All of My Coworkers Know I Have Herpes. It’s Great.

Tomorrow I’m giving a short talk about the work I’ve done this year to combat herpes stigma. Here’s the catch: I’m doing it at my office. For my entire company. Including everyone who works remotely on an internal live-stream. That’s somewhere between 150 and 200 of my coworkers, give or take a bunch of interns. […]

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The badass women of TED: or, my second herpes outbreak

I have never wanted to be flawless. It took a long time to understand that about myself. I don’t mean flawless in the “***flawless” Beyoncé sense; I mean perfect, undamaged, smooth—what young women are supposed to strive to be. My edges have always been jagged, and I’m a provocative person despite how much I loathe […]

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My writing is places: “Weirdest TED moments” on the TED Blog

Sometimes I write about things that are not sex (shocking, I know). Today I shared the 10 weirdest things that have happened in TED Talks for the TED blog, inspired by my wildly popular “what the fuck did I just watch” series of tweets. If you want to watch TED speakers stab themselves in the […]

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Journal entry: morning commute

So here is your daily life at the beginning of October. You get up at 7:25am and put on your nice jeggings from Uniqlo, the soft, tight-enough ones in dark business colors that you wear with a thick brown belt and knee-high boots. You drag one of your two leather jackets across your shoulders, the pink […]

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Stop asking me for TED Talk recommendations

I’ve been working for TED for about six weeks now, and one of the first questions people ask me is, What’s your favorite TED talk? And then after that, What talk should I watch? These are both hard questions to answer. TED’s collection is massive and incredible; I often fall into spirals where one video leads to another […]

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I talked to The Gradmit about my post-grad feelings

Where do I see myself in five years? In a perfect world I’d be writing freelance about sexuality, feminism, and pop culture while working on my best-selling series of feminist erotic novels. More realistically, I can see myself with a career in social media management and writing fiction off the clock. The Internet has opened up […]

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Bye Bye Berkeley: Sexual harassment, self-esteem, and social media

I move home next week. After two and a half months in the Bay Area I’ll board a plane at SFO direct to JFK and start the next, next chapter of my life. I wanted to write a blog post to acknowledge this, to talk about how important and intense this summer has been, but […]

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