Rachel Shatto

Rachel is an SF Bay Area-based culture writer and former managing editor of Curve magazine. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, horror movies, or the oxford comma.

Recent Articles

5 Seriously Hot Books To Read If You Couldn't Get Enough Of 'Fifty Shades'

Love them or hate them, the Fifty Shades books and movies were a reminder of how hot and exciting erotic literature can be. Sure, you can find porn all over the internet — and don't get me wrong, porn can be amazing — but it will never be able to bui…
By Rachel Shatto

8 Myths About Sex That Couldn't Be More Wrong, According To Experts

I used to have some serious (and dangerous) misconceptions about sex. I went to an extremely conservative school, and our sex ed class wasn't so much about the "ed" part. It was more about scaring the hell (literally) out of us. In fact, it wasn't ev…
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10 Sex "Rules" You Needed To Unlearn Yesterday, Because They're Total BS

When you are having sex, there are a lot of really important things to know. You know, things like how to prevent pregnancy or STD transmission, what enthusiastic consent is and whether or not you have both given it, etc. However, along with all the …
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10 Pictures To Send Your Partner When You Miss Them That They Won't Stop Thinking About

There's a reason we can never get Kim K out of our brains, and that's partially because the girl has mastered the art of the thirst trap. But don’t hate, emulate... especially if you want to make sure you're always on bae's mind. There's no way to ne…
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Here's Where You'll Find True Love, According To Your Zodiac Sign

Meeting new people has never been easier. Thanks to dating apps, social media, and online dating sites, the sheer volume of potential human contact can be incredible, but also a bit overwhelming. However, when it comes to finding true love, that's ju…
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4 Red Flags Your Partner Is Gaslighting You, According To An Expert

I once lived with a world-class gaslighter. If they gave out trophies for mental manipulation, there wouldn't have been an empty flat surface in our entire apartment building. No matter what we argued about, it would inevitably "really" be my fault. …
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17 Awkward Things That Are Bound To Happen During Sex, So Don't Panic

Sex is awesome. When you are enthusiastically consenting to get freaky AF, there is nothing better. But we've all been there when things suddenly go... awry. There you are in the moment, and you are feeling yourself, and then, suddenly, something rea…
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6 Steaming Hot Movies To Watch If You Died Over 'Fifty Shades Freed'

Erotic thrillers have always been my not-so-guilty pleasure. I grew up stealing my older sister's VC Andrews novels. (And if you haven’t read those, gurl, they are freaky AF.) So if you went crazy for the Fifty Shades series, I totally feel you. Who …
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10 Things You Should Say To Your Partner Every Day To Keep The Love Alive

When it coms to love, falling into it is a lot easier than maintaining it. There’s a reason, after all, that it's called "falling" in love, because it's mostly out of your control — the heart just takes over. Because those emotions come so easily and…
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5 Signs You'll Have Good Emotional Chemistry, Based On The First Few Dates

Most dates have the potential to be pretty bad. So why do we keep dating? Why do we keep signing up for an experience that often winds up being a letdown? Well, the answer is actually pretty obvious — when a date is good, it can be really good. There…
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21 Instagram Captions For Your Flowers On Valentine's Day If You're Blooming With Love

I don't care how jaded you think you are about Valentine's Day, it’s impossible not to get a excited and feel the love when the flower delivery person shows up with bouquet of flowers with your name on the card. Is it cheesy? Sure. But sometimes it’s…
By Rachel Shatto

10 Kinds Of Sex You Have On Valentine's Day, Based On Your & Your Partner's Zodiac Sign

Flowers are nice, chocolates are better, stuffed animals clutching hearts that say "Be Mine" are the worst, but the very best thing about Valentine's Day has to be celebrating it with your special someone — horizontally. Yep I'm talking about getting…
By Rachel Shatto

4 Red Flags Of An Emotionally Abusive Relationship That You Might Not Spot At First

I've been lucky enough to never have had partner put their hands on me. I came from a family where the threat of physical violence was always there and so I swore that if I ever found myself in another physically abusive relationship, I would leave i…
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The Perfect Valentine's Day Date For Your Partner, According To Their Zodiac Sign

Old St. Val's special day is almost here. Have you made your V-Day plans yet? What? You haven't? Gurl, the clock is ticking! But if the problem is you're not sure what to do on Valentine's Day with your partner because you want to make it perfect, I'…
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Why Seeing Couples' Pics On Valentine's Day Doesn't Make Me Feel The Love

When it comes to cheesy couples' pics on Valentine's Day, I am firmly and forever on Team Eye Roll. I’m not talking about the couple that shares the occasional pic of the the two of them doing something special, like taking a vacation or rescuing a n…
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If You’ll Find A Bae In Time For Valentine’s Day, According To Your Zodiac Sign

With the countdown to Valentine's Day really winding down, if you're single but would like to have a Valentine, you're probably starting to wonder whether you'll find love before Valentine's Day if you've run out of time. Well, first of all, of cours…
By Rachel Shatto

7 Gross (But Normal) Things That Happen When You Get Comfortable In A Relationship

One of the greatest moments in any relationship is when you're sitting together on the couch, and you realize you really need to fart. But instead of running off to the farthest corner of the house to discretely release the pressure, you just go ahea…
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10 Signs You're The Toxic One In Your Relationship, According To Experts

Do you feel like every single relationship you've been in has been toxic? No matter how beautifully things start, does the relationship become poisonous every time? It may just be that you are stuck in a pattern of picking the wrong people, and if th…
By Rachel Shatto

25 Valentine's Day Instagram Captions To Show Off A New Relationship

There are lots of reasons being in a new relationship is awesome. Every kiss, every touch, every moment you spend together feels like a new adventure. But one of the very best parts of being cuffed up with someone new is celebrating a holiday togethe…
By Rachel Shatto

Here's Exactly What To Do If You're In A Toxic Relationship, According To Experts

In my dating history (herstory?), I've been in my share of lousy relationships — ones that were never really going to work out for various mundane reasons. They tended to fizzle out fairly quickly, and each of us would go on our way, no harm, no foul…
By Rachel Shatto