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 […]

2013 Fatkini Review

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Ok, so this post is kind of overdue, but I haven’t been able to get to the beach much this year living in Indiana. But I plan to enjoy Hollywood Beach every chance I get on my upcoming 2 week trip to Chicago! I’ve been wearing bikinis while fat for about eight years now, and […]

My Complicated Relationship with Paleo

Lest I be accused of austerity: pate with a golden layer of bacon fat.

Almost a year ago I experimented with eating Paleo for the first time. For the unfamiliar, Paleo is a style of eating where you avoid all processed foods, with the idea that you’re eating a pre-agricultural diet that is better suited to the human body. The Paleo diet (I don’t consider it a diet in […]

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 […]

Let’s Talk About Snacks, Baby!

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Rashaun always posts on Facebook about Graze, this snack box subscription she has where they send her a snack box, every week, for $5 a box, which sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Of course, Graze is like the Studio 54 of snack boxes and you need an invite code to enroll, and Rashaun is […]

Author Interview: Black Tape for a Blue Girl’s Sam Rosenthal on “Rye: an erotic novel”

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Last week we posted an excerpt from genderqueer erotica novel “Rye.” Here is the follow-up interview with author Sam Rosenthal. Name: Sam Rosenthal Age: Older than most people guess. Location: Brooklyn, NY Who are you, and what do you do, in your own words? I’m this guy, who has a son, and runs a record label, […]

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 […]

Genderqueer Erotica Excerpt: Sam Rosenthal’s “Rye”

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I was excited to learn about Black Tape for a Blue Girl Lyricist’s erotic novel “Rye.” Not only because I am a fan of his awesome ambient music, which you can check out here, but also because the book honestly approaches topics such as genderqueer identities, kink and polyamory which are seldom realistically explored in […]

There is No Wrong Way to Have an Orgasm. I Promise.

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This post stems from a discussion some friends and I had on Facebook that really indicated to me how starved women are for validation about their personal experiences with orgasm. I am sure this discussion also applies to people of other genders as well although the details might be somewhat different. If you’re a woman […]

Style Icon: Shani Akilah Robin

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Name:Shani Akilah Robin Your age: 29 years old.  It gets better each year! Your location:  Bloomington, Indiana What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you been doing it? I am an anti-oppression advocate/activist.  My area of focus 9 to 5 pm and beyond is anti sexual assault/domestic violence work.  I […]

Fitness Party: Twerk 2 5K!

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If you’re a Ms. Behaved regular, you’re well aware that editors Bianca and Rashaun are both hardcore fathletes- thick hotties who like to get physical for the joy of it, and bust stereotypes about fat people and fitness. Both Rashaun and I are runners (although I run really fucking slow, I’m out there almost everyday […]

Video Sex Toy Review: Jopen’s “Intensity” Electro-vibrator

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Meet the $250 Jopen Intensity vibrator: it’s silicone! It’s inflatable! It has a vibrating alien arm! It has muthafuckin’ kegel-inducing ELECTRODES!  It is the vibrator of the future! Unfortunately, the future of vibrator technology kind of sucks. :/ Watch the video review for more information:

Why Lena Dunham’s naked butt is the best thing to happen on TV in a long while

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“Unlike Seth Rogen, whose career was ruined by losing the weight, the dominant discourse insists that fat girls are worthy of our ridicule, as a woman has to be ‘f*ckable’ to be liked. It’s not enough to give an Oscar-worthy performance. You also have to look like Natalie Portman when you do it.” -Nico Lang […]

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 […]

Welcome to Ms. Behaved 2.0! (No Foolin’!)

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Almost exactly one year ago, I got a message from Sarah Saxon. We were both XOJane alumni, I ran a personal blog about sex, gender, and hip hop called School for Scandal, and she asked me if I wanted to contribute to her new project MsBehaved.com. Sure, why not? I thought. I was down in […]

Author Interview: Janet Hardy on being a Girlfag

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Name: Janet W. Hardy Age: 57 Location: Eugene, OR Who are you, and what do you do, in your own words? I’m a publishing generalist, I guess. I’ve run a couple of small publishing companies and done all the kinds of work that entails – writing, editing, design, production, marketing, bookkeeping, you name it. These days, […]

Book Excerpt: Girlfag: A Life Told in Sex and Musicals by Janet Hardy

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In 2005, I came out (publicly, I’d been out to myself for years) as a Girl Fag. What the heck is a Girl Fag you ask? It’s not easy to define, but in a nutshell it’s a mostly female-aligned person who is attracted to men but feels more in step with gay male sexuality than […]

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 […]

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