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Love is Easy, Friends are Hard

Are we ready for apps that find you friends?

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Oscar the Grouch Caused My Sexual Awakening

Like many children growing up in the bell-bottomed, health food decade of the 1970s, I was weaned on Sesame Street. Unlike its raz…

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Sex, Candy, and Androgyny: My Lifelong Obsession With ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

Thanks to you, Tim Curry.

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How the ‘Parent Trap’ Woke Me Up to My True Sexual Identity

Lindsay Lohan: the softcore erotic icon of my childhood.

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Falling in Love with Every Man with Long Hair

If there was a hair to frame a face, I wanted to be next to that face.

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The Moment I Realized All My Childhood Crushes Were Gay

Lance Bass was just so sweet and non-threatening.

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First Encounters: What ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Taught Me about Sex and Men Behaving Badly

The muscles, the chest hair, the crazy-perfect coif.

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My First (Gay) Straight Porn: Why I Was Obsessed with ‘Debbie Goes to College’

College would be an escape, I thought, from a sexless Pennsylvania small town high school.

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Charlie Sheen’s Teenage Dirtbag in ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Set off My Lifelong Bad Boy Phase

“Well, it’s Jean, but a lot of guys call me Shawna.” “Okay, Jean.”

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First Encounters: How Peeking into Boys’ Basketball Shorts Ignited My Desire

“I’d had crushes before, but up until then they had mostly revolved around naming my pet mice after male teachers.”

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First Encounters: ‘Revenge of the Nerds’

I wanted to keep watching this scene for as long as I could. First Encounters is a series in which writers explore the media that …

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My Sexual Awakening Came From Watching an Osmond Reenact the Bible

Any (Wet) Dream Will Do. First Encounters is a series in which writers explore the media that inspired their first brush with thei…

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How Seeing Titanic 16 Times in the Theater Transformed My First Sexual Encounter

Rose was not only on the upper decks of the ship, she was on a freakin’ pedestal. That seemed like a pretty sweet deal. First Enco…

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