6. Cougars Came Out Of The Closet
Cameron Diaz taught us we could get it on with a much younger man, while Demi Moore and Mira Sorvino showed us we could marry one. Televisions were graced with shows like The Cougar and Cougar Town. Websites cropped up for both cougars and cougar hunters. And bookstores saw multiple printings of Cougar: A Guide for Older Women Dating Younger Men. But, hey, older men have been doing it for a long time; what took us so long? 5 Reasons Being A Cougar Rocks
7. Webcams/Skype Made Long-Distance Relationships Easier
Where once the old love letter or phone call was all that kept long-distance couples in contact, in the 2000s, every separated Smith, Brown, and Johnson became a visually connected Jetson. Thanks to webcams and Skype, couples on opposite sides of the world were suddenly able to have face-to-face conversations. Sometimes those conversations were erotic, sometimes just chatty. In any case, phone sex took on a whole new meaning. How To Make Long-Distance Love Work
8. We Were Bored By Sex Tapes
When Pam and Tommy's sex tape first leaked in 1998, the world was shocked. But by the time the 2000s rolled around, we were all pretty bored. Paris Hilton in night vision? Yawn. Dr. McSteamy and his Noxzema wife carrying on with a third party? Who cares? Sex tapes in the 2000s were like music videos in the 1980s: typically tacky, poorly directed and not always able to hold our attention. Make Your Best Sex Tape Yet
9. Same Sex Marriage Entered The National Debate
In the 1990s, it was all about "don't ask don't tell." But in the 2000s, it turned into "I do" or "you can't." Over the course of the decade, 31 states put same sex marriage on the ballot—and all 31 shot it down.