Trumping news of war, health, food, pets or fashion, the most e-mailed item currently on The New York Times' site is Maureen Dowd's column from July 6 called "An Ideal Husband." In light of celebrity divorces stealing recent headlines, Dowd turned to a man whose motto on marriage would have to be "Do as I say, not as I do": a Catholic priest.
Introducing the Talk To Me pin: the worst parts of online dating and the Home Shopping Network blended together, with a scoop of awkwardly getting hit on by random people on top. It's supposed to be a social lubricant helping gel awkward singletons together, but a yenta it is not.
Is your man doing a little double dealing in the love department? Watch this episode of Love U to find out if your partner is cheating.
As much as we poke, prod and dissect them, relationships are not, nor ever will be, an exact science. Yet a group of YouTube-happy, lovelorn men have joined forces online in order to promote their own scientific theory on love, which they call "True Forced Loneliness." TFL is a condition affecting innocent souls longing for love who have been socially rejected and thereby prevented from ever finding a wife, boyfriend, what have you.
We wish we had found this first, but Fox News reported on an Atlanta area student looking for kissing lessons. We're not kidding. And neither is he. Twenty-year-old Michael McCarty is prepping for the first time he and his girlfriend of five years will meet face to face (ah, the Internet age), yet he's worried about his lack of make-out experience. So it's time to cram. With anyone who will help him. C'mon Atlanta ladies, any takers???
If Republican presidential candidate John McCain wants to energize his party, he'll have to pander to bigots and use gay rights as "wedge issues" to create divisiveness and friction among voters. Does that suggestion make you see red, too? It's the advice of an editor at the conservative magazine The Weekly Standard who spoke on the show "Fox News Sunday" about the McCain campaign. The liberal web site Think Progress reports that executive editor Fred Barnes said McCain can appeal to more conservative voters by selling out LGBT folks.
Butt cleavage panties -- (noun) bikini-style drawers with either a peephole or a lace-up in the back, so named for the "cleavage" view they create "Interesting But Unnecessary!" says fashion/shopping blog SheFinds.com of the lingerie. I have to respectfully disagree with you on that judgment, SheFinds.com: these panties are cute and totally intriguing! As someone who refuses to wear thongs because they're uncomfortable, there's something comforting about saucily showing just a tiny bit more while still being mostly covered. As is the case with all lingerie, some butt cleavage panties are are tawdry-looking, while others are just begging to be unlaced.
The proverbial "old married couple" actually doesn't fight so much: couples bicker less over time, says a study of 1,500 long-term relationship couples in New Zealand.
The New York Daily News published an excerpt of a new book, Save the Males: Why Men Matter, Why women Should Care, which defends adolescent boys who are simultaneously told to respect women while watching them degrade themselves. Here's an excerpt of the excerpt: "The rise of America's slut culture would seem, on the one hand, a boon to males, whose legendary attraction to visual stimulation has rarely been so eagerly indulged. On the other hand, the sight of so much flesh from coffee through cocktails must be discombobulating, especially to young males, who report being perpetually aroused."
Note to lawmakers worldwide: If you hem and haw over the legality of sex change surgery, you may end up footing the bill. Reuters reports that Lithuania has paid $63,140 (40,000 euros) for a partially transgendered man to have complete gender reassignment surgery abroad, per a court order. The man, born a woman in 1978, won a case against his home state in the European Court of Human Rights, for sitting on a bill to allow reassignment surgery that was presented in 2003. The court ordered the Lithuanian parliament to pay for the woman to have the procedure if it still had not voted on the bill by July 1, a deadline the Eastern European nation clearly missed.