finds them seeking help from last season’s worst character, Georgina. In fact, I was so enraged…
By: Sara Benincasa / April 28, 2009

Recapping “Gossip Girl”: Seder Anything

After an excruciating hiatus, “Gossip Girl” is back! On last night's episode, Passover was in the air, and Blair's Jewish stepdad was back onscreen for Seder in the latest installment of your favorite meaningless teen dramedy. Also, other things happened.
By: Sara Benincasa / April 21, 2009

Recapping “Gossip Girl”: Remains Of The J

OMG! Spoiler alert, for those of you who have yet to review your DVR’d "Gossip Girl" from last night: this episode didn’t completely suck! I know, right? Amazing! Let’s dive right into it. First up: did they or didn’t they? Meaning Blair and Nate, of course. Turns out they didn’t, although Blair has been bringing…
By: Sara Benincasa / March 31, 2009

Recapping “Gossip Girl”: The Grandfather

At this point, I love "Gossip Girl" the way I once loved a certain young lad back in my high school days. It’s almost like reliving that entire romance, in fact. Though I loved the show once with a passion beyond compare, it no longer satisfies me. I talk trash about it behind its back.
By: Sara Benincasa / March 24, 2009

Recapping “Gossip Girl”: The Age of Dissonance

I have so many questions as I sit, rapt, through the intro to Monday’s night episode of "Gossip Girl": Would Dan boink Ol’ Teachy McTeacherson again? Would Serena’s breasts push free of their restrictive corsetry and finally take over the entire screen with their golden magnificence? Would Chuck take his custom-made Saville Row pants off…
By: Sara Benincasa / March 17, 2009