Gina M. Florio
Gina is a Features writer and reporter for Bustle and a regular contributor to Hello Giggles. Her work has also been featured in Brooklyn Magazine, The Establishment, and Mind Body Green. She's a Harvard alumna and an international yoga teacher who's very uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.

Latest Articles

The Yoga Community Is Neglecting People Of Color

In a world where Donald Trump is the President of the United States, his administration's policy decisions throw us into constant states of shock and despair, and his chaotic social media presence mak...
By Gina M. Florio

"Beauty & The Beast"'s Interracial Kiss Matters

The first onscreen kiss I ever saw was when Ariel and Prince Eric finally embraced in The Little Mermaid, right before her human legs turned back into a single green fin. Her long red hair was cascadi...
By Gina M. Florio

Women's History Month Needs To Be Intersectional

The first Girl Scouts meeting to ever take place occurred in Savannah, GA on March 12, 1912. Juliette Gordon Low was 51 years old at the time, and she brought together 18 girls in her hometown to enjo...
By Gina M. Florio

Why Anxiety Isn't The Same As Being Nervous

There are enough misconceptions about mental illness to fill up the entire Atlantic Ocean — twice. People who have never experienced lifelong problems with their mental health don't understand what it...
By Gina M. Florio

The First Female NFL Referee Gives Us Advice

On Sunday night, Super Bowl LI was watched by millions of people across the country. Even if you're not a football fan, you don't need to know anything about the NFL to know that all the referees out ...
By Gina M. Florio

Ways The Pill Might Be Messing With Your Health

Ever since birth control was first made available to women nationwide, we've been presented with all kinds of information about contraception, and we've learned a lot ourselves from using it firsthand...
By Gina M. Florio

Muslim Women You Should Be Following On Twitter

There's been a widespread sense of chaos and exasperation since President Trump signed an executive order on Friday to instill "a temporary ban on most refugees," which includes a suspension of visas ...
By Gina M. Florio

Normal Ways Your Relationship Changes Over Time

When you first get together with your partner, it's like everything is out of a dream. You get excited when they call you in the middle of the day, you plan elaborate dates, and you imagine all the wa...
By Gina M. Florio

I Stopped Saying Sorry As My New Year's Resolution

When I made my New Year's resolutions for 2017, I tried my best to come up with a tangible plan so I could manage them and keep track of my progress. For example, I wanted to increase my intake of wat...
By Gina M. Florio

Why You Need To Be Following A WOC Activist

The worldwide protest that took place on January 21 has gone down in history as one of the largest demonstrations ever. Over 3.3 million people participated in the Women's Marches in 500 different cit...
By Gina M. Florio

Signs Birth Control Is Hurting Your Mental Health

There are so many things to consider when you're choosing which birth control to jump into bed with. You have to think about the convenience, the cost, what the side effects will be, and so much more....
By Gina M. Florio

The Best Plant-Based Sources Of Calcium

We've been fed the same calcium myth since we were little kids waiting in the lunch line at our school cafeteria: Milk is the best way to get your daily fill of calcium, the mineral that strengthens b...
By Gina M. Florio

How To Be Ambitious When You Have Anxiety

I was an overly ambitious little kid. I wanted to be the first one done with all my tests, and I wanted to have the highest score in the class. I was so concerned with succeeding that my parents didn'...
By Gina M. Florio

To The People Who Think My Social Anxiety Is Rude

One of my friends recently told me that she thought I hated her when we first met. Hate?! That's a strong word, I thought to myself. I laughed it off with her in the moment, but later that evening, I ...
By Gina M. Florio

How Sex Will Be Different In 2017

We learned a lot of interesting things about sex in 2016. Some of it was surprising, like the fact that millennials aren't getting laid nearly as much as we thought we were. A study published in Archi...
By Gina M. Florio

How People Treat Me Differently As A Blonde WOC

When I was a church-going kid, I used to kneel at the foot of my bed every night and pray that God would bless me with blonde hair overnight. It was the only thing I consistently asked for. There wasn...
By Gina M. Florio

How My Partner Helped Me Manage My Anxiety

The first memory I have of my boyfriend soothing my anxiety is simple. He gave me a tall glass of water and rubbed my back as I drank it. Then he sat across from me at the table, looked at me, and too...
By Gina M. Florio

Physical Signs Of Anxiety You Shouldn't Ignore

Our culture's greater understanding of anxiety is pretty narrow. We think of someone anxious, and we conjure up an image in our head of a twitchy-yet-endearing person who says awkward things at weddin...
By Gina M. Florio

Little Ways To Give Yourself A Fresh Start

Even if your inner cynic rolls her eyes at the idea, the New Year is a useful time to give yourself a fresh start. A clean slate, if you will. You can think about all the things that didn't work out f...
By Gina M. Florio

I Drank 75 Ounces Of Water Every Day For A Week

Even though I'm a yoga teacher and all that, drinking enough water throughout the day is not something I'm proficient in. I have a glass when I first wake up, but the only reason I reach for another o...
By Gina M. Florio

How Weight Loss Journey Posts Affect Us

I don't even know what a holiday season looks like anymore without the talk of weight loss that inevitably follows the gift-giving, wine-guzzling festivities. Just as Christmas is sure to come every y...
By Gina M. Florio

My Resolution When Speaking To Conservative Family

Psst! Check out the "You IRL" stream in the Bustle App for daily tips on how to have an empowering 2017 starting Jan. 1. Right now, tweet @bustle about how you plan to make 2017 the best year yet. Use...
By Gina M. Florio

I Made It My Resolution To Stop Saying Sorry

The last time I ordered a chai latte it came out all wrong. I asked for almond milk instead of regular (I'm lactose intolerant), and I requested the barista use just a touch of honey rather than the n...
By Gina M. Florio

7 New Year's Resolutions That Are Total Bullsh*t

The whole point of making New Year's resolutions for yourself is to improve your life and make you happier. We're only human, so we get excited about the prospect for a fresh start, because it makes u...
By Gina M. Florio

Is "I Want To Get Fit" Code For "Lose Weight"?

At my parents' house, there's a stack of small old diaries in the nightstand drawer of my childhood bedroom that I flip through every year when I visit for Christmas. I know that what I'm going to rea...
By Gina M. Florio

Social Media Resolutions For Mindfulness

Most of us despise the very idea of them, but we usually get roped into declaring a few New Year's resolutions for ourselves anyway. We're predictable creatures, so our resolutions tend to be somewhat...
By Gina M. Florio

The Top Myths About Abortions, Debunked

It's one of the most taboo subjects in women's health, but speaking frankly about abortion is necessary if we want to provide women with all the information they need to make sound decisions about the...
By Gina M. Florio

How To Actually Donate To Feminist Charities

During this time of the year, most of us are caught up in a frenzy of chasing deals and buying presents for friends and family. But today, you've got an excellent reason to pause with all the gift hun...
By Gina M. Florio

Why I Don't Regret Becoming A Yoga Teacher

My mother nearly cried tears of devastation when I told her I was signing up for a yoga teacher training program in 2013. I was on the tail-end of earning a Masters degree from Harvard University in R...
By Gina M. Florio

What Vacations Do To Your Body

Americans aren't exactly known around the world as people who take vacations on a regular basis. In many European countries like France and Germany, adults generally take about six weeks off every yea...
By Gina M. Florio

How Trump Is Creating A Mental Health Crisis

No matter what demographic you fall into, there's a good chance this presidential election is stressing you out. A survey conducted by the American Psychological Association in October showed that 52 ...
By Gina M. Florio

The First Time I Experienced Racism

I moved to Georgia on a hot summer's day in 1995. We had just left my birthplace, San Diego, CA, and although I have no recollection of the cross-country journey, I had a sense that it took a toll o...
By Gina M. Florio

I'm Loving The Diversity Of "Power Rangers"

I've always been a sucker for high school movies about a band of misfit best friends who stick together despite being rejected by the cool kids. When I was a teenager, I must have watched The Breakfas...
By Gina M. Florio

Amber Tamblyn's Detailed Sexual Assault Account

In the week since tapes of a 2005 conversation between Trump and Billy Bush behind the scenes of Access Hollywood were leaked — tapes in which the two men said an array of offensive things about women...
By Gina M. Florio

Fight Off Seasonal Affective Disorder

Changes in weather can cause our bodies to do the weirdest things sometimes — for example, when the air pressure drops and things get a little colder, you might feel some aches and pains in your joint...
By Gina M. Florio

Why We Need To Stop Calling Women "Girls"

"What can I get you girls?" It's one of the first things my friends and I always hear when we're ordering something in a restaurant or bar. Men of all demographics use the phrase, as do a lot of women...
By Gina M. Florio

Are Some People Born Vegetarians?

When you're scanning a dating app for a potential date, the very first thing you're looking for in a suitor probably has nothing to do with the level of their meat consumption, even if you're busily s...
By Gina M. Florio

What Younger Feminists Should Ask Older Feminists

If you think about the last time you had a memorable discussion about feminism with your friends, you were probably surrounded by people from your demographic — same age, same stage in life, maybe the...
By Gina M. Florio

7 Famous Women Who Turned A "No" Into A "Yes"

The last thing you probably picture when you look at an exceptionally successful woman is complete and utter failure. Your mind instead runs through how hard she must work, how passionate she must be ...
By Gina M. Florio

Why Is Anxiety So Common Among Twentysomethings?

Mention the word "anxiety" to almost any millennial and you're bound to see a glimmer of familiarity in their eyes. Even if they don't suffer from an anxiety disorder themselves, odds are that they ei...
By Gina M. Florio