Maria Yagoda is a freelance writer living in New York who writes about the two most important topics in the world: food and sex. Her writing has been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jezebel, NYTimes.com, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America, and Ozy.

Latest Articles

7 Dos And Don'ts Of Communicating During Sex

It’s mostly common knowledge that good sex demands good communication. Yet while many of us recognize this on an intellectual level, we still struggle to vocalize our sexual likes and dislikes....espe...
By Maria Yagoda

What Are The Weirdest Google Sex Searches?

I write a blog that deals with sex and has sex in its name — Snax and Sex and the City. I get great satisfaction from sharing my stories about two of my favorite things,  and I'm privileged to have ...
By Maria Yagoda

5 Reasons To Stop Lying To Get Out Of Plans

Doing things with people is hard. That may seem like an unreasonably simplistic assertion, but it’s true. Even if you’re meeting up with someone you really like to do something you really enjoy, the p...
By Maria Yagoda

Buy Your Friend A Vibrator For Valentine's Day

There are several ways to celebrate Valentine's Day, whether you're single or coupled off — and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t throw a good Valentine’s Day vibrator into that mix. Hear m...
By Maria Yagoda

These 8 Google Autofills Say A Lot About Sex Ed

Who should we talk to when we have questions about sex? Ask Jeeves is long defunct, and many of us don't have a wise older sister type to coach us through the finer points. Maybe our folks never muste...
By Maria Yagoda

What To Read Before You Study Abroad

Going abroad — whether for an academic semester or because you just feel like it, dammit — is an experience that can change the course of your life (or at least should, if you do it correctly). There'...
By Maria Yagoda

9 Texts That Will Help You End Any Relationship

The fadeaway, a dating move in which you abruptly cut off communication with someone without explanation, is unequivocally rude…but often tempting. Otherwise known as “ghosting,” the fadeaway makes s
By Maria Yagoda

9 Ways To Make Cheap Champagne Feel Expensive

Studying abroad in Paris robbed me of my ability to eat mediocre cheese, wine, and bread. Ever since those six blessed months (and a few other expat stints along the way), I've struggled to find reaso...
By Maria Yagoda

8 Habits of Couples with Great Communication

Communication is the most essential element of a healthy relationship. The negative consequences of poor communication are so great that no couple, not even those that look flawless, are immune. Bottl...
By Maria Yagoda

The 6 Types of Guys You Date When Studying Abroad

There are many reasons to study abroad, the least important of which is academic learning. You don’t schlep yourself to Cape Town or Barcelona or Prague for the excellent university programs or the op...
By Maria Yagoda

What You Need to Know About Sex and Depression

Depression affects all aspects of life, from appetite to ability to shower, robbing people of the will to do and feel very basic things. Sex, naturally, becomes complicated, fraught with anxiety and d...
By Maria Yagoda

I Chronicled My Depression In 100 Selfies

When Dmitry Golubnichy created the social media phenomenon #100happydays earlier this year, he was not feeling happy. He was in a slump, despite having a fulfilling job, supportive friends, and a lovi...
By Maria Yagoda

What Liz Phair Taught Me About Sex

I heard the word "cunt" several times before I knew its meaning. I would sing it in front of my parents, on long car rides up to my grandmother’s house, during brief breaks from NPR. “I only ask becau...
By Maria Yagoda

Should You Use a Couples Vibrator?

The idea of using a couples vibrator has historically terrified me for two reasons: terror of vibrators, and terror of couples. It was only earlier this year that I used a vibrator for the first time,...
By Maria Yagoda

Does God Approve of Your Sex Life?

Does God approve of my sex life? Does God condone sex? These are just a few of the questions that a young person might consider when deciding whether or not to get (or stay) involved with church. Does...
By Maria Yagoda

Moving In Together Is The New Third Base

Ivan Andreich Laevsky, the restless, 28-year-old protagonist in Anton Chekhov’s novella The Duel, is bathing in the sea with his friend Samylenko, a military doctor, when he asks a serious question. ...
By Maria Yagoda

The Best and Worst Parts of Living Off Campus

Moving off campus is a huge step in your college career. It’s almost like you’re a real, live adult: you’re living on your own (with people you choose), you’re grocery shopping, and you’re throwing si...
By Maria Yagoda

What I Learned From Two Weeks Of Sober First Dates

First dates are hard. I don't consider myself someone who needs alcohol to have a good time, but I do consider myself someone who needs alcohol to survive a first date. Of course alcohol should be inv...
By Maria Yagoda

Don't Let Body Insecurity Screw Up Your Sex Life

From erectile dysfunction to vaginal pain to depression to not dating Andrew Garfield, there are countless setbacks that can get in the way of a satisfying sex life. Good sex, as elementary as it may ...
By Maria Yagoda

This Is the UK's Highest Paid Sex Worker

As Andrea Garcia-Vargas wrote in Bustle in January, sex work is not the same as trafficking... nor should sex workers be anyone's "rescue project," a message sent loud and clear by the hashtag #NotYou...
By Maria Yagoda