How to date a lover of The Hobbit. The appeal of the bad boy. Three days in a chastity belt. Ten mistakes parents make during the holidays (you know, Christmas). And more in today's roundup of the best of the web...
A number of Episcopalians have been unhappy with the denomination's recent liberal changes, things like a shift toward pro-choice views and acceptance of gay marriage, even ordaining openly homosexual bishops. In response, the Catholic Church is opening up a nationwide diocese to ex-Episcopalians who would like to join Catholicism as a group; a priest and congregation, so church leaders and members who are already comfortable with one another will have a chance to stick together. They will be expected to abide by the Catholic Church's governance, support their conservative views and acknowledge the pope. But since priests in the Episcopal Church have never had to practice celibacy, and many are already married with children, the Catholic Church is granting an exemption to their long-practiced celibacy code... but is it fair? And should it even be allowed in the faith?
Saving it for marriage. What a guys underpants say about him. Sperm and the aging process. How to get him to call. What is a cry-max, do you do it? Signs you're dating a loser. Can an on-screen romance really be all business? Being a single mom in South Korea. Sleeping with the boss and accepting Letterman's apology. And removing "with benefits" from friends with benefits.
How I became a divorced virgin: "I was twenty-nine, single again after a five-year marriage, and a virgin. When I met my now ex-husband Mike, I had just turned 21. We met at small Catholic liberal arts college, and even though I no longer believed in Jesus, the Saints, the Bible, God, really any of that. I was a virgin then, and I was a virgin when we divorced."
Is Chivalry dead? Seriously, what's up with Chivalry? Seven reasons to love online dating. Ten geeky Twitter pick-up lines. New word: adorkable. When a dude marries his boss. Advertisers for chastity. Chinese sex change politics. Sending your preteen to "wife camp." And another working gal's date desk kit.
The Catholic Church has been struggling a bit lately. They seem to be dealing with scandal after scandal and losing some amount of their flock. Miami priest Alberto Cutie was a bright star on the rise. But it's surfaced that the charming Father may have broken his vow of chastity (with an adult woman). Be prepared for a new conversation about whether Catholics should allow priests to be married.
An Italian model and Big Brother Italy star has decided to check out this whole prostitution thing by announcing the sale of her virginity. This follows the trend of Natalie Dylan auctioning her chastity. Let's hope that this doesn't spiral out of control. Someone warn Disney that this stuff happens.
When a promise ring is not enough, abstinence-promoting underwear might do the trick. Printed with slogans such as "True Love Will Wait" and "Earn your right to wear white: Abstain.", it's hard to tell if these $11 white cotton thongs are marketed facetiously or seriously as a last-ditch effort to preserve one's virginity. I can't imagine parents of abstinence-abiding teens would be excited to buy an undergarment that only exists thanks to form-fitting clothing, let alone one meant to be read by a second party. Regardless, we'll call the undies both inspiring and clever. My favorite pair? An image of cherries above the words "Iron Hymen." That oft-forgotten membrane sure is getting its share of the limelight this year.
Ah, Facebook, one of the most popular social networking tools on the web. Complete with the stalker's mini-feed to tell what your friends are up to and scores of boredom-battling applications, but 23-year old Laura Michaels sure found a new way to use it. Ten minutes after she created "I Need Sex," the group already had 35 members and proceeded to gain the membership of a rough total of 100 men. Maneater Michaels ate up half the group by sleeping with 50 of the guys with the defense that "I was satisfying my own desires."