BIO

Emily McCombs is a writer, editor, and general Internet Lady. Previously the Executive Editor of xoJane, she now works as a freelance writer and editor and digital media consultant. She will never stop oversharing.  

Emily McCombs's Articles

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I Froze Up During An Assault And That’s Completely Normal

When you get a massage somewhere “nice,” they often have a little box to check regarding the gender of your masseuse. I never checked the box. I probably even thought it was sort of sophisticated or... Read...
Emily McCombs    |   09.15.16 12am   |   SHARE
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I'm A Recovering Sex Addict; Here's Why I Don't Judge Anthony Weiner

Snickering at Anthony Weiner masks the brutal and difficult reality of coping with sexual addiction.
Emily McCombs    |   09.1.16 12pm   |   SHARE
"Sexual assault isn’t something that can be chalked up to our immature teenage brains, or something most teens dabble with, like drinking. It isn’t a youthful mishap or a misunderstanding." Image: Unsplash, Luke Porter

9 Stupid Things I Did In High School, That Were NOT RAPE

18-year-old high-school student David Becker got probation for assaulting two unconscious classmates while they lay in bed after a house party. But that was just a youthful mistake, according to his... Read...
Emily McCombs    |   08.25.16 12am   |   SHARE
"I’ve needed a happy place lately. My lifelong chronic depression, usually well-managed by the medication I take daily, is having one of its occasional flare-ups." Image: Pixabay, kerttu

How Walking Around In The Cemetery Is Helping My Depression

...[B]eing among the dead rightsizes my problems, makes me feel small like staring at the ocean. After all, we are all being carried along toward the same inevitable fate as the men and women whose... Read...
Emily McCombs    |   08.19.16 12am   |   SHARE
The ladies

6 Ways To Stop Hating Other Women

We were at a karaoke bar on a weeknight. I was sitting near a wall-length mirror, and I felt self-conscious about my body. This night, there were two beautiful young girls in the bar.... Read...
Emily McCombs    |   08.11.16 12am   |   SHARE
"This is a blowjob Pokemon, right?" Image: author

The 7 Most Sexual Pokémon (Tell Me You Don't See It!)

It’s getting pretty serious between me and Pokemon GO... The deeper into the game I get, the more I notice that things are getting a little weird. Like, sex weird.
Emily McCombs    |   08.4.16 9am   |   SHARE
I went to the pet store, peered into some glass bowls, found a reasonable facsimile of the original fish, and voila: Boonga Two-nga. Image: Thinkstock.

On Killing And Replacing My Kid's Fish

My son is particularly anxious about death. He’s generally sensitive — he’s yet to make it through a full movie because anytime there’s a minor conflict he gets too upset and we have to turn it off.... Read...
Emily McCombs    |   07.28.16 12am   |   SHARE
"When you’re wearing your belly-covering guitar, people will think you’re a real cool rock lady who spends the time when she’s not writing songs totally probably going to the gym." Image: Thinkstock

13 Totally Practical Ways To Camouflage Your Problem Midriff This Summer

It’s summer, and if there’s one thing we can be sure of, it’s that you’re disgusting. You think you can just stuff any old body into a bathing suit? You need a special license for that. Nobody on the... Read...
Emily McCombs    |   07.21.16 8am   |   SHARE
I’m sure the Pokemon Go phenomenon will fade before long, but for the moment it’s just plain FUN that might even be good for you. Image: Eduardo Woo/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

6 Touching Stories From People Who Are Alleviating Mental Health Issues With Pokemon GO

I’m sure the Pokemon Go phenomenon will fade before long, but for the moment, it’s just dumb FUN that might even be good for you. The game cannot fix and should not distract us from the shit-fucking... Read...
Emily McCombs    |   07.14.16 12am   |   SHARE
Television can actually save your life. Image: Thinkstock.

Netflix Marathons Can Save Your Life: Specific Shows To Watch For Specific Horrible Life Events

Sometimes I imagine what life would be like if I had lived back before glasses and contacts were invented and I couldn’t see anything and just had to fumble around blindly squinting at everything. Or... Read...
Emily McCombs    |   07.7.16 12am   |   SHARE