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Jill Di Donato
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 and follow her on Instagram at @jddoe.

Entries by Jill Di Donato

Make the Pledge to #GetOnTop of Your Sexual Health & Help Millennials Have Safe Sex

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 11:47 AM

"No one feels weird carrying around a green juice," Meika Hollender, cofounder of natural condom and sexual wellness company, Sustain tells me. But condoms... not so much.

I was hooking up with a guy recently and I asked him, "Do you have safe sex?"
He looked...

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From Muse To MAGIC: Julia Fox's Solo Show In Chinatown

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 10:11 PM

It Girl, muse, and photographer and Franziska Fox designer Julia Fox made her debut multi-media solo show in Chinatown's MAGIC Gallery last week. Tonight marks the closing of PTSD, at Gogy Esparza's multipurpose project space, that's shown artists like Peter Sutherland, Maggie Lee, Nick Sethi, Shawn...

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This Actor Selling Flowers Out of His VW Van Couldn't Be More Venice

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 11:59 PM

When GQ declared Abbot Kinney the coolest block in America back in 2012, Spencer Falls hadn't yet posted up outside Gjelina with Untho, his van. There's no denying that Falls, an actor best known for his role as Dr. Garrett Whitley on the New Zealand soap,...

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What Makes This Place Not Another L.A. Tattoo Shop & Other Reasons Women Are Getting Inked At This Venice Spot

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 4:50 PM

A recent study suggested getting lots of tattoos might mean you have a kick-ass immune system. Or, opting for ink might be a way "for people to come together; to learn; to rebel; to respect history and keep tradition alive," says Matt Smith, 21, of

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Erotic Artist Makes Los Angeles Debut in Downtown Because Naughty Girls Need Love Too (NSFW)

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2016 | 11:20 AM

Thursday night, Feb. 11, in downtown LA, Beautiful Losers' Aaron Rose, a legend in the Los Angeles and New York art, film, and commercial industry since the 1990s, curated a show with the opening of La Rosa Social Club, an ephemeral art/bar that is a "hybrid...

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Denim Exhibit Proves The Place of Blue Jeans In High Fashion

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 8:42 PM

As if you didn't already know the timelessness of denim, first popularized by Bavarian designer Levi Strauss, who made blue jeans the outfit du jour for gold rush miners of the 1890s, there's a new exhibit that explains how 125 years later, you'll find denim on runways around...

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Use Homework to Ease Back-to-School Anxiety

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 9:26 PM

Whether you're starting middle school or your sophomore year at college, the phrase "back to school" is laden with anxiety. The first word of the phrase, "back," connotes a return, the forceful act of embracing routine. Fresh starts, clean slates -- all of these ideas are awesome in theory, but...

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The Kids: New Documentary About the Kids Who Inspired Larry Clark's Coming-of-Age Film Begins Crowdfunding

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 3:07 PM

There was no shortage of media celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Larry Clark's iconic film Kids. The film marked what many, including cast member Jonny Abrahams, who went on to find success as an actor and DJ, calls the film one of the last to "show the real...

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Why You Should Stop Using The Word 'Slut' As An Insult: The Story of Emily Lindin's UnSlut Project

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 1:40 PM

Have you ever done something so mundane as gettiing dressed and asking a girlfriend, "Does this make me look like a slut?"

When I was in eighth grade, my father caught me looking at myself in the mirror as I was preening for a bat mitzvah. He told me...

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A Residency of One's Own

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 10:36 AM

You want to be a writer? Glue your ass in that chair and write. Simple, sound advice that's easier said than done. Most writers I know are consumed with pitching projects, getting rejected, getting accepted, getting edited, teaching a class (or five), working at a bookstore, as a barista, as...

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More Than Manis: A Unisex Guide to Winter Nail Care

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 5:06 PM

When it comes to nail care, ladies aren't the only ones who need to keep good cuticle. Guys, you know you dig on a no-polish manicure, and who doesn't like a foot rub? While the nail art and glitter polish trends may be reserved for the ladies and glam-driven dudes,...

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Mulheres notáveis sobre essa coisa chamada feminismo

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 9:43 AM

As pessoas complicam demais as mensagens. Há muitas razões para isso, e elas não costumam ser bem-intencionadas. Feminismo virou a palavra du jour. Mas qual é sua mensagem? Quais são seus objetivos? Por que causa tanta divisão? Vou tentar ser bem direta. E depois compartilhar alguns pensamentos sobre as questões...

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Notable Women On This Thing Called Feminism

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 7:51 AM

People like to overcomplicate messages.There are several reasons for this, and these reasons are not usually well-intentioned. Feminism has become the word du jour. But what's its message? Its goals? Why is it so divisive? I'll try to keep it simple. And then share some thoughts on some of feminism's...

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The Danger of Branding 'Female Empowerment'

(7) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 9:28 AM

You might think now that the Twitter generation is abuzz with feminist discourse, expressing support with hashtags like #YesAllWomen, #SorryNotSorry and #FeminstsAreUgly, that this is a coup for the movement. But there's an implicit danger in marketing feminism, even if amidst its salacious, accessible appeal to the masses it has...

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Shut Up About Women's Bodies

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 4:39 PM

Is it ever OK to tell a woman she's gained weight? In short, no. There are many reasons I can give, citing everything from limiting and reductive theories that equate women to nature and man to culture or the legacy of Wallis Simpson's adage, "You can...

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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

(1) 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?

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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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