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Nikki Gloudeman is an editor and writer for, a women's entertainment, news and culture website. She has also written for The Boston Globe, Mother Jones, and

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Dirty Talk for Grammar Nerds

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 11:16 AM


Assonance Feeling of exaltation after she says she'll finally try it that way.

Dangling Modifier Penis.

Direct Speech "I want to have sex with you."

Indirect Speech "Do you want to come up for a drink?"


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Crowdsourced Adult-Film Series Helps Democratize Porn

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 4:24 PM


The sharing-economy movement has already shaken up the lodging (Airbnb) and transportation (Uber, Lyft) industries. Could porn be next?

For adult filmmaker Erika Lust, the answer is yes (yes yes). Last year, Lust launched XConfessions, a series of short erotic films based on real-life...

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Why I Won't Be Losing Weight For My Wedding

(48) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 10:50 AM

Last weekend, I found myself somewhere I never thought I'd be: in the meeting room of a luxury hotel, surrounded by glittery signage, pink cupcakes neatly arranged on gold trays and shimmering gowns, unable to escape a relentlessly perky woman who wouldn't stop asking if she could curl my hair.


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Lessons From The Lily James Cinderella Waist-Shaming Controversy

(20) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 7:01 PM

Check out this image from Disney's upcoming live-action Cinderella movie; what do you notice?


The over-the-top gown? The sophisticated half-updo? The weird plant-serving winged statue in the background?

Or are you unable to focus on anything but that ridiculously tiny waist?

If you answered the latter,...

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The Pathetic Tinder Profile of a Desperate 30-Year-Old

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 10:24 AM

I realize it's improper to ask, but may I inquire, dear reader, as to how old you are? I only pry because I want to let you know -- for your own good! -- if you are dateable or not.

Under age 30? Congratulations! Not only are you dateable, but there...

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No, The Glass Ceiling Is Not Women's Fault

(29) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 12:39 PM

Another day, another story pretending to help women as it slyly drags them down. Is there anything more insidious than a disingenuous "empowerment" piece?

A story from Business Insider that's making the rounds offers female corporate ladder-climbers advice in a piece titled, "Ways women unknowingly sabotage their success."

If that headline...

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Q&A With I Am Not A Slut Author Leora Tanenbaum

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 2:19 PM


In her freshman year of high school, Leora Tanenbaum was called something that, in a single word, marked her as a sexually-loose tramp worthy of the utmost shame and scorn: slut.

Sadly, it's an experience this was not an experience that made...

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Forget 50 Shades: Feminist Adult Film Producers Pick Their Favorite BDSM Erotica

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 1:50 PM

Like many lost souls before me, I eventually succumbed to the hype and purchased a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. (In my case, I procured it at an airport bookstore during a long layover before awkwardly sneak-reading it in the middle seat during a packed flight.)

And like many (with discerning...

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Should We Drop the Term 'Plus-Size?'

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 12:11 PM


Model Ashley Graham, who will be gracing the ad pages of the upcoming -- and saliva-inducing -- Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, is brunette, tall, busty, and plus-size.

Now quick, guess which one of these features has landed her in the news?

That's right,...

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Feminist Filmmaker Erika Lust On Why Porn Must Change (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 9:13 AM

It should come as no surprise to hear that porn has a problem. Actually, a lot of problems.

It's a problem that many learn about sex by watching plastic-buxomed "babes" satiate their sweaty paramours in five minutes flat -- their own orgasm be damned. It's a problem that porn treats women...

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Inside Out Of Silence, The Abortion Play Vying to Be the Next Vagina Monologues

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 9:19 PM


Its been written up by the likes of U.S. News & World Report, denounced by anti-choice groups, and likened to the historic Vagina Monologues. But amid the noise and controversy is a play with one simple aim: de-stigmatize abortions. And...

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Confession: I'm A Feminist Who's Flattered By Catcalling

(87) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 8:33 AM

I often recall fondly the time a man yelled something unabashedly racist and sexist at me as I sauntered down the street. It happened a good nine years ago, when I was still in college. But to this day, the words feel fresh.

"Damn... You built like a black girl."

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The Bachelor, Shirtless Men, And the Dawn Of the Female Gaze

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 9:34 AM

One thing to know about The Bachelor, should you have thus far -- by some miracle! -- avoided its addictive vortex of tawdry love, is that its male protagonists are shirtless. A lot.

The sheer volume of shirtlessness -- often captured in hilariously gratuitous steamy shower scenes (like the one below)--has...

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Oscar Nominations Snub Women

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 5:00 PM

A washed-up actor looking for a comeback on the stage. A civil rights pioneer. A scientific genius with a deteriorating body. A math genius with a sexuality he must keep secret. A young boy growing up in small town Texas.

These are the subjects of Birdman, Selma, The Theory of...

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Can We Please Stop Sexually Objectifying Redheads?

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 12:46 PM

Monday, in case you missed it, was a holiday. Not a sanctioned national holiday, mind you, but a holiday that nonetheless captivated the world, prompting countless tweets, Facebook posts, and cheeky articles.

I am speaking, of course, of Kiss a Ginger Day. Perhaps better known by...

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Confessions of a Yoga Farter

(16) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 2:17 PM

It always happens during Warrior One pose. There I am, happily Downward Dog-ing, when the instructor begins the directive I know all too well -- and have come to fear.

"Now, move your foot up to the front of the mat... "

Oh god. No. Please no.

"... and turn your body."

It's OK,...

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2014's Most Inspiring Women of Politics

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 1:23 PM


They came. They ceiling-cracked. They conquered.

This year was a banner one for female politicians from all corners of the globe. From the U.S.'s first black female congresswoman, to a blind and trans Parliamentary candidate in England, to a bikini contest-winning Serbian councilwoman and...

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2014's Best Feminist Videos -- And Worst WTFs

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 1:57 PM

At their worst, viral videos are soul-crushing, if entertaining, time-sucks -- a not-so-productive way to procrastinate and otherwise kill time. At their best, they are instructive and entertaining time-sucks -- a productive way to procrastinate and otherwise kill time.

This year offered plenty of both, but particularly in the realm...

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Female Photographer Turns The Lens, For Once, On Naked Men

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 11:42 AM

Turn on your computer screen and there's Kim Kardashian, breaking the Internet with her glistening booty and mouth agape. Turn on your TV and female characters on shows like Game of Thrones and Orange Is The New Black are disrobing, exposing their bare breasts in carefully framed shots. Turn the...

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16 Days of Activism: Inside 3 State Programs Confronting Rape Culture

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 10:21 AM

The sheer prevalence of rape and sexual assault can engender feelings of helplessness, if not outright apathy. Why even bother with fighting back, when it all feels so deeply entrenched and systemic?

This reaction is, considering the numbers and harrowing stories behind them, understandable. According to the CDC's National Intimate...

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