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Jenny Block
Jenny Block contributes to a number of publications and websites, including Curve Magazine, Jezebel, Dallas Voice, Edge Media Network, Dallas Morning News, and American Way. Her essay On Being Barbie is included in the anthology "It's a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters" and her essay And Then We Were Poly is included in Rebecca Walker's Book "One Big Happy Family." Jenny's first book, “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage,” won a 2008 Lambda Literary Award. Visit Jenny at View her blog at Or email her at She is currently working on her new book titled, "Oh Wow!" about female orgasm. (Cleis Press, February 2015)

Entries by Jenny Block

Dead Mickey: Photographer Styles and Shoots Himself Dead

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 2:15 PM


Mickey Strider photographs himself as a dead body in a multitude of dramatic settings, from the profound to the profane. They are desolate, desperate, detached.

They are also compellingly beautiful, and impossible to turn away from. They challenge the viewer...

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From the Great Barrier Reef to Ningaloo Reef, Diving Australia's Coasts

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 3:43 PM

One country, two coasts, two incredibly different, but equally awe-inspiring aquatic experiences. That is precisely what I discovered when I packed my dive gear and boarded my first of eleven flights in nineteen days to check out the vast and wild land of Australia.

I began my two and...

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I Fell in Love Slowly and Then All at Once With The Fault in Our Stars

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 2:28 PM


The Fault in Our Stars is not a story about cancer. The Fault in Our Stars is a story about love. It's about the kind of love that most people only dream about, that very few find, and that those who...

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If You Don't Go Down, You Gotta Wonder Why

(35) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 8:15 PM

"Sweetheart, that's all very nice, but if you're not going to eat pussy, you're not a dyke," a lesbian character on Sex and the City famously tells Charlotte, who, upon being asked if she's a lesbian, has answered that she is not but loves the "company" of women.


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My Vagina Doesn't Smell Like Shame

(146) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 11:10 AM

I didn't think this essay needed to be written again. I thought it had already been written. I thought the work was done. Sometimes, I am terribly, woefully naïve.

So, here I sit, mouth agape, having just read an essay about a woman who appears to feel...

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Atea Oceanie: What 'That Girl' Is Wearing

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 10:46 AM


Fashion Week is over. But fashion dilemmas still remain. I love watching all of the coverage. But so much of it just doesn't translate to my life. Still, a girl's got to get dressed in the morning.

Since I split my time between...

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8 Customer Service Myths that Could Be Costing Your Company Money

(6) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 10:39 AM

"It's nice to be nice. It's good to be nice. But I like money. I'm a big fan of money. So if being nice can make you money. Why not be nice?" Peter Shankman, co-founder of Shankman | Honig. a new firm setting out to teach companies how to build...

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Eleven Ways to Experience the Taos 'Edge'

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 6:01 PM


In Austin, TX, you can find bumper stickers that say "Keep Austin Weird." In Taos, you'll find one that says, "Keep Taos Edgey." It's Taos resident and Taos Edge owner Susan Dilger who created that phrase. She helps artists get their work...

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Breast Milk Flavored Lollipops

(8) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 3:33 PM

2013-06-04-ScreenShot20130603at7.43.25PM.png Photo credit: Jason Darling

Just when I think I've seen everything, I realize I haven't. At all. Introducing breast milk flavored lollipops.

I have no idea if this is supposed to be a joke or not. It sure looks...

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Georgia O'Keeffe's New Exhibit in Santa Fe and Old Bomb Shelter in Abiquiu

(4) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 2:02 PM


Black Cross with Stars and Blue, 1929
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm.)
Private Collection
© Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

It began with the opening of an exhibit of the works of Georgia O'Keeffe. But it...

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'Cook' Your Own Stash: Breaking Bad-Inspired Bath Salts and Candy

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 6:38 PM

2013-05-15-ScreenShot20130514at10.27.03PM.pngAndre West-Harrison gets "cooking" at Bathing Bad.

AMC's breakout hit Breaking Bad, which follows a struggling high school chemistry teacher and his unlikely midlife career change to meth cook to pay for his cancer treatment, has definitely caused a tourism spike in Albuquerque,...

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Ten Foodie Surprises in Orlando, Florida

(61) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 8:16 AM

I'll be the first to admit -- When it comes to Orlando, Disney is the first, and other than Universal, pretty much the only, thing that pops into my head. So if spinning teacups and a haunted mansion are not what's on my mind, then Orlando is certainly not what...

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Val Kilmer Is, I Mean As, Mark Twain

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 10:52 AM

Val Kilmer was not at all what I expected. Come to think of it, I wasn't sure what I expected when I arrived at the Wyly Theatre in Dallas, TX to interview Kilmer. He's in town workshopping the one-man show he is currently developing, Citizen Twain. He recently performed the...

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Discovering Bourbon in Kentucky: What Else Are We Missing Out on?

(6) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 2:33 PM

I tend to think of bourbon as one of the last bastions of the old boys' club. I mean, I've had my share. Although I'm a writer now, I went to law school in Virginia for a few years after undergraduate school. Back then, I ordered whatever the boys were...

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Why Wouldn't Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn Date?

(5) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 1:07 PM

An article titled "Lindsey & Tiger: Why Strong Women Date Weak Men" is getting a lot of play this week. But I think it's missing the point.

I don't think Tiger Woods is a "scummy guy." And I don't think Lindsey Vonn is failing to slalom around...

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Saving Camp Starlight: Home to Kids Infected With and Affected by HIV

(9) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 11:42 AM

It was only a week. And I was only the dance teacher. But it forever changed me. I'm talking about Camp Starlight, a camp for kids infected with and affected by HIV.

My little sister is on the committee that organizes it. She has been for years. One day, quite...

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Palau's Jellyfish Lake and More Must-See Destinations

(5) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 6:00 AM

Where is it? That was the first question 99 percent of the people I told I was going to Palau asked me. It's a reasonable question, considering how many different flights and how many hours on those flights it takes to get there. Booming metropolis it is not.


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Letters From Children About the CT School Shootings Blanket the White House Lawn

(3) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 11:53 AM

I love the sound of that headline.

You know, when the New Year begins, I am always torn about how much from the previous year I should allow into the new one. It's tempting to want to leave the tragedies behind. But to forget is to risk the past...

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Connecticut School Shooting: Change Must Come

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 3:33 PM

This morning, people in CT handed their kids their lunches and reminded them to focus and double-check their answers on their science test. Some parents squabbled with their children about uneaten eggs and unreported project due dates. People said "I love you" and waved as their children raced to the...

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Raid of the Rainbow Lounge: Where Was I?

(6) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 12:33 PM

I don't remember the last time I felt truly ashamed, but now I feel ashamed. My shame is two-fold. It is deeply personally and profoundly universal.

Recently I watched the documentary Raid of the Rainbow Lounge. Robert L. Camina's film takes viewers from the night of the...

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