Melissa Febos on Her Body and Isolation

Featured in, Melissa Febos, essayist and nonfiction writer, comments on how her year of chosen celibacy gave her a lifeline of surprising skills to cope with the new pandemic-induced circumstances of isolation.

In "How a Year of Celibacy Prepared Me for Life in Quarantine," Febos examines the intricacy of her body's previous constant closeness to her partners and what happened to her when that closeness came to a stop. 

"I spent the better part of my thirty-sixth year intentionally celibate, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that—until that point—it was the best year of my life."