Profile for Catherine Strawn
Maybe because she never settled down herself, Jane Austen created some mighty fine specimens for all of us to drool over â€“ Fitzwilliam Darcy, George Wickham, and Frederick Wentworth to name a few. (If youâ€™re not familiar with these names, you arenâ€™t watching Masterpieceâ€™s The Complete Jane Austen Sunday nights on PBS.) Now you can find out what their online dating profile might have looked like back in the day and pick your Austen man at PBS.org. After 40,010 votes, Mr. Darcy is currently on top. Surprisingly, Mr. Collins (the annoying clergyman/cousin to the Bennets in Pride and Prejudice) ranks seventh. I voted for John Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility. See his profile after the jumpâ€¦ Keep reading »
Apparently, we do not get wiser as we get older. Reuters U.K. just reported on a new survey revealing that 12 percent of sexually active people over 50 donâ€™t use contraception with their partner while not knowing their sexual history. Are they not concerned about getting STDs since they are through having kids and such? Because weâ€™re pretty sure that having chlamydia would suck just as much at 62 as it would at 26. [Reuters U.K.]
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The word â€œLapjuicerâ€ is not in most peopleâ€™s vocabularies, but it should be. Essentially, a Lapjuicer is a stool on which someone can perform a lap dance on piece fruit (an orange or lemon would work nicely) and juice it simultaneously. Quite genius, really. The Lapjuicer, designed by 3eyes, is one of many intriguing products on display in Sex in Design/Design in Sex, which opens today at New Yorkâ€™s Museum of Sex. The exhibit features sex toys through history (some made with horse hair), merkins (originally worn by sex workers following outbreaks of lice or syphilis), and beautifully designed everyday products by Karim Rashid and other designers that conjure up sexual images. Consider this a chance to round out your education.
A plane flying over a stadium with a banner flapping behind it reading â€œWill you marry me?â€ is not our idea of romance â€“ does everything have to be so public? However, the benches in Central Park are another story. There are more than 9,000 benches in the park, and you can adopt one for $7,500 and pick what you want the plaque to say. Yes, there are a couple marriage proposals, but they seem sweet since the bench will remain there as long as the park does. [Central Park Conservancy via Gothamist] Keep reading »
Besides the opening monologue, the best part about the Academy Awards is the musical performances. My all-time favorite was Three 6 Mafia doing â€œItâ€™s Hard Out Here For a Pimp,â€ from Hustle and Flow. Looking at this cool graphic, it seems like there might be a method for winning an Oscar for Best Song — including the words â€œlove,â€ â€œheart,â€ dance,â€ or â€œrememberâ€ in your lyrics seems to help. (There are definitely exceptions, like the aforementioned tune.) Out of this year’s nominees, we’re rooting for “Falling Slowly” from Once, despite the fact that it contains none of these words. [Entertainment Weekly] Keep reading »
There is something fascinating in seeing how the obscenely rich live. Who hasnâ€™t drooled over the mansions in Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous or obsessed about Tony Hawkâ€™s personal skate park on MTV Cribs? And now, with Bravoâ€™s The Millionaire Matchmaker, you get to see how they date. Or at least how they date on reality TV. The series premiered last week and Iâ€™m kind of hooked. Unlike Matched in Manhattan, thereâ€™s less take-away advice for the average viewer, because dating a millionaire is not like dating a normal man. Not everyone can date a millionaire, but the requirements arenâ€™t as stringent as you might think. You just canâ€™t be a gold digger, and you canâ€™t be ugly.
In the series premiere, third-generation matchmaker Patti Stanger introduces one of her millionaire clients to one of her rules: No sex until theyâ€™re in a committed, exclusive relationship. What would happen if everyone followed this rule (besides less STDs going around)? [BravoTV.com]
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Talking to kids about sex must be tough. It’s probably not something that I would look forward to if I were a parent. Actually, I can’t even remember being given “the talk” when I was a wee girl. So, it’s not surprising that sexual topics were among the top 10 that parents hope doctors will discuss with adolescent patients, according to a national poll on children’s health — if the doctor covers menstruation and hair growth, parents don’t have to, right? Sexually transmitted diseases and the physical changes of puberty made the top 10, but, interestingly enough, sexual abstinence did not. [University of Michigan] Keep reading »