Emma McGowan

Freelance writer and editor with a focus on startups and sex positivity.

A full time blogger and digital nomad for the past five years, Emma McGowan writes primarily about startups and sex. Her work has appeared in Mashable, The Daily Dot's The Kernel, Mic, Bustle, The Bold Italic, KillerStartups, and MiKandi. She's the Editor in Chief at the sex tech website Kink&Code.
This is just a sampling of Emma's work. Links to each website can be found at http://emmamcgowan.com/.

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You Don't Have to be Trendy to be Successful

The first thing you notice when you arrive at Aeclectic Tarot, the internet's largest resource for tarot cards and the people who love them, is that it feels like a step back in...


What Does A Clitoris Look Like? Its Full Shape Wasn't 'Discovered' Until 1998

I was raised in sex-positive household. My mom bought me a copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves when I was like... Nine? So I really thought that I knew all there was to know about my...


What Is Planned Parenthood's Pink Out Day? March 29 Is A Day To Fight For Women's Reproductive...

Wednesday, March 29, Planned Parenthood is planning a Pink Out Day. Yup, you read that right - a pink out. The constantly embattled reproductive rights organization is looking...


Forget Coffee Shops. Spacious is the Future of Coworking

Coffee shops have become de-facto coworking spaces, a situation that isn't working well for anyone. But where can the growing mobile work force go instead? Find...


13 Pieces Of Sex-Positive Protest Gear For Nasty Women

The Women's March on January 21, 2017 was an historic moment, with millions of people marching around the world the day after Trump was sworn into office. And from photos on the...


What It's Really Like When Your Startup is Acquired

Acquisition is often the end goal for so many startups, especially if they took on venture capital at any point during their journey. Founders dream of multi-million dollar...


What Sex & Abortion Were Like Before Roe v. Wade Made Abortion Legal

My mom had sex for the first time in 1967. I had sex the first time in 2002 - and the differences between my experiences as a sexually active teen and my mom's are stark. I had...


Professional Dominatrixes Weigh In On The Donald Trump "Golden Shower" Allegations

Recently, the internet exploded when Buzzfeed released a 35-page unverified document compiled by a former British intelligence official about Donald Trump and his associations...


Cards for Humanity: One Designer's Simple Solution to Tech's Big Diversity Problem

As a startup founder, you've undoubtedly put a lot of thought into building your team. After all, the experts all say that a great team is essential if your startup is going to...


Antigua Guatemala is the Perfect Hidden City for Digital Nomads and Startups

I've been a digital nomad (or "slow traveler" or "location independent worker" or whichever buzzword you prefer) for over five years now. I quit my life in 2011 after the Great...


How To Set Sexual Boundaries, According To Dominatrixes

Navigating sexual boundaries can be tricky. Sometimes it's hard to even figure out what your sexual boundaries are, much less enforce them. Other times you don't even know you...


The Next Big Thing is Small Towns

Marc Nager has spent the past eight years of his life building Startup Weekend into one of the biggest startup ecosystems in the world. His next big bet? Small ...


Tramps Against Trump Sends You A Nude Pic If You Vote, And Here's What They're Doing Post-Election

Young people don't like voting - but they do like nudes. Or at least, that's the premise behind Tramps Against Trump (NSFW), which started during the primary season as a way to...


San Francisco's freak flag is flying at half-mast

For generations, San Francisco has been home to the rest of the country's misfits, whether free-loving hippies or leather-daddy gay men. San Francisco could be counted on to...

The Bucketlist Bombshells

The Work & Travel Course | Be Your Own Boss

Hey ladies! Welcome to Week Three of "Globetrotting Girl Boss" life! This week, we're so excited to chat with Emma McGowan - the 28-year-old professional blogger and...


Predicting the future of online dating

Five years ago, I was sitting next to a couple I'd just met at a friend's dinner party in Brooklyn. They were the type of adorable couple that makes you want to puke, holding...


I Ditched My Birth Control Pills For A Diaphragm, Because It Lets Me Control My Reproductive Health

Like a lot of women my age, I started taking hormonal birth control in my teens.


10 Ways You Can Be More Trans-Inclusive In Your Everyday Life

If you're ready to be a trans ally, it's time to think about how you can be more trans-inclusive in your daily life. The first trans person that I knew was a transgender man I...

The Bold Italic

Cops Watched Over My White Brothers & Arrested My Black Brother

My brothers committed multiple crimes when they were kids. They threw eggs at cars (vandalization of personal property), stole street signs (felony theft), and got wasted...