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Literally, Darling is an online magazine by and for twenty-something women, which features the personal, provocative, awkward, pop-filled and pressing issues of our gender and generation. This is an exact representation of our exaggerated selves.

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Growing Up With India's Light-Skinned Beauty Standards

(18) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 10:40 AM

By Mayura Iyer

"I didn't realize you were South Indian," he said to me. "You don't look South Indian."

"What makes you say that?"

"Well, because South Indians are just unattractive and dark-skinned."

It wasn't the first time I'd gotten a backhanded compliment like this, even from...

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The Reality of Life With an Anxiety Disorder

(13) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 11:20 AM

By Kelsey Wallour

Everyone experiences anxiety to some degree--that surge of adrenaline released after the mind has detected something to panic about. Your hands shake, breathing increases, your stomach turns, eyes dilate and you start to sweat. But then it passes. Logic prevails, you take a deep...

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Trying to Be Pretty in a Southern Beauty Pageant Town

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 9:38 AM

By Lauren Dozier

There were a few things that my Southern hometown took very seriously -- football, hunting season, prom, and beauty pageants. Pageants were a sort of rite of passage for anyone who wanted official, irrefutable recognition of their beauty. If a glittering, precipitous tiara graced...

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In Praise Of '90s Feminism That Was Before Its Time

(4) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 4:18 PM

By Literally, Darling Staff

As our situations in politics, climate change, global diplomacy, and social discrimination continue to grow more complex and embittered, sometimes our only refuge is looking back at the '90s, a simpler time. This is especially true in the context of feminism -- where in...

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The Inconsistent Acceptance of Black Beauty

(14) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 3:47 PM

By Lauren Dozier

There were times in middle school that I longed for a thin pout, a delicate Cupid's bow with a graceful arc. My nose felt bulbous and unrefined when before me, my mind dangled snapshots of the perky, narrow noses that daintily...

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The Definitive List of Men You'll Find at Whole Foods

(30) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 1:53 PM

By Kirstie Renae

Let me start out by saying I don't trust any grocery store that doesn't sell Oreos. I love my gluten, and I have never eaten a seaweed chip in my life. However, I can understand why Whole Foods Market is the...

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10 'Lame' Things That Are Awesome When You're An Adult

(49) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 7:44 AM

By Rachel Francis

Next month I will be 26, and over the past few years, I have changed. I've matured, I have become responsible, professional and reached a bit of success career-wise. After college ended and I experienced true independence, I started to find happiness in different...

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To Every Girl Accused of Having a Bad Attitude

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 10:17 AM

By Hope Racine

Hello, my sisters in snark, my colleagues in curtness, my friends who are frank and my associates in assertiveness: Today we salute you.

You, who so boldly and decisively refuse to stand for bullshit. You, who do not cower; you who do not yield. You,...

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The Gender War of Unrequited Love

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 1:29 PM

By Kristin Salaky

Love is hard.

When we think about love, we think about romantic love, oftentimes between two people, oftentimes monogamous, when both people feel the same way about each other. But, as many of us who live in the real world know, this...

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Don't Let Rolling Stone's Bad Journalism Hurt The Anti-Rape Movement

(41) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 3:15 PM

By Katie Racine

Reading Rolling Stone's article about the gang rape at the University of Virginia made bile rise in your throat, tears sting your eyes, and an emptiness grow inside you that anyone could be brutalized and dehumanized to such an extent. Maybe you had to...

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I'm a Not-Quite-Legal Alien In the U.S. and it Sucks

(22) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 11:19 AM

By Amy Byrne

This piece has been stewing away in my head for a long time. Six months, in fact. Six months ago, I arrived in Philadelphia airport-smelly, tired and jetlagged, and fell into the arms of the man I love. The man I later married. I'm...

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On Loving Someone Who Deploys

(6) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 11:45 AM

By Rachel Francis

My boyfriend's job requires that he leaves me, much like a deployment within the military would. He was formerly in the military and has been hardwired for the excitement that this lifestyle and type of work brings to the table. The work he does now...

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No Really, I Never Want to Have Kids

(186) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 9:34 AM

By Kelsey Wallour

I am 24 years old and I can tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, that I don't...

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이성애자 사회에서 무성애자로 살기

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 12:18 AM

이성애규범성(Heteronormativity)이라는 말이 있다. 그건 이성애만이 정상이며 그 개념에서의 탈선은 그게 동성애이든 무성애이든 무시되는 소수일 뿐이라는 것을 의미한다. 이성애규범적인 정체가 아닌 우리 같은 사람들은 우리와 동떨어진 문화 속에 존재하도록 강요당하고 있다.

무성애자-'에이스(ace)'라고도 한다-의 말을 믿어보라. 이성애가 정상인, 또 섹스를 선호하는 문화에 순응하지 않는 삶은 매우 외롭다. 어딜 가든 섹스가 기본이다....

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Comment vivre son asexualité dans un monde hétéronormatif

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2014 | 1:14 PM

L'hétéronormativité part du principe que, dans notre culture, l'hétérosexualité est la norme et que tout individu qui en dévie - parce qu'il est homosexuel, asexuel, etc. - est mis, par définition, en minorité.

Tous les jours, des personnes qui ne se sentent pas hétéronormatives sont contraintes de vivre dans...

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Ich bin asexuell in einer heteronormativen Welt

(11) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 4:13 PM

Heteronormativität definiert das Prinzip, dass Heterosexualität in unserer Kultur die Norm ist und jegliche Abweichungen davon - Homosexualität, Asexualität oder etwas anderes - eine exklusive Minderheit darstellen.

Jeden Tag müssen Menschen, die sich nicht als heteronormativ definieren, in einer Kultur leben, die nicht ihre eigene ist, sondern ihnen immer...

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Being Asexual In A Heteronormative World

(422) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 1:44 PM

By Courtney Ehrenhofler

Heteronormativity, by definition, is basically the principle that in our culture, heterosexuality is the norm and any deviations from it, be it homosexuality or asexuality or anything else, are in the excluded minority. Every day, people who don't identify as heteronormative are forced to live...

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Why We Both Changed Our Names When We Got Married

(5) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 5:55 PM

By Kristin Urban-Watson

A few weeks ago, I got married. We met in college, traveled together internationally, moved across the country, got a dog, and then moved back across the country. Then, over three years after getting engaged, debating about marriage in general, and the idea of...

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Cooking With My Boyfriend Taught Me Our Relationship Was Toxic

(3) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 6:36 PM

By Michelle Delgado

Throughout my college years, I've juggled the same hats through a variety of circumstances. I've lived in apartments in various stages of decay; I've been a girlfriend to more than one guy; and through a variety of kitchens and kisses, cooking has always been...

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Why I've Had to Learn to Be Emotionless

(68) Comments | Posted September 6, 2014 | 10:17 AM

By Hope Racine

When I was younger, I had pretty severe anger problems. I would yell at people during school, get in fights, and in general be utterly incapable of controlling my emotions. I was a wreck, with constant ups and downs, unable to find any stability or normalcy. I...

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