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  • Is This Sex Taboo Such a Big Deal?

    Refinery29By Abigail Fox, Refinery29

    I don't even remember how old I was when I had my first threesome - though it was sometime in college. I was definitely naive enough that I didn't really have any idea what was going on when an attractive couple at a camping festival sidled up to me. Eventually they made their intentions known and instead of wrestling with my feelings or asking what they specifically had in mind, I just said, "Sure, why not?" After less than an hour of cramped and sweaty rolling around in a dome tent where we all fell asleep in flagrante delicto more than once, we called it a night and went our separate ways, never to speak again.

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    Since then, I've had a variety of threesomes - all two women, one man (FFM, for short). I had one, golden opportunity to have an MMF (two men, one woman) threesome when I was diving in Honduras, which was scuppered by lack of condoms. I've been part of a couple pulling in a

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  • 10 Fitness App that Get RESULTS

    By Rebecca Brown, Refinery29

    For many, exercising alone is far from ideal - yup, it can be completely lackluster. But, thanks to the ingenious tech community, the sheer volume of health-based smartphone apps available means you never have to feel directionless (or alone!) during a sweat session again.

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    From running programs with coach-like audio cues to tracking tools that charge you cash money for skipping workouts (we're talking serious accountability here), we've tested some of the most popular fitness and nutritional apps around. So, if you're ready to stay focused and hit your wellness goals, whip out your smartphone and start downloading.

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  • Do Women Want Casual Sex More Than Men?

    feetBy Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29

    Women have a complicated relationship with sex. Or, rather, researchers are always telling us that we do. Attitudes about sexuality have generally been governed by evolutionary psychology. A prime example is a 1989 study about casual sex, which found that 70% of men will have sex with a stranger (if asked), but no women would. Seriously, as in 0%.

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    Terri Conley, a professor of psychology and women's studies at the University of Michigan, set out to investigate how researchers came to such conclusions. When it comes to claims about women and sex, Conley simply says: Prove it.

    "These gender differences that everyone knows exist, and they know they'll always exist, and they're biological - when I started pressing on them I found that a lot of those assumptions hadn't really been tested," she told The Cut. So, Conley's taking these "facts" about the sexuality of men and women and actually testing them.

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  • What Makes an Instant Eye Cream Instant?

    By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29

    .Neither the strongest cup of coffee nor the coldest shower can make up for a bad night of sleep. However, that definitely doesn't mean we're not going to try our best to fake it. Our bathroom shelves are lined with more eye creams and concealers than we feel comfortable telling you about. But, in light of the inevitable sleep deprivation that accompanies Fashion Week, we decided to figure out how to narrow down our collection into just the stuff that really gets the job done - instantly.

    What, exactly, makes an instant eye cream instant? According to Shannon Gallogly, the national education and training manager of Decléor Paris, that instant quality is half illusion and half reality. What creates the illusion? Well, if you're using Decléor's new New Prolagène Lift & Brighten Eye Cream, Gallogly says that the immediate brightness comes from the iridescent quality of the ingredients: "The mica extract and pearl particles combine to bring an illumination

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  • 12 Under-$10 Valentine's Day Gifts

    By Ellen Hoffman, Refinery29

    In a dream world, we'd spare no expense to shower our nearest and dearest with gifts come Valentine's Day. But, this is real life, and it is expensive. Which means you may not have tons of dough to spare for February 14 - heck, you might still be paying off bills for those presents you purchased in December. So, if long-stemmed roses and five-course meals aren't in your cards or you simply prefer to keep holiday celebrations low-key, we rounded up 50 under-$10 gifts that'll leave all of your loved ones wowed - seriously.

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    Yes, these affordable buys run the gamut, from sophisticated home accents all the way to cheeky, love-themed curiosities. Which means that in addition to spoiling your special someones with a heartfelt card and maybe a surprise cuddle or two (if applicable), you can treat them to even more of life's simpler pleasures as well. And, your bank account? Let's just say it's

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  • Are You Sweating Too Much?

    Refinery29By Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29

    There are a handful of activities during which it becomes socially acceptable to be covered in sweat. These include, but are not limited to, working out at the gym, running around outside, and moving furniture in July. These situations do not include things like sitting at your desk. So, if you find that white T-shirts are not your friend, or that your new nickname around the office is Clammy Hands McGee, you may have a sweating problem.

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    It's not your fault - some people just sweat more than others, and experts can't really say why. According to Dr. Robert Fealey of the Mayo Clinic, there are two types of sweating: thermoregulatory and emotional. As you may have guessed, the former comes from a rise in core skin temperature, and the latter is from becoming too stressed or excited. But, if you're finding that your sweating is actually affecting the way you live your everyday life, you may

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  • Stop Ruining Your Hair, for Good

    By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29

    Hair grows. At least that's what we tell ourselves after bleaching, styling, and brushing it to death. But sometimes, hair doesn't just grow back in the way we want it to. No matter how many hydrating avocado hair masks we whip up, our hair damage lingers - as if it's growing in already damaged. And, combined with the external damage, our hair is not very pleased with us. So, we had to take a hard look at our lives and ask ourselves: Are we accidentally sabotaging our locks?

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    The answer, most likely, is yes. According to Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, a trichologist at the New York Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic, women are trained to think about our hair externally. "We're not conditioned to think about it as being a barometer of our health," she says. But, as experience has taught her, that's exactly what it is. Turns out, it's not just our flat irons and platinum that's

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  • The Mindful Eating Trick that Saves Me

    By Kelsey Miller, Refinery29

    .Have you ever looked down at an empty plate and wondered where the pile of pasta went and why you suddenly need a nap? Or sat down to dinner with a friend and found yourself matching them bite for bite? Have you ever popped a hard candy into your mouth so fast you didn't realize it was a chewable children's vitamin? Yeah, no, me neither. Definitely not.

    This week, in lieu of rambling over my rediscovery of carbs, or controversial love affair with the StairMaster, I'd like to share one of the more practical habits that changed everything about the way I eat. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, legendary leader in the field of mindfulness and meditation is largely credited with bringing the concept of "mindful eating" into popular consciousness in the West. Along with many other practical applications of mindfulness, this idea had a huge impact in the world of nutrition and even popular mainstream diets. Whether you're an advocate of strict dieting or a hardcore devotee

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  • Ok Stupid: The Perils of Online Dating

    By Claire Litton-Cohn, Refinery29

    .Sometime over the summer, I became obsessed with websites devoted to making fun of online dating. I avidly read sites like the wonderful, now-defunct OKCEnemies and spent an embarrassing amount of time scrolling through other people's private messages and dick pics. These websites showcased the rude, the sleazy, the banal, and the merely irritating. They were aggregators for the worst of the worst, and I found them anthropologically fascinating as screengrabs of the underbelly of Internet culture. This is how men who have grown up primarily online interact with women they are trying to impress, I thought. This is what Reddit has wrought.

    One day, I found a site I'd never seen before. It was a collection of introductory letters written by one man to many different women on OkCupid - letters that had never been answered. The author had a large vocabulary, and he even knew how to punctuate. Be still, my heart. (This is how low my bar had gotten.) I

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  • Kristen Stewart's Effortless Style Guide

    By Megan McIntyre, Refinery29

    If there's anyone in Hollywood who has mastered looking effortlessly cool, it's Kristen Stewart. From her tossed-just-so strands to her artfully smudged liner, the girl is just the embodiment of IDGAF cool. Nowhere is that more evident than in her latest ads for Balenciaga, where the actress poses seminude in the brand's visuals for its newest perfume, Rosabotanica. Centered around a heart of "spicy vegetal rose," the scent features citrus, green fig leaves, and white wood accords for a modern, feminine, and very sexy fragrance.

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    We sat down to talk with Stewart about her role with Balenciaga and yes, those sultry photos. Dressed in head-to-toe Spring 2014 Balenciaga - including the most insanely gorgeous rose-gold cuff/work of art - Stewart was frank, candid, and totally down to dish. Besides letting those gossip sites know what she really thinks about clickbait headlines, Stewart also dished

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