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Alison Baenen

My First Kiss

It Was On Valentine's Day, And It Was Awful

We had to kiss. I saw it heading toward me like a comet, an inevitable atmospheric rupture. Something big was coming. All I could do was wait. Tarek started out as a friend. He was a senior, but he was endearingly boyish, short, round-cheeked, and a little chubby, with a head of close-cropped black curls....
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On The Gravitron Of Love

Just Trying Not To Puke My Brains Out

Relationships. They slam you against a wall, knock the floor out from underneath you, and often make you feel like you're going to throw up.
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Where We’re Headed in 2018

To The Moon, Of Course, On A Rocket of Vulnerability

Over the past few weeks, as we’ve moved through the holidays, the death of our founder Alex’s father, and the transition to a new year, the site has been in buffering mode: The wheel is spinning, content is loading but…Nothing. Is. Happening. If you’ve noticed, thanks for sticking with us. The pause was semi-intentional at...
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Dear Mr. President

Thanks For Being The Absolute Worst

In this month’s Teen Vogue Hillary Clinton offers some pretty solid advice in a letter to her teenage self, including this classic bit of mom-wisdom: “Always send thank-you notes.” I voted for this woman twice so I followed her suggestion and wrote a one-year-election-anniversay thank you letter to President Trump. Consider it a gratitude list for everything he’s...
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Home Is Where The Heart And All of Your Shit Is

The Push-Pull of Loving Beautiful Things + Wanting to Live With Less

  After five years of traveling and living in other people’s homes, I’m shifting into stick-around mode. My name’s on a lease. I love my bed. I have no plans to leave the country for…well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I live in Los Angeles; Mexico is practically down the street. The transition from...
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It’s A Man’s World

But Does It Have To Be?

What is the sensibility of trying to do all of it—careers, relationships, sex, family, the whole shebang—on terms that were not written with women in mind in the first place?
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Are You Eating Instagram For Breakfast?

Like any nutritionist would tell you, we can’t eat every food item we see and expect to feel awesome later.
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Dancing Awkwardly into Womanhood

My One-Step Forward, One-Step Back Shuffle Toward Responsibility

Stepping into womanhood meant no longer acting like a little girl. Assuming full responsibility meant no longer acting like a victim.
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