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The Retrosexual: Manly Men Return

The Retrosexual: Manly Men Return

Well, it was bound to happen. Neatly groomed faces, color-coordinated outfits and a sincere interest in yoga had their heydays as emblems of the metrosexual. Now, it seems, the scruffy, rough and tumble, "I-care-more-about-diesel-fuel-than-Diesel-Jeans" man is back, kicking his manicured incarnation to the curb. We started seeing it on the faces of our male friends, husbands and boyfriends this past winter, when nary a clean-shaven chin was to be found. Well-fitted pants have started to sag—as straight men embrace the "just out of bed" look on a literal level. And good luck getting Madonna into a playlist now that her adopted child is bigger news than her latest album release.

SATC: The Men Are Running (Away)

We took an informal poll (by "informal" we mean the guys in the office) to glean what men think of the SATC phenomenon that will sweep the country tonight as the box office opens for Carrie et al. Turns out, more than general apathy about the she-power that is Sex and the City, these men can't run fast or far enough from it.

Open Relationships For Dummies

Open Relationships For Dummies

Opening Up stresses the importance of self-awareness, communication, honesty, trust and boundaries in open relationships advice that applies to any relationship, really, be it with one or many. Debauchette, a non-monogamous blogger made famous via New York magazine and a Diane Sawyer interview, captured this concept in a recent post: I don't know many happy monogamous couples, but I don't know many happy polyamorous or open couples either. It just leads me to conclude that relationships aren't easy, that we need to figure out what works for us, individually, that we need plenty of experience to make those determinations.

My Fat Spouse

Turns out, a lot of people do. Overweight people, people who are married to overweight people. A friend introduced me to the site (myfatspouse.com), and, at first glance, I was sure it would be thread after thread of average-weight husbands and wives complaining about their, well, fat spouses. The tag line is "It is disrespectful to willingly become unattractive to your life partner."

So Long, Boring Bridal Showers

So Long, Boring Bridal Showers

We hope that bridesmaids everywhere dying to throw their bride-to-be a fabulous shower won't ultimately settle for a fluorescent-lit reception hall or cramped living room where guests are obliged to "ooh" and "ahh" at vases and platters. Of course, that's all well and good, too. But, WEtv.com came up with a list of shower ideas that don't involve building a "fouquet" (faux bouquet) out of plastic ribbons. We liked the ideas so much, we're swiping some and adding a few of our own...

A Red Hot Wedding Trend

A Red Hot Wedding Trend

Think Miranda in Sex and the City, for example, who wore black to her garden wedding in the show's sixth season, not caring to promote a false sense of virginal purity with her son and seasons of bed partners in tow. Color has slowly been working its way onto wedding dresses, in the form of sashes or trim. Ever the trend setter, Gwen Stefani wore a white-and-rose-colored Galliano gown for her 2002 wedding to fellow rocker Gavin Rossdale (pictured above, courtesy of wedlog.instablogs.com). Now, brides are making statements with entire gowns--and websites devoted to them--in red.

Shot Through the Heart…

According to The Metro UK, a new sex injection could be better than Viagra. Sounds pretty good. One major upside: It’s available for men and women. Another upside: as opposed to Viagra, which leads to physical arousal, this drug produces desire.

San Fran Has Good Johns

San Francisco Chronicle’s Violet Blue had a Q & A with a sex worker currently working the San Francisco market. Quite an interesting read, we must say. Lots of details.

I Considered Cheating On My Wife

I Considered Cheating On My Wife

Kind of like drinking or driving underage, part of having sex outside of a committed relationship is the thrill that comes with doing something illicit. Cue Tango's favorite therapist Esther Perel and other experts hoping to pull marriage's reputation out from under its passionless, restrictive shell through greater communication and understanding. Weiss quotes one friend who says: “Do middle-aged, married women who are no longer interested in having sex with their husbands expect them to remain faithful?" The response, according to American mores, is "yes," though this is at odds with biology. Evolutionary biology's poster child should be the transgender man quoted in the article, who underwent a sex change after 50 years as a woman. He told Weiss that since taking testosterone supplements, he's noticed "a newfound ability to completely divorce sexuality from emotional commitments."