Each week, The CSPH highlights information from some of our favorite sites that is relevant in the exciting world of sexuality. This week, we are focusing on love and sex stories from XOJane.
How to Maintain a Relationship with Someone Who Has to Help You Wipe Your Ass and How Things Work When Your Lover is Also Your Caregiver
Allison Bricker, who has cerebral palsy (CP), never had an in-depth conversation with a guy until her stepfather impulsively bought a computer. Suddenly, she was regularly meeting men from the chat rooms she frequented, but sabotaged each relationship by shielding them from the realities of living with CP. Three years later she moved in with her boyfriend Gary, and has since learned how to maintain an intimate relationship with him as her caregiver.
How to Meet Dudes for Sex Online (Without Getting Serially Murdered)
According to XO Jane’s Executive Editor Emily McCombs, “casual sex with strangers is one of the the great joys in life.” When a reader asked her for advice on how to meet up with someone from Twitter, McCombs told them how to do so while protecting themselves and their identity, and to call her after!
It Happened to Me: I Told My Boyfriend I Was Born a Boy
Janet Mock rarely told the men she dated that she was born a boy, but she knew from the night that she met Aaron Tredwell that he should be one of the lucky few. When she finally told him the truth, Tredwell’s response made Mock cry in the best way possible.
A Death Row Love Story: Lorri Davis on Her Relationship with Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three
Lorri Davis and Damien Echols fell in love after corresponding for months, but Davis was working at an architecture firm in New York and Damien Echols was on death row in Arkansas. The two married in a prison ceremony in 1999, and Davis spent over a decade working to get Echols out. When he was released last year, Davis and Echols suddenly had an entirely different set of issues to deal with.
Getting Pregnant with Michelle Tea: I Have a Sperm Donor! Plus, I’m Dating Someone
After turning forty, Michelle Tea set out to get pregnant as a “single queer lady who hardly knows a single sperm-producing man.” Almost as soon as Tea connected with a drag queen who was willing to donate sperm, she also met and fell in love with Dashiell.