Two fairytale love stories are wooing theatergoers this season. If you have but $12.50 (as ludicrous New York City rates go) to spend, skip Twilight, the teen vampire tale, and see Slumdog Millionaire instead. The Golden Globe Best Picture nominated film is about two destitute Indian orphans from Mumbai whose fates take them on two different, equally harrowing paths before reuniting, in part, thanks to the television game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? While the chemistry between Twilight's main characters Bella and Edward has been praised, the box office hit failed to do what the book series did: use an original take on an old love story about destiny and soulmates to make even jaded hearts swoon.
Romance ruled at this morning's announcement of the 2009 Golden Globe awards. Hollywood always turns inward when award seasons roles around, but this year we've been treated to some truly moving portrayals of relationships starting, working, and ending. Whether you're looking for love, overcoming heartache, or just stuck in the everyday routine of a relationship, 2008 was the year where entertainment reflected the hopes and heartbreaks of love. Here are some of the notable nominees for the 2009 Golden Globe awards.
A recent study conducted by researchers at The Kinsey Institute in Indiana, suggest women report the lowest rates of sexual enjoyment from condoms. Ironically, women who used condoms and hormonal birth control reported the highest rates of emotional sexual fulfillment, even higher than those who don't use condoms at all. Regardless, the results from the study have led researchers to wonder if women are forgoing condom use due to lack of sexual enjoyment, which in the past has typically been a male complaint.
What injury can you receive from a kiss? Apparently kissing can make you go deaf, and one Chinese woman recently suffered just this fate. This got us wondering: what other injuries do people suffer in the name of love? Apparently a lot! Aside from the normal bruises and scrapes (and, of course, STIs), people suffer all sorts of funny sex injuries.
How many times have you heard the word "holiday" in the past week? Well, the season's here and both sexes are scrambling to find that perfect item that expresses love without words. Or actions. Ok, they are just gifts, but they sure are sparkly and fun. Here's what our male media friends are wishing for and thinking of buying us this year.
How does someone end up not having sex for 15 years? By accident, swears writer Kit Naylor on Salon.com. We've all had dry spells, but man, 15 years is one hell of a dry spell! Naylor is a middleaged woman, a self-described recluse with two cats and no kids. She calls herself "a spinster long past my sell-by date." Spinster! We think that's a sexist way to refer to herself, but nevertheless, we admire how she got that way: she wants to be in love to make love. It seems that by eschewing casual sex and being committed to personal integrity, she's condemning herself to accidental celibacy.
Ah the mother-in-law. She loves her son and wants what's best for him, which may or may not include you. A study by a British psychologist found that 60% of women felt tension with their mothers-in-law, compared with 15% of men. But not all MIL relationships are strained. This week's New York Times Modern Love essayist tells of her incredible relationship with her lover's mother. Then there are the famous MIL relationships: Barack Obama's mother-in-law may be moving into the White House, and Heidi Montag's mom thinks marrying Spencer Pratt was a bad idea. Read the full article to find out how to ease conflict with a mother-in-law.
News Flash: it's really bad for the baby when a pregnant mom is exposed to chemicals! But just how bad is it? New research says if the baby she's carrying is a boy, chemical exposure may cause him to be born with a smaller penis. The New York Post reports that chemicals in fire retardants, cosmetics, food wrappers and baby powder are called "endocrine disrupters" and can interfere with hormones. This means the size of your man's genitals may be affected (stunted, if you will) while he's still in the womb.
As liberated 21st-century women, why shouldn't we engage in the same no-strings-attached behavior men historically have enjoyed? For Whitehill, she learned early on that the only thing she and her "This American Life" host, Ira Glass-lookalike had in common was sex. Without a steady boyfriend, she thought she could pull off the flings and go about her business as usual. But, as is often the case, carefree turns to caring... and analyzing... and anxiety, and ultimately we're left wondering after where all those stress-free "benefits" went. Whitehill aptly describes what we'll call "the end of the affair" symptoms:
A Times Magazine piece this weekend argues that teasing is a natural part of being human and, towards the end of the piece, it touches on teasing as a part of romantic relationships. Studies have found that couples who have lots of nicknames and silly phrases they use together have more fulfilling and happier unions. Partners who can poke fun at each other during a fight end up feeling closer after the conflict than couples who don't tease during arguments.