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A Weird Vintage Ad For Gentlemen’s Parts Support

Gentlemen, rejoice! The days of straining and chafing, ya know, the down there parts, are over thanks to the SSS, or the Separate Sack Suspensory. With this handy device, you can live in comfort as nature intended, while still being clean for the lady folk, because each item is sold with two interchangeable sacks. Wear…

Erica Maxwell / January 7, 2010

Denmark Wants You To Have Sex With Its Women!

The Danish tourism board has taken a certain non-traditional approach with attracting visitors to their fertile shores. In this video, Karen casually searches for the tourist father of her baby. She doesn’t remember his name, or really need anything from him; she simply wants to be able to identify a father for her…

Erica Maxwell / January 7, 2010

Seeing My Transgender Roommate Transition Changed Me Too

There’s a certain amount of brouhaha amongst some evangelical Republicans over a minor presidential appointment in the Commerce Department. Amanda Simpson will perform a job for the public benefit that I can’t define. I’m pretty sure most of the American public doesn’t know what the Senior Technical Adviser for the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry…

Erica Maxwell / January 7, 2010

The Weird Ways I Know It’s Christmas

This year, I’m doing something different and spending Christmas with my new husband. While I’m super excited for his next great stuffed french toast concoction, it does mean that the days leading up to the big shebang feel a lot different. In years past, there would be the long drive to Dead Coal Mining Town,…

Erica Maxwell / December 25, 2009

Quickies: Amy Winehouse Charged With Assault & T.I. Has Been Released From Prison Early

Amy Winehouse is in more trouble after turning herself in for assault charges following an incident at Milton Keynes Theatre. [EW]
Kurt Cobain’s mother and sister have filed legal paperwork hoping to seal court documents concerning the guardianship of Frances Bean. [L.A. Times]…

Erica Maxwell / December 24, 2009

The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For Christmas Weekend 2009

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on AMC at 8:45 a.m.
“A Christmas Carol” on TCM at 9:00 a.m.
“A Christmas Story” on TBS at 10:00 a.m.

Erica Maxwell / December 24, 2009

A Christmas Miracle: The “It’s Always Sunny” Gang To Open A Real Bar In Philadelphia

My parents thought it was bad parenting to teach children to believe in invisible men that break and enter homes through chimneys once a year in tacky red suits to give overpriced gadgets to unappreciative children, but I think the gentlemen in red is entirely responsible for this. Mac and Dee of “It’s Alway…

Erica Maxwell / December 24, 2009

Missing Grandma’s Eggs On Christmas

I’m excited to be spending the holidays with my husband in our own apartment this year, but I’m nervous as well. Some things are familiar: we have the menorah next to the Christmas tree because of our jumbled-up religious backgrounds. Though, while the scent of pine needles and frying latkes are appropriately nostalgic, everything else…

Erica Maxwell / December 24, 2009

The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For December 19-20th 2009

“Juno” on Cinemax at 9:00 a.m.
“Teen Mom” on MTV at 10:00 a.m.
“My Baby’s Daddy” on Comedy Central at 11:00 a.m.

Erica Maxwell / December 18, 2009

Quickies: Snooki’s Attacker Apologizes & Mike “The Situation” Untanned

The Snooki-puncher apologizes. [US Weekly]
Robert Downey Jr. explained last night to David Letterman that his old drug-related felony record got him detained and interrogated in a Japanese airport. [Entertainment Weekly]
Want to know the words that define the decade? Definitely not “grunge” or “groovy.” [TrèsSugar]…

Erica Maxwell / December 17, 2009

How To Use Your Feminine Wiles

Last weekend, I went to see a friend’s college performance of the Count in “The Marriage of Figaro.” He was absolutely lovely even as his character was a booby-touching, wife-abandoning, serial cheater with jealousy issues. That’s what makes it funny that his big song is about the wily and seductive ways of women. But there…

Erica Maxwell / December 12, 2009

The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For December 12-13th 2009

“Bring it On: All or Nothing” on Style at 9:00 a.m.
“Ghost Adventures” on Travel at 10:00 a.m.
“The Day the Earth Stood Still” on HBO at 11:00 a.m.

Erica Maxwell / December 11, 2009

The Year Of The Affair: Who Cares?

This year has seen so much coverage of extra-marital affairs. I don’t care whose marriage is on the rocks; I can’t muster up any outrage. But I sure can gossip about them.

Erica Maxwell / December 11, 2009

We’re About To Get A Whole Lot More Of Taylor Lautner

Normally, this is a man’s problem. Some pretty young thing, a starlet of the day, Brooke Shields, the Olsen Twins, or Miley Cyrus in a blanket is splashed everywhere, exposed to the full media gaze — gorgeous, nearly naked, and jail-bait. Now, it’s mine.

Erica Maxwell / December 10, 2009

The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For December 5-6th 2009


The Real Housewives of Atlanta” on Bravo at 9:00 a.m.
“Sean of the Dead” on Comedy at 10:00 a.m.
“Golden Girls” on We at 11:00 a.m.

Erica Maxwell / December 4, 2009

The Hanukkah Bush Celebrates My Mixed Faith

When I was in third grade, the class read a book called something like Christmas all Around the World. It taught us about Sweden’s St. Lucia Day festivities that open the Christmas season, that Santa is known as St. Nicholas in Germany, and that Hanukkah is the Jewish Christmas.

Erica Maxwell / December 4, 2009

“So You Think You Can Dance” Was Good For My Marriage

When I started watching “So You Think You Can Dance,” my husband gave the entire living room a wide berth. He’d hear Mary Murphy’s banshee-like glee at putting a dancer on the “hot tamale train,” and off to headphone land he’d go. But, summer had just started, my graduate school employment had just ended, and…

Erica Maxwell / December 4, 2009