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My life as an extremely tall woman

This summer was the season of marriage for my group of friends. Practically every one of us tied the knot, and I had the honor of standing up in several weddings. But when I saw the photos from one of my best friend’s nuptials, I winced as I looked at our group shots. There, in the row of bridesmaids, is me—sticking…

Why a surgeon had to remove my hymen

It was the fall of 2003, my sophomore year of college. Like millions of coeds before me, I had made an appointment at my campus health clinic to get birth control. I was in a long-distance relationship with my high school sweetheart and had just learned his military unit was shipping overseas. We’d decided to get…

What I learned from my fling with the 1%

His blonde head cast a golden halo on my pillow. His steady sleep-breathing lulled. The hum he’d left in my body spread. I was a liberal East Coast Jew with a penchant for radical social justice and a back-to-the-land lifestyle. He drove a silver Audi and I could tell his haircut cost more than a month’s worth of my…

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