‘My Gynecologist Found a Ball of Cat Hair in My Vagina’

…and other surprising first-person essays on the internet

When does a personal memoir or Facebook post become TMI?



The internet and social media is helping to breed a whole new culture of over-sharing where apparently no detail is too personal.

In the March issue of ELLE, on sale now, New York Times editor Noreen Malone investigates The TMI Economy.

To get you in the mood, here are 5 of the most surprising (and outrageous) essays on the internet.

5 must-read first-person confessionals:

1. On falling in and out of love with my dad, Jezebel


Natasha Rose Chenier’s story is a provocative and uncomfortable read.

2. My Relapse Years, Salon

Author and editor Sarah Hepola writes beautifully about alcoholism. 

3. Dating While Mentally Ill, Slate

Molly Pohlig’s piece navigates the difficult experiences she’s had dating with depression.

4. My Gynecologist Found a Ball of Cat Hair in My Vagina, XOJane

‘What the hell is that thing?’ Not the words you ever want to hear from a doctor, as Michelle Barrow discovered.

5. I was cheating on my boyfriend when he died, xojane

A challenging and heartbreaking story from an anonymous writer.

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