Amanda is a writer who divides her time between NYC and Paris. She's a regular contributor to Glamour, Bolde, Livingly, and Mic. Other bylines include: Harper's Bazaar, The Atlantic, Forbes, Elle, Huffington Post, The Frisky, and BlackBook. Her greatest dream is to win a cheesecake eating contest while holding a baby panda.

I Got Pregnant On The Pill Twice — But It's Still My Favorite Method Of Birth Control

I first went on the Pill when I was 19. Although I had been having sex, with condoms for a year with my first boyfriend, the Pill was mostly for cramps. I had debilitating cramps throughout junior high and high school, and the Pill was a godsend.…
By Amanda Chatel

14 Women & Non-Binary Folks On Why They Won't Date You If You Didn't Vote In The Midterms

As some have noted, the 2018 midterm elections may be the most important one in U.S. history. Voter turnout hasn't just been impressive, but is breaking records in some parts of the country. In Texas, for example, the early turnout for voting had…
By Amanda Chatel

The Midterms Are Making Me Realize I Could Never Date Someone Who Doesn't Vote

I never really paid attention to politics until college. And then, mostly because my friends were getting into it, I figured I should have some idea of what was going on so I could at least hold my own during political conversations at parties. It…
By Amanda Chatel

6 Things People Commonly Look For In A Partner That Often Lead To Disappointment Later On

When it comes to finding "The One," some people have a clear vision of who that person is — all the way down to what kind of socks they wear. From the ideal job, to the perfect height, to their political leanings, many, if not most of us know what…
By Amanda Chatel

I Tried Out 43 Sex Toys This Year And Here Are My 9 Favorites

One of the perks of being a sex and relationships writer is getting to try new sex toys. It's also a perk I take very seriously. There's no lengths I won't go to to make sure I've tried every sex toy that comes my way and multiple times — different…
By Amanda Chatel

Experts Reveal Exactly How Policy Changes Would Threaten Trans Patients' Health & Rights

On October 21, the New York Times published a report describing a Trump administration memo that shows they’re reconsidering new guidelines to Title IX, the federal civil rights law that was put into place to protect people from discrimination based…
By Amanda Chatel

7 Things No One Tells You About Dating A Friend

It's no secret that successful relationships need to involve a level of friendship. Because loving someone and liking them, to paraphrase Leslie Knope, is essential in a relationship, some theories even suggest that the best relationships are the…
By Amanda Chatel

Let Me Introduce You To My Favorite Sex Toy Ever

There are certain moments in a person's life that you never forget. For example, your first kiss. Whether it was good or bad, you never forget it. There's also that time when you finally got your driver's license, moved into your own apartment, met…
By Amanda Chatel

Hinge's New Feature Asks You Questions About Your Date So You Can Get Better Recommendations

In a society where online dating has become one of the most common ways to meet people, dating apps are constantly looking for new innovations to make their platform stand out and, ideally, offer something that other apps don't. Recently, dating…
By Amanda Chatel

Doctors Say This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Have An Ovary Removed

On Tuesday, Lena Dunham had her left ovary removed. On Wednesday, Dunham posted a photo her mother took of her post-op on Instagram, writing, “Yesterday I had a two hour surgery to remove my left ovary, which was encased in scar tissue & fibrosis,…
By Amanda Chatel

Women Share What It Was Like To Share Their Abortion Story In A National Photo Exhibit

One in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime. That's a third of the female population. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, which could possibly be the case with the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, one-third of women will have to put…
By Amanda Chatel

7 Tips For Sharing Your Fantasy With A Partner, According To Feminist Pornographer Erika Lust

In an industry that's often wrought with misogyny and violence against women, feminist pornographer Erika Lust has made a name for herself as someone who's making a different type of porn — ethical porn. It's the type of pornography that can be…
By Amanda Chatel

7 Unexpected Signs Of Breast Cancer Your Doctor Wants You To Know

After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the United States for women, according to the American Cancer Society. It's estimated that 12 percent of women will develop breast cancer at some point in her life, 266,120 new cases will…
By Amanda Chatel

5 Tips For Not Letting A Bad First Date Get To You

Almost everyone has had at least one bad first date. You see them in movies, you hear about them in songs, and how many times has a friend called or texted you only to start with, "You're not going to believe how bad this date went?" I have texted…
By Amanda Chatel

7 Signs You're Ready To Move To A New City

You're in a rut. Every day of your life you do the same thing, so much so that you're starting to think you're starring in your own version of Groundhog Day. You flip through issues of AFAR magazine or scour the Internet for apartments in other…
By Amanda Chatel

7 Ways To Know If You're Ready To Live Alone For The First Time

Living alone, as amazing as it is, isn't without its downsides. Especially if you're so accustomed to coming home to a space that you share with someone else. At first, the change can be difficult. You're entirely responsible for yourself, your…
By Amanda Chatel

Here's How Venus Retrograde Will Affect Your Love Life, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

From October 5 to November 17, Venus is retrograde. As the planet that represents all things beautiful: art, pleasure, wine, harmony, indulgences and love, this particular retrograde is bound to affect everyone until its retrograde comes to an end…
By Amanda Chatel

A Nutritionist Reveals 5 Hacks That'll Get You To Actually Drink More Water In 2 Weeks

For the longest time, the general rule of thumb was that everyone should drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day. But then, in 2016, a study from Monash University found that most people were drinking too much water. The study cited that,…
By Amanda Chatel

These 6 Nutrient Deficiencies Can Affect Your Sex Life

Although sexuality and sexual desire are very much neurological in nature, that doesn't mean you should ignore your body. Your body, after all, is the one that's doing the physical end of things. So if you're not taking care of yourself, your sex…
By Amanda Chatel

6 Myths Astrologers Want You To Stop Believing

As much as some might scoff at the idea of astrology, there's certainly an argument to it. If we, as humans, are made of the same elements as stars and planets, it would seem almost silly to dismiss the fact that we're all interconnected. And,…
By Amanda Chatel