This is the saddest story ever: a 27-year-old man threw acid on the face of Iranian woman Ameneh Bahrami, blinding both her eyes, after she refused repeated marriage proposals from him. According to CNN, her attacker, who is known only as "Majid," fell for Bahrami at college and his mother attempted several times to arrange a marriage between them. Bahrami refused and even lied to Majid, telling him she was already married. Despite her refusal, he stalked her at her workplace to harass her. She even reported him to police, but the cops said there was nothing they could do until he actually tried to hurt her. What, no restraining orders in Iranian law? Maybe if they existed, the horrific attack on Bahrami that followed would not have occurred: one day in 2004, Majid followed her home from work and threw a container of acid on her face. Passersby tried to wipe the acid off and took her to the hospital, but doctors were unable to save her eyeballs. She is now blind.
Burger King, the home of the Whopper hamburger, is extending its kingdom to include men's cologne. Yes, you read that correctly: for$4 a vile, your man can smell like cooked meat. The fast food chain decided the scent of its flame-broiled hamburgers was so irresitble, it should be bottled. As we know, our sense of smell plays natural matchmaker for us, sniffing out those with pheromones compatible with our own. Companies like Axe bodyspray and others, claiming more enticing powers, like Pherlure, have capitalized on selling scents on the premise they'll produce suitors in droves. Flame by BK claims to give the wearer the essence of the love America feels for the whopper. The website created to accompany this clever marketing tool says, "Behold the scent of seduction, with a hint of flame-broiled meat."
A new study shows Mr. Fix-It is a dying breed: London's Daily Mail reports the younger generation of men is less handy around the house. Tsk, tsk. Guess this means men are only good for sex. Kidding! In a study of 3,000 men, among those under age 40, almost 33% didn't know how to unblock a sink, 25% did not know how to change a fuse, and 7% couldn't change a lightbulb. Over-40 men proved to be much more handy (except for when it comes to assembling flat-pack furniture, which we guess means IKEA). Of course, the survey was on a home improvement web site, which has a vested interest in selling products to bumbling Mr. Fix-Its. But in any case, who needs men to unblock the sink for you? We women can do those things, of course (see: Martha Stewart, This Old House, Domino magazine, Extreme Makeover: Home Addition) and the reality is that if we are single and living alone, or suddenly become widowed or divorced, we'll have no choice but to care for our home ourselves. Being dependent on a man to do household improvements that might get your hands dirty is so not 2008. Whether she's single, dating or married, a girl's got to have her own toolkit and know how to use it!
Edinburgh researchers at Heriot Wyatt University are blaming romantic comedy movies for encouraging "unrealistic expectations" when it comes to relationships and love. Romantic comedy watchers walk away thinking trust and commitment should happen immediately, sex is always earth-shatteringly good, and all sorts of soft, fuzzy internal messages can be transmitted through a lingering glance. Romantic comedies they think also force some people to communicate less and expect more from their relationships.
Ice cream, alcohol, meaningless hookups: the go-to antidotes after a breakup are often distractions rather than reparations. What's more, they're often injurious, as if the split itself didn't cause enough pain. Here, we've identified 10 ways to deal with getting dumped that don't include booze, food or flings.
There's two types of condoms, you say? Yes! The male condom (the one you likely learned to put around a banana in sex ed class) and the female condom, which.....um......um......wait, you don't know anything about it, either? We like to think of ourselves as pretty knowledgeable about how to practice safe sex, but we were embarrassed to discover how little we knew about the female condom. Even if you grew up with abstinence-only education, you'll know what a Durex or a Trojan looks like. You also know that some men hate to wear 'em. Enter the female condom, method of birth control that basically involves inserting what looks like a larger version of the male condom inside your vagina.
A recent study by Intel revealed that 46% of women said they'd rather give up sex for two weeks than their Internet connection. Men weren't too far behind scoring 30% in favor of the Internet. The Internet was also in the top position for most coveted extraneous expense. Eating out, shopping, cable television, and gym memberships were no match for the Internet. Still, most surprising was that a good quarter of the population (men and women) would give up sex for the Internet.
The first year of marriage is notoriously tough, but for couples whose wedding days have gone awry, perhaps this makes the rest easier.In any case, having a disaster wedding day certainly bars the post-wedding blues. Sophie Clarke had been planning her wedding day for three years. Every detail was in place, including the fairy tale touch of a horse-drawn carriage transporting her to the site of the ceremony. Turns out, the reality was not anywhere near the fantasy the British bride had in mind. The horse pulling Clarke's dream carriage bolted on the way to the church, ousting the driver. With the bride and her father still in the open-sided carriage, the horse continued galloping, eventually crashing into a car and losing Clarke and father from the back before settling down to graze in an open pasture. Clarke was taken to a hospital and treated for a concussion—an ending very different from the one she'd orchestrated for her wedding day.
This weekend we received word that Condé Nast is shutting down one of our favorite sex and relationship sites, the Daily Bedpost. Run by Em & Lo (real names Emma Taylor and Lorelei Sharkey,) the Daily Bedpost offers fun, down-to-earth, sex and relationship advice several times a day. Love Buzz has long been a fan of The Daily Bedpost; they've inspired us to write about sex myths, the male birth control pill, testicle touching, one night stands and more.
When you hear the term "breadwinner," you're likely to think "father" or "male." But the New York Times' Modern Love essay this week is penned by a former-female-breadwinner, who later scrapped breadwinning entirely for a more egalitarian - and less romantic - set-up. The author, Karen Karbo, reveled in a whirlwind romance with a Frenchman around whom she never opened her purse once. Then he showed up at her apartment, caught her 'unaware' in unattractive sweatpants, and informed her that he expected her to look pretty for him all the time. Quite rightly, she dumped Monsier Jerkface. In successive relationships, Karbo found herself in the position as breadwinner quite accidentally. The first husband chased his dreams while Karbo held a steady job; the second husband quit his job on a whim and became a househusband, but spent all day playing video games while she kept the family in milk and cookies. When she divorced him, he tried to shake her down for alimony, child support and the house. The third relationship seems to have been the charm: each half of the couple pays his or her own way.