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Losing a breast forces you to learn the meaning of emotional vulnerability.

What No One Ever Tells You About Mastectomies & Intimacy

Ever wonder why we’re all so crazy about breasts? Because they're so damned desirable, that's why. This is a reality that every women who's undergone a mastectomy deals with each day. The idea of reconstruction is like a big security blanket that makes us feel that whatever it is we're about to go through, we'll be fine and dandy in no time. But, as a woman who's lost a breast to cancer and had reconstruction, I can tell you first hand: the reality is more complicated than that.

Can Angelina Jolie Feel Feminine After Her Surgery?
The ideal image of femininity doesn't mean you are not feminine.
Experts Blog

Can Angelina Jolie Feel Feminine After Her Surgery?

Angelina Jolie has been a big news item in the past few days. And rightfully so. To have both breasts removed, and next, her ovaries, is not the usual way we hear of women doing things to prevent cancer. But before I talk about what it means as a woman, let me say that her case is fairly unusual "because more than 99% of women do not have BRCA1 -- or BRCA2, for that matter." So hopefully, women will not begin to think this is something they should do to prevent breast cancer. Without the presence of BRCA1, the best prevention for all disease is to eat well (and I mean EXTREMELY well), exercise regularly, avoid stress, and be happy. Now I want to talk about the self-image and emotional perspective of what Angelina Jolie has brought to the forefront of thinking. Can a woman who has had her breasts removed still feel like a woman?

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Preventive mastectomies have increased by about 50% in recent years.

Was Angelina Jolie's Preventive Double Mastectomy Too Drastic?

To gain insight into Angelina Jolie's brave yet extreme choice to get a preventive mastectomy, we sat down with YourTango Expert Dr. Shoshana Bennett — a clinical psychologist, an author and a breast cancer patient who opened up about the physical, emotional and sexual effects of cancer and mastectomies.

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
The wedding day will not be as simple as Brad once said.
Celebrity Love

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Set Their Wedding Date

Not too long ago, there was a rumor that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had already gotten married in a secret wedding on Christmas day in the Caribbean's Turks and Caicos Islands. But hold on, 'cause now the power couple have officially set the date!

Jennifer Aniston and Channing Tatum
Where do Jennifer Aniston and Channing Tatum fall on our list?
Celebrity Love

You Voted: And The Most Irresistible Celebrities Are...

Everyone has a certain, shall we say, je ne sais quoi that makes them irresistible to others. In fact, it's so strong in some that they manage to turn both men and women on by their presence alone! Those individuals are pretty lucky... which is why most of them can be found in Hollywood.

Angelina Jolie
Mick on Angelina: "She scares me a little. I like that."
Celebrity Love

Mick Jagger Was Obsessed With Angelina Jolie For Two Years

Thanks to a new unauthorized biography, there has been a lot of interesting gossip about Mick Jagger lately. Let's put aside those steamy rumors of how he supposedly had a gay affair (!) with David Bowie for a second, and turn our attention to another juicy tidbit in Christipher Andersen's Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger.

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent
The star looks completely different in these new shots!

Photos: See Angelina Jolie As Sexy Disney Vixen, Maleficent

The movie doesn't come out until 2014, but today we've got your first look at Angelina Jolie as Disney villain "Maleficent." In the first photo, Jolie is seen sporting the "Sleeping Beauty" bad girl's famous horns, while also featuring prosthetics on her cheeks and some wild-colored contact lenses.