Rachel Sanoff is a regular contributor to Bustle and an editor at HelloGiggles. She is LA-based, and her writing can also be seen in Jezebel, the Huffington Post, and The Culture Trip. Rachel's articles frequently discuss sexual health, reproductive rights, consent activism, and dating/relationships. She received her BA in English + Labor Studies from UCLA. Contact her at rachelsanoff@gmail.com
Latest Articles

The "Baggage" You Shouldn't Hide From Your Partner

Chances are, when contemplating a new relationship, your anxiety may get the best of you as you wonder what could go wrong. More specifically, you might wonder what you'll subconsciously do to make things go south. Such is existing as a human being "…
By Rachel Sanoff

Is This Food Messing Up Your Sex Drive?

Our sex drives are incredibly temperamental things. As we explore our sexualities, we may discover specific and unexpected turn-ons, But what are some strange and unexpected turn offs? What are some things that will kill your sex drive? You may lose …
By Rachel Sanoff

How Couple Nicknames Have Evolved Since The 1900s

What do you call your significant other? "Baby" has probably slipped out of your mouth every once in a while, even if you claim to hate the word. And "bae" is a mid-aughts standard. But what terms of endearment did your parents use in the early days …
By Rachel Sanoff

How Relationship Advice Has Evolved Over Time

One of the easiest ways to decipher the treatment of women and LGBT folks during certain time periods in our society is by taking a look at the most popular relationship advice from the era. How has relationship advice evolved over the last 100 years…
By Rachel Sanoff

What To Watch On Netflix To Get Over A Breakup

While time may really be the only thing that can help you truly move on from a bad breakup, there are a lot of cathartic distractions that can ease your pain as you mourn the loss of a relationship. And thank the universe that Netflix exists, because…
By Rachel Sanoff

7 Mistakes We Make When We Talk About Sex

Sexual exploration is often one of the most fun and exciting parts of any relationship. When you have a regular sexual partner, you have the opportunity to grow and learn about your own desires, as well as how to please another person. One of the bes…
By Rachel Sanoff

7 Post-Sex Mistakes You Might Be Making

Sex is one of the most amazing things in the entire universe, and it is also one of the messiest. Sex is a breeding ground for both pleasure and bacteria — but thankfully, there are a lot of different steps you can take in order to keep yourself as h…
By Rachel Sanoff

7 Weird Things You Do When You're Falling In Love

Love is beautiful and love is bizarre. Not only are you nervous and overwhelmed by the new object of your affection, but your brain chemistry is literally changing — resulting in some weird, obsessive behavior. What are some weird things you only do …
By Rachel Sanoff

The Advice From Your Mom That You Can Ignore

Your relationship with your mother is one of the most important relationships you'll ever have — for good reasons and/or bad reasons. Your mother shapes your understanding of the world and your understanding of yourself. She can do that with loving b…
By Rachel Sanoff

7 Vegan Products For The Bedroom

One of the facets of veganism that is extremely important (and often misunderstood, as veganism is frequently confused with a "plant-based diet") is the fact that all purchases and utilized objects must also be cruelty-free and free of any animal byp…
By Rachel Sanoff

Why You Shouldn't Feel Ashamed About Having Herpes

Herpes is treated as a punchline in countless American comedies: the worst, most embarrassing thing that can happen to somebody when they have sex — a scarlet letter forever branding you for some horrible decision that you made, preventing you from e…
By Rachel Sanoff

What Happens In Your First Serious Relationship

When you begin your first serious relationship, it is important that you pause long enough to recognize that this new partnership is an accomplishment. All relationships require learning, growing, changing, and questioning. But your first serious rel…
By Rachel Sanoff

7 Signs You Aren't Meant To Have A Best Friend

Now, when I say "signs that you aren't supposed to have a best friend," I don't mean "signs that you are supposed to be forever alone." I'm talking about reasons that you, personally, are not designed to only have one, solitary best friendship. You w…
By Rachel Sanoff

How To Help Your Partner Forget Gender Stereotypes

Gender stereotypes negatively inform the way we interact both with ourselves and with the people in our lives, shaping the power dynamics and traditional roles within our romantic relationships. So how can we help our partners get over gender stereot…
By Rachel Sanoff

15 Stimulating Facts About Getting Off

July 31, the holiest of days — National Orgasm Day, to be exact. And what better way to celebrate those sometimes elusive but frequently sought after magic moments than with 15 facts about orgasms. Some of these facts were discovered by the 2015 SKYN…
By Rachel Sanoff

How To Check If Friends Are OK After France Attack

Update: According to the latest reports, at least 84 people were killed in the attack in Nice, France, and over 180 are injured. Of the wounded, François Hollande, the president of France, said on Friday there are 50 victims “in between life and deat…
By Rachel Sanoff

5 Misconceptions About Happy Couples

Pop culture, society, and our own friends and families all work together to create the idea of the perfect romantic relationship — an idea that is based solely on fictionalized tropes of the happy couple. The unattainable ideals that we associate wit…
By Rachel Sanoff

5 Ways To Support SCOTUS' HB2 Abortion Decision

Today, we celebrate the Supreme Court decision overturning key parts of Texas House Bill (HB2), which had forced mass shut downs of clinics across the state of Texas. HB2 mandated that abortion clinics meet the building requirements of surgical cente…
By Rachel Sanoff

What I Saw At The Museum Of Broken Relationships

What do a broken yellow camera, a pair of contact lenses, a teddy bear with a broken recorder inside of its plush belly, and a tattered copy of The Outsiders have in common? They all are remnants of relationships that have since ended, and they (and …
By Rachel Sanoff

This App Wants To Change How We Discuss Consent

Do you have verbal conversations with sexual partners about consent? Have you ever asked a sexual partner if they have an STD? Have you ever been asked? An app called YES to SEX aims to combat campus rape, improve sexual health, and normalize discuss…
By Rachel Sanoff