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“A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara

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A novel that is as beautiful and charming as it is devastating and heartbreaking. Yanagihara follows the lives and friendships of four men who meet as college roommates. At 700 pages, there is nothing superficial or surface-level about the exploration of masculinities and the trials of friendship. I do not want to give too much…

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What I Would Have Said To You Last Night Had You Not Cum And Then Fallen Asleep

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Society conditions us to think of sex in a very narrow fashion a penis goes into a vagina, moves back and forth a few times, ejaculates. Reina Gattuso isn’t buying that. Not only is this conditioning heterosexist, it is male-pleasure centric, resulting in women’s pleasure becoming an afterthought. What does feminist sex look like? Moving…

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33 Questions to Ask Your Lover: Can You Handle the Truth

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Toxic masculinity requires that men distance themselves from their romantic and intimate partners, closing themselves off behind walls of isolation and entitlement. Harmful norms of masculinity do not allow for men to connect with their feelings, making it nearly impossible to connect or empathize with the emotional experience of someone with whom they are in…

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4 Things We Need to Stop Teaching Boys to Avoid Nurturing Their Sexual Entitlement

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Undoing our culture of sexual and emotional violence requires a return to basics, reevaluating of the values and lessons we convey to children. Through stereotypical gender roles, pop culture, and even our language, boys are taught that they have a right to women’s bodies and sexuality; that their value is correlated with sexual experience, while…

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Consent Is As Simple As Tea

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Consent is fundamental and foundational. Its also a lot less complicated than many want to make it seem. Consent is about dialogue, and respecting the needs, agency, and autonomy of other people. Consent is the foundation of healthy, happy relationships, and fun, pleasurable sexual encounters. It truly is as simple as offering someone a cup…

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Love Is Not Enough

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Love and compatibility do not necessarily go hand in hand. And our ability to love someone does not negate their capacity to hurt us. Relationships rooted in mutual respect, empathy, trust, and caring take more than just love to be healthy relationships. Mark Manson explores this dynamic in a powerful and heartfelt article on love…

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Casual Love

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I might have been saved a lot of confusion and a lot of heartbreak had I been able to read this article in my youth. I also may have been party to far more love–being more open to receive others’ love, and feeling more at liberty to give mine. Learning to hear “I love you”…

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The Ancient Greeks’ 6 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Change Your Life)

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For most of my life, I understood there to be two different types of love: the love you feel, and is assumed to exist, amongst ones family of origin, and the romantic love that would develop between two people who date, are intimate, and will one day get married. It was a struggle to learn…

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