Michelle Toglia
Sex and Relationships Editor at Bustle. She loves pickles, hula hooping, and all of the monkey emojis.

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What Private Dating Parties Are Really Like

"What's your type?" I point to a guy across the room but he's already talking to someone. She takes a good look at him, nods, and grabs my arm. We walk around for about 20 seconds and stop abruptly when we spot a guy coming out of the elevator. "Meet Michelle!" I'm at the New York City launch party for Social Concierge, an invite-only dating club, at Fishbowl at Dream Midtown, a new (like hadn't even opened yet new) bar and founder Nana Wereko-Brobby just introduced me to a cute guy and then le…

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7 Things That Are Better Than Sex

This App Wants To Make Your Love Life Great Again

With over 15 percent of U.S. adults having used dating sites or dating apps, online dating is bigger than ever. But how effective are these dating platforms — and more importantly what are they doing to us? Pew Research from 2016 says only five percent of Americans who are in a marriage or committed relationship met their significant other online. Match's 2016 Singles In America survey, the most comprehensive survey of single Americans, says that 40 percent of people have dated someone they met …

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What It's Like To Be A Single Millennial In 2017

Match's seventh annual Singles In America survey, the most comprehensive survey of singles, reveals how over 5,000 American singles ages 18-70+ view dating, love, and sex today. But what about smartphone-addicted, swipe-right-or-left obsessed, ghosting/benching/breadcrumbing Millennials? How does our generation differ from older generations when it comes to modern dating, love, and sex? Turns out, we're definitely doing things differently, but not in the ways you'd expect. “Millennials are dilig…

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What It's Really Like To Be Single In 2017

Whenever my friends in long-term relationships give me dating advice, I often think, hmm that sounds rational but they also don't really "get" what it's like to be a single in America 2017. The dating climate is definitely a lot different than it was five years ago. For starters, you've probably heard a lot about the "hookup culture", but also how Millennials are having less sex than previous generations. You may have heard about the "dating apocalypse", but also how dating apps are more popular…

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This Dating App Matches People On Things They Hate

I used to joke that the reason my group of friends from high school was so tight was because we all felt strongly about the same things, from our undying love for Vanessa Carlton's "White Houses", Sandy Cohen on The OC, and the San Francisco Veggie Sandwich from a cafe in our town to our distaste for George Bush (the president at the time), the weird tree that smelled like a fish by our school, and gaucho pants. They're still my best friends today. While there are probably tons of reasons we've…

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How To Be Your Authentic Self

While our health and wellbeing should always be a priority, January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, so it's especially important time to learn more about screenings and the cancer that 4,210 women will die from this year. While cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women, according to the American Cancer Society, the death rate has gone down by more than 50 percent thanks to the increased use of the Pap test, which is recommended with the HPV tes…

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What It's Really Like To Meet On A Dating App

Being single in a major city is undoubtedly awesome... when you want to be single. But if you're single and looking in a big city, it can be frustrating AF. Sure, there are more options in cities — and the paradox of choice may be an issue for some — but how do you really meet new people? Whether you're new to the city or you've been there for years, like I have, and you already know all your friends' friends, their co-workers, and their neighbors, it can feel impossible sometimes. That's why so…

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What Book Did Donald Trump Take The Oath On?

Donald Trump was sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States at noon on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. But what book did Trump take his oath on? Donald Trump was sworn in with his hand on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible and a bible of his own. While U.S. presidents must take an oath of office, according to the Constitution, they don't have to do it on bible or a religious book for that matter — yet most of have used a family bible, reports the New York Times. The family bible Trump used is chil…

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11 Ways To Support PP On Inauguration Day

Feeling an all too familiar uneasiness this week? Me too — and it's exactly like the stressful AF one I felt in early November. But I bet I'm not the only one with Inauguration Day stress. An October 2016 American Psychological Association survey found that 52 percent of Americans (and 56 Millennials) experienced 2016 election anxiety — and this was a month before we knew Donald Trump would win the presidential election. Can you imagine how much higher these numbers probably are now? Since Dona…

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