In Praise of Leggings as Pants

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My body has a weird thing where it cycles up and down about 20-30 pounds every few years. Before you start with the OMG YOYO DIETING IS SO UNHEALTHY, let me reassure you that I don’t diet, and can only attribute these fluctuates to random stuff like geographical location (no, really), relationship status (really, really), […]

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 […]

Dear MsBehaved: Jonna Ivin Answers It For You

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Dear Ms Behaved, I hate my life! I feel fat and ugly. I can’t stand my job. Every day is the same. I get up, go to work, come home and watch television until it’s time to go to bed. The next day I get up and do the exact same thing. I’ve tried dieting, […]

Enemy Number 1: Cartoon Princesses (They’re Why I’m Bad at Math)

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The Second City Network and Danielle Uhlarik  put out this hilarious series of videos a while back.  (And they’re still funny!)  I saw “Advice For Young Girls From Belle” on Jezebel and Huffington Post, but I don’t know that the others got as much coverage.   The Sassy Gay Friend videos stole all the glory, which I don’t understand. […]

Dear Ms. Behaved : Jonna Answers It For You

Don't let this be you.

Dear Ms Behaved, I am writing to you out of concern for my younger sister. She is still in high school and has always been a bigger girl. Recently I came home for a visit from college and was shocked by how much weight she has put on. She is now bordering on obesity. I […]

The Booty-Mind Connection: How to Get the Body You Want with Yoga by Shoshanna Cohen

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Yes, yoga will help you get the body you want. It’s fun and it’s fast! Here’s how. First, find a class you like. DVDs and gym yoga classes are good, but if you can afford it, treat yourself to classes at a nice yoga studio that burns incense and plays music and stuff. When you […]

A Letter of Self-Introduction from Your New Sex+ Beauty Editor

FYI, that's actually a vibrator.

Hi, my name is Bianca James, and I’ll be your sex and beauty editor. I also run a blog called School For Scandal, and have cut my teeth writing for a variety of sites and pubs ranging from Time Out Chicago, XOJane and The Huffington Post, to Hustler’s Barely Legal. (Yes really, but always under […]

Bruises, Brass Poles, and High Heels: How Pole Dancing Taught Me to Love Myself

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It all began about a year and 3 months ago; I was on the verge of leaving mypartner of three years, hated my job, and was in fairly unstable roommate situation.  You know, normal things for a late 20-something living in Chicago.  I felt the most un-sexy I can remember, and needed desperately to get […]

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