Laura Barcella

Laura Barcella

Culture. News. Women. Cats.

I'm an author, freelance writer, & ghostwriter with 15+ years experience.

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Why I Gave Up on Having a "Cool" Life

Moving back home as an adult

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The Anti-Hormone Guide To Birth Control

There are tons of birth-control options out there. They run the gamut from hormonal (the pill, NuvaRing) to as natural and non-hormonal as can be (withdrawal; Natural Family Planning). It may seem, at times, like hormonal methods are the ones hogging the most media buzz. But nowadays, more and more...

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6 Relationship Talks Made Less Awkward

Anyone who's been in a relationship knows the happy ones don't just require love, patience, and unicorn glitter. They also need heaping doses of vulnerability, hard work, and direct communication — even about the most uncomfortable topics. Unfortunately, it's easy to get bogged down silently...

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7 Reasons Your Period Is Super Painful

Periods are annoying. I’ve felt this way since I was first struck by the crimson tide at age 12 — and so has pretty much every woman I know. Not only is menstruating a monthly inconvenience (changing tampons, buying pads, et al.), but it can also be physically trying. Cramps,...

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Is This The Future Of Relationships?

Would you be comfortable with your partner having sex with someone else? How about falling in love with another person? These occurrences, formerly the result of clandestine text messaging and Internet infidelity, are now increasingly happening out in the open. Our generation's experience with...

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The Strange Truth About Orgasmic Meditation

If you’ve spent any time in crunchy circles — or just spent time on the Internet — lately, you might be familiar with OneTaste. After living in San Francisco — the “orgasmic meditation” or “OM” business’ home base — for nearly nine years, I got accustomed to hearing whispered,...

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The Not-So-Gross Guide To Your Poop

Your standard physical typically only happens once a year. For all the time between appointments, regular bowel movements are your chance to keep tabs on your health. Yes, we're talking about poop....

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Is Your Vibrator Ruining Your Sex Life?

“I’m breaking up with my vibrator,” my friend Kate,* 35, quietly informed me over lattes last week. “I love it, obviously, but my boyfriend thinks it makes me less responsive to, you know, him.” I wasn’t surprised by her confession. My therapist had recently asked me to try taking a...

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A New Reason To Feel Good About Your Uber Addition

Here's another reason to Uber everywhere, guilt-free: The ride-sharing company just announced a new global partnership with UN Women that aims to create one million jobs for women by 2020. That's right, a million. It sounds ambitious, but also great. "We share UN Women’s vision of equality...

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Jon Stewart Says Rap Music (Obviously) Didn't Prompt That Racist Frat Song

Yesterday, Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough declared rap music to blame for that hateful video out of an Oklahoma University fraternity. Weighing in on their theories last night, Jon Stewart was having none of it.  It all began when rapper Waka Flocka Flame talked to CNN’s...

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2 Officers Shot In Ferguson Protests

Updated March 16, 2015: Yesterday afternoon, on March 15, 2015, St. Louis officials confirmed that they had arrested and charged 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams for shooting two police officers at a protest in Ferguson, MO last Thursday. Both officers were wounded but released from the hospital hours...

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"OITNB" Actress Stars In Hilarious New Short About Working Moms

If you count yourself among the gazillions of die-hard Netflix addicts out there, you're probably pretty obsessed with Orange Is the New Black (who isn't?). If that's the case, you'll be psyched about the release of this new comedy short, "How We Do It," starring Adrienne C. Moore, a.k.a. Black...

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Is A Typo About To Cost 7 Million People Their Health Insurance?

Today, the Supreme Court will begin hearing a case that could ultimately dismantle Obamacare, and cost seven or eight million mostly poor Americans the health care they need. King v. Burwell is the second challenge to the Affordable Care Act to reach the Supreme Court, and it could lead to a...

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Oklahoma's Racist Frat Scandal Keeps Getting Worse

The furor surrounding the racist fraternity video that emerged on Sunday from the University of Oklahoma appears to be anything but over. University president David Boren announced today that he’s expelled two students that were identified as leading the despicable chant. In a statement, Boren...

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Why This Bill Cosby Accuser Is Sharing Her Real Identity

Things are still getting worse for Bill Cosby: Another formerly anonymous accuser has revealed her name. Jennifer K. “Kaya” Thompson says she's gone public to help advance the case against the embattled comedian. In an interview with People magazine, Thompson said she isn’t part of any...