As Thrillist's Sex & Dating editor, I'm steeped in salacious subject matter 24/7. Each day I'm assigning, revising, writing, and reading articles that cover everything from love and breakups to strippers and sex toys.
Here are some of our favorite gems: hard-hitting, provocative, and fun pieces that make you think, teach you something, turn you on, inspire... or simply entertain.
The Secret Lives of Hillary and Bill in the White House, Kate Anderson Brower
The crux: Brower takes readers behind-the-scenes of the Clinton sex scandal, as told by those who were geographically closest to the couple: the help.
Our favorite line: According to his colleague, as President Clinton came down from the second floor to attend an event one day, Emery said, “I can’t understand why everybody has an orgasm when he’s around.”
The Voltron Theory of Casual Dating, Maureen O'Connor
The crux: O'Connor unrolls a theory of dating in which singles combine traits of several love interests in order to meet all of his or her needs; thereby creating a hybrid SO that transcends our desire for a single, perfect person -- or heralds the devastating end to our romantic, forever search for "The One."
Our favorite line: In the absence of one good partner, an actively dating single person will naturally construct a corpus of complementary partners who, if assembled into one giant Voltron partner, would be his or her ideal boyfriend or girlfriend. (Much like the Wu-Tang Clan.)
Inside the Great eWhoring Scam, Dell Cameron
The crux: Cameron takes readers on a great, deep dive of eWhoring; a ploy in which scammers use camming clips and resell them to unsuspecting viewers.
Our favorite line: As the video begins, the scammer is prompted with various commands -- wave, smile, flash, etc. -- that trigger a clip of the model performing whatever action the victim requests. To prevent a video from jumping and appearing fake, it’s often chopped into a near seamless loop. If the video does skip, it just appears as if it’s buffering.
A Cam Girl In Love, Abigail Fox
The crux: A woman new to the camming industry falls hard -- for one of her clients.
Our favorite line: I was sending out ten resumes a day to Craigslist jobs, with no responses. I assumed that the moment they clicked "Post," HR directors were immediately inundated with resumes and panicked, choosing new employees at random. My boyfriend, Jason, was struggling to pay his part of the rent by selling musical instruments on eBay. We were living in a pool house and eating street-cart tacos every day because it was cheaper than buying groceries. So I went to the fallback job: internet porn.