Whether it happens spontaneously on a random night out, pathetically after you've been dumped or it's the consummation of long-term lust, sleeping with pals always seems to get sticky. The True Hook Up Confessions readers were agonizing over their Friends With Benefits (FWB) this week. Is hooking up with friends a great arrangement or not all it's cracked up to be?
Maybe they're not something you'd want your mother to find in your room. Maybe they're not something you'd display on the coffee table. Maybe they're not even something you'd flip through to brainstorm with the new BF. (uh, that's "boyfriend," not "best friend." Unless you've got the best of both worlds.) But they should be something of a reference library for the bedroom. "They" being sex books. Things get boring. Things get quiet. Thing may even get confusing. You need somewhere to turn. Em & Lo, the patron saints of sex, have a new book for the collection, Sex: How to Do Everything
Years after Kanye West's hit single "Gold Digger" ripped up dance floors, gold digging has hit the papers once again. Sweet little Audrey Tautou, from the film "Amelie," stars in "Priceless," a French film that opens this week in London. In it she plays a woman who selects her boyfriends based on one thing: money. One film hardly screams "TREND!" However, London's Daily Mail is noted for their scaremongering articles about sexual politics (women think about shopping as much as men think about sex, John McCain ditched his disabled wife for hot babe Cindy, etc.) But this time, the paper takes a surprisingly (for them) feminist stance against gold digging.
Prostitution's been big news this year. Some very public dalliances invited the very private profession to be probed and dissected from every angle: that of the sex worker, the "john," the families, the spouse or girlfriend unaware. So, to watch "Belle" the leading lady (actually, just call her a whore, for she prefers not to mince words) in Showtime's new series "Secret Diary of a Call Girl," walk us through her fantastical, clandestine and well-oiled routine with a smile was unexpected.
New research suggests that heterosexual women are equally turned on by men and women, reports The New York Times. It's not gender, says Dr. Meredith Chivers, but the degree of sensuality, in the new documentary, "Bi the Way." Researchers have spent more than 10 years trying to pinpoint arousal differences between straight, gay, and bisexual individuals. Whereas gay men tend to be aroused by same-sex imagery, women are aroused by both.
Gay couples can officially marry in the state of California starting Tuesday and there's so many people to thank for this monumental carriage of justice: the California Supreme Court judges who struck down the anti-gay rights decision; Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has promised not to veto; the activists who worked tirelessly over the decades; and...Tila Tequila?
Lloyd Dobler: attractive. Jean-Claude Van Damme: yuck. There is something extremely attractive about vulnerability. Not the "I'm an emotional wreck; fix me" kind of basket case, but the guy with a touch of self-deprecation and a dose of humility. Like he's letting you in a on a little secret. Take for instance one of our writers, John Meils. His latest piece, "The Magic of (Other People's) Weddings," delves into the male mind while attending, you guessed, wedding. He's honest and funny, without being trite or condescending.
Call it a Mr. Mom backlash. For couples eschewing stereotypical division of household duties, sharing responsibility isn't about role reversal; it's about role sharing and thinking like teammates or co-pilots instead of gender-bending pioneers. The New York Times Magazine's cover story this coming Sunday (already available online) profiles several families where designated "mom" and "dad" duties don't exist, at least not as society generally defines them.
"Women Think of Shopping as Much as Men Think of Sex!" screams a headline in yesterday's Daily Mail. Hoo, boy. This is just about the most dubiously sourced piece of journalism An online study -- or shall we say "study" -- at cosmopolitan.co.uk says that women think about buying a new outfit once every minute -- or put another way, 60 times each waking hour. This data comes from the responses of 74% of 778 women aged 19 to 45 at this 'online fashion bible' web site. In other words, that's 575 self-selected women. Hardly a representative group!
Selena Gomez is a minor star in the Disney universe who is hoping to go supernova like Zac Efron and Hilary Duff. In what seems like a response to the recent "sex" scandals (that involved no sex, mind you) that have plagued fellow tween celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens, Gomez is speaking out on her desire to stay chaste. Says the 15 year star of The Wizards of Waverly Place even went so far as to ask her dad for a promise ring