Chelsea Cristene

Chelsea Cristene

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Chelsea Cristene is a communications associate and English professor based in Washington, DC. She has been published by the Good Men Project, Salon, xoJane, and MamaMia, and runs a film review blog, Catch Up, with fellow Role Reboot contributor Telaina Eriksen. Find her on Twitter.

Chelsea Cristene Articles

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The Problem With Trying To Keep Women Out Of Gay Bars

I see no such kerfuffle over straight men at gay bars, so it appears that this brand of exclusivity is Dicks Only.

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I reject the insistence that a woman can’t choose what makes her feel beautiful without regard for the judgement of others.

'One Creates Oneself': On Being A Feminist Who Loves Makeup 

I reject the insistence that a woman can’t choose what makes her feel beautiful without regard for the judgement of others.

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The first rule: Unrequited love sucks.

We Need To Learn How To Handle Unrequited Love

The first rule: Unrequited love sucks. The second rule took regrettably longer for me to get a handle on: My unilateral crush was not this guy’s problem.

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Thank you, Isolde, for making me pause, for encouraging me to ditch the pocket computer for conversation with someone new.

What Staying With A Stranger Taught Me About Intimacy

Thank you, Isolde, for making me pause, for encouraging me to ditch the pocket computer for conversation with someone new.

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Knowing a few compulsive liars over the course of my life has taught me some things.

How To Maintain Your Sanity Around A Compulsive Liar

Knowing a few compulsive liars over the course of my life has taught me some things. Living during Trump’s presidency has reinforced them.

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I experience male and female attraction differently — though neither feels any less “natural” than the other.

Why I'm Coming Out As A Bisexual Woman

Chipping away at the problem of bisexual erasure starts with living truth out loud.

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Wanting a child and wanting to experience childbirth are two very different things.

What If A Child Is Right For Me, But Childbirth Isn’t?

Wanting a child and wanting to experience childbirth are two very different things.

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How Advice To ‘Take The High Road’ Silences Victims Of Abuse

Anyone who has been a victim of abuse will tell you that the burden of emotional labor is enormous, and that it’s amplified by the pressure to keep quiet.

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The Silent Grief Of Secret Illness

Illness is intensely personal, but it never affects the person diagnosed alone.

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Lesbians And Queer Women Do Not Exist For Your Entertainment

This article first appeared on Role Reboot and has been republished with permission. 


I was a band geek in high school. In exchange for the Saturdays we spent at various competitions all over the state, we would get an occasional “down” day to watch a movie or just hang out in the band room. These were lazy days filled with giggles and gossip, and on one day in particular, kisses with my friend Jessica.

Jessica was cute and kind and one year younger than me. “I don’t see anything wrong when girls kiss girls,” she said as we sat cross-legged on the tile floor: something that you’re never supposed to think let alone say out loud in a small conservative town. “Neither do I!” I agreed. And there it was – a smooch!

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