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A Consequential Coming of Age

After half a lifetime of dating, one woman realizes her most torrid affair had been with a girl—whose brash style had indelibly influenced the woman she'd become

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  • To understand the effect this act had on the opposite sex, all you have to do is consider the difference between Lyla Garrity and Tyra Collette—Jackie and Marilyn resurrected—on the show Friday Night Lights. Lyla, with her cooing voice and baked goods, may be marriage material, but it's Tyra, with her exposed midriff, who always turns heads. That someone like Tyra or Larissa could not keep male attention for very long is not the point. It was the control, the ease with which I learned I could obtain full command of the male libido (a concept I'm sure I didn't actually grasp then) simply by pushing my shoulders back and using my limbs as tentacles to be casually rested on whichever male friend was nearby.

    As we started eighth grade and Larissa told me about losing her virginity—the same year the nuns had begun preaching abstinence—the details she divulged about her sexual encounters disturbed me almost as much as they fascinated. She told me that men liked to pull her hair, that "shower sex" is not a good idea because the tiles hurt your back. Once, I turned around from the front seat of a car and saw Larissa running the tip of her tongue up the side of her boyfriend's neck.

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A Consequential Coming of Age
After half a lifetime of dating, one woman realizes her most torrid affair had been with a girl—whose brash style had indelibly influenced the woman she'd become
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