Nicole Guappone

Freelance writer

Location icon United States of America

I am a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago's nonfiction MFA program, previously published by Rolling Stone, The Rumpus, Glamour, BUST, Complex Life, and The Establishment, among others.

See an updated portfolio at the link below.

Portfolio
INTO
12/26/2017
How Catwoman and Kink Helped Me Discover My Queerness

When I was a kid, I watched over and over and over. I was never into superhero movies and even now, the only other superhero movie I've watched more than once is the new Wonder Woman. I'm not sure if my family ever wondered why I watched Batman Returns so much and if so, if they ever figured it out.

Rolling Stone
09/28/2017
'Vibrator Nation': Inside the Rise of Women-Run Sex Shops

It's white, about twelve inches long with a bulbous head and a couple of buttons, and it became an icon of sexual liberation in the 1970s. It's the Hitachi Magic Wand and, though it's name has since changed, it's still one of the most popular vibrators on the market today, available in brightly-lit boutique sex-toy stores across the country.

Glamour
07/10/2017
Why Animated Porn Is the Only Porn Worth Watching

When you think of cartoon or animated porn, there's a good chance the first thing that comes to mind is a boulder-breasted anime girl or an x-rated My Little Pony. It's also possible that when you picture the average consumer of porn like this, you imagine a basement-dwelling single dude who plays a lot of RPGs.

Rebellious Magazine
06/04/2017
The Many Sides of International Sex Educator Midori

Midori talks in aphorisms. I realized this about halfway through one of her classes, "The Art of Feminine Dominance," while I was taking notes, and almost every note was an aphorism. So few words, so much meaning: "As a dominant, you may be able to help someone else free themselves to be themselves."

The Rumpus.net
12/09/2016
(K)ink: Writing While Deviant: Nicole Guappone

I am an emerging writer and fairly young kinkster. The letters on my keyboard are just starting to fade; the leather of my cuffs is just starting to crack. To excel at either of these paths—writing or BDSM—takes years of practice.

The Establishment
08/25/2016
Why Isn't Pornography Part Of Sex Education For Teens?

A few months ago, writer and mother Ayelet Waldman tweeted her praise for Peggy Orenstein's recently released book, Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape . Then she asked her followers: "What are some non-misogynist porn sites to recommend to teens?"

Bust
05/02/2016
Writer Jillian Keenan On Spanking, Shakespeare, And Privacy: BUST Interview

Jillian Keenan wants us to talk, and she wants to put the conversation in motion with her memoir, Sex With Shakespeare: Here's Much to Do with Pain, But More with Love. In 2012, by way of a New York Times Modern Love essay, Keenan, a journalist, outed herself as a spanking fetishist.

Femsplain
07/29/2015
A Journey Into Kink Aware Therapy - Femsplain

Everybody has a secret world inside of them... no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds.  - Neil Gaiman, "The Sandman, Vol 5: A Game of You" * I've changed out of my street clothes and exited the bathroom.