Samantha writes for Bustle and for Feminspire.com. She's a recent Tufts University graduate who can be reached at samantha.b.jaffe@gmail.com. She loves sarcasm, surfing, Scattershot (a bad 80's cover band), SNL, alliteration, and other things that make her laugh.
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25 People You'll Meet at Burning Man

On this day last year I was with one of my best friends packing her car for the Burning Man festival. We had our ski goggles, freeze-dried food, costume boxes, and ancient bikes, made new with tassels and silver tape, attached to our newly purchased …
By Samantha Jaffe

The 11 People Your Friends Turn Into Post-Grad

As members of the class of 2013, we are now almost 10 months out of college. In that time, much has changed. Some of us have new jobs and new apartments. Others have moved back in with our parents. Lots of us have broken up with our college boyfriend…
By Samantha Jaffe

11 Funniest Valentine's Day Cards In Existence

Seriously. You're welcome. Here's a list (with examples) of the best quirky Valentine's Day cards on the Internet. Compiling this list required going to the depths of Google to find the best of the weirdest (actually funny) and the worst of the weird…
By Samantha Jaffe

What Men Actually Want for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is not a good day for mankind. One of my childhood best friends put it this way: "Valentine's Day is the day where all your single friends bitch about being single, and all your coupled friends bitch about being part of a couple." Fur…
By Samantha Jaffe

What Women Actually Want For Valentines Day

So this is the thing. This list has been made SO MANY times. I know that. So, rather than compiling one of those lists (which would tell you that what women really want for V-Day is a vibrator, or a kitten, or a game of mini-golf), I asked my friends…
By Samantha Jaffe

5 Truly Uplifting Love Stories

Valentine's Day is easy to dismiss as material, commercial, and superficial. It's easy to say that we should celebrate the people we love every day, and that the holiday is more for selling candy than anything else. That said, truly incredible love s…
By Samantha Jaffe

Barack & Michelle for "Cutest Presidential Couple"

There are many remarkable things about our Commander-in-Chief and First Lady, but one of the most special and admirable is their clear and obvious love for each other. In the spirit of Valentines Day, here are nine of their cutest moments caught on c…
By Samantha Jaffe

5 Items That Will Transform Your Walk of Shame

Sunday mornings are rough. Everyone knows this. You roll out of whatever bed (or couch, or floor) you crashed in/on after your big night out, sleepy, confused, eyes caked together with last night's makeup, and try to rally yourself and others for bru…
By Samantha Jaffe

Why You Should Eat Spaghetti On A Date

I have a very, very funny mother. Over the course of my 22 years on this planet she has compiled a lengthy list of foods that I am not allowed to eat in polite company, which has since morphed into a list of foods I’m not allowed to eat on dates. In …
By Samantha Jaffe

Dartmouth Sorority Leaders Speak Out on Greek Life

Full Disclosure: I am not a big fan of sorority recruitment. Further disclosure: this stems from, in fact, having been in a sorority. And, in Dartmouth's sorority scene, five members of the school's Panhellenic Council (who run sorority activities li…
By Samantha Jaffe

24 Things I'd Like to See More of in 2014

It's a new year, and in the spirit of new beginnings, new starts, and everything else fresh and shiny, I've compiled a list of 24 things I would like more of in 2014. This, mind you, is a rough list. Many of the items in it contradict each other. The…
By Samantha Jaffe

This is What It's Like to Be a Capricorn

If you weren't born between December 22nd and January 19th, you can't quite know the pain that comes from being a Capricorn. "What pain?" you (who is probably an Aries or an Aquarius or another sign that gets a "spontaneous" or "sexy" horoscope every…
By Samantha Jaffe

Is Beyonce a Feminist? The Debate Continues

I don't need to remind you (an avid consumer of online journalism, I presume) that only a few short weeks ago, Beyonce broke the Internet. Let's get past the fact that she managed to keep her high-concept visual album a secret from the blogosphere. L…
By Samantha Jaffe

9 Signs You Are A Workaholic

Workaholics of the world: unite! If you are concerned that you maybe, possibly, could be addicted to the office, take the handy quiz below to find out. If you score more than 10 points in total...it's official. You're a workaholic and 2014 can be you…
By Samantha Jaffe

10 Resolutions for Overachievers

I think a reasonable 2014 New Year's resolution for all us over-achievers out there is to be more like Justin Timberlake. Dude is the definition of an overachiever. This is a man who could be resting on his laurels, confident in his abilities as a bo…
By Samantha Jaffe

5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating in 2014

Procrastination: the process of carrying out less urgent tasks before more urgent ones, doing more pleasurable things in lieu of less pleasurable ones, putting off until next week what could be done today. Students do it. Yo-pros do it. I do it. Chan…
By Samantha Jaffe

7 Steps For Breaking Your Social Media Addiction

We've all been there. Incessantly checking Twitter. Constantly on Facebook. Obsessed with Pinterest. Instagramming our lives away. And, with the eve of a new year upon us, we have to stop. Seriously. Our social media addiction may be getting in the w…
By Samantha Jaffe

The Best 'Dear Santa' Letters

The letters that kids write to Santa can be sweet, inspiring, clever, and downright hilarious. Here we've compiled some of our favorites Christmas missives to the big bearded guy. 1. A 10-month-old kid's "real" letter From The Ugly Volvo via Slate co…
By Samantha Jaffe

Our List...of the 10 Best Lists

The end of journalism is nigh. Every major publication has predicted it and yes, the irony of this is apparently lost on all of them. There are many culprits in this demise, the Internet being the most often cited. I, however, cite a specific Interne…
By Samantha Jaffe

How The Expectations Game Affects Black Filmmakers

Executives in charge of distribution at major movie studios (Universal, Fox, Disney, Warner Bros., etc.) nearly always low-ball their predictions regarding how much a given movie will make on its opening weekend. Why? Because it's a game of expectati…
By Samantha Jaffe