MOST RECENT ARTICLES BY:

Alexa Tsoulis-Reay

  1. atypical
    When Your Mother’s Death Is Kept Secret From YouThe reverberating effects of hiding the truth.
  2. mansplaining week
    10 Men on What a Blow Job Feels Like“Like I’m a wild dolphin running through the ocean.”
  3. fashion nostalgia
    21 Notables on the Clothes That Take Them Back in TimeBette Midler, Jenna Lyons, Diane Von Furstenberg, and more on what they wore during life’s defining moments.
  4. mothers and daughters
    11 Kids on What It’s Like When Mom Is Also a Boss“It’s normal for women to be the boss, Hello Kitty is a boss of the Kitties and she is a girl.”
  5. mothers and daughters
    What I Learned From Losing My Mother When I Was 17“I know mothers can cause people problems. But it’s hard to listen to people’s bellyaches about how terrible their mother is.”
  6. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be Unable to Bear the Sound of Someone Eating“Any time I hear someone chewing with their mouth open, I lose my mind.”
  7. mothers day 2016
    Getting a Foster Mom Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to MeHow a teenage African refugee and a California mom built a relationship from scratch.
  8. atypical
    What It’s Like to Periodically Collapse and Pass Out for Several Hours“I know nothing is going to happen to me, I know I will wake up and I won’t die — but it’s so totally and utterly humiliating.”
  9. atypical
    What It’s Like to ‘Wake Up’ From Autism After Magnetic Stimulation“I just thought my inability to read people had held me back my whole life. And if there is something that could change that, I should try it.”
  10. it's complicated
    My Wife Is Breast-feeding Both of Our BabiesA five-month check-in on the wives who gave birth four days apart.
  11. both sides of a breakup
    Both Sides of a Breakup: She Moved in But Didn’t Want to Get SeriousNow he’s photographing her wedding.
  12. it's complicated
    What It’s Like When Your Brother Is Your Wife’s Sperm DonorSeven years later, we’re still figuring it out.
  13. it's complicated
    What ‘Conscious Uncoupling’ Is Really LikeAnd how it allowed me to get over my husband’s infidelity.
  14. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be a Stoner Who’s Allergic to Marijuana“I’d kept an old joint, and sometimes I’d light it and have a fake little religious ritual where I would waft it like a sage stick around the room.”
  15. cut cover story
    My Wife and I Are (Both) PregnantThe story of two women who set out to have a baby together, and were more successful than they ever imagined.
  16. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be Chemically Castrated“It hurt. It took at least two shots before I noticed my sexual thoughts slowing down.”
  17. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be Allergic to Water“When you find out that you are allergic to water, that’s an internal crisis beyond anything else.”
  18. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be an Intersex Nudist“I don’t have to deal with the politics of sex and gender and men and women. You guys are welcome to all that crap.”
  19. atypical
    What It’s Like to Lose 350 PoundsAnd be blind. And be a carnival worker.
  20. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be Single With Tourette Syndrome“I’m terrified of airports because as soon as I walk through the door my mind tells me to say bomb or gun: Say bomb. Shout it. Shout it. Shout gun. Shout bomb. It’s just torturous.”
  21. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be Profoundly Face-Blind“I’ve walked right past my husband, my own mother, my daughter, my son, without being able to recognize them.”
  22. atypical
    What It’s Like to Have Severe Lyme Disease“If I had not been an insider and if I had not been able to push for the information I needed, there’s no question I’d be dead.”
  23. atypical
    What It’s Like to Have Severe Vaginismus“It’s like having an ob-gyn exam every single week for three months, and each time they’d introduce a different size dilator.”
  24. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be Allergic to Wi-FiA conversation with a woman who says she is suffering from a disorder that many scientists believe doesn’t exist.
  25. what it's like
    Atypical: What It’s Like to Live on the Margins of ExperienceWhat it means to see yourself as different. And to be seen that way.
  26. What It’s Like to Be an Expert Lucid Dreamer“The last time I saw a godlike figure in a dream I told him to get out of my way.”
  27. What It’s Like to Need Hardly Any Sleep“I have so many more hours in the day to get things accomplished.”
  28. What It’s Like to See 100 Million Colors“I can tell if someone is sick just by looking at them. Their skin gets gray, it gets yellow, and there’s some green.”
  29. what it's like
    What It’s Like to Be a Polyamorous Genius“I have learned that sometimes I have to acknowledge someone’s feelings even though they are stupid in my mind.”
  30. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be a Really Hairy Woman“The hair is thick and dark, and it goes from my sideburns to my neck and my chin.”
  31. what it's like
    What It’s Like to Crave Amputation“I strongly feel that my left leg just shouldn’t be on my body. I’ve thought about it obsessively every single day of my life.”
  32. atypical
    What It’s Like to Date Your Dad“We discussed whether it was wrong and then we kissed.”
  33. atypical
    What It’s Like to Slowly Lose Your EyesightWatching the darkness close in for years and years.
  34. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be a 58-Year-Old VirginYears and years of loneliness.
  35. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be Covered in ScalesWhat it’s like to watch your body transform, permanently, for the worse.
  36. what it's like
    What It’s Like to Date a HorseExploring the secretive world of zoophilia.
  37. what it's like
    What It’s Like to Remember Almost Everything That Has Ever Happened to YouThe benefits and downsides of hardly ever forgetting.
  38. what it's like
    What It’s Like to Have a MicropenisThere is a lot of embarrassment.
  39. what it's like
    What It’s Like to Have a Condition That Gives You Extremely Terrible Body OdorYou have to think a lot about your diet, for one thing.
  40. what it's like
    What It’s Like to Be Cripplingly Afraid of VomitingIt involves day after day of obsessively monitoring your body for signs of illness that aren’t really there.