Combustion 

I’m losing my mind folks! Losing it. I might actually spontaneously combust. Let me count the Ways… anxious fearful afraid, agitated, annoyed, apprehensive, basket case, bothered, concerned, distressed, disturbed, edgy, excitable, fidgety, fitful, flustered, fussy*, hesitant, high-strung, hysterical, irritable, jittery, jumpy, nervy, neurotic, on edge, overwrought, querulous, restive, ruffled, sensitive, shaky*, shrinking, shy, skittish, snappish, solicitous, […]

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Ending the Battle with Body

I went on my first weight loss diet when I was thirteen. I was horrified by my curves, especially those thighs, but photos show I wasn’t overweight. I don’t remember how much weight I lost, but I do remember my mother’s praise. She honored me for joining her in her unending battle against body. I […]

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Meet C. Streetlights -OTV’s Voice of Reason

There’s a good chance C. Streetlights became part of the mafia in New York City after sympathizing with her waitress at TGIFridays and her waitress gave her a large take out bag filled with sandwiches and desserts. “The family” took care of the bill, she told C., throwing her arms around her, kissing her on […]

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Product Review: The Semplifi Hair Care System

Editor’s Note: Our Beauty Squad Leader, Sarah Ayoub, was one of several women asked by Al Melchiorre, designer of the Semplifi Hair Care System, to try and review the full line of products. Here is her honest review. When I try a new product, I use it three times before I come to a conclusion. […]

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Meet OTV Beauty Squad Leader Sarah Ayoub

Sarah Ayoub has finally hit thirty and dirty. In celebration, she is heading up the new OTV Beauty Squad to talk makeup and style (and it’ll all be worthwhile). Aside from being old and married, Sarah birthed a daughter nearly four years ago, and has been running a bakery for six. Clearly she can do […]

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The Body Beautiful

By Jacqueline Cioffa As a former model and makeup artist who worked with Ashley Graham, I can assure you she is not ‘fat,’ she is perfectly portioned. The average dress size for a woman in U.S. is 12 – 14. The modeling industry, fashion, and celebrity promote unhealthy and unrealistic skinny body standards for all […]

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Pricks, Pics and Love Without Respect

Content Warning: sexual harassment and assault Image capture by RetyiRetyi. Sex is fun. I’m always in a good mood afterwards. It’s good exercise. It helps my insomnia, sometimes. So, yeah, I’m a fan. “Who isn’t?” you might ask. Well, past me, actually. I haven’t always enjoyed the idea or the actuality of sex for a […]

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I’m Body Positive But Not Exactly Happy About It

Body acceptance and fat positivity, and how that connects with having an STI and being disabled, are issues I regularly write and talk about. Here’s a secret: I don’t always love my body. Here’s another “secret,” because people so rarely say this out loud: It’s ok to not always love your body. So, who the […]

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Jesus Would Have Let Me Cry on His Shoulder

By Juliana Marcelle Crespo Gloria tried to convince me that Jesus lay dormant in the fibrous sinews holding my muscles and joints in place. She’d come up to me to tell me this while I was doing arm curls at her husband’s gym.  I set down the barbells and turned towards her so I could […]

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I can’t tell you how much Appa is changing our lives. We have more laughter than argument. Our days used to begin and end with an emotional, anxiety-fueled meltdown. Appa has ended that. I’ve never seen Noah smile so much. Not even as a baby. Appa fills him with joy. I know when he completes […]

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