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After graduating from Georgetown in 2004 with a spectacularly unprofitable degree in political science, I moved to New York with the highly original idea of “becoming a writer.” I was promptly rejected from a job at Bath & Body Works. Seriously. Shortly thereafter, I convinced an editor at the Manhattan newspaper AM New York to begin running my weekly dating columns, which I wrote until Spring 2007, at which point I started as Time Out New York’s dating columnist (I get around). I stayed there until 2009.

Along the way, I have written for Cosmopolitan, Maxim, Newsweek, New York magazine, The Guardian UK, The Huffington Post, Nerve, Page Six magazine, Marie Claire UK, Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Capitol File, Michigan Avenue, Men’s Health (and a monthly dating column in COED magazine for two years, from 2004-2006).

In 2010 I signed a deal with Tribune Media Services in Chicago, and my internationally syndicated technology and social media column, “Social Studies,” debuted in 2011. It ran in newspapers around the world, including the Chicago Tribune, Florida’s City Link, The Telegraph in Calcutta India, The Korea Herald, and many others.

In November of 2011, I signed on as a contributor to ELLE.com to write a dating column called Guinea Pig of Love, in which I go around trying to find out why the hell I can’t have a healthy relationship. It’s fun! You should read it.

In the meantime, check out a few of my published articles from the last decade below …

(One caveat: I’m currently in the process of uploading all of my writing from the past three years, including my ELLE columns and my Tribune Media Social Studies tech columns, as well as a few other stragglers. I know, I know, you’re waiting with bated breath.)


HOOKING UP WITH: TWO DANCERS – OUR COLUMNIST STARTS CRASHING RELATIONSHIPS, BEGINNING WITH OLIVIA AND ABDUR-RAHM



HOOKING UP WITH: TWO DANCERS – OUR COLUMNIST STARTS CRASHING RELATIONSHIPS, BEGINNING WITH OLIVIA AND ABDUR-RAHM
TIME OUT NEW YORK
AUGUST 28-SEPTEMBER 3, 2008
BY JULIA ALLISON
 

Olivia Bowman, 29, and Abdur-Rahim Jackson, 30, have the kind of love story you’d describe as magical, if you—a cool, jaded New Yorker—still believed in magic. Both are professional dancers—seven-year veterans of the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year—and they recently became engaged. They don’t draw distinctions between their roles as artists and as lovers, which, they say, makes both aspects of their lives all the [read more...]

BEAUX BEGONE: IS THERE A SURE FIRE WAY TO GET OVER PAST LOVERS?



BEAUX BEGONE: IS THERE A SURE FIRE WAY TO GET OVER PAST LOVERS?
TIME OUT NEW YORK
AUGUST 7-13, 2008
BY JULIA ALLISON

“It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.” —Henry Rollins

I read that quote online the other week, on a day when I hadn’t been able to stop myself from thinking about him. Actually – more accurately – I hadn’t been able to stop myself from thinking about several hims (“him” sounds better than “ex,” doesn’t it?), two or three of them in particular, masochistic memories circling my mind incessantly, like that awful tune “This is [read more...]

TOP 5 WAYS TO BECOME AN INTERNET SUCCESS: TO SUCCEED ONLINE, YOU MUST BECOME MORE THAN A BRAND – YOU MUST BECOME A MEME



TOP 5 WAYS TO BECOME AN INTERNET SUCCESS: TO SUCCEED ONLINE, YOU MUST BECOME MORE THAN A BRAND – YOU MUST BECOME A MEME
TIME OUT NEW YORK
JULY 22-30, 2008
BY JULIA ALLISON

Meme (n.) is a term coined by Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene, in his explanation of how concepts, thoughts, learned behaviors (or, er…your brand), etc., self-replicate throughout a culture like a virus. The good news (for you!): The creation of online systems of transmission (MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Wikipedia), with their myriad channels for exposure—and resulting adoption and mutations—has exponentially sped up meme transmissions. We hardly need [read more...]

FREE LOVE: IS GETTING INTIMATE WITH MORE THAN ONE PERSON REALLY SO WRONG?



FREE LOVE: IS GETTING INTIMATE WITH MORE THAN ONE PERSON REALLY SO WRONG?
TIME OUT NEW YORK
JULY 17-23, 2008
BY JULIA ALLISON
 

I first heard of the 1997 cult-favorite book The Ethical Slut almost a year ago, when the guy I was seeing at the time referenced it to support his case (more like plea) for an open relationship. I found the title intriguing, but only recently purchased a copy. The premise is that polyamory (being romantically involved with more than one person at a time) is our natural state—monogamy, not so much.

It’s almost too obvious to note that most [read more...]

Fear of the B-Word



Fear of the B-Word
Time Out New York
July 3-8, 2008
By Julia Allison

I’ve had boyfriends my entire life, a parade of them since I was 14 – there was Peter, then Greg, then Dan, then Jeff and Mike and James and John and Alex – to name a few. Yeah, I’m a bit of a serial monogamist.

But for the past two years, ever since I broke up with Alex, I’ve been terrified of the term “boyfriend.” In fact, although I’ve dated at least four men during that time who could technically have fit any standard definition of being [read more...]

CAN’T BUY ME LOVE: SOMETIMES ALL A GIRL WANTS IS A $5 DOLLAR STREET-FAIR HOT DOG 



CAN’T BUY ME LOVE: SOMETIMES ALL A GIRL WANTS IS A $5 DOLLAR STREET-FAIR HOT DOG 
TIME OUT NEW YORK
JUNE 4-10, 2008
BY JULIA ALLISON 

At the New York premiere of the Sex and the Citymovie last week, I listened as Carrie Bradshaw opined (via voiceover, natch) that women move to this city for one of two reasons: “love or labels.” The remaining two hours and 22 minutes were spent trying to prove her point by bombarding the audience with luxury product placements (even the Donald, who was sitting nearby, seemed overwhelmed). If the audience ended up agreeing with Carrie, [read more...]

BEING WINE SAVVY CAN BE JUST AS INTOXICATING AS THE GRAPEY STUFF ITSELF



BEING WINE SAVVY CAN BE JUST AS INTOXICATING AS THE GRAPEY STUFF ITSELF
TIME OUT NEW YORK
MAY 22-28, 2008
BY JULIA ALLISON 

Oaky? Smoky? Redolent of strawberries and tobacco? If these qualities exist in wine, I am ignorant to their presence. I can’t distinguish between sauvignon blanc and chardonnay; I’m not able to describe the finer points of a bordeaux; and I didn’t understand most of the references in Sideways.

In fact, aside from “drink white with fish, and red with meat,” there’s little I know about wine; except for the fact that it plays a huge part in the [read more...]

THE THRILL OF THE HUNT: AN AMATEUR DATING SOCIOLOGIST OFFERS UP HIS FINDINGS



THE THRILL OF THE HUNT: AN AMATEUR DATING SOCIOLOGIST OFFERS UP HIS FINDINGS
TIME OUT NEW YORK
MAY 14-20, 2008
BY JULIA ALLISON 

John* is what you might call an extreme dater. The 28-year-old Brooklyn-dwelling self-described “creative type” has been a bit obsessed with Craigslist personals for the past three years. “Perhaps addicted,” he admits.

That’s one way to describe someone who has posted more than 178 ads to the site since late 2005, around the time he first moved to the city. “I knew no one,” he explains. He has posted with remarkable consistency since then, usually four or [read more...]

PUBLIC OFFENDERS



PUBLIC OFFENDERS
TIME OUT NEW YORK
MAY 7-13, 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

If you bring up the subject of PDA, the same phrase always seems to surface: crossing the line. But isn’t crossing the line the very thing that makes it enticing?

Not according to Chris, 28, who regularly shows the girls he’s dating—and anyone in a ten-mile radius—how he feels: “Nobody gives a shit about what other people think here,” he says. “And every guy needs to mark his woman—they PDA to mark their territory.”

Gee, I’d always thought that people groped in public because they were so overwhelmed by [read more...]

WORKING IN TANDEM: WILL A BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO ENCOURAGE HOP-ONS? 



WORKING IN TANDEM: WILL A BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO ENCOURAGE HOP-ONS? 
TIME OUT NEW YORK
APRIL 30-MAY 6, 2008
BY JULIA ALLISON 

Walking is fine for dogs and the red carpet, but New Yorkers walk all the time. Sometimes we crave something a little different—fast-paced, even romantic. In other words: a bike.

For the past few years, I’ve been forced to listen to friends wax poetic about the joys of bike riding. Despite the fact that I haven’t owned a bicycle since my pink Huffy was stolen in ninth grade (it was parked outside a church), I started to become [read more...]