Plan B—known as the "morning after pill"—is to be taken 72-hours after unprotected sex in hopes of warding off an unwanted pregnancy. Regardless of the fact scientific evidence proved the pill perfectly safe for 17-year-olds, before yesterday's ruling the drug was only available behind pharmacy counters to women 18 and up. Judge Edward R. Korman of the federal district court in New York didn't understand why this was, and even went so far as to speculate that members of the FDA were "bowing" to the conservative leanings of the Bush administration and knowingly appointed anti-abortion members to the review panel. He accused the FDA of dragging their feet and avoiding lifting restrictions even after their team of scientists gave the pill the thumbs up for use in minors.
Love Bytes: three must click sex, dating and relationship links. Raising kids is expensive on two salaries, and even more expensive on one. [Sirens] Are you a nympho? Or do you just like getting it on? [Ask Dan And Jennifer] Women who truly enjoy sex often get labeled as nymphomaniacs, or "nymphos" for short. Just because a woman likes sex and enjoys having it, does that make her a "nympho?" What if she’s recently lost weight or had a big life change and has started to see herself in a more sexual way? Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore have been cast to play a certain real-life White House couple in HBO's upcoming movie A Special Kind Of Relationship. Can you guess who the couple is? [Huffington Post]
Police arrived to screaming and an unexpected site at a Fairfield, C.T. home where they had been called to hose down a domestic dispute. A woman had handcuffed herself to her husband while he slept in their bed, reports Jason Szep for Reuters.
Variety reports that the two stars and their production companies have purchased the rights to Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry, which is a mock auction catalogue offering the mementos from a couple's failed love affair. Lenore and Harold's artsy, culture-filled relationship is chronicled through the black and white photographs and auction lot descriptions of handwritten notes, salt shakers, jars of quarters, and more than 300 other objects that took on significance during the couple's time together.
Love Bytes: three must click sex, dating and relationship links. Twittering your way to a breakup, lending money to a lover and dining with prostitutes.
Agreeing on what constitutes as relaxation and what kind of vacation makes both people happy are signs that a couple is ready to travel together without risking the relationship.
There's nothing like a fresh start — knowing in your heart that you're ready to move past the divorce and date again. Before that little black dress comes out of the closet, ask yourself: Do I know how to make a better choice this time around?
I've dated several guys who, from what I can tell, have a take it or leave it attitude toward sex, with an emphasis on leaving it. Why, you may ask, did I, someone who writes about sex almost every day, wind up with them? I don't really know, but I did. And the worst part about it is not the physical withdrawal; I'm not the kind of girl who needs to do it every day (though that would be nice). The worst part is the feeling of rejection that cuts really, really close to home. When I experience that, it's like taking all the fears I have about my attractiveness and boiling them into one pointed barb: you're not pretty/sexy/fun/cool/hot/exciting enough to f**k.
Let's face it: Some days even the best of relationships are hard work. So learning how to mend hurts and tear down walls of conflict is part and parcel to keeping a healthy and vibrant relationship going strong. Here, Bill Ferguson fills us in on three love pitfalls to avoid.
A new study published in the March issue of the Review of General Psychology found that a surprisingly high number of long-term couples, including some who had been married over 20 years, reported that they still felt deeply in love with their partners. The researchers draw a distinction between romantic love and passionate love. "Romantic love," the researchers say, "has the same intensity, engagement and sexual chemistry as passionate love has, but without the obsession. Passionate love, on the other hand, includes feelings of uncertainty and anxiety." Well, if that’s the case, I’ll take romance over passion any day. According to the researchers, there are some "tricks" to making that romantic kind of love endure for the long-term.