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unenlightened of me. Was I yanking the evolution of female sexual empowerment back to the age of foot binding? I gave it some thought and replied to the woman, "They make me feel powerful." We are at our sexiest when we feel the most confident. "Ve are at our least attractive when we are sure of our inadequacies and practically cave in on ourselves to conceal them. No matter how incredible your lover swears you look, there is no way you're getting hot and bothered when you feel fatter than the manatee they found in the Hudson River. We all handicap ourselves with insecurity, and it's up to us to reset the self-worth scale and alter the message we send out into the world. Hollywood. There's nothing like the spotlight to bring out the quivering little insecure self you thought you ditched in high school. But you don't have to he an actress to endure negative attention. Thanks to the Internet, there now exist forums for the public to declare their locker-room judgments withou t the risk of getting busted. I've been declared too fat and too skinny on the same day hom the same photo. "Ew She is disgusting and fat. Can anyone say thunder thighs?!" And the next post: "Eat something, Skeletal'. You're gross!" It is pathetic to even have read these things, but before you learn the hard way, it is nearly impossible not to check out what's scrawled about you on the bathroom walls. But if! let this nonsense cl'eep into my psyche, I'll he ruined by it and therefore about as sexually empowered as a deflated blow-up doll.

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She's No Katy Perry
"While driving one morning, I had the radio cranked up and was singing along. When I got home, I saw I had a text from the guy I'd been dating that said, 'My, what a great singing voice you have!' I had no idea what he meant. .,untill called him and found out that as Iwas driving, Ihad pocket-dialed him and unintentionally left him a serenade on his voice mail. He saved it, and the next time I saw him, he forced me to listen to it. It sounded awful."
-Kard, 22

Total Extasy
"Sometimes my ex would chat with me online and act flirty~even though he had a girlfriend. It annoyed me a lot, so whenever it happened, I'd sign off. I know I should have blocked him, but I couldn't bring myself to because of our past. Then one day, he took it too far, detailing exactly what he

a cold, so in the middle of everything, I stopped to quickly grab a tissue from the nightstand. Since I was all riled up, I ended up reaching over really forcefully ... and I completely bed, flung myself off the --Rebecca,31

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wanted to do to me in bed and adding, 'What my girl doesn't know won't hurt her.' I wa s so disgusted that I looked ~p his girlfriend on a socialnetworking site and sent her a copy of thinking that she had the conversation,

Wiggin' Out
"I had just started a new job, and one day, my boss
and I were talking about how hot it was in our office. She started fanning herself then said, 'This wig makes it even worse!' Figuring she was Joking, I laughed and said, 'Yeah right, thank god we don't have one of those on!' She looked at me a little strangely and said, 'No,I'm serious, ,.1 have to wear a wig. This isn't my real hair.' I felt like such an ass. But in my own defense, it was definitely the most realistic·looking wig I'd ever seen!"
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day, she changed her relationship status to single. He didn't contact me again after that."

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"My older brother planned a viSITto see me and stay with me in my apartment. The day he was set to arrive, I spent hours sprucing up my place-scrubbing the kitchen, tidying my room, and cleaning out my bathroom. The next morning, he asked to use the shower, and I told him to go ahead and I'd go after. When I got in after he was done and bent over to turn on the water, my jaw dropped. I'd left my electricbue (and waterproof) vibrator right between my shampoo and conditioner. There's no way he didn't see it. I felt awkward the rest of the day." -Vivian, 26

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"I'd finished grocery shopping, and I headed to the front to check out. When it was my turn, I gave the cashier my reusable bags. As I unloaded my food, I saw him looking at the floor uncomfortably. I wasn't sure what to think, so I told him I could bag stuff if he needed help ..Saying nothing, he wrapped a plastic bag around his hand, bent down, picked up one of my thongs from the floor, and handed it to me. Ihave no idea how it got caught in my grocery bags, but I JUstsaid thanks and stared at the card-swipe machine until I could pay. Longest checkout ever." ~AI)ie, 26
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Something Black and 'Blue


"My husband and I got married recently, and because we had been so stressed with planning everything, we'd barely had any time to ourselves. When we finally had an evening to chill, we were ecstatic. That night, we got into bed and started hooking up, I had

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weren't any towels on the rack. I walked naked into the bedroom to see if I had anything I could dry off with, and the cleaning lady was there making my bed. She was so horrified that she ran out. I managed to get a towel from her before she left, though" -Connor, 25

Karma's a Bitch
"My coworker and I were assigned a big project, but he was a total slacker, so I ended up doing everything myself. As fate would have it. the day we were supposed to give a presentation about the project. I got a frantic text from him saying his car was on the fritz and asking me to stall our boss since problem!' Ithen walked to the conference , . he'd be 30 minutes late. I wrote back, 'No but Ifigured I'd just gotten mixed up, so we continued. Later, I asked her what it was like to be a teacher ..She said, 'I'm a lawyer~ I then asked if she was Sarah, and she asked if I was Jack. Turns out, we were on the wrong blind dates and had no clue since we had never introduced ourselves. When I got home, I had an irate e-mail from my real dete=who other girl-asking had seen me with the
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room, where my boss was waiting, and told him Iwas I hadn't heard from him and figured he'd overslept. My boss looked annoyed ... and so did my coworker

only to show up with someone else,"

ready. When he asked where my coworker was, I said

Splash and Burn


"I go to my local coffee shop every day=partly because there's a hot barista who I always flirt with. One morning,. I was kind of out of it, and when I went to grab my drink, I spilled it across the entire counter, sending the scorching coffee down the front of her pants and apron. She screamed in pain and ran to the back room to dry off. j felt so bad that I went without -{;eoff,25 my coffee for weeks!"

when he came in and saw me presenting without him." ..-franK,23

If You Ca,n't Stand the Heat ...


"My girlfriend and I are long-distance, so when we see each other, we have sex whenever we can. One weekend, her roommate was out of town, and since we had the apartment to ourselves, we hooked up in the middle of the kitchen. Things were getting gooe}-until we heard the doorknob jiggle. We both froze in a panic, and in walked her roommate, who'd come back early from her trip

He's Not So Fly


"I work at a high-end department store. After assisting a woman for several minutes, she started acting weird~giving short replies and shifting her eyes away, like she wanted me to get lost. It dawned on me that those are the traits of a shoplifter, so I marched over and said, 'Ma'am, is there a reason you're trying to avoid me?' She replied, 'Yes. Your fly is open, and I don't want an eyeful.' I glanced down, and sure enough, my boxers were on full display ..I slunk off to zip up, feeling like an idiot. -Ben, 23
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counter ... and she saw everything. Later, we caught her spraying down the counter,"

An Extremely Blind Date


"I met a girl online and asked her out to dinner at a local restaurant. When I arrived, I had trouble picking her out since I'd seen only a few pictures. Eventually, I spotted a girl who looked like she was waiting for someone (and had blonde hair like my girl). Iwalked up and said, 1think you're my date!' After we were seated, I asked about her dog. She said she didn't have a dog,

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Deep down, I knew he wouldn't be thrilled about the blog. For one thing, he's old·fashioned-he can't even watch reality TV without wondering why anyone would ever agree to share TMI with the world. But I told myself what he didn't know couldn't hurt him and eagerly posted my first entry about an a.m. shower encounter. As my alter ego, g Jenny," I diligently dished on the good, the bad, and the boring of my brandnew married life. I loved being able to have a place to vent when David failed to notice my lacy lingerie and a place to brag the morning after a steamy sex session. Every thought and conversation I had that had anything to do with sex-Would I ever be up for a threesome? Were our best friends really swingers?-went on the blog. It was incredibly cathartic. I could just dump out all my feelings and then move on. And dump I did. Maybe it was because of my honesty, but the blog was becoming more popular ....and my boss wanted me to get even wilder. So the cute guy I spoke to briefly at a bachelorette party became a full-on flirtation, complete with dirty dancing. My normal weekend turned into a sex marathon where we'd gotten out of bed only for the toeddelivery guy. And even as the entries became more explicit I didn't feel the tiniest bit guilty. I enjoyed creating a more exciting life than the one

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BY CARl WIRA
......... When my boss asked me to blog anony.......... mously about my sex life for the Website of the magazine where I worked,1 jumped at the chance. Not only was I psyched to branch out from my editing duties, but I imagined myself as a next-generation, just-married Carrie Bradshaw. And maybe, if I was super racy and held nothing back, I could even get a book and a movie deal! Immediately, I began brainstorming topics and drafting entries about my bikiniwax preferences and how I fantasized about christening every corner of the house we'd just purchased. But in my enthusiasm, there was one person I kept totally out of the loop: David, my sweet, shy husband.

I was living, and I kind of forgot that strangers were reading about my sex life ... until David hap" pened to find the blog when he was browsing the site and recognized details from our marriage. Furious, he called me at my office. "I can't believe you've been writing all this for the whole world to see!" he shouted. I tried to defend myself by telling him I was just doing my job and had enhanced details only for the sake of a story, but I caved quickly. What could I say? I'd been verbally cheating on him with more than one million devoted readers. I told my boss I had to give up the blog that day, and she thankfully agreed to remove all my previous posts. After a ton of apologies, where I admitted that I'd betrayed his trust, David forgave me. And while nothing positive came from the experience (I never got a book dealll, I learned that if I want to keep the peace in my marriage, I can't keep secrets from my husband. More importantly, I don't dish about anything I having David reading • wouldn't be comfortable or hearing ... including this.

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SKIP THE GUILT TRIP. If you're tempted want your your ass
clock, but if he would to drop a line like "It's been a while since you've told me how pretty I am," stifle the urge. Yes, it may be true, but it'll make you seem insecure and he'll go on the defensive since it implies he's done something wrong. Instead of scoring an ego boost, you'l end up with a cra~ boyfriend or husband on your hands.

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'er to a famous cupcake shop in town ... even though I knew it'd be closed. She was bummed when she saw it wasn't open, so to 'make it up to her,' I told her that I could make her an even better cupcake back at my apartment in less than an hour. .I knew she'd take the bait to see if I was b.luffing." -Adam, 22

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Playboy 1V recently received a female-friencfl¥ makeover, with new shows called "TV for 2"-aH meant to be viewed by YOII and YOllr guy togeti1er. And while you might think he'd rather watch the hard-core stuff, ,data proves otherwise. A study reveals that when men watch the, IIh, boob tube, they focus more on a woman's face than anywhere else. It turns ollt Ihat guys ,get off by ;Iooking at Ihe woman's e~"ressions, since they

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't returned from a study-abroad program in France, so right before our date, I went to the bookstore and bought French poetry books. When we talked about her trip, I said how into French lit I was and that I had a few books in my collection at home if she wanted to check them out .... She did." -Stefan, 22

"had puppies, which I knew would make women go gaga. One night, I took a date to dinner and casually dropped the fact into our convo before we were about to leave. I mentioned how much trouble it was to go to sleep ... and she immediately offered to come back and help." -Travis, 27

twobedroom apartment by myself. I was out with a girl, and I mentioned that my 'roommate' was gone for the weekend and it was a bit lonely. I asked if she wanted to come keep me company for a little longer, and she agreed--! just closed the door to the extra room so she had no clue." -Scott, 23

going on a date, I checked her Facebook profile to see what she was into. One of her interests was an old game for Nintendo, which I owned. That night, I 'randomly' brought it: up, and when she said she loved the game, I told her I cou ld beat her. It was a challenge she couldn't resist." -seth, 25

headgear. The real horror was that it res em bled eve:rything my mother had everworn, To me, it was a sign that all the hotness had drained from our relationship.

There's Nothing Fnunpier


Listen, I've gone lingerie shopping enough times to knowwhafs available to women. There are tons of those cotton nightgowns on the racks, and every Single one should be burned, I'm not just talking about the Little House on the Prairie long-sleeve numbers. Somehow, younger women think as long as a nightgown doesn't have ruffles down the front, it'sperfectly acceptable. I'm telling you, it's not. And all my friends will second that, Here's why: First and foremost, they are boxy and shapeless, When you're wearing it, you can't see any suggestion of boobs or an ass. Maybe you think because it's not floor-length and shows some leg, it's kinda cute. Nope. The ones I've seen stop light at the knee, making a woman's legs look shnnpy, Finally, as I said before, it's total mommy gear. Every guy I know remembers being a kid and having his mom make breakfast for him while wearing one of those getups. So before continuing unwittingly to crush your boyfriends soul (and other, more sensitive parts), trash the most unsexy thing you have. Or at least set it aside until decades from now, when you discover your love of bridge.

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......... There were many hints that my ex-girlfriend and liliiii"""" I were over, but it was when she started wearing a certain something to bed that I mew things were irreparable. She went from sleeping in cute, sexy pj's to this particular nightgown/sleep-shirt thing. It was red and knee-length, and when she put it on, there was no cleavage to be found. There is an entire industry given over to flirtatious stuff to sleep in, yet somehow my ex had selected an item that was the clothing equivalent of

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Why wait for something to work when you can do something yourself? From the lead inventor of Sonicare'' the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System uses sonic t~c-hnology to gently, yet thoroughly cleanse skin to remove,6X more makeup than cleaning with your hands alone. Removing more dirt, oil and makeup allows creams and serums to work more effectively. Cleaner skin is the first step toward healthier skin. And healthier skin is smoother, more radiant and more beautiful.
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