Eleanor Simpson

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7 things people do in bed that ethically kind of suck

Hey folks, it’s me again, a whole week since I’ve last written and — guess what? — sexual relations under racist/capitalist/hetero-cis-patriarchy are …

The Real Reason We Love Oral Sex, According to Science

Let's take it back to basics...<p>Why do you engage in oral sex? As foreplay or because you genuinely, really like it?<p>Well, according to a recent study, it looks like there's a lot more science behind why we love oral sex than simply third base leads to fourth base.<p>You've heard we have an innate need …

The science of suffering: Why chronic pain is so difficult to treat

A whopping 50 million Americans wrestle with chronic pain. Our bodies are trying to tell us something, but what?<p>Robert Caudle<p>June 5, 2016 10:00pm (UTC)<p>A recent study by the National Institutes of Health found that more than one in three people in the United States have experienced pain of some sort …

I've Done a Lot of Hustle Jobs To Survive, But Writing Porn for a Craigslist Ad Was the Strangest

Remember that feeling you get when you're on your way to making a childhood dream come true, and you'll stop at nothing to get it? For me, that memory brings back 2008, an unpaid internship at <i>NYLON</i>, a suitcase full of black H&M dresses, and $300. In many ways, that exact moment was a dream—the …

I Tried to Get Answers from My Middle School Bullies After Nearly 30 Years

I know everyone has an awkward phase around 13, but mine was on another level. I was a recent transplant from Kentucky to Southern California. When I greeted my classmates with a southern "Hey, y'all," I got a Valley Girl "Uh... yeah, hi" followed by an eye roll.<p>My outfits were about 10 years …

Entertainment | xoJane: Women's Lifestyle & Community Site

This is your place to talk about the TV, movies, music, books and art that are thoroughly entertaining you.<p>Author:<p>December 30, 2016<p>Here are my top 10 science-fiction shows featuring badass women.<p>December 13, 2016<p>Let me tell you about all the garbage television I watch.<p>Author:<p>December 9, 2016

Growing Up With Doctors

I got to Seattle Children's Hospital's Craniofacial Center as a 4-year-old, no taller than my dad's knees, with blunt bangs and three pigtails. That first day I met my pediatrician Dr. Michael Cunningham, who I still see to this day. He had a big smile and firm shake and seemed to not only be …

Ask Polly: I'm Dating A Girl, But I'm Falling In Love With a Man!

<b>Dear Polly,</b><p>I am a 23-year-old queer girl who has spent the last yearish in a polyamorous relationship that recently turned long-distance. When we …

My Picture Was Stolen And Turned Into A Fat-Shaming Anti-Feminist Meme On Facebook

I’ve always been someone who wasn’t scared to share pics of myself online or to post a profile picture. In fact, I always enjoyed sharing pictures of myself with friends or in the Facebook pages I helped run for different groups I am involved with at my university.<p>That was until I received an …

Scientists Conclude All Those Near-Death Experiences Are Bullsh*t

I've always been fascinated by near-death experiences. Well, to be honest, I'm fascinated by anything anyone has ever claimed could conceivably possibly maybe happen after we leave Earth. Those dying accounts of people splitting from their bodies, or seeing a last-minute play-by-play of their …

Getting Pregnant With Michelle Tea: I Don't Like My Therapist & Career Sacrifice

So, I picked a Russian therapist named Martina. I didn’t pick her because she was Russian, but I did hope that she perhaps possessed the tough-love, hard-assed depth that her countrymen are famous for. Russians know tragedy, and I was feeling tragic. Plus, one of her specialties was counseling …

On Using The C-Word

Anthony Weiner’s communications director calling a former intern a “cunt,” “slutbag” and other slurs is just one aspect of the choppy waters surrounding the sex scandal-ridden NYC mayoral candidate’s sinking campaign. But of all the <i>what-are-they-thinking</i>? Weiner campaign moments in the past few …

Man Quits Internet: Goodbye, Hugo Schwyzer

<i>by Susan Elizabeth Shepard</i><p>Hugo Schwyzer quit the Internet yesterday. The self-described male feminist wrote about facials and pulling tampons out of …

The Real People Behind 10 Fashion Houses

With all of the hype behind fantastically expensive one-named designers, we sometimes forget that somewhere down the line, one individual person …

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Bill O'Brien Compares Obamacare To Fugitive Slave Act

During an Americans for Prosperity rally on Thursday, New Hampshire state Rep. Bill O'Brien (R) compared the Affordable Care Act to the Fugitive Slave Act.<p>"And what is Obamacare?" O'Brien, formerly the state's House Speaker, asked. "It is a law as destructive to personal and individual liberty as …

Gay Teacher Fired From Catholic School Shortly After Marriage Ceremony (VIDEO)

A Southern California man who taught at a Catholic high school for 17 years was fired days after he married his partner.<p>Students say Ken Bencomo, 45, was one of the most beloved teachers at St. Lucy's Priory High School, an all-girl school in Glendora, Calif.<p>Bencomo and his partner Christopher …

Re-Awakenings

Anna Sumner’s craving for sleep began when she was an 18-year-old high school senior. She thought nothing of it.<p>When it followed her to college, she blamed it on stress. She was working so hard, she told herself, her body just needed the extra rest. But it was more than that. She would choose naps …

‘Girls’: Inside the Eccentric Fashion of Lena Dunham’s HBO Comedy

Girls is back, and so is Hannah’s haphazard fashion sense. Ahead of Sunday’s Season 2 premiere, Alyssa Rosenberg talks to Girls costume designer …

Stay Naked, Lena Dunham!

When people come down on Lena Dunham for getting naked and having sex on HBO’s ‘Girls,’ they’re coming down on all women, writes Kate Spencer.<p>When I …

‘Girls’: Graphic Content, Objectification, and That Scene

This week’s episode of Girls graphically depicted the results of a male character’s climax. Why the scene has outraged some, and why it’s a watershed …

Fashion’s New Power Clique

Each member of this tightly knit group of fashionable twentysomethings has taken a nontraditional path to success—and they’re rising fast up the …

Why American Conservatives Love Anti-Gay Putin

Now that Putin has declared war on gays, America’s religious right is in full support of Russia’s freedom-limiting tactics.<p>During the Cold War, there …

600 Lashes for Raif Badawi: Saudi Arabia’s Latest Savagery

David Keyes on the sentencing of a liberal journalist to 600 lashes and seven years in Saudi prison<p>“I feel sick. I think I’m going to throw up,” a …

Wednesday is New Comics Day

<i>Every Wednesday, I highlight the five most exciting comic releases of the week. The list may include comic books, graphic novels, digital comics and</i> …

The Science of Implanting False Memories

<b>By Chris Gayomali</b><p>We all have a dubious memory or two that we are convinced is real, even if it never happened. For some the memory is harmless, like …

5 Forgotten Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm

For every <i>Little Red Riding Hood</i>, <i>Snow White</i>, or <i>Rapunzel</i>, there are literally dozens of much more obscure—and certainly more bizarre—Grimm's Fairy …

Pituitary damage an unexpected war wound

Evidence points to pituitary problems in victims of blast-related brain injuries — the defining wounds of the U.S.' recent wars.<p>July 31, 2013|By Alan Zarembo<p>Chuck Spires with his service dog in 2012. Diagnosed with multiple brain… (Spires family )<p>Months after Chuck Spires came home from Iraq, he …

I Just Got Called Out At A Wedding For Being Single

I am chronically single.<p>Actually, I take that back. That makes it sound like a disease. I’m perpetually single? No, that’s not any better.<p>Whatever. I’m single and I don’t care who knows it.<p>The thing is… I’ve never been very good at being in a relationship. My life seems to work much better for me …