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Elite Daily, November 2019

Amber Rollo never expected to come face-to-face with Harvey Weinstein. But on Oct. 23, at an Actor’s Hour event at Downtime Bar in NYC to support her friend Kelly Bachman’s comedy set, she noticed Weinstein sitting in the audience and knew she had to say something.

Elite Daily, November 2019

On the heels of a bad breakup, Kristina, 27, wasn’t ready to find a new partner just yet. She wanted an easy, drama-free way to boost her confidence — so she downloaded Tinder Gold, a paid Tinder upgrade that lets users swipe through people who have already swiped right on them. “I had a bruised ego … so I loved the idea of getting to pick from men who picked me first,” she remembers.

Elite Daily, October 2019

JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers are truly the definition of relationship goals. This couple has been blessing my life with cute content ever since they got engaged on JoJo’s season of The Bachelorette back in 2016. They’re currently in the midst of planning their wedding, which will reportedly take place sometime next year.

Elite Daily, October 2019

I’ve been watching the Bachelor franchise for years, and although I love the drama, there’s one more thing I can’t get enough of: the engagements. Even though they happen almost every season, I inevitably get emotional when my favorite contestants end up together. (Yes, I’m that girl at the watch party who can be found not-so-subtly trying to hide her watery eyes.)

Elite Daily, October 2019

If there were an award for the most underrated star of Bachelor Nation, it would definitely go to jeweler Neil Lane. Every season, Lane meets with the final few contestants as they prepare to propose, and he helps them choose a ring to go along with that special moment. For some (namely the Bachelorette runner-ups), they’ll leave with their hearts broken and never get to use the ring they chose. But for others, the ring becomes the symbol of their love story on the show.

Elite Daily, September 2019

Betty Who remembers the exact moment that kicked off her rebellious streak. She was in eighth grade, a student at an all-girls Christian boarding school outside Sydney, Australia, and she wanted another ear piercing. The school only allowed one piercing in each lobe, but Who wasn’t one to abide by the rules — so she enlisted a friend to do a DIY piercing for her. That small but defiant moment set the stage for Who’s trailblazing future.

Elite Daily, September 2019

If Bachelor in Paradise gave out an award for “least dramatic couple,” that title might go to Hannah Godwin and Dylan Barbour. Sure, they had some initial tension as Godwin chose between Barbour and Blake Horstmann, but once she decided what her heart wanted, there was no turning back. The couple were pretty much inseparable on the show, and unsurprisingly, they left the beach engaged.

Elite Daily, July 2019

Choosing a birth control method can be tricky. Everyone’s body and contraceptive needs are different, and there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to help avoid an unwanted pregnancy. But if you’re looking into your options, you might be wondering how effective the IUD is at preventing pregnancy. And you’re in for some good news — it’s a super effective choice, reducing your risk of pregnancy by more than 99%. But it’s still not for everyone, so before you run to your doctor requesting one, here’s everything you need to know.

Elite Daily, July 2019

The Bachelorette’s Hannah B.’s thoughts on sex and religion remind me of my own struggle to overcome guilt and stigma related to my sexuality. Her fierce ownership of her body and her choices makes me feel personally invested in her journey. Like Hannah, I grew up in the South, competed in pageants, and felt an overwhelming pressure to be perfectly poised and articulate at all times. And I, too, felt shame about my sexuality for many years.

Elite Daily, July 2019

Standing under the bright stage lights, I feel the audience’s eyes on me. It’s an unsettling contrast — rows of fully clothed spectators watch me walk onstage in a red bikini as I compete in a local Miss America pageant in Nashville, Tennessee. I try to remember every piece of choreography I’ve been rehearsing — knee slightly forward, angled just right to pull my core muscles taut. A sharp pivot while I keep my eyes on the judges, one single twirl, and a quick wink before I finish my routine.

Elite Daily, July 2019

When it comes to pregnancy prevention, there are a variety of contraceptive options out there that function in different ways. One of the most popular — and easiest to get, since it’s available at any local drugstore — is the condom. It’s probably one of the first methods of birth control you learned about in your childhood or teenage years, not to mention the most widely accessible choice. But just how effective are condoms at preventing pregnancy? The answer might surprise you.

Elite Daily, June 2019

When I’m first getting to know someone, I often find myself overthinking every single text I send to them. Anybody feel me here? For instance, I sometimes dial back the number of emojis I send, or wait a certain amount of time before I respond to a message. But when a relationship becomes more secure and vulnerable, my texting gets more authentic to me (read: emojis and GIFs everywhere).

Elite Daily, June 2019

OK, Bachelorette fans… I know everyone is obsessed with Hannah B. right now (and for good reason), but I need to circle back to shoutout a couple who continues to be cute AF all over social media. Becca Kufrin, the 2018 Bachelorette, and her love Garret Yrigoyen are still happily engaged and planning their wedding, even though they haven’t yet set a date. And you’ll never guess what Becca Kufrin says about taking Garrett Yrigoyen’s last name when they get married.

Elite Daily, June 2019

Your sex drive can be a confusing thing. Some days, you might find yourself constantly thinking about getting it on, while other days, you’d much rather put on Netflix and call it a night. There are several different things that affect your sex drive, some of them more obvious than others. Arming yourself with knowledge about how your body works can help you have a more pleasurable and fulfilling sex life, no matter how much sex you’re actually having.

Elite Daily, June 2019

Ghosting has become so central in our modern dating language that it’s hard to imagine a time before the term existed. Hannah VanderPoel, a 31-year-old New York-based writer and cartoonistremembers noticing the problem without being able to put words to it. Dates were disappearing into thin air without calling her back… no explanations, no excuses. She needed a way to talk about it, so she took matters into her own hands.

Repeat Customer, June 2019

When dating app Hinge shifted its platform to mobile and adopted the swipe feature, along with other apps like Tinder, its customer base soared along with its valuation. But as hookup culture gripped the Millennial demographic, founder Justin McLeod realized Hinge’s new customer experience was working against its mission of helping people find lasting and fulfilling relationships.

Livestrong, May 2019

Following the ketogenic diet can be a good way to lose weight and burn fat more effectively. It’s a low carb, high fat diet that actually alters the metabolic processes in your body, and with practice, it’s relatively simple to follow. But not all of keto’s side effects are positive, and it’s important to be aware of when it might be causing problems for your health.

Elite Daily, May 2019

Getting stood up is one of my worst dating fears. I saw it happen just a few weeks ago to a guy sitting one table away from me at a restaurant. He sipped his wine quietly for half an hour while he clearly waited for someone to join him. Eventually, he gave in and ordered food by himself (probably because the server kept anxiously checking on him), but it made me want to scoot over and invite him to join my table instead.

Elite Daily, May 2019

Popular culture and the media are filled with mixed messages about sex. Songs and movies often emphasize how mind-blowingly awesome it can be… but at the same time, quality sex education is severely lacking in the United States. As a result, misconceptions about female sexual pleasure are common, and it can be difficult to know where to turn to find accurate information about your body and your sexuality.

Elite Daily, May 2019

After a long day of flight delays and airport food, I buried my face in the hotel pillow. My two suitcases were still outside in the trunk of my tiny Ford Fiesta rental, but I didn’t have the energy to deal with them just yet. For now, free from the cramped plane seats and highway traffic, I wanted to breathe in the peace and quiet. I didn’t know a soul in this city, let alone where to find the nearest Chipotle. But at least for the next several days, I was anchored in one place.

Elite Daily, May 2019

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are having baby number three — excuse me while I go cry with happiness for a hot second! On May 2, at the premiere of Reynold’s animated movie Pokémon Detective Pikachu, the couple showed up with a big surprise… Lively is visibly pregnant, and let me just say, she’s absolutely glowing. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ body language during her pregnancy reveal shows just how excited they are about this new addition.

Elite Daily, May 2019

Truth be told, I’m on a Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra content binge lately. Call me a superfan, but I can’t stop reading, watching, and following everything about their lives, including their many public appearances together. Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s red carpet body language is surprisingly similar in every photo, and as soon as I noticed it, I knew there had to be a deeper explanation.

Elite Daily, May 2019

The decision to start taking birth control is a big one, and especially if you don’t have much experience dealing with health insurance, it can be intimidating. Can you get birth control without your parents knowing, even if you’re still part of their insurance plan? It’s possible for some people, but the process can be a little confusing — so here’s everything you need to know.

Elite Daily, May 2019

Birth control is a fantastic resource to help people take control of their reproductive health, but it can also be a headache to figure out which method is best for you. It feels like the list of available options just keeps growing (which is wonderful!), but so does the collection of myths floating around about the different methods and their side effects. Is hormonal birth control safe? Does it affect your body differently than other forms of contraception?

Elite Daily, May 2019

Choosing to get an abortion is a very personal decision, and only you can decide if it’s the right thing for your health and your body. When you find yourself dealing with an unexpected pregnancy, it’s important to inform yourself about your options so you feel comfortable moving forward. Some details, such as how much an abortion costs, may vary depending on your state and insurance provider, so it’s not an easy task to figure out.

Elite Daily, April 2019

If there’s one celebrity couple I stan more than any other, it’s Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. I mean, can you get any cuter or more authentic than these two? Between their countless red carpet appearances and the way they constantly troll each other on social media, the married couple shows their love in such a hilarious and heartfelt way. Can’t get enough either? Blake and Ryan’s photos together have one surprising thing in common that tells us even more about their relationship.

Elite Daily, April 2019

Here’s something I’ve always thought was ironic — dating apps, which are intended to help us meet people IRL, can sometimes cause us to spend more time on our phones. I often feel like I spend hours swiping, scrolling, and messaging people instead of going on actual dates, and I know I’m not alone in feeling this way. But the psychology behind Hinge’s new design, which is all about human connection, according to a rep for the company, is such a refreshing solution to this problem.

Elite Daily, April 2019

Picture this: you’re in the middle of a heated breakup with bae. Both of you are upset, tears have been shed, and you’ve been talking in circles for an hour. As tough as this is, though, you know it’s the right move to end your relationship. Just as the conversation seems to be nearing a close, your (now ex-)partner leans in close and… boom. You’re making out. All of a sudden, things are majorly heating up between you, and before you know it, you’re getting it on.

Elite Daily, March 2019

Ben Higgins is no stranger to sharing his heart in a public way. The former Bachelor, who starred in the show’s 20th season in 2016, has always been honest about his feelings — even when it means he’ll inevitably face criticism. (ICYMI: He famously broke from tradition by professing his love to both Lauren Bushnell and Joelle Fletcher before the final rose ceremony, which had Bachelor Nation freaking out at the time.) But now, he’s had time to learn and grow after his engagement with Bushnell ended in May 2017, and he’s done a lot of self-reflection.

Elite Daily, March 2019

Here’s the not-so-magical truth behind Disney fairytales: The expectation that “someday my prince will come” disempowers women from living lives on their own terms, or from seeking out romantic relationships that make them feel like equal partners. If we wait around for a significant other to find us, believing that true love is the only achievement that matters, we’re missing out on the chance to write our own personal narrative.

Elite Daily, February 2019

Young women need to hear that their bodies are beautiful, miraculous things and that their sexuality is something to celebrate — in whatever way feels right to them. This would have changed my life as a teenager. I grew up believing that sex was something I would do for the sake of my husband, not something I might ever seek out for myself. I also grew up thinking I would be irreparably damaged the moment I slept with someone without a ring on my finger.

Elite Daily, February 2019

Breaking up over text never really seems like an ideal situation. But sometimes, it might be the best you can do. If there are distance or time constraints, or if the relationship really wasn’t very serious, or if you feel unsafe about handling the situation in person, a breakup text might be the way to go. In general, the best breakup text to send requires careful thought and analysis before you take the leap. It’s important to think through the nature of your relationship to determine the least painful way to move on.

Elite Daily, February 2019

Elite Daily, February 2019

Elite Daily, February 2019

Elite Daily, February 2019

Elite Daily, February 2019

Elite Daily, February 2019

Elite Daily, January 2019

“So, what do you like to do for fun?,” my date asks and I immediately panic. I showed up here with big expectations, curious about what speed dating is really like and hopeful I might at least meet someone intriguing. Now it’s 10 seconds into Date One and I fear this was a terrible mistake. Five minutes per person can’t be that hard, right? He looks at me expectantly as I clutch my $5 house white wine and take a sip.

Elite Daily, January 2019

This week Kirk interviews Sarah Ellis, a culture writer, podcaster and content creator. They talk about moving to New York City after college, freelance writing, balancing graduate school with work and her relationship podcast Subtext.

Elite Daily, January 2019

My philosophy on Valentine’s Day is this: The most important person worth celebrating is yourself. Whether you’re single, dating, or in a long-term committed relationship, be your own valentine first. You are sufficient and worth all the love and affection in this world, and if you don’t provide that care to yourself, you won’t be able to love others as well. Waiting around for someone else to make you feel valuable can often result in disappointment.

Elite Daily, January 2019

Am I the only one who can’t get enough of Sex Education on Netflix? The British dramedy is full of adorable characters, cringe-worthy sexual encounters and just enough conflict to keep you on your toes. It’s one of those shows that brings you right back to your teenage years, when the prospect of dating was fraught with confusion, nerves, and stress about your experience (or lack thereof). It’s honest in its approach to teen sexuality, but just how accurate is the sex therapy?

Elite Daily, January 2019

Can’t stop thinking about your partner’s face? Maybe you’ve memorized every little detail, down to that dimple on their left cheek or the way they raise their eyebrows when they’re laughing. When you’re in love, it can be the most comforting feeling to see your partner after a long, tough day or week. What is your brain’s response to looking at your significant other? What is it about them that makes you feel so happy and calm?

Greatist, November 2018

Growing up, I’d tried every sport in the book, but I could never stick with any of them—partially as a result of my inevitable embarrassment when kids half my age would smoke me in tennis matches or volleyball games. I dreaded gym class… or anything involving sneakers, really. In contrast to my lack of skill on the court or field, my father has always been able to do anything athletic he sets his mind to.

Rewire.News, August 2018

It’s the pill that changed history for women, opening up unprecedented opportunities to build a life unrestricted to marriage and motherhood. Since its launch in the early 1960s, the birth control pill has expanded our understanding of what is possible in modern relationships. But what about options for men?

WNYC Radio, August 2018

Midday Show: Sarah Ellis and Logan Nickels discuss the challenges of bringing male birth control to the market and the professionals working to shift cultural attitudes towards contraception and masculinity.

Greatist, March 2018

I’m sitting on my yoga mat, sandwiched between two middle-aged men in business suits. The room glows softly with the haze of low fluorescent lighting, and the couple behind me is chatting animatedly about their workweek. I swallow and try to distract myself with a warm-up. You have to look totally unbothered, I tell myself. It’s worse if people notice that you’re nervous. What I’m trying so hard to forget is that in a matter of minutes, I’m going to see these people naked. Every single one of them.

Greatist, March 2018

Some days, my body doesn’t feel fully my own; it feels like it belongs to our culture, which has endless things to say about its value, how it’s never quite small enough or curvy enough, never capable of being what it “should” be. I run because it feels like the only thing that makes sense. It feels like taking back my power in a world that says, “You exist to be looked at and desired and wanted by someone else.” I run because my muscles, my breath—even my soul cries out for it. Feeling strong as a woman allows me to believe, for a moment, that I don’t have to fear.

Greatist, October 2018

Can’t sleep? You’re not alone—around one in three people suffer from some form of insomnia. If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, it’s tempting to reach for a sleep aid to help you get that much-needed shut-eye. And there are tons of options on the market,but are they safe for long-term use? And can your body develop a tolerance to them?

Godcast, February 2018

Sarah Ellis and Danielle Isbell get into what they were first taught about sex, how they think about sex now, and what may or may not be troubling about straight women’s sexuality in the church.

Greatist, March 2018

Sometimes it seems like Instagram is making us more critical than ever before. Fit bodies, endless travel photos… how do we measure up? It can be hard to deal with, but a new social media movement is fighting back against impossible standards.

Greatist, February 2018

As if we needed one more reason to question everything, getting in “proposal shape” is apparently the next big thing in fitness. Yep, more and more people are working out specifically to prepare for their proposal—and the inevitable engagement photos. We fully support healthy, sustainable lifestyle changes, but we don’t love the idea that anyone feels like they have to look a certain way in order for their proposal to be successful.

Greatist, February 2018

Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Hunter McGrady has a bold message for critics: There is no “wrong” body type, only wrong ways to talk about beauty standards. The 5’11”, size-16 model was just chosen to appear in this year’s SI swimsuit issue, and she’s determined to prove women of every size, weight, and ethnicity can be powerful and sexy.

Greatist, February 2018

Between the classes, extracurriculars, and social obligations I juggled as a 20-year-old—plus the pressure I put on myself to succeed at all of them—it’s a wonder I ever made it to graduation. Perfectionism feels like it’s ingrained in my DNA, and apparently, I’m not the only one.

Greatist, January 2018

This week Aerie announced its newest spokeswomen, and every single one of them is major #girlboss status. Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, actress and activist Yara Shahidi, and singer-songwriter Rachel Platten join model Iskra Lawrence as “role models” for Aerie’s spring line. This campaign is about more than body diversity—it’s about celebrating a diversity of strength as well.

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