Women's Health

Strip Down to Strengthen Your Bond

I’m taking off my glasses and settling into bed as my on-again, off-again boyfriend of eight years leans over to kiss me warmly. Normally, I’d jump at the opportunity to escalate things into sex, but instead, I brush him off.

Him: “Are you okay?”

Me: “I’m fine.”

Him: “You sure?”

Me: “Just tired.” He pecks my forehead, rolls over, and goes to sleep. The truth? I’m still stewing over a comment he made earlier that day about a girl he’d been seeing before we reconnected. But since he didn’t

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Women's Health

Women's Health2 min readPsychology
Although it’s best to avoid a physical confrontation, if possible, when faced with a harasser, “offenders thrive in an environment where victims are intimidated and hesitant to speak up,” Grattan says. So any demonstration of strength, even if you’re
Women's Health2 min readPsychology
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF @lizplosser I had nothing “against” therapy… but paying someone to listen to me talk about myself for 45 minutes once a week seemed like an indulgence, if I’m being honest. Did I really need it? When would I fit it into my life? Plus,
Women's Health2 min read
As a woman who runs and hikes on the regular, getting questions like “Didn’t someone get attacked on that trail?” “Are you really going out there alone?” and “Why don’t you just stay in the gym?” make me sad. They also make me angry. I don’t want to