Posts tagged "girl talk"

Girl Talk: Dating As A Sex Writer

While watching your partner have sex with another person is common enough to play a vibrant role in swinging and orgies, and to spawn porn parodies like “One Flew Over the Cuckold’s Nest,” in general it’s safe to assume that a conversation regarding your partner’s sexual history rarely ends well. Recalling Amsterdam trips at 19…
By: Sophie Saint Thomas / November 13, 2014

Girl Talk: My Best Friend, My Beauty Muse

Whenever anyone asks my mother what I was like as a child, she always responds by telling stories of her first attempts to put me in a dress as a toddler. "I would just finish dressing her and she would be looking like the cutest little princess," she usually relays, "After I turned my back…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 6, 2014

Girl Talk: How Dressing “Ugly” Helped Me Through A Breakup

For a period of time after I broke up with the man I'd been dating for four years, all I wore was black. I mourned the relationship by donning a widow's wardrobe. Shapeless t-shirts, a wool sweater with a stretched out collar, an old pair of ballet slippers. I couldn't imagine any other combination, beside…
By: Jean Ho / November 3, 2014

Girl Talk: Weaving Is The Best Thing To Happen To My ADD Brain Since Adderall

Lucca is a little bit jealous of my loom. I can’t even start to explain why I love weaving so much without first explaining, as best I can, what it feels like to have an ADD brain. While I think I would still love weaving even if I didn’t have attentio…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 24, 2014

Girl Talk: The Transition From Hairstylist To Friend

One of the things I lost when I stopped shampooing and cutting my hair was regular hangouts with my former hairstylist/now friend, Maggie. I met her after several bad experiences at Hair Cuttery and Great Clips, where I’d go for a $20 hair cut, say, “Fuck my hair up!” and the stylist would interpret that…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 14, 2014

Girl Talk: On Police Brutality & Experiencing Blackness Through My Boyfriend’s Eyes

I think I may have had a small mental break down last week. I knew it was coming, I was all tight with emotion after some of the responses I received on an open letter I wrote to some…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / September 22, 2014

Girl Talk: What Losing My Virginity Taught Me About Faith

I was 25 when I kissed someone for the first time. I’d met him at a local book club, and we hit it off almost instantly. Our first date started at eight p.m. and ended shortly after one a.m. Though we’d planned a second official date for the following Tuesday, we ended up hanging out every…
By: Dianna Anderson / September 9, 2014

Girl Talk: Timing Is Everything

It was October 2012. My Australian boyfriend and I had just been on a romantic, whirlwind adventure road trip around Europe. We spent the first month with his parents in Spain and France, and then spent the following month on our own. We zigzagged through Switzerland, Austria, a brief drive through Lichtenstein, Germany, and finally…
By: Phylisa Wisdom / August 29, 2014

Girl Talk: Unemployed And Unemployable

My life three years ago is sometimes incomprehensible to me. Retrospectively, it’s so absurd that it’s hard to believe that the things that happened happened, or that I tolerated some of the things that happened, or that I actively participated in some of the things that happened. Enough mystery. When Jessica’s article about the…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / August 22, 2014

Girl Talk: On Being The Black Girl At Rockabilly Events

As sometimes happens, I came to it -- rockabilly -- for the clothes. I started collecting vintage clothes from the 1940s through the early '60s when I graduated from college and was entering the working world, because I wanted more than black pants and a sweater for business casual. I clicked away hours on my…
By: Desiree Browne / August 19, 2014

Girl Talk: On Consent & Why It’s Worth It To Keep Saying “No”

When I noticed photographs in Damon’s apartment with a woman’s head cut out of them and an X drawn atop her body, I regretted not saying “no” earlier that night. I wanted him to like me and didn’t want to seem prudish and uncool. I didn’t want to limit my romantic options or life experiences.
By: Marilyn Friedman / August 11, 2014

Girl Talk: Sometimes Carpe Diem Doesn’t Always Work Out

This January, I had a bad job interview. I performed the best I could, but they’d kept me in a room, coming in groups of two or three at a time, grilling me on why I wanted and was qualified for an entry-level customer service job for two straight hours. I’ve been employed in some…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 25, 2014

Girl Talk: I Care Too Much About Whether My Celeb Crush Is Single

It started when I was 11 years old. I was flipping through the very first Seventeen magazine my mom ever let me have (June 1996 -- Liv Tyler was on the cover, if you must know) and I saw one of those  “hot guy” features. You know those “hot guy” features: A collage of very…
By: Meghan O'Keefe / July 14, 2014

Girl Talk: A Word To 21 From Cynical 30

You know those moments when your conscious mind separates from the body and you briefly become an observer of your own actions? You watch your lips move and hear yourself rambling on and on, lecturing your younger coworker about life. You're horrified at how cynical you sound, but you can't stop yourself. It is i…
By: Genevieve Howell / July 11, 2014

Girl Talk: 5 Red Flags That Told Me To Leave

He seemed sweet at first. In fact, he had many sweet moments. But then there was the other stuff … Abusive behavior isn't as simple as we, as a society, want it to be. We often think that the kinds of signs that tell you a man could be abusive are very obvious. We imagine…
By: Meghan Murphy / July 10, 2014

Girl Talk: Seriously, Listen To Yourself

A few weeks before my wedding, I was in the dinnerware section of Macy’s with my friend Sam. I was talking about all the things that were wrong with my relationship, and she asked me, “Are you sure you want to do this?”  My response: “At this point, I’ve put so much effort into thi…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 27, 2014

Girl Talk: It’s Not Wrong To Date While You’re Divorcing

I started dating immediately after I told my now-ex that I wanted to get a divorce. This was because, as one of my friends very aptly put it, I wasn’t really “rebounding” so much as just “bounding” -- rebounding assumes that you’re bouncing off of something, and I wanted a divorce because my marriage no…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 20, 2014

Girl Talk: How The Fault In Our Stars Got It Right About Growing Up In The Hospital

I was born with Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome, a genetic bone and muscular disorder. I had 26 surgeries by my 16th birthday, so hospital rooms and intimidating doctors’ offices quickly became the backdrop of my childhood, filling up metaphorical pages that other kids had reserved for dirt hill races and princess tea parties with…
By: Melissa Blake / June 16, 2014

Girl Talk: In Favor Of Following Your Heart

My best friend works at a handmade art market in Portland. She meets a lot of interesting people when she's sitting at her booth selling necklaces -- earth mamas who share recipes for homemade toothpaste, wood carvers who claim very matter-of-factly that they were born on a different planet, chakra healers and aura seers and…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 13, 2014

Girl Talk: Some Thoughts On Fingering

From the time I learned what fingering was at age 11, it sounded not that great to me, and that didn’t really change for about 15 years. Even the idea of fingering (or “fingerbanging,” yikes) sounded bad. It almost didn’t occur to me that fingering would be something I would actually want. I’d even tried…
By: Desiree Browne / June 11, 2014
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