Profile for Amelia McDonell-Parry

Etsy: A “Female Ghetto” For The Creative & Crafty?

Over at Double X, Sara Mosle initially sings the praises of popular online indie retailer Etsy.com, but then points out a problem. “There are virtually no male sellers on Etsy. If the site is such a great way for anyone to market handmade goods online, then why is it such a female ghetto?”

So begins her essay, “Etsy.com Peddles a False Feminist Fantasy,” is which she seeks to prove that Etsy specifically attracts women in their mid-thirties, often with children, who want to believe “that you can have a family and create hip arts and crafts from home during flexible, reasonable hours while still having a respectable, fulfilling, and remunerative career.” Mosle says there’s little proof that there’s much money to be made selling goods on Etsy — hence the absence of men, who, obviously, only pursue lucrative or purely recreational “hobbies.”
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Reason #4567 To Hate GOOP

I usually find the “MAKE” editions of GOOP, Gwyneth Paltrow’s newsletter that attempts to “nourish the inner aspect,” the most tolerable. They’re recipes and how offensive and annoying can food really be? This week, Gwyneth introduces us to the cookie and treat recipes from some of her friends, including Evi, a Holocaust survivor, and Katie Lee Joel. Of the latter, Gwyneth writes:

“The summer before last, a mutual friend brought the lovely Katie Lee Joel and her husband William over for dinner. Much to my delight, she brought a fresh batch of these cookies with her.”

Wait. Hold up. “Her husband William?” Don’t you mean Billy? As in, BILLY JOEL? Is this Gwyneth’s attempt at not namedropping? Because that would be effing stupid, considering GOOP is one big celebrity snog fest. Seriously, what a pretentious twat.

Oh also, big old error in the last bit of this week’s newsletter. See above — guess someone forget to include the copy for next week’s preview, and Gwyneth, ever the diligent editor, didn’t notice it was missing either. Oopsies! What will William and his lovely wife Katherine say? [GOOP] Keep reading »

Tabloid Cheat Sheet: Jen And Brad Getting It On? Robert Issues An Ultimatum To Kristen?

It’s Wednesday, which means the week is half over and you’ve made it through hump day. But even more importantly, new ‘bloids just hit newsstands. Lest you have to actually buy them, here’s the juiciest and, uh, most ultra true stories from each. Keep reading »

Gallery: Demi’s Doll Collection Creeps Out Ashton, And Other Celebrity Collectors

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Ashton Kutcher spent the weekend helping wife Demi Moore sort her collection of more than 3,000 dolls, which have been insured for $2.25 million. Needless to say, he wasn’t psyched. “Spent the day going through wifey’s insane doll collection,” he wrote. “3000 thousand contemporary art dolls all staring at U [sic]. I’m gonna have nightmares. I’m trying to convince wifey to open a doll museum. She also has thousands of Barbies and original GI Joes.” I don’t blame you Ashton, those glassy eyes can be pretty disconcerting. [StarPulse]

Here are nine more celebrities with eccentric collections.

The Modern Husband Should Be…

Perhaps you’ve seen this little test for husbands making the rounds on the web? It was written in 1933 as a companion to a test for women about being good wives, with a list of merits and demerits for appropriate and inappropriate husband behavior. It was a bit antiquated to give the fellas in 2009, so we updated it…. Keep reading »

Gallery: Heather Graham And Other Stars Make Love Tantric Style

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This week, while promoting “The Hangover,” Heather Graham, in the ultimate non sequitur, talked about tantric sex. “I first got into it when I was filming ‘The Guru’ in 2002 and I haven’t looked back,” she says. “[It's] not having sex continually…The idea is that you let the whole thing build very slowly until finally you merge with your partner. It works for me.” Heather did get the memo that “The Guru” was a comedy, right? [Huffington Post]

So what is tantric sex all about? It started in India over 6,000 years ago as a rebellion against organized religion which (universally it seems) dictated that sexuality should be ignored in the search for enlightenment. Those that practiced Tantric (which means “to manifest, to expand, to show”) believed that sex could “expand consciousness and weave together the polarities of male and female into a harmonious whole.” It urges people to prolong the act of making love to create more intense orgasms by using their energy consciously to extend the peak of sexual ecstasy. The result: both men and women can have several orgasms in a single sexual encounter. [Discovery Health]

Celebrities seem to be all about tantric sex. Here are the ones who have gone on record as fans.

Quick Pic: Sookie Stackhouse, You Are Mahhhhn!

In the latest issue of New York, Emma Rosenblum describes a scene from the new season of “True Blood” (which premieres this Sunday):

“Bill, the brooding village vampire, beds Sookie, his mortal girlfriend, after they’ve had an argument. It’s steamy stuff—makeup sex is still makeup sex, even when one party isn’t technically living. Mid-act, Bill bites Sookie’s neck with his fangs in an orgasmic frenzy, then kisses her, smearing her own red blood down her cheeks and onto her lips.”

Set your DVR, ladies. Keep reading »

Thoughts From Guys On Our IM: Have You Ever Lied About Your Sexual Experience?

On an early date with my ex, we were discussing sexual experiences (what, me discuss sex?!) and he told me that he had had a threesome. Months later I found out that he had lied. I wasn’t mad about it, but because it was such an odd thing to make up, I’ve never forgotten it. (I’ve also never figured out why. Was he trying to show off? Plant the seed for a future threesome, which he tried, in vain, to have up until we broke up?) This week I read Glamour‘s “5 Lies Men Tell About Their Sexual History (Hint: The Three-Way is BS)” and discovered that, apparently, many men tell this little fib, along with other sex lies like “I lost my virginity when I was 16!” and “This has never happened before.” So what about the guys on our IM? What sex lies have they told? Keep reading »

Five Reasons He Dumped You, When You Just Don’t Want To Believe He Didn’t Like You

I have a little problem. I tend to obsess over why a guy suddenly pulls “the fade” or ends things just as they’re, seemingly, getting good. It’s one thing if the guy simply is not interested in pursuing anything further because of a lack of attraction, but what about the guy who does think I’m hot, awesome, and funny? (He did, didn’t he?) Where the hell does he go and why? According to a guy writer for Cosmopolitan, there are five reasons why guys dump women they’re “into.” I got a guy friend, whose opinion I trust, to give me his thoughts on each of them, lest I take them all incredibly seriously. Keep reading »

Liveblogging “The Bachelorette” For June 8th 2009

Another episode, another two hours of Angry Dave’s crazy eyes, Wes’ twang, and Jillian’s fabulous style, but vaguely questionable taste in men. See ya back here at 8pm, y’all! Keep reading »

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