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What It’s Like

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    About That Interview I Did With a ZoophileIn this excerpt, writer Alexa Tsoulis-Reay revisits her infamous conversation with “Paul,” a man in a romantic relationship with a horse.
  2. health
    What It’s Like to Have a Flesh-eating Bacteria“When my mom arrived, they told her that they might have to amputate my leg below the knee.”
  3. What It’s Like to be Addicted to Sex and Porn“Shame made me feel awful about myself, but it was also a sexual necessity.”
  4. What It’s Like to Have a Body That’s Literally Falling Apart“Having Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is like being trapped in a house on fire.”
  5. What It’s Like to See 100 Million Colors“I see rainbows in water and snow and fog.”
  6. What It’s Like Having Lifelong Insomnia“It’s a condition of profound loneliness.”
  7. What It’s Like to Have Mirror Touch SynesthesiaJoel Salinas is a doctor who can literally feel your pain.
  8. What It’s Like to Have Incurable, Unrequited LovePsychologist Frank Tallis details his experience treating a woman with erotomania, a rare, delusional condition.
  9. What It’s Like to Detest the Sound of People EatingChewing, lip smacking, and even loud breathing can trigger deep anxiety and rage in people with misophonia.
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    What It’s Like Being a Relationship AnarchistAccording to two people who practice it — with each other, and others, too.
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    What It’s Really Like to Be Black and Work in FashionFrom Tracee Ellis Ross, Virgil Abloh, Tyra Banks, Dapper Dan, Adwoa Aboah, and many more.
  12. really ridiculously good looking
    What It’s Like to Be Married to a Very Attractive Man“He’ll take a bite out of a cookie and throw it away because he can’t possibly eat the whole thing. I just think, ‘bite me.’”
  13. self reflection
    What It’s Like to Go Through Life As a Really Beautiful Woman“I look back over my life and think, What did my looks do for me?”
  14. sex
    What It’s Like to Visit ‘Dr. M,’ New York’s Erotic Masseur for Women“It’s so vanilla, and yet so kinky.”
  15. ivf
    What It’s Like to Be a Victim of the ‘Fertility Disaster’Three patients on what it means to lose their eggs or embryos.
  16. women of the world
    What It’s Like to Be a Legal Sex Worker in New Zealand“Because my work is legal, if anything goes wrong, the police have to help.”
  17. stoneman shooting
    What It’s Like Being a Teacher During a School ShootingTwo Sandy Hook teachers look back on how they survived, and what came after.
  18. evangelicalism
    What It’s Like To Experience Gay Conversion Therapy“The pastor was inches away from my face, screaming for the demon to get out.”
  19. The Intriguing Potential of a Little-Known Plant From Southeast AsiaThree people share their stories.
  20. atypical
    When Your Child Eats Magnets And Other Things That Are Definitely Not Food“He’d get Happy Meals and eat the entire meal. The box. The wrappers. The straws. The lids. The toys.”
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    What It’s Like When Your Daydreams Are Just As Real As LifeA maladaptive daydreamer describes just how overwhelming it can be.
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    What It’s Like to Be a Celibate Pedophile“There are a lot of pedophiles who never offend. It’s understandable that people have never heard of us, because we must remain hidden.”
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    What It’s Like to Be Unable to Bear the Sound of Someone Eating“Any time I hear someone chewing with their mouth open, I lose my mind.”
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    What It’s Like to Periodically Collapse and Pass Out for Several Hours“I know nothing is going to happen to me, I know I will wake up and I won’t die — but it’s so totally and utterly humiliating.”
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    What It’s Like to ‘Wake Up’ From Autism After Magnetic Stimulation“I just thought my inability to read people had held me back my whole life. And if there is something that could change that, I should try it.”
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    What It’s Like to Be a Stoner Who’s Allergic to Marijuana“I’d kept an old joint, and sometimes I’d light it and have a fake little religious ritual where I would waft it like a sage stick around the room.”
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    What It’s Like When Your Spouse TransitionsMany straight men don’t stay through a partner’s transition. But for the ones who do, it can spark an identity crisis.
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    What It’s Like to Be Chemically Castrated“It hurt. It took at least two shots before I noticed my sexual thoughts slowing down.”
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    A Male Model on What It’s Like to Be Pretty‘‘One of  the first comments I remember getting back in high school was ‘You have amazing eyebrows.’’’
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    What It’s Like to Be Allergic to Water“When you find out that you are allergic to water, that’s an internal crisis beyond anything else.”
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    What It’s Like to Be an Intersex Nudist“I don’t have to deal with the politics of sex and gender and men and women. You guys are welcome to all that crap.”
  32. atypical
    What It’s Like to Lose 350 PoundsAnd be blind. And be a carnival worker.
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    What It’s Like to Be Single With Tourette Syndrome“I’m terrified of airports because as soon as I walk through the door my mind tells me to say bomb or gun: Say bomb. Shout it. Shout it. Shout gun. Shout bomb. It’s just torturous.”
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    What It’s Like to Have Severe Sleep ParalysisHe thought he was being personally haunted by a ghost.
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    What It’s Like to Be Profoundly Face-Blind“I’ve walked right past my husband, my own mother, my daughter, my son, without being able to recognize them.”
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    What It’s Like to Have Severe Lyme Disease“If I had not been an insider and if I had not been able to push for the information I needed, there’s no question I’d be dead.”
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    What It’s Like to Have Severe Vaginismus“It’s like having an ob-gyn exam every single week for three months, and each time they’d introduce a different size dilator.”
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    What It’s Like to Be Allergic to Wi-FiA conversation with a woman who says she is suffering from a disorder that many scientists believe doesn’t exist.
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    What It’s Like to Ask People Really Awkward Questions“I don’t think there’s been a single subject who I haven’t ‘connected’ with.”
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    Ask Our ‘What It’s Like’ Interviewer AnythingShe certainly has some stories to tell.
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    Atypical: What It’s Like to Live on the Margins of ExperienceWhat it means to see yourself as different. And to be seen that way.
  42. What It’s Like to Be an Expert Lucid Dreamer“The last time I saw a godlike figure in a dream I told him to get out of my way.”
  43. What It’s Like to Need Hardly Any Sleep“I have so many more hours in the day to get things accomplished.”
  44. What It’s Like to See 100 Million Colors“I can tell if someone is sick just by looking at them. Their skin gets gray, it gets yellow, and there’s some green.”
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    What It’s Like to Be a Polyamorous Genius“I have learned that sometimes I have to acknowledge someone’s feelings even though they are stupid in my mind.”
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    What It’s Like to Be a Really Hairy Woman“The hair is thick and dark, and it goes from my sideburns to my neck and my chin.”
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    What It’s Like to Crave Amputation“I strongly feel that my left leg just shouldn’t be on my body. I’ve thought about it obsessively every single day of my life.”
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    What It’s Like to Date Your Dad“We discussed whether it was wrong and then we kissed.”
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    What It’s Like to Slowly Lose Your EyesightWatching the darkness close in for years and years.
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    What It’s Like to Be a 58-Year-Old VirginYears and years of loneliness.
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