I'm so naive...I thought Alanis would play a song. Instead, I cringed through this smarmy "Alanis Morrisette Discusses Her Lesbian Days With Howard Stern" clip on Gawker. Howard hammers on about Alanis' hookups with women and tries to box her into easy-for-straight-folks-to-understand stereotypes, like when he asks, "What type of women were you attracted to? Ultra-femme? Or butch?" Alanis just laughs at him.
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Based on a recent speed dating experience, graciously sponsored by New York Easy Dates, I came up with the following list of tips for what to do and what not to do to make the most of one's time in the unique world of forced encounters on the clock.
We're not sure if Virginia Beach resident and bride-to-be Kelly Gray could find a final gal pal to complete the bridal party or she was just looking to make some extra cash, but she put a bridesmaid spot in her upcoming wedding on eBay, according to The New York Times. Usually, people inwardly grumble when asked to be part of the wedding, if you've been in enough, you know the all-too-familiar grumble. The money you'll be spending, the mandatory bachelorette-party attendance. Who would pay to partake? (Sorry, brides.) Weird, right?
Here's a cringeworthy breakup story for you: 32-year-old Louise Croxon of England bit off her ex-boyfriend's ear after he dumped her. She just gnawed right through the skin. Yuck!
"Parents who are unhappy, dissatisfied or insecure in love, however, go beyond limits and try to dictate or control how their teens treat their dates, the study found. These parents try to influence their kids to value certain things and act in specific ways. Parents would tell teens to open doors for dates, 'act like a gentleman' (or a lady), or resist letting a date 'walk all over' them. The goal may be to launch their teens on a romantic path happier than their own, Dr. Madsen says. But kids often regard this advice as intrusive, and again, it tended to have the opposite effect. The teens affected weren't particularly content with their dating relationships."
If Bill was suggesting a sexual relationship with me, he was coy about it. The man I had interned for in college met me for coffee, ostensibly to talk advise a young sprout on her career. He's brilliant, attractive and a leader in his field. But when Bill began talking about how he sleeps with women other than his wife, I panicked at any hint of a subtext. What threw me off was when he told me that the wife knew about it. That was the first time someone I knew confessed to an "open marriage," and it challenged my notions -- illusions, perhaps -- about intimacy and fidelity. I'm as jealous as they come and I asked Bill if it bothered him that his wife slept with other men. But he said certainly not -- sleeping with numerous people actually made him a more confident person. And did their children know?
Michelle Mead, 57, and John Armor, 65, lived more than three decades on opposite sides of the world, married then divorced others, and undoubtedly grew grayer since they first were engaged in 1973 and finally tied the knot earlier this month. And to think some of us get testy after three days with no word from a guy. Their tale begins with a twist guaranteed to make rom-com-haters eyes' roll and hopeless romantics swoon. The couple met while Armor was cross-examining the young maiden Mead as the defense attorney for her husband in an assault and battery case she had brought against him and ultimately lost—thanks to Armor.
Once the province of cheesy porn involving toy hand-cuffs and very tight cop uniforms, the phrase "You have the right to good sex!" should be legislation in Ecuador, a politician there says. Though her idea was eventually scuttled as being not appropriate for Ecuador's constitution, the female politician sparked debate in the deeply religious country.
Imagine getting back into the dating scene, ready to find someone special, only to dread dropping the K-bomb? Single parents have built-in baggage, not that children should be seen as such (I know, I have one), but the self-imposed kind that comes with telling a date that you've got someone waiting for you at home. And not the furry kind of someone. I'm sure a good 80% of people react just fine to hearing their date has kids. But the impending doom of broaching the subject is enough to keep single parents from even making it to that point in the relationship. You want people in your life that are going to accept and admire all facets of your life, especially the little ones you've taken the time to create and raise.
Yes, we've heard of Trashing the Dress; nothing new there. But what about creating an elaborate photo shoot out of it? Boston.com posted an article (and video) on a local photographer who going the "Trash the Dress" route (aka Down the Gown or Mess with the Dress) and documenting it on film. Apparently, the new trend is â€œnew and grittier post-wedding albums. Who knew? But I like the sound of it.