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Shannon Bradley-Colleary
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Shannon Bradley-Colleary is a Dating Guru, Wife Dominatrix, Hirsute Mom Butler who blogs at The Woman Formerly Known As Beautiful and has started the Asshat Recovery Program, geared for people still looking for the Right One in the dating theater. She's the humble author of Into The Child: 40 weeks in the gestational wilderness

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Just A Little Hot Water Made Our Sex Life Boil Over

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 8:48 AM

Last month I had a mild midlife crisis after dancing in a gay club with attractive, sweaty young men who humored me.

I came home a bit disgruntled by the sexual stasis in my long-term marriage with the most interesting (and loving) husband in the world.

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The 9 Life-Altering Things That Happened When I Stopped Dating the Wrong Guy

(12) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 3:29 PM

A toxic man can squelch your Bad-Assery. You are a Badass. You just know you are. You have at least 10 jets that propel you through your badass life.

The problem is, when you date a toxic guy, he can drain your jets.

So instead of having all...

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'My Teenage Daughter Has Become A Cat'

(92) Comments | Posted June 6, 2015 | 6:36 AM

Being older parents has its benefits, which is that we get love, affection and snuggles from our children well into our 50s while everyone else we know is packing their kids off to college.

However no one warned me that when my daughter turned 13 she'd become a cat.


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Die 2 Dinge, die Frauen im Bett wollen und über die wir nie reden

(2) Comments | Posted May 24, 2015 | 11:03 AM

Vor ungefähr einem Monat fand ich mich in einem Schwulen-Club wieder mit reizenden Männern tanzend, die mir das Gefühl gaben, lustig, sexy und schön zu sein, aber absolut kein Interesse daran hatten, mich aus meinem einheimischen Hafen zu locken.

Nach dieser Erfahrung kam ich...

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The 2 Things Women Want In Bed That We're Not Talking About

(454) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 5:47 AM

A month or so back, I found myself in a gay club dancing with lovely men who made me feel fun, sexy and beautiful, but had absolutely no interest in tempting me away from my domestic haven.

However, I came home from that experience...

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Don't Fart in Front of Hot Paramedics

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 3:19 PM

I thought I was dying.

That's the only excuse for my execrable behavior during The Incident. ("Execrable" being the operative keyword in this tale of bowels and gorgeous men.)

I have IBS, which stands for Irresistible Beauty Syndrome (street-name Irritable Bowel Syndrome). The night before The Incident, my entire...

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8 Things I Know About Sex Now That I'm 50

(6) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 6:09 AM

1. If you gain weight, some of it will go to your boobs.

2. After 50 it isn't just your ears and nose that get bigger, so do some of your lady bits.

Last month five mariachi singers rushed to the table where my husband Henry and I dined. They...

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The Night I Let the Other Woman Win

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 12:25 PM

We'd had a really loving date. A lot of hand-holding, neck-nuzzling, lingering kisses. I was saying goodnight when I noticed a cloud cross his face. "Um, I don't know why," he said, "but I feel guilty."

Uh oh.

I'd been dating Mr. Cruelly Handsome for six months. Six months of...

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He Hit on Me. Then Married Her.

(3) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 6:19 PM

The Setting: A classy, high-end Beverly Hills hotel lounge. Chic. Cloistered. Peopled with gorgeous women-of-a-certain-age (35+).

The Characters: My dear friend Patty and I are also women-of-a-certain-age, but we aren't high-end call girls like these ladies. We are stay-at-home moms out stealing a moment of martini-tippling glamour away from...

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10 Things I Know About Beauty Now That I'm 50

(10) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 6:40 AM

Oprah was right! 50 is going to be awesome. You're too old to be a young fool and you're too young to be in Depends.

Beauty at 50

(50 is also a good time to start wearing vintage Esther Williams swimwear.)

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It's Hard For Men To Believe I Feel Attractive At 50

(96) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 6:07 AM

Recently I shared a piece I was working on with my writer's group called Dancing the Fifty Fandango about turning 50 this June, and how I've never felt more curious, ambitious and even attractive in my life.

I awaited my notes and am used to having to trash pieces and start...

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5 Fears That Keep Women Stuck in Toxic, Dead-End Relationships and How to Kick Them

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 4:34 PM

First, what typifies a toxic, dead-end relationship?

1. He criticizes you all the time. You're too clingy, too smothering, too needy, too short, too tall, too flat-chested, too "you."

2. He's inconsistent with his affections. You think there may be Other Women sniffing around and even breaching your...

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The Disturbing Technology Trend Among Midlifers

(13) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 5:15 AM

There seems to be a pervasive attitude in my Gen X group that technology is destroying our youth. We worry they'll be unable to succeed at face-to-face communication and connection and quite possibly sustain irrevocable neck damage from looking down at their smartphones all day.

But I'm also noticing...

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What Failing Compared to Gwyneth Paltrow Taught Me

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 12:13 PM

My senior year of high school was charmed. I was voted senior class president, most popular girl and Homecoming queen. It was obvious I was destined for greatness. It was only a matter of time.

Five years later, 1991, is when it's all about to happen.

I get a...

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The More My Boyfriend Critcized Me, the Harder It Was to Leave

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 11:37 AM

My first serious romantic relationship began in college. I was just emerging from a fairly horrific awkward phase, which included that Triumvirate of Terror: 1. Zits 2. Naturally frizzy hair aka pubic head 3. non-existent breast flesh.

Having said that, by the time my freshman year of college rolled around...

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5 Reasons Being 'Good in Bed' Won't Make Him Put a Ring on It

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 10:35 AM

I had a knack for dating men who didn't want to marry. Which was fine, because I didn't want to marry. Until I did.

When I was dating my last commitment-phobic man he made it very clear that sex was his top priority in a relationship and that he was...

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51-Year-Old Mrs. Colorado Beauty Contestant Takes Fine Art Nudes to Love Her Body Now

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 9:29 AM

Editor's Note: The images below are not safe for work.

Ruby Fox, a Denver-based skincare boutique owner, likes to set a new challenge for herself every year.

The year she turned 49, Ruby decided to apply for the Mrs. Colorado Beauty Pageant, "just in case they needed some fat...

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Identical Twins Address Body Image Issues (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 12:21 PM

Note: Some of the images below may be considered not safe for work.

When 48-year-old identical twins Lisanne and Colette Sartor asked to participate in my Love Your Body Now: Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes project, I didn't think they were suitable candidates.

The project...

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How You Can Fall in Love With Your Stepmother

(3) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 8:03 AM

I was 2 years old when my stepmother Gini burst into my life like a glamorous, marauding Valkyrie set on bending me to her will.

She had platinum blonde hair worn in an Aqua-Net bouffant, thick black eyeliner and a figure Jayne Mansfield would've killed for. At night, she peeled...

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Como tirar fotos nua ajudou a superar minhas questões de imagem corporal

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 6:20 PM

NOTA: Este artigo contém nudez e pode não ser adequado para o ambiente de trabalho.

Três anos atrás, eu e meu corpo de 46 anos posamos para nus artísticos. Estava infeliz por ter ganhado 8 quilos depois de ter filhos e queria saber se tinha sobrado alguma beleza em mim.

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