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Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas is a MFA student in Fiction at Columbia University. She writes about women's issues and the intersection of race, class and sexuality. She lives in Harlem and is working on her debut novel.

Entries by Sarah Thomas

Too Close for Comfort: The Social Significance of New York City's Public Pools

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 12:33 PM

This week, New York City temperatures are topping out in the mid-90s, and finding water to cool off can become a blood sport. While many urbanites spend time plotting how to scam their way into Soho House or better befriend those with Hamptons digs, the city's municipal pools may be...

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Incentivizing Goodwill: A Lesson from Africa for America

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 10:30 AM

A few mornings ago, the CDC predicted a worst-case scenario for the Ebola outbreak: 1.4 million cases in 4 months. Now, on the streets, and televisions, and social media sites of America, we hear a rising sense of panic about the one case in Dallas and our safety, yet the...

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5 Ways to Navigate a Relationship in a Porn-Saturated World

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 6:00 PM

About two years ago, when I was staying with my then-boyfriend in Brooklyn, I hopped on his computer for some crucial online endeavor, like consulting photos of perfectly-poached eggs, and was greeted by several open browser windows, the most memorable of which was a shot of a redhead's ass that...

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An Open Letter Regarding the Open Letter

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 11:44 AM

I hope that you are reading, furious writers of the open letter, because I want to thank you.

In today's crass, tweet-fueled world, there is something exquisite about this throwback to communication of yesteryear. The letter is a literary form that has been nearly extinct in favor of dashing...

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'Do You Only Date White Girls Now?'

(151) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 3:59 PM

My boyfriend was asked this question when we walked into a bar on a recent night out in Harlem. And this scenario, or a version of it, isn't unfamiliar. The query came from a young Black woman whose friend used to date him, I later learned. Despite the fact that...

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Searching for Your 'Soulmate' and Other Perils of Online Dating

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

My friend Gerard recently posted this status on Facebook:

"Just learned that the creators of OkCupid also created Sparknotes and now all I can think about is how OkCupid is the Sparknotes of human personality."

Word up, Gerry. Regardless of how many "successful matches" websites like OkCupid,, and...

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Is it Right to Pay NFL Cheerleaders in Drool Alone?

(15) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 10:07 AM

With the Super Bowl just around the corner, we collectively anticipate the spectacle, from a star-studded halftime show to nearly $4 million dollar advertising spots to the beautiful and bedazzled pro cheerleaders. But behind the scenes, it's a very different story.

Last week, Oakland's "Raiderettes" cheerleading squad...

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