I stayed up the rest of the night, frantically cleaning and scrubbing in hopes to cleanse the sheets, his mattress, and my soul of this horrible experience.

Sep 19, 2014 at 10:00am | 138 comments

His awkwardness spoke louder than words. It was obvious these two had been intimate.

Sep 18, 2014 at 1:00pm | 102 comments

childhood crushes
Ninth grade. Kilts. Homeliness. Long hair. Center parts. T-Zone acne. I was in love with Mel Gibson, I was in love with Sting. I was a strange girl.
Most of my 30-something guy friends are dating girls fresh out of college.
daily mail
Beauty is what you don’t rinse off at night before bed. The rest is just styling. They don’t sell beauty-removing wipes at the drugstore.

Sep 15, 2014 at 10:00am | 51 comments

My story is living proof that Tinder is not just a "hookup app."
online dating
Online dating has made me feel more alone and rejected than ever.
Medical students hardly have enough time to learn how to not kill people, let alone maintain a healthy relationship.
I knew he was into yoga. I just figured his quarter-life crisis was taking even more of a new-age turn. A little more granola than I usually like in a guy, but this wasn’t very serious so I would let it slide.
He used misogynistic terms to reduce me to a useless, shameful commodity...all because I rejected him.
The only demographic that hasn't offered me dating advice is the men I've gone out with over the last few years, so I decided to ask them for it in exchange for anonymity and no hard feelings.
thought catalog
If I started actually dating this guy, would I appear in his columns? Would he be using me as an experiment for his dating theories? But me being me, I was also very intrigued. And so it began.
If I thought it was uncomfortable to be a youngish person dating after one partner's death -- and I did -- dating with a two-for-two dead partner history is like competing in some sort of Awkwardness Olympics.

Jul 31, 2014 at 6:00pm | 148 comments

What do I do if he breaks my heart? Am I ready to be shattered into a million pieces when I’ve only just started pulling myself together?

Jul 31, 2014 at 5:00pm | 19 comments

Because fat is viewed as inherently unworthy by a society that really needs to check its priorities, my dates and I have grown accustomed to evenings that involve being stared at on the train, in restaurants, and by neighbors.
Am I playing games or just trying to protect myself? Probably a little of both.
I kept wondering, Do we really have to allocate funds to purchase a strap-on instead of an airline ticket for you to meet my family?
I wondered if trashing my appearance was just his way of covering up his discomfort with the fact that I use a wheelchair, but he was certainly persistent in describing the things he considered to be flaws beyond my disability.
In the past, I've done every style from earnest to funny to sexy. Now I'm turning to you.
dating advice
Being eliminated from "The Bachelor" is life-changing in a “What the hell was I thinking?” kind of way.