Alyssa Rosenberg of The Atlantic recently ranted about overly idealized relationships and a lack of intimate adult sex scenes in the Harry Potter series, accusing J.K. Rowling of being “really awful at writing about adult sexual and romantic relationships.” Her first complaint is that everyone in the books ends up with their first love, avoiding the hardships and dating cycles those of us in real life are forced to endure. She then complains that Rowling doesn’t give readers enough intimate details involving adult sexual relationships — the Weasleys are too preoccupied with their children, the Potters’ relationship is too idealized, Lupin isn’t sexual enough, and a description of Fleur Delacour’s married life is lacking. She finishes her critique by noting that Hogwarts is lacking a sex ed course.
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- Bar Rafaeli will take over Gisele Bundchen’s spot as the new face of Rampage. [Just Jared] – The Israeli beauty may no longer have a sexy boyfriend, but she’s got a very hot new business deal.
- This amazing graphic of “Things To Say During Sex” just took a big ol’ weight off our shoulders. [Incredimazing]
- In a blog for the Huffington Post, Jamie Lee Curtis admitted she was once addicted to painkillers, and empathizes with Michael Jackson and his addiction to drugs [People] — Sadly, Jackson never got over his drug abuse, as Curtis did.
- “Harry Potter” actor Jamie Waylett, who plays Vincent Crabbe, pleaded guilty to growing marijuana plants at his mother’s home. [PopEater] – Too bad he wasn’t concocting potions. That would have been way cooler.
- Eddie Cibrian, who is best known for having an affair with his co-star LeAnn Rimes, has been dumped by his wife, Brandi Glanville. Cibrian said he was done with Rimes, but according to Us Weekly, he was busted with her late last week. That’s when Glanville threw in the towel. [Us Weekly] — How long until Rimes’ husband Dean files for divorce?
- A center for victims of child abuse in São Paulo has used a newspaper clipping of Joe Jackson in its ad, saying Michael got the ultimate revenge by leaving his father out of his will. [Copyranter]
- Beastie Boy Adam Yauch recently announced he has cancer, and that the Beastie Boys tour will therefore have to be postponed. [Pop Eater] — Yauch will be getting surgery next week, and we hope he gets better!
This fall, four schools will participate in an experiment that combines girls-only classes with online teaching. Supposedly, the classes will be tailored specifically to females because, according to Larry Goodman, director of strategic programming at the Laurel School (one of the four participating schools), “There is no one out there who’s thinking with a specifically feminine audience in mind.” So what would a female-geared online course entail? Goodman claims that “[g]irls thrive best in environments where connectivity is valued.” Therefore, the courses will focus on collaborative projects. The creators of the project hope that in future years, girls from all over the world, including those who attend co-ed schools, will be able to participate in the girls-only online teaching experience.
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- Lauren Conrad and Heidi Pratt may have appeared to have reconciled during the season finale of “The Hills,” but it’s clear from Lauren’s interview with Bazaar that they are anything but friends. Conrad had quite a bit of negative things to say about her frenemy. [Us Weekly] – Both of these girls just need to Shut. Up.
- Jon Gosselin has purchased a new home, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The apartment is supposedly just big enough for him and his newgal pal, but leaves little room for his eight kids. [People] I’m so not excited about sharing my city with him.
- Political affairs have been on the rise lately, or at least they’re being publicized a whole lot more than they used to be. But it seems these adulterers just never learn from their mistakes, so here’s a list that should help them out. [Aslyum]
- “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” Marathon on BRAVO starting at 9:30 am
- “16 & Pregnant” Marathon on MTV starting at 11 am
- “Dance Your Ass Off” on Oxygen at 12 pm
- “John Tucker Must Die” on FX at 12 pm
- “True Hollywood Story: Michael Jackson” on E! at 12 pm
- “NYC Prep” on Bravo at 2 pm
- “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” on USA at 3 pm
- “The Princess Bride” on ABC Family at 6 pm
- “Shrek” on TBS at 7 pm
- “Forbes 20 Most Expensive Celebrity Weddings” on Style at 8 pm
While many fear that America is falling out of the marriage habit, and that, these days, all is bad in love and more, new stats show otherwise. Supposedly, 86% of women marry by age forty. This says something, considering that a 20-year-old article in Newsweek declared that “a 40-year-old single woman had a better chance of being killed by a terrorist than getting married.” Ouch.
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- A portion of Madonna’s “Sticky and Sweet” stage collapsed during a performance the singer gave today in France. Seven people were injured and at least one is dead. [People] — Guess it wasn’t such a “sweet” performance, after all. Sorry, that wasn’t funny.
- Ivanka Trump and long-time boyfriend Jared Kushner got engaged yesterday after Trump converted to Judaism for him. [Pop Eater] — That’s one sexy Jewish power couple!
- Mischa Barton is reportedly under involuntary psychiatric hold at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. [Just Jared] — Yikes.
Federal funding for abstinence-only education was stripped from the budget in the House subcommittee, and the Christian News Wire isn’t too happy about this. According to them, “There is evidence that abstinence education is an effective primary prevention strategy.” It’s just, um, nowhere to be found. When Congress ordered a study in 2007 on abstinence-only ed, it was (shockingly!) revealed that “students who participated in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not.” The study also found that these students were just as likely to use contraception when they did have sex as those who did not participate. Keep reading »