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Feminspire | April 19, 2014

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Sex / Relationships

Exploring Sex As a Sexual Violence Survivor

March 14, 2014 | Souyenne Dathorne

Trigger warning for discussion of sexual violence

Exploration has been championed in many arenas. We are encouraged to find ourselves and true calling through the exploration of many fields and cultures in our lives. But issues seems to arise when … Read More

Have Erotic Novels Ruined Our Romantic Expectations?

February 25, 2014 | Souyenne Dathorne

Many of us have been caught up in the trend of reading “smut,” aka erotic romance. We sat on the edge of our beds, waiting for the release of the Fifty Shades books, the Crossfire books — and really the … Read More

What Does it Mean to be Pansexual in an LGBT World?

February 20, 2014 | Sherrie Silman | 5 Comments

I often find myself wondering why pansexuality is excluded from the popularized and legitimized queer discourse. I never see LGBTTQQIAP. (*lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual).

The length of LGBTTQQIA(P) is why most places still just … Read More

Putting Yourself First: How Do You Get Over the Guilt Trip?

January 23, 2014 | Souyenne Dathorne

When does it become too much? When does responsibility become more of a chore and less of something I chose to do to help a friend/family member? Why do we feel obligated to go above and beyond at our expense?

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Why Are We Settling For Our Soul “Mehs” Instead of Our Soul Mates?

January 2, 2014 | Souyenne Dathorne | 2 Comments

Do you believe in the idea that there’s one special person for each of us, or do you believe the special one is a fluid concept based on your needs at that time? Does our concept of Mr. Perfect/Ms. Right … Read More

Questioning “The One”: Why This Romantic Also Has An Aromance

December 4, 2013 | | 2 Comments

I’ve put a lot of expectations into my romantic relationships. I am by nature a romantic person, and I have always wanted what I thought was a romantic, passionate relationship.

What I’m in right now, though, is an aromantic, “queer-platonic … Read More

Carrot: A New Dating App That Thinks Women Are Donkeys

November 10, 2013 | | 14 Comments

There’s a gag-inducing video that went viral several weeks ago featuring a tackily dressed male dispensing some typical compliments to a random attractive woman a la street harassment style. She casually dismisses him without ever acknowledging him—the tried and … Read More

Cosmo Sold Me the Dream of Fantastic Sex – And I Want a Refund

November 7, 2013 | Ada Watts | 4 Comments

As a socially awkward, daydreaming teenager, I was excited about sex. I threw myself naively into relationships with hopelessly romantic visions and unrealistic fantasies of love, probably brought about by too much time Wuthering Heights and sighing listlessly while looking … Read More

Why the Word “Relationship” is Way Too Vague For Me

October 17, 2013 | Zeniah Zaki | One Comment

Neither “I’m in a relationship” nor “I’m single” feels accurate if I have to explain to a complete stranger where my relationship status lies.

I have a friend. I have a girl friend. I have gender-bending neutrois friend, really. I … Read More

Breaking Up is Hard to Do – But Here’s Why I Did It Anyway

October 4, 2013 | Anonymous | 4 Comments

I knew for about a year that my relationship wasn’t going to work, but I still had a hard time letting go. Some nights, I’d be in bed and just think about how my partner was pretty great. He loved … Read More

Sex Outside the Box: Will Sex on TV “Save” Us From Porn?

October 2, 2013 |

Following the contemporary trend of exposing every facet of life via a specialized reality show, British television station Channel 4’s Sex Box will feature couples having sex in an opaque box in front of a live audience where, immediately … Read More

Invisible Walls: How to Set Boundaries After Abuse

October 1, 2013 | Zeinah Zaki | 3 Comments

When you’re depressed, anxious, abused and/or have been isolated your whole life, it’s easy to feel like other people can’t really ever get close. It’s hard to imagine closeness when all you’ve experienced is alienation and lonliness.

You might just … Read More