Fact: Palin married her high school sweetheart, Todd, and the two danced together at the Alaska Governor's Inaugural Ball this past January. Speculation: As they were dancing Palin whispered, "Honey, that's inappropriate! Does my power turn you on?" Fact: Palin likes to hunt and fish and she eats caribou. Speculation: Her affinity for "manly" activities helps hold the Palin marriage together, although the spousal competition gets tough when Palin catches bigger fish than her husband.
In many families, brothers from different mothers (or fathers) never give a second thought to the "half" nature of their relationship. Not so with Cindy McCain and half-sister Kathleen Hensley Portalski. The pair, daughters of Jim Hensley, founder of the beer company that Cindy oversees, sit on opposite sides of the political fence. In an interview with US Weekly, Portalski voiced her support for Barack Obama, saying that she and her half-sister share different political viewpoints. Portalski, whose mother was Hensley's first wife, described Cindy as "standoffish" to the weekly. She also said the potential First Lady had never made efforts to reconcile a relationship, though there was no mention of what the original beef between the two had been.
The Democratic convention ended last night, so we thought we'd check in to see if conventioneers got nookie in the mile high city. And what better place to find out than the online repository of fantasy, cock shots and misspellings: Craig's List Denver. Below, a sampling of political booty-hunters, a rating of their post, and our guess about the likelihood that they scored.
Your period: do you hide it from your boy or not? Jezebel asks the tough questions: ...there's one final frontier of unpleasantness that means you're really close: changing your pads and tampons in front of your boyfriend. (I say "boyfriend," because I'm assuming this isn't as much of an issue in lesbian relationships.) Some guys are apparently squeamish about this sort of thing, probably the same ones who are weird about period sex. But can you really have a lasting relationship with someone if you have to hide bloody cotton from them?
Those innovative Japanese are always cookin' up something! Never failing to be creative, the makers of reliable Toyota vehicles, snazzy Sony laptops and crazy game shows now bring to you blow-up appendages. So if you're a woman who has ever wondered what it's like to have a penis, you can just pick up a swan phallus. (Why swan? Must be some sort of Swan Lake reference considering there is a ballerina on the box.) And gentleman, you can grow some breasts!
"I'm a female college student and a feminist. I expect equal pay, equal treatment, and fairness when it comes to chores at home. But I have fantasies of domestic discipline. Some days, I'd like to rush home and clean the apartment and make dinner for my boyfriend wearing only an apron. Then I'd appreciate it if he'd find some excuse--something I did wrong--to spank me until I cry before having wild sex with me." Girlfriend harbors some serious 1950s housewife "Betty Crocker" fantasies, but realizes she doesn't want her relationship to be all Betty Crocker, all the time. The cooking/cleaning/apron-wearing/spanking is a heightened form of foreplay for her, but it looks so much like reality (rather, some people's reality) that she's fearful her guy is going to blend the fantasy into real life
If you've ever cheated on a partner, you know the double helix of guilt and exhilaration infidelity produces. In today's Times Online, Dr. Pam Spurr explains that the only way to heal a relationship after cheating is to communicate effectively with your parter. "It's staggering how powerful illicit passion can be in convincing a person that their behavior is acceptable," says Spurr. Your guilty conscience will give you all the rationalization you need. In fact, some people convince themselves they have a right to an affair. "If you keep telling yourself that you've been taken for granted, or your partner doesn't love you any more, you begin to believe your own PR," Spurr says.
An Idaho family that owns a chain of seven Hallmark stores in the state will not carry the company's new line of gay-friendly greeting cards. The cards, which feature images such as figures in tuxedos holding hands and rows of rainbow-colored hearts, contain neutral language inside that could apply to commitment ceremonies, or gay or straight marriage.
Last night I watched the season one episode of Mad Men where Roger Sterling suffers a heart attack while diddling 20-year-old identical twins and I thought, Ha, ha, Hollywood sure is funny! This morning I wake up and read in the New York Post that Matthew McConaughey's father bit the dust just after doing the nasty.
Today Love Buzz checks in on the thirty-six-year-old virgin who's been blogging on BlogHer. When we last reported, Always Beginning the World (perfect name, by the way) had learned that she is able to have sex, despite having been told by a doctor that she never would. She had met a man she liked, and had decided that she would stop cutting herself off from the world and try to become a sexual, sensual being. The next series of posts describe what Always Beginning The World is doing to prepare herself for a sexually active life. She's trying to open herself to new experiences, albeit ones that are pretty normal for the rest of us.