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Blood and Guts in High School: How Seventeen Made 'Traumarama' Blood and Guts in High School: How Seventeen Made 'Traumarama'

As a teen, you could have read the wholesome Seventeen magazine for a lot of reasons. Maybe it was the tasteful fashion spreads pulled from mall outlets that were actual affordable. Or perhaps you memorized the stories from clean-cut boys on what they look for in a dream date. But for the more deranged among us, there…

I Thought This Elite Daily Essay About a Girl Realizing Her Date Had Died in a Car Crash Instead of 'Ghosting' Her Was a Parody, But It Is Actually Real  I Thought This Elite Daily Essay About a Girl Realizing Her Date Had Died in a Car Crash Instead of 'Ghosting' Her Was a Parody, But It Is Actually Real 

Usually, a personal essay is based on something that has happened in a writer’s life that is personal to them. That’s why it is called a “personal essay.” Elite Daily, like XOJane before it, has been known to stretch this concept until it disintegrates into a soft pile of fragrant poo particles.

Becoming an Unsuitable Girl Becoming an Unsuitable Girl

When I was 13, I believed that I should have an arranged marriage. After overhearing me tell an incredulous friend about how the traditional Indian system worked, my eighth grade social studies teacher asked if we would open our debate to the class in the suburbs of Pennsylvania. Always enthusiastic to share my…

I Grieved For My Mother On the Set of Nancy Grace I Grieved For My Mother On the Set of Nancy Grace

I went to New York to interview for a job on HLN’s Nancy Grace in September of 2008, fewer than 48 hours after my mother’s funeral. When I tell people that, they always widen their eyes. I can tell what they want to ask me: “So your mom’s funeral wasn’t even the worst day of that week?”

Hillary Clinton's Writing a Book to Tell Us How It All Went Wrong Hillary Clinton's Writing a Book to Tell Us How It All Went Wrong

Back from wandering the Chappaqua woods and enduring one of the most excruciating ceremonies in recent memory, Hillary Clinton is going to explain what the hell happened on the campaign trail from her own perspective in a series of “personal essays.”

On The Internment of My Grandfather On The Internment of My Grandfather

I remember the exact moment that I connected internment with my family. I was in elementary school, and we had learned all about the New Deal and Franklin Delano Roosevelt in social studies. Later that week, I was at my grandparents’ house for a family dinner, and I was reciting all these things I had learned at…

Hey, I'm No Hero, Just a Decent Man Who Has Never Grabbed a Pussy Hey, I'm No Hero, Just a Decent Man Who Has Never Grabbed a Pussy

I have no daughters, but I have known several daughters in my life, and have a mother, a few women coworkers, plus a female friend here and there, and I have never grabbed any of their pussies—nor, for the record, would I brag about doing so, if I had. And let me tell you, if I heard about anyone who had, I would…

This November, I'm Voting Third Party This November, I'm Voting Third Party

There are fewer than two months to go until election day, and the 2016 presidential campaign has finally completed its transition from bizarre and occasionally hilarious piece of performance art to a reminder of the increasingly bleak reality of our country’s political system.

The Cool Thing About Me The Cool Thing About Me

The thing about me is that I don’t care that Anthony Weiner is in the news again for sexting. Sorry, but I fail to see how him taking a photo of his dick near his kid and then separating from his wife is a series of events I’m supposed to care about. It’s not that I don’t care about this story per se. It’s just that…

My Daughter Forced Me to See Women As People My Daughter Forced Me to See Women As People

Here I am, a strong but thoughtful man who believes women deserve respect. And I never would have said it if it weren’t for my young daughter.

I Stole My Coworker Joanna's Granola and It Tasted Great (A Snack Diary) I Stole My Coworker Joanna's Granola and It Tasted Great (A Snack Diary)

About one month ago, my coworker Joanna Rothkopf assumed the role of Features Editor at Jezebel dot com. Congratulations to her! This week, the Whole Foods Corporation randomly sent her a gift package of healthy snacks for no reason other than they probably wanted her to assign a feature on the Whole Foods Corporation.

Hearst Quietly Kills 'The Mix,' Their Personal Essay Tragedy Content Farm Hearst Quietly Kills 'The Mix,' Their Personal Essay Tragedy Content Farm

Hearst has quietly shuttered The Mix, a submission program that allowed young and/or inexperienced, mostly non-professional writers to make very little money to write about their deepest personal tragedies, secrets, and insecurities. A note on The Mix’s homepage says the program is “no longer accepting submissions,”…

xoJane Publishes Terrible Article By a Woman Who’s Glad Her Friend Died, Then Deletes Her Byline xoJane Publishes Terrible Article By a Woman Who’s Glad Her Friend Died, Then Deletes Her Byline

On Thursday, xoJane published an essay titled “My Former Friend’s Death Was a Blessing,” which outlines a series of petty grievances with a woman who, the piece reveals, later committed suicide. It’s a strange and deeply insensitive piece; simultaneously judgmental, self-absorbed, and unreflective, particularly since…

We Need a New Word for Survivor  We Need a New Word for Survivor 

I recently received a text from my dead brother’s girlfriend. I still think of Dana as Junior’s girlfriend even though it’s been 15 years since he was killed. We’re not close anymore, but her daughter, who was conceived the week before he died, is my niece; we remain connected through the trauma we shared.

Lindsay Lohan Published An Essay About 9/11, Plenty of Other Things, to Instagram

On Sunday, September 13, 2015, actress and wedding guest Lindsay Lohan published a 248-word essay on Instagram about the events of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Because many people share stories about how the events of 9/11 affected them, that Lohan shared hers isn’t surprising. What’s notable is that the story is a…

She Said/She Said: Joyce Maynard's Daughter Takes 'Modern Love' Revenge She Said/She Said: Joyce Maynard's Daughter Takes 'Modern Love' Revenge

Over the summer, professional sharer Joyce Maynard, well, shared an essay about her uncommunicative daughter. Ironically, now her daughter writes a rebuttal from her perspective. Because that's how families communicate, right?

Your Daughter's Left For College? Cry Me A River Your Daughter's Left For College? Cry Me A River

This column's title pretty much says it all: "My Universe Loses a Star". The Drama (or lack thereof) of the empty nester leaves us thinking, rather ungenerously, "And we should care because...?"

This Week In "Modern Love": Cancer, Drugs, & Cads This Week In "Modern Love": Cancer, Drugs, & Cads

I've stopped trying to define how the New York Times defines "love," modern or otherwise. Cause it's conspicuously absent from the latest "Modern Love" essay, "The Kindness, and Xanax, of Strangers." Or is it?!

Modern Love: Deadbeats Or Sugar Daddies, Our Only Choices! Modern Love: Deadbeats Or Sugar Daddies, Our Only Choices!

"I still would love to experience life as a pampered princess, at least once." Alas, for "the accidental breadwinner," it's not to be!

"Modern Love" Takes On The Mother In Law Cliché... And Shatters It "Modern Love" Takes On The Mother In Law Cliché... And Shatters It

The "Modern Love" column, as we know all too well, can be an exercise in modern narcissism. But this week's essay, Diane Nottle's "Faithful to His Memory, and His Mother" is different: the story of a woman who, after the death of the love of her life, forms a lasting bond with his mother that ends up being a far…

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