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.

This Is The Average Age When Most Americans First Learn About Sex

I was probably about 12 when I first learned about sex — well, kind of. The boy across the street from me informed my sister and I that sex was when a man put his penis in a woman and "shook it all around." When I shared this information with my…
By Amanda Chatel

3 Out Of 4 Sex Toy Owners In America Use This Toy

Long before battery-operated vibrators were even a blip on the radar of human existence, there were dildos. Dildos have been used for thousands of years, with the oldest dildo being 28,000 years old. Made of stone and clearly shaped like a penis,…
By Amanda Chatel

Being Single Is Better For My Mental Health — At Least For Right Now

After years of flings, relationships, one marriage, and far too many friends with benefits, it’s time to take a break. And, after a messy, devastating end to a relationship this past summer, I’ve finally realized that being single is better for my…
By Amanda Chatel

I Love The Person I Am When I'm Single

As a woman whose formative years coincided with Sex and the City, of all the quotes that resonated with me, it was this one that stuck with me the most: "The most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with…
By Amanda Chatel

These Zodiac Signs Make The Most Compatible Roommates

As rents continue to skyrocket, especially in cities and other major metropolitan areas, having a roommate is an easy decision for so many people these days. A 2017 study by real estate site Zillow found that 30 percent of people are living with at…
By Amanda Chatel

Women Aren't Just Responsible For Getting Pregnant — They're To Blame When They Miscarry Too

When I found out I was pregnant in July, I stood in the bathroom staring at the pregnancy test, alone, willing the test to change its results. When I decided to get a second test, a digital one this time, again, I stood over the test willing it to…
By Amanda Chatel

7 Genius Hacks That Will Help You Remember To Take Your Birth Control

Although there are a variety of birth control options for women, the Pill remains the most common birth control choice for women worldwide, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). When the Pill is used perfectly, meaning every single day…
By Amanda Chatel

These Are The Zodiac Signs That Make The Most Compatible BFFs

When we think about the zodiac signs that are most compatible, it's often in the context of romantic relationships. But what about our other relationships? Which zodiac signs make the best friends? "When it comes to everyday relationships — those we…
By Amanda Chatel

A New Survey Says This Is The #1 Sexual Fantasy

When it comes to sexual fetishes and kinks, it's not totally fair to say one fantasy is more "normal" than another. As long as all those who are participating are consenting adults, then what you do to get off is your business. But of course, a lot…
By Amanda Chatel

More Than Half Of Women Orgasm Through Oral Sex — But Most Aren't Receiving It

Because it isn't enough that we have an orgasm gap when it comes to how often men versus women orgasm during sex, we have to face yet another gap in the bedroom: the oral sex gap. According to a 2016 study published in The Canadian Journal of Human…
By Amanda Chatel

7 Signs You Should Change Your Birth Control, According To An Expert

With several options to choose from (IUDs, the Pill, Depo-Provera injection, etc.), and options within those options, the first birth control method you try might not be the best one for you. Finding the right choice can certainly can be a a trial…
By Amanda Chatel

5 Mental Tricks To Help You Relax Before A First Date

Although no one can predict how many first dates you'll have in your life before finding someone you want to be in a relationship with, it's safe to assume you're likely to have more first dates than second dates. Which means you're also likely to…
By Amanda Chatel

9 Mental Tricks To Help You Calm Down When You're Feeling Really Angry

Anyone who's ever completely lost their cool and let rage takeover knows how bad it can be when you let anger get out of control. That's why it's so important to know how to talk yourself back down when you feel your blood boiling. According to the…
By Amanda Chatel

8 Ways To Practice Self-Care When You're Traveling

It's so important to make the most of your traveling, since we all know those vacation days are far and few between. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 84.7 percent of American workers get paid vacation. Of those who get paid vacation, the…
By Amanda Chatel

7 Mental Tricks To Help You Out In Awkward Situations

No one, enjoys feeling awkward in a social situation. Except maybe Ricky Gervais. He did, after all, write one a fantastic series filled with awkward, cringe-worthy moments, The Office. But unlike the rest of us, Michael Scott and David Brent (the…
By Amanda Chatel

7 Mental Tricks To Help You Calm Down When You're Feeling Really Embarrassed

Anyone and everyone has, at some point in their life, felt really embarrassed about something. According to research, embarrassment really is a trigger and because of this, it can be very powerful. If someone knows just how they can knock you off…
By Amanda Chatel

9 Sex Positions For When You Can't Find A Bed

Sometimes you really want to get it on, but there's no bed to be found. For example, you meet someone at a bar and are quite certain that you can't possibly wait until you get home to have sex, so you need to find a place where you can make the…
By Amanda Chatel

6 Gifts To Give A Partner Whose Love Language Is Words Of Affirmation

As a self-proclaimed verbomaniac, if you want to win me over, you need to do so with words. Not only does this prove that I'm a verbomaniac, but it also means my love language is words of affirmation. And it just might be the reason I've dated so…
By Amanda Chatel

10 Hard Truths Nobody Tells You About Being Newly Single

So here you are again: newly single. For some that's great! You finally get your life back and you get it back on your terms! It's fantastic! But for others, especially if that relationship ended on a sour note, being newly single feels rough. If…
By Amanda Chatel

7 Things To Give A Partner Whose Love Language Is Acts Of Service

If you've yet to learn about love languages, then now is the time. A theory conceived by Dr. Gary Chapman in 1995, a love language is the way in which people give and recognize love. According to this theory, there are five love languages: Words Of…
By Amanda Chatel