5 Ways to Enjoy a Baggage Free Valentines Day

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This piece is from 2013 but I think some of you may enjoy it in 2014! People get so bent out of shape about Valentine’s Day. I think the problem is we get so hung up on the idea that it’s about having a romantic love interest and corporate bullshit that we totally miss the […]

Networking for Weirdos

Black Tape for a Blue Girl lyricist and novelist Sam Rosenthal (one of my teen idols) contacting me about reviewing his novel Rye for Ms. Behaved. Not only did I feature him on the blog, I set up a reading for him in Bloomington and got to discover an awesome book and meet one of my favorite musicians in the process. Networking at work!

Professional networking is one of those things that sounds really awful if you’re at all introverted, socially awkward, or hate wearing suits. But today I am here to say that networking is for everyone, you just have to change the way you look at it. Real talk: Knowing people is how you get jobs. Knowing […]

Tomato, Rapper, or Stripper Name?

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As you may already know, I am an avid gardener. Tomatoes are currently in season and while browsing at Lowes, I was shocked to realize that pretty much all of the tomato varietals have names that sound either like rappers or stripper names: Better Bush Beefmaster Tami G Mr. Stripey Big Boy Better Boy  New […]

Plants Rule Everything Around Me

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Funny things happen in your thirties. Either you start making kids, have an awesome career, or you have to find other hobbies to keep you busy. I’ve outgrown the hobbies of my twenties, such as dating weirdos and getting drunk at goth clubs, and have taken up crazy bullshit like jogging 5 days a week […]

Work It! Sexuality Educator and Researcher Dr. Debby Herbenick

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Work It! is an interview series on MsBehaved featuring fascinating folks who work outside the traditional 9-5, to amuse, inspire, and light a fire under your butt to start pursuing the career of your dreams. This Work It! is kind of personal, because Dr. Herbenick is my academic advisor at the School of Public Health […]

Work It! Intuitive Eating and Body Image Coach Golda Poretsky

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Work It! is an interview series on MsBehaved featuring fascinating folks who work outside the traditional 9-5, to amuse, inspire, and light a fire under your butt to start pursuing the career of your dreams. As a fat Public Health student, I am proud to feature intuitive eating and body image coach Golda Poretsky, HHC […]

Ms. Behaved Book Excerpt: Playing Well With Others: Your Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities

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Ms. Behaved is proud to feature this excerpt from Lee Harrington and Mollena Williams’ new book “Playing Well With Others: Your Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities” (Greenery Press, 2012). BDSM has become a hot button topic in the mainstream following the popularity of the 50 Shades of […]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying About TSS and Love the Cup

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We’re friends now, aren’t we, imaginary reader?  I mean, we can talk openly with each other about the kind of things that you wouldn’t discuss with casual acquaintances, right? Well, really, by “you” I mean YOU because I will tell anybody, anything, anytime.  Which is why I’m about to let you in on some really intimate details of my […]

Going gluten-free: the straight dope from a nutritionist

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Gluten-free hype is all over the news. Olympic athletes are quitting gluten to improve their performance. Every day another celebrity is publishing a new book about how quitting gluten changed their life. It’s like there’s a conspiracy against wheat. A lot of people ask me, “What going on?” Here are the top five questions I […]

Dear MsBehaved: Jonna Ivin Answers It For You

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Dear Ms. Behaved, Almost every day after school my friends and I go to Chick-fil-a to hang out, get something to eat and do homework before going home. Lately, because of all the controversy surrounding that company I would rather not go. I have a cousin that I’m really close to who is gay and […]

Dear MsBehaved: Jonna Ivin Answers It For You

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Dear Ms. Behaved, I have roommates, but since my boyfriend lives alone it’s more convenient for us both to spend our time at his place.  A few days ago we were watching television, and he asked me to move in with him.  Sort of. I have been hoping that our relationship would progress to cohabitation […]

Dear MsBehaved: Jonna Ivin Answers It For You

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Dear Ms. Behaved, I recently graduated high school and my parents want me to go to college.  College isn’t for everyone, and I’m not interested in attending. I’m young and haven’t decided what I want to do with my life, so I’d like to take a couple of years to see the world. However, my parents […]

Running for Fun and Fitness with Melissa Genova!

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The most recent race that I ran was the 1st Annual Women’s Half Marathon and 5k. I ran the 5k portion, but I am preparing for my first half marathon this fall. This race in particular had me thinking about how I got into running and most importantly, why I have kept running.  It was […]

Dear MsBehaved: Jonna Ivin Answers It For You

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Dear Ms. Behaved, I’ve been dating my boyfriend “Mike” for almost a year now and things are going very well. We’re a year apart- I’m 21 and he’s 22.   This is so embarrassing!  Here goes…  Lately,  he’s brought up wanting to try anal sex several times. I’m not against it (not totally for it either), […]

DIY Vegan Fudgesicles!

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It’s hard to believe how delicious these simple frozen treats are, as well as healthy, using the natural sweetness of bananas and almond milk to create a dairy-free creamy flavor. These treats are great for vegans, people with dairy allergies, or anyone looking for a healthy but decadent alternative to ice cream. Ingredients: 3 medium […]

Work It! Tracy Hurst: President and Matriarch of Chicago’s Metropolitan Brewing

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Work It! is an interview series on MsBehaved featuring fascinating folks who work outside the traditional 9-5, to amuse, inspire, and light a fire under your butt to start pursuing the career of your dreams. Name: Tracy Hurst Age: 39 Location: Metropolitan Brewing, 5121 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, 60640 What do you do, in your […]

Dear MsBehaved: Jonna Ivin Answers It For You

Dear Ms. Behaved, I have been dating the same man for a year and recently we got engaged. I am thrilled! He makes me happy, and I can see us building a life together. He has a great career, wants a family, is loyal and treats me like gold. The trouble is my mother. She […]

Work It! Searah Deysach: Feminist Sex Shop Owner, Proponent of Honest Sex Ed & Orgasms For All

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Work It! is an interview series on MsBehaved featuring fascinating folks who work outside the traditional 9-5, to amuse, inspire, and light a fire under your butt to start pursuing the career of your dreams. Name:  Searah Deysach Age:  39 Location:  Chicago, IL What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you been doing […]

Preview: Excerpt from Susie and Aretha Bright’s “Mother/Daughter Sex Advice” Excerpt (NSFW)

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Dearest readers: tomorrow we are proud to present an interview with legendary sexpert Susie Bright and her 21 year old daughter Aretha Bright, authors of  “Mother/Daughter Sex Advice,” a collection of sex advice columns they wrote for Jezebel with an intergenerational perspective that is both hilarious and insightful. Topics covered range from “I’m 27 Years […]

Ms. Behaved Style Icon: Melissa Genova

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Name: Melissa Genova, aka “Sweet Melissa” Age: 30 Location: Logan Square, Chicago What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you been doing it? Jill of all trades. Sexy Secretary. Grad Student. Cocktail Waitress. Musician. Performer. Writer!   What is your personal fashion philosophy? The easiest thing to change is hair. […]

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