Category: RealTalk

Emotional Health

“Emotional pain cannot kill you, but running from it can. Allow. Embrace. Let yourself feel. Let yourself heal.” —Unknown A Comatose Heart Suppress, repress, hide, mask, avoid, numb, bottle up, explode – these are words that describe what we do with our emotional pain more often... read more

What does it mean to be an empowered woman?

What does our society tell us about being an empowered woman (and are they right)? What is empowerment? Are women in today’s America empowered? What does our society expect of empowered women? These are significant questions being asked today. We wanted to know what real women in Ann Arbor think... read more

Does online dating move too fast?

I’m not here for a hook-up: can’t we slow things down? Most of us are long past the stigma that used to exist around online dating. Apps like Tinder and Bumble, or websites like OK Cupid and Match, are ubiquitous in the dating world. And with good reason: finding the right person in the real... read more

Is Casual Sex Worth it?

What does “casual sex” mean, anyway? The phrase “casual sex” gets thrown around a lot, often meaning different things to different women. It could mean a one-night-stand with someone you’ve just met at a club or on Tinder. Or it could mean periodically hooking up with someone. Or sex... read more

Can you say “no” to sex? Consent and expectations.

When the expectation is to always say “yes,” consent is more powerful than ever before. Over the past few decades, a lot of social norms surrounding sex have changed drastically. It's great that we can now talk more positively about sex, and we should celebrate that. And while slut shaming... read more

How to talk to your partner about an STI

We know it’s an awkward conversation, but here’s why you need to ask. Nothing kills the romatic mood quite like “Oh, by the way honey, when was the last time you were tested for STIs?” That said, STIs are serious, and before you sleep with someone, you should be sure they’re free of STIs.... read more

Am I at risk of contracting an STI?

What’s the likelihood that I’ll get an STI while I’m in College? We all like to think we’re invincible. Warnings are for other people: we ourselves are not at risk. However, 25% of college students have an STI. According to Live Science “50% of new infections occur in young people, ages... read more

How can I have honest conversations on sensitive topics?

Where is the balance between speaking from the heart and listening with compassion? Thanks to recent events, many of us have probably had a tough time lately keeping our cool in the midst of some contentious issues. We hear or see something which triggers some strong emotions, and our instinct is... read more