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Jill Di Donato holds an MFA from Columbia University, where she's also taught writing. Her debut novel Beautiful Garbage, published by She Writes Press, is available on Amazon. Currently, she is an adjunct professor of English at the Fashion Institute of Technology and teaches at Barnard College. Di Donato has appeared as a relationship expert and women's advocate on several radio and TV programs and is at work on a nonfiction book to inspire and empower girls and women. You can visit her website at www.jilldidonato.com and follow her on Instagram at @jddoe.

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From Clubs to Catwalk: Q&A with the Downtown Design Duo of Franziska Fox

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 4:08 PM

Julia Fox and Briana Andalore, the duo behind an emerging ready-to-wear body-con luxe line, Franziska Fox, seen this summer on Iggy Azalea, Rumer Willis, Robin Wright, and the penultimate party gal, Lindsay Lohan are white hot this summer as the...

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The Place Behind the Pines: "The Killing" Ends in Light

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2014 | 5:23 PM

"Detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder are deeply affected by the murders they investigate in this dark, acclaimed series," or so says Netflix, in its description of the show it acquired from AMC. Season Four premiered August 1, 2014 on Netflix and Linden and Holder continue to be "deeply affected,"...

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Girls Run the World By Writing It

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 1:05 PM

Do not ignore me. That's every writer's impetus, right? What about the woman writer? Is her push to be heard, to say "I," to demand that others listen, to infiltrate the inner recesses of a person's mind with her claims, is that authorial drive different because she's a woman?

"I...
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Deconstructing the Poetry Goddess

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 2:03 PM

The notion of the poetry goddess is as far-reaching as it (she?) is elusive, coy, erudite, and sensual. So much of this construction depends on usage and context -- as is de rigueur for many things we associate with femininity. The poetry goddess can be both empowering and marginalizing to...

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The Shame Spiral

(7) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 9:22 AM

Let me tell you a story of two women. One woman had a bad day: She messed up a presentation at work; didn't get an award she was up for; went out and drank too much, ate even more, called her toxic ex and cried on the phone until he...

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Grief in the Time of Facebook

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 3:36 PM

This question is a cliché, still, it bears repeating: What is the opposite of losing? I come back to this question each time I feel the aching, gnawing, debilitating, infuriating, paralyzing, outer-body experience of grief.

When someone is suddenly gone and you remain, it is like you are living...

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What I Know About Being Single Now That I'm In My 30s

(25) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 6:15 AM

I had my first love affair when I was in the fifth grade.

I think my 11-year-old paramour may have been the first guy to tell me, "I love you." On Valentine's Day, he gave me a red rose and a hot pink pencil with a heart-shaped eraser. He...

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You've Found Someone: Now What? Relationship Management for Busy New Yorkers

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 8:21 AM

Couples Consolidated CEO and founder, Brenndon Knox knows a thing or two about dating in New York. "Every day there are new ways to meet someone -- from Tinder to HowAboutWe -- but who is there to keep your little black book in order?" Enter Knox's New York dating concierge...

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7 Tips to Help You Get Your Flirt On

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 11:03 AM

If we could all walk into a party and booty wave like Beyonce, working the room at a holiday party would be NBD. And although we might not all look, sound, or dance like her, we can all take a cue from Queen Bey's self-confidence. The key to...

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Writing About My Sex Life Might Be Ruining My Chances of Happiness (But I'm Not Going to Stop)

(3) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 10:14 AM

People are always telling me their secrets. But who is here to listen to mine? I’ve toiled over this essay, the last one I write in 2013, as I prepare for the New Year, filled with the notion of clean slates and past reflection. The story was supposed to be...

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What to Do With Holiday Lustovers

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 10:00 AM

We've all woken up with a holiday lustover. You know, after "indulging" your sex drive when all rational and logical thinking tells you otherwise. Navigating the terrain of holiday hook-ups is tricky business. For about a month, all emotional relationships are heightened; I mean, it's the most wonderful time of...

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Why Do Women Bond Over Fat Talk? And Can We Please Stop?

(13) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 1:05 PM

The other night I was surrounded by a group of gracious, intellectual, and supportive girlfriends at KGB, the legendary (to writers, anyway) bar in the East Village. One of us was about to take the mic to read from her upcoming novel that's already garnering buzz. We were giddy, imbibing...

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What Men Want: Thrillist Launches Supercompressor Selling Hi-Tech With Style

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 1:53 PM

Forget Inspector Gadget, today's hi-tech man is a man of style. In a world where your phone says as much about you as your shoes, (I see the birth of a new meme here) geeks are chic and men use technology for everything from dating to finding the latest culinary...

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7 Beauty and Style Tips From Real Women

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 8:17 PM

I am a diehard style junkie. I devour trends and tips I see in Vogue; have spent years scouring the streets, boutiques and blogs and often, fashion can seem ridiculously inaccessible, even to a style lover like me. And although I'm not going to cancel my glossy subscription...

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The Lost Girls of Gilgo: True-Crime Thriller Premieres In New York City

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 3:03 PM

A Craiglist escort goes missing. She was last seen screaming and running from a john's house along Oak Beach in Long Island. When police recover the escort's body, (her death was accidental, brought on by a panic attack) they inadvertently stumble upon the burial grounds of a...

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Relationship Lite

(179) Comments | Posted November 2, 2013 | 9:42 AM

What's a Relationship Lite? It's a new (perhaps French-inspired?) take on Friends With Benefits. Can we just do away with the dreaded FWB term altogether? I don't like what it implies:

1) That unless you're having sex with me, my friendship is benefit-free.
2) That a...

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Screams to Stream: New Horror Web Series

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 5:42 PM

It's the season for macabre. Horror has come a long way, baby. Whether in movie theaters, on TV, and now streaming from computers as webisodes, audiences just want to be scared. Filmmaker Scott Perry, creator of In Fear Of, a new web series in the tradition of

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Why Was Law & Order SVU's Benson Spared This Violation?

(20) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 3:09 PM

Like pretty much every woman I know, I have a major crush on Olivia Benson, the character inhabited by the subtly sexy Mariska Hargitay. Benson is one of the most badass cops on television, and she's a woman, who will pistol whip perpetrators of the city's most "heinous...

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More Than Just a Pretty Face: An Inside Look into the World of Male Modeling

(50) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 12:30 PM

The year was 1991. A Boston-bred street kid known as Marky Mark shot an underwear campaign that left little to the imagination. The client was Calvin Klein, the photographer Herb Ritts, the body as chiseled as Adonis and the face bad-boyishly handsome. And so, the male model...

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Female Orgasm: There's an App for That (No, Seriously)

(23) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 10:15 AM

When I was 10 years old, I confessed to a girlfriend that I liked to touch my breasts until my nipples got hard. She replied, "Ew! That's masturbating." From my friend's apparent disgust at the "m" word, I felt ashamed for what I had done, and subsequently didn't ever bring...

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