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"Pornography is about dominance. Erotica is about mutuality."           -Gloria Steinem  Porn. The art of documenting sexual acts. What’s the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe images of a too-groomed, perfectly waxed couple robotically intertwined—under fluorescent lighting, staged in a hotel bedroom. It’s amazingly thought-out, but there’s an evident disconnect. Their relationship doesn’t seem believable. Doesn’t seem real. And I’m not falling for it.  There’s something missing in mainstream porn that makes it unappealing to me. It lacks emotion, intimacy, love. All of the things that, to me,...
If you’re unfamiliar with the Childfree Movement, it’s a group of individuals and couples who have intentionally made the decision not to have children. They picked the term “childfree” instead of “childless” because the latter implies a life of wanting; a gnawing mortal sorrow pocked by regret and loneliness. If you think that’s dramatic, you’ve never been accosted about your choice not to procreate.People who have children can sometimes be mean to those of us who do not. They don’t just imply our flawed moral...
This nightmare is not specifically about my brother in Iraq, though every nightmare is about my brother in Iraq. It occurs in Cowboy’s, a very real, wood-paneled dance club, brimming with un-ironic Wranglers and G.I.’s gifting shots, even though it’s Ladies’ Night and our drinks are free. In Colorado Springs, where many a young man sports a shorn head, disposable income and easy reminders of mortality, every night is a frantic sort-of Ladies’ Night.I am here in this nightmare because of Donald Trump, or Donald...
Hi. I’m Rachel. In case you don’t know me, I’m a plus-size store owner, stylist, fashion photographer, and, a few years back, I designed five seasonal plus-size lines catering to sizes XL-6x under the brand name Sweetooth. I currently own a plus size brick and mortar and online store called Re/Dress that I bought three years ago — before I bought it, I worked as its VP of eCommerce. The store is going into its eighth year of business, and I’ve been in the industry for ten. Over...
What’s more awesome than badass females clad in leather and metal fighting mythological creatures in Ancient Greece? A lesbian romance between said females. NBC’s upcoming Xena: Warrior Princess reboot will feature more queer visibility, leaving behind the ambiguous structure of past relationships. Writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach wrote on his Tumblr, “There is no reason to bring back Xena if it is not there for the purpose of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown subtextually.” He’s overtly referring to Xena and Gabrielle, who would gently...