Madeline Haller

Madeline Haller

Madeline Haller is an Assistant Editor for MensHealth.com. Haller received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University, with a second concentration in gender studies. When she's not writing for MSP/MH, you can find her running, enjoying a cup of coffee, or searching for the perfect shade of red lipstick.

Recent posts

Genitals in the Wild: Labia and Art

My boyfriend and I went to a Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit at the local art museum, and as we were climbing the stairs to get to the display—I noticed this painting on the staircase. The artist, Ryotaro Tokita, left the piece untitled, so you cannot take away any clues or insight from the name. But if it were up to my interpretation, I would guess that Tokita was inspired by a rather symmetrical pair of labia majora. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor or follow Madeline Haller, the author of this post @madeline_haller. Continue Reading →

Sex Toy Review: Spirit by Leaf

I recently had the pleasure of testing out the Spirit for the Men’s Health sex awards, and let me tell you: This petite toy packs some powerful vibes. What you need to know right off the bat: It’s waterproof, great for travel, and fits right in the palm of your hand. The bright green exterior is aesthetically pleasing, not to mention it’s extremely easy to use. The main perks:

It’s rechargeable. (In my opinion, this feature is a must-have if I’m going to consider purchasing the toy.) A single charge will give you an hour and 15 minutes of playtime, and it takes two hours to charge completely. Continue Reading →

Word of the Day: Cliterate

If you’ve seen the hashtag “cliterate” circulating around on Twitter but have yet to discover its origin, you’re in for a treat. I recently came across a fabulous profile on New York artist Sophia Wallace and her latest project on “Cliteracy”. But what exactly does the project entail? Simply put: It’s a campaign designed to educate the public the only female body part that exists solely for pleasure. (Yes! Continue Reading →

Is Social Media Sabotaging Your Love Life?

OK, I get that the headline is a bit extreme. And I’m sure the media masterminds who created Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr—etc!—never had any intention of making connecting more complex. But now that our daily practices are so immersed in this constant cycle of sharing, at what point do we stop and say enough is enough? To give you a bit of context, I recently came across this post titled ‘10 Ways Technology Is Ruining Your Love Life.’ And after clicking through the numerous articles highlighted in that post, it made me wonder: Are we cheapening our experiences (with our partner) if we’re constantly sharing these intimate moments with all of our “friends?” Don’t get me wrong, I love that I am able to use social platforms to keep in touch with friends, family, colleagues, and past acquaintances. Continue Reading →

Condoms, Anyone?

Earlier this week, I overheard a rather disappointing conversation as I was sitting in the waiting room of my gynecologist’s office. It went something like this: A young woman—I’d say, early twenties—enters the waiting room to discuss an issue she has with the secretary. The twenty-something is extremely upset because—due to changes in her health insurance—she’s no longer going to be able to receive the NuvaRing (for free, I assume?), and now has to switch to an alternate form of birth control that will now cost her upwards of $50 a month. As the secretary was trying to calm her down, she was mentioning cheaper forms of protection. And when she brought up condoms, the younger woman cut her off and said she’s looking for “protection that will actually work.”

Sigh. Continue Reading →

What a Fashion Publicist Can Teach You About Sex

In an effort to not forget some of the wise advice I’ve read over the past year, I’ve recently been rereading certain chapters of books I’ve flagged on my bookshelf. (Side note: Never borrow a book from me; they’re all marked up with pen and flagged with neon Post-it notes.)

Getting to the point: I was rereading Kelly Cutrone’s book, Normal Gets You Nowhere, and forgot how completely fantastic (not to mention hysterical!) her second chapter is. The title? “THE KELLA-SUTRA: If You’re Not Getting Fucked by Midnight, Go Home.” Continue Reading →

Genitals in the Wild: Ceiling Surprises

I’ve been living in my new apartment for roughly six months now, so I’m not exactly sure why it’s taken me this long to notice this, but — all of our mounted ceiling lights look like boobs. I stumbled across the first breast-like light one afternoon when I was home sick from work. I was lying down with my head hanging over the foot of my bed, and there it was: A breast — smack-dab in the middle of my ceiling. I suppose this just shows how nonobservant I am; considering the exact same fixture is mounted in my roommate’s room, both hallways, the kitchen, as well as the bathroom. Lesson learned? Continue Reading →

Sex Toy Review: We-Vibe Touch

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly vibrator that’s soft-to-the-touch, this product should be on your radar. What you need to know right off the bat: Similar to the We-Vibe Tango (check out the MSP review, here!), the Touch is also waterproof, green, and rechargeable. In fact, a single charge will give you up to two hours of playtime, and it only takes 90 minutes to reboot. The vibe has eight different vibration modes (see photo below), and it’s encased in 100% medical-grade platinum silicone—which means it’s gentle on your goods as well as the environment. The main perks:

We-Vibe’s products all have the same charging base, so that means if you own multiple vibes from this company, you really only need to have one cord on hand. Continue Reading →

Sex Toy Review: We-Vibe Tango

They don't call it the lipstick shaped mini for nothing.

Searching for a petite, portable toy that offers multiple modes of vibration? You might fancy the We-Vibe Tango—a lipstick shaped mini vibrator that’s a lot more powerful than it lets on. What you need to know right off the bat: The Tango is waterproof, eco-friendly, and rechargeable. Equipped with eight different vibration modes, the toy lasts up to 2 hours of play on a single charge and will only take 90 minutes to get back to full power. Its charging adapter is interchangeable with other We-Vibe products; so that means you can use the same power accessory for the Tango, the Salsa, the Touch, the We-Vibe 3, etc. Continue Reading →

Genitals in the Wild: Hanging on the Wall

What pairs well with red wine and duck breast? Clitoral-inspired wall art, apparently. Earlier this fall, I was out dining with a friend in Philadelphia when I spotted this beauty on the wall. Now I can only assume that the artist responsible for this painting did not intend for it to resemble the upper most part of a woman’s vulva. But as I admired the paintings lining the walls of The Matyson, there it was, clitoral-esque art positioned right above my date’s head. Continue Reading →