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Taylor Marsh
Taylor Marsh is an author, political writer, relationship expert living just outside Washington, D.C. In 2008, the Washington Post and then the New Republic interviewed her for profiles during the height of the 2008 presidential election cycle, because her new-media site [] was a major Hillary hub. Her second book, The Hillary Effect, chronicles Hillary Clinton’s rise and first run for president.

Marsh's third book The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen - Relationship Secrets From the Trenches is published by Padaro Press, and Open Road Media.

How a Miss America contestant, not to mention a Miss Friendship in the Miss Teenage America Pageant, and homecoming queen, ended up as editor-in-chief of the first female-run soft-core website to make money on the web is only part of the story, but it did get her picture on the pages of USA Today at the time. It all began when she became Relationship Consultant at the LA Weekly in 1992. When her trademarked column “What Do You Want?” moved to the web in 1996, Taylor Marsh became one of the very first people writing about relationships, men, women and the politics of sex online.

Marsh has been interviewed by the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Al Jazeera Arabic and Al Jazeera English, among others. Marsh has been featured in The Hill and “The Washington Scene”, Washington Journal’s Hotline’s On Call, the LA Times, and many other new media and national news venues.

Entries by Taylor Marsh

4 Relationship Lessons from 'The Bachelor,' Chris Soules Edition

(10) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 6:25 PM

When this season of "The Bachelor" began, I had never watched a full episode. I decided to take the plunge after seeing Chris Soules, because whatever you think about the premise of this matchmaking juggernaut, this gentlemen was clearly serious about finding a wife. First impressions of mine...

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When Your Orgasm Goes Missing

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 11:44 AM

Nobody warns you.

It just happens.

At least that's my story.

I was in my late 40s, passionately in love, and suddenly the wondrous release that always made me so giddy just wasn't there anymore.

Knowing my way around orgasms, the multiple variety, I've also spent 10 years in the...

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Romance, Sex and Fifty Shades of Grey on Valentine's Day

(5) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 1:50 PM

No single holiday brings up more consternation and confusion than Valentine's Day. Whether you love or hate the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, one thing the film is doing by debuting on this romantic and commercial holiday is putting a punctuation mark on the dividing line that exists between women...

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The Bachelor Weirdness Summed Up by Blake Shelton and SNL

(3) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 1:56 PM

It's difficult to comprehend the popularity of The Bachelor, but especially hard to understand why some of these women choose to enter this difficult and highly emotional reality show gauntlet. The Blake Shelton and the SNL parody summed up The Bachelor so well, with the show going against the grain...

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Forget Resolutions, Visualize 2015

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 4:05 PM

Whether you are religious, spiritual or agnostic, the holidays can inspire a rebirth of our spirits as we look towards the new year. The cultural fad of making resolutions leads to a myriad of responses, and outcomes, few that go beyond hail Mary hopes and dart board dreams that have...

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Sexual Women Don't Need Any Stinking Lectures

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 10:17 AM

Anticipating Fifty Shades of Grey on Valentine's Day 2015, we're teased constantly with what's coming, but also what not to expect. I'm never surprised by how people react to salacious sensuality in our culture, because there remains an embedded prejudice to apologize for a woman's insatiable desires and...

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The One Thing That Will Kill Your Sex Life

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 9:57 AM

You cannot get lazy. In my years as a relationship consultant, excavating the world of sex and dating, I've found laziness is the number one reason couples quit having sex. Over time, this can be a relationship killer, no matter how strong the two of you start out.


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Big and Beautiful Redhead Snares Hunk on 'Homeland,' Then Blows It

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 2:56 PM

Homeland has been developing a relationship between the hunky C.I.A. operative Peter Quinn, revealed to perfection by actor Rupert Friend, and a big and beautiful redhead as "landlady," played by Emily Walker. The dynamic of a hot guy getting it on with a big and beautiful woman has...

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Michael C. Hall Lives His "Glam Rock" Fantasy as Hedwig

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 11:04 AM


When interviewed about the opportunity to take on Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Michael C. Hall had a quick answer. He told, "It's maybe my first and last chance to live out a glam rock fantasy, so it...

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Don't Dissect Your Relationship, Let It Be

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 2:30 PM

Women today are powerful... so you aren't fixated on being the perfect woman, having the perfect body or representing the perfect specimen of what a man supposedly wants, right? One size doesn't fit all. A woman attracts a man based on who she is as an individual, not just by...

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Hillary Clinton and the Progressive Pursuit of Perfection

(32) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 4:01 PM


The season of progressive discontent over Hillary's coming 2016 candidacy is upon us.

An article in The Hill by Alexandra Jaffe kicked it off. Exposing"secret emails" from progressives on an email list in which I was the only one quoted...

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The Number One Mistake Women Make in Online Ads

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 1:42 PM

When no one answers your online ad, there is no reason to feel rejected, especially when you're doing all the wrong things.

I'm an expert, having been Relationship Consultant to a large metropolitan newspaper, which included helping women with online ads. I spent 10 years talking to...

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Outlander and Lena Dunham Prove Great Sex Takes a Woman

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 6:13 PM

What's been happening on cable television lately is inspiring conversations that are breaking out in the open and revealing a secret that women have known for centuries. It's not just a reminder of the groundbreaking work of Dr. Masters and Virginia Johnson in Showtime's Masters of Sex and why romance...

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CoverGirl and NFL, Take Action or Face Boycott

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 11:16 AM


Yet another violence allegation against accused child abuser Adrian Peterson has bubbled up beyond the protection racket of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and sponsors like CoverGirl who protect the league for profit. Peterson's attorney has jumped to his client's defense, issuing...

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Miss America Pageant Shaming: A Feminist Trap

(9) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 6:48 PM


There a lot of people, mostly women, many of whom are feminists, willing to opine on the ills of the Miss America Pageant without knowing a thing about the girls who enter them, let alone the money you can make. This is...

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Janay Palmer's Instagram and Ben Carson's Excuses for Ray Rice

(143) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 11:05 AM


It's important to remember that the NFL's initial reaction to Ray Rice cold-cocking Janay Palmer, now Janay Rice, was a mild two-game suspension. The Ravens even sent out a tweet where Palmer took part of the blame for her own unconsciousness!...

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What Every Woman Should Know About Cheating

(51) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 11:21 AM

There is nothing more vulnerable than a man who has fallen for a woman. If women appreciated just how fragile a man in love is, it's likely we would use the power we have to get exactly what we want in our relationship.

I've learned a lot from men after...

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From Steinem to Sandberg, Leaning in to a New View of Equality

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 11:00 AM

When I was a little girl growing up I had one goal: to get out of Missouri. Movies were my escape, cliché as it may sound. The darkness of the theatre and the largeness of the images allowed me to dream and travel far beyond the trappings of where I...

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3 Geheimnisse über die Liebe, die wir aus "Fifty Shades of Grey" lernen können

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 4:35 PM

Kein Mann ist jemals fremdgegangen, weil er nach Freundschaft gesucht hat.

Das SM-Phänomen "Fifty Shades of Grey" betrifft Frauen nicht nur deshalb, weil es ihre Fantasie anregt. Es sollte Männern etwas beweisen: Sie könnten versuchen, mit ihrer Frau darüber zu reden, was sie im Bett wollen.

Und das,...

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3 Relationship Secrets From Fifty Shades of Grey

(4) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 12:45 PM

No man ever cheated because he was looking for a friend.

Fifty Shades of Grey isn't a phenomenon with women just because it's pure fantasy. It should prove to men that they could try asking for what they want in bed before thinking they can't get it, a primary...

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