Topic: Blogging

Can Men Write About Sex Without Sounding Like Douchebags?

Can Men Write About Sex Without Sounding Like Douchebags?

So it’s no secret around these parts that I (and all of us at The Gloss, really) like to read and write about sex. I find it an interesting subject for a variety of reasons: it can help us understand ourselves and each other, it’s often horrifying and/or funny, there is still a taboo around talking about it, you never really stop learning about sex, it can be empowering to tell your own story, I like reading other people’s personal shit…I could go on. But one thing I’ve noticed about most of the sex writing I’ve been reading these days is that the conversation seems to be dominated by people inhabiting queer and/or feminized bodies, i.e. everyone but straight, cisgender men. Why is that? More »

Is It Ethical For Bloggers To Sell Their Free Gifts?

Is It Ethical For Bloggers To Sell Their Free Gifts?

As bloggers, we get a fair amount of free stuff from companies and the publicists who represent them. This is both common knowledge and common practice in the industry, as it allows writers to see new products and figure out whether or not we should recommend them to readers, as well as giving the businesses a better chance at exposure. So is the idea of us selling those free gifts ethical? More »

Video: How To Take Your Outfit From Day To Night And Night To Day. For Real.

Video: How To Take Your Outfit From Day To Night And Night To Day. For Real.

Everyone at TheGloss has read about a hundred “helpful” articles on how you can transform your dowdy daytime wear into sparkling nighttime attire. It usually involves crazy hijinks like removing your jacket! Sometimes putting on earrings!

All of that it bullshit, because you are now simply wearing your Applebee’s uniform with earrings. You look foolish. It looks like flair. We decided to make a video showing how you should really transition from daywear to nightwear and back again so you can tramp around in style. More »

Chasing Thirty: Starting A Blog

Chasing Thirty: Starting A Blog

Andrea is on a quest to check off a bucket list of items in her 29th year. You can read more about her adventures at her blog, Thirty-Things.

Starting a blog was actually the first item of business on my list of things to do before I turned thirty; I write about it now because my reflections about the enterprise are likely a little more profound after six odd months of blogging than they would have been in the beginning when… More »

Why I Blogged About My Breakup

Why I Blogged About My Breakup

Although some may disagree with me, I think that writing about a painful experience — be it the death of a loved one, a difficult life challenge or even heartbreak — can be cathartic and an important part of the healing process. But, based on my own experience blogging about a painful breakup, I would caution anyone to think it over first, take time to heal a little and carefully consider the forum and the audience your story will reach. More »

Penelope Bagieu: Meet Paris’ Most Popular Blogger (And Her Alter Ego)

Penelope Bagieu: Meet Paris' Most Popular Blogger (And Her Alter Ego)

Writer and illustrator Penelope Bagieu is one of the most popular bloggers in Europe, but until now she’s been an unknown in America. Her blog Ma Vie Est Tout a Fait Fascinante (My Life Is Completely Fascinating) chronicled Bagieu’s life, complete with illustrations. She then created a character named Josephine and has written three graphic novels about Josephine and her life adventures in Paris. (Though the books are currently available only in French, the fetching illustrations make it fun and relatively easy for non-speakers to follow along.) In her first-ever U.S. interview, Penelope talked about Paris’ blogger scene, how to create your opposite, and whether it’s true that American women are less stylish than French ones. More »

Exclusive: Crystal Renn and Paulina Porizkova Talk Blogging, Beauty, and Tyra Banks

Exclusive: Crystal Renn and Paulina Porizkova Talk Blogging, Beauty, and Tyra Banks

Yesterday, I attended a conference organized by Glamour magazine and held at New York’s 92nd Street Y. The conference was in honor of the 20th anniversary of Glamour’s Women Of the Year celebration, and the two panel discussions focused on work/life balance and body image, respectively. Among the panelists for the body image discussion were Crystal Renn, the plus-sized model who documented her experiences with body pressure in the modeling industry in the 2009 book Hungry, and Paulina Porizkova, the former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model turned writer. I was able to speak with both women briefly about some of their comments. More »