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Erika Allen

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Lost for Words: What Comes after “Boyfriend” When Marriage Isn’t a Desire?

August 26, 2015
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When you’re in a serious, long-term relationship, the terms “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” can begin to feel a bit juvenile, or at least insufficient for describing your level of commitment. But what do you call the person you share a life with when you’re not married, and don’t necessarily want to be? By Erika Allen. Photo by Ryan McGinley.

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What Is Love? Baby Don’t Hurt Me.

April 7, 2015
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By Erika Allen / A zine by London-based photographer Sam Hiscox, titled “What Is Love? Baby Don’t Hurt Me,” has had me thinking about a couple of things. 1: What could have happened to Trinidadian eurodance artist Haddaway? 2: How ambiguous the most intimate moments can seem from the outside.  What struck me about the photos was that it was virtually impossible to tell the friends from the lovers. It portrayed romantic and plutonic love with equal weight and affection.…

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