This weekend the world was gifted with a long confessional in New York magazine from Joe Jonas. The 24-year-old formerly in the Jonas Brothers — they split up this fall over creative differences — dished about everything from smoking pot for the first time with Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato, hooking up with fans, and how coming back to a hotel room to find a groupie waiting there is actually really annoying. Mostly, though, Joe Jonas talked about he and his brothers’ rise to fame and how they felt completely beholden to Disney, because the mega-company made everything happen for them. Disney controlled their lyrics — “If a lyric was slightly sexual, someone at the record company would tell us we had to change it” — and pressured them to never mess up or else they’d disappoint their parents, fans and bosses. ”We were frightened little kids,” Joe said.
Well, Dylan Sprouse, a fellow Disney child star, has a few things to say about that. Keep reading »
Meet Emily Graslie, the Chief Curiosity Officer of the Field Museum in Chicago. (Now that’s a job title I’d like to have!) She’s also the host of a YouTube series called The Brain Scoop which investigates cool scientific topics like how octopi have sex and the differences between moths and butterflies. Emily is one of the few women to host a STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, math) YouTube series, which is not entirely surprising, because those industries are all dominated by men.
In Graslie’s most recent Brain Scoop video, Emily asks why that might be. While she personally feels completely supported by her employers and colleagues, she pointed out how there is a larger culture that is unsupportive of women in STEM fields. So she illustrated this in the starkest way possible: by reading sexist comments. Keep reading »
“My relationship with my present wife [his children's former nanny, Ryan Shawhughes] is thrilling to me and I’m committed to it. But neither she nor I know what shape the future will come in. Sexual fidelity can’t be the whole thing you hang your relationship on. If you really love somebody you want them to grow, but you don’t get to define how that happens. They do. People have such a childish view of monogamy and fidelity. ‘He’s cheated so he’s bad, she’s cheated so she’s bad,’ as opposed to a recognition that our species is not monogamous. To act all indignant, that your world has been rocked because your lover wasn’t faithful to you, is a little bit like acting rocked that your hair went grey. Human beings are sexual beings.”
Ethan Hawke is as well known for all those “Before Sunrise” movies as he is for being the guy who let Uma Thurman get away. But as he broadly hints at the magazine Mr. Porter, he didn’t want to be monogamous. That doesn’t make any cheating that may have occurred okay, of course, but I commend him, actually, for being this honest about monogamy and fidelity given how harshly our culture judges nontraditional relationships. (Actress Maria Bello has some similar thoughts, which she wrote about this weekend in the New York Times Modern Love column.) It sounds like 42-year-old Hawke has a more clear-eyed view of what kind of relationship he wants with his new wife. He’s kidding himself, though, if he thinks that being “indignant” about cheating is abnormal. Non-monogamy isn’t about cheating at all. [Mr. Porter via US Weekly] [Image via Getty]
The woman who played C.J Cregg on “The West Wing” and Margaret Scully, Provost Scully’s long-suffering wife, on “Masters Of Sex” deserves all good things for her birthday. Good things, of course, are champagne and birthday cake delivered by shirtless hunks. And Allison Janney, ever the lady, politely asks all of them their names and giggles adorably. Now that’s how you throw a birthday party, Ellen DeGeneres! [YouTube.com/TheEllenShow]
I have a couple of girl friends whom I really envy. They know exactly what they want — or rather, what they don’t want. They don’t want to have children. Two of my girl friends are childless by choice, which means that while they enjoy being involved in the lives other people’s children, they have no interest at all in becoming parents of their own. There isn’t a doubt in either of their minds that kids are not a possibility.
My own feelings on the subject are much more hazy. Keep reading »
This story is all kinds of fucked up: a pregnant woman in Essex, UK, was sedated and had her baby forcibly taken from her womb via C-section because she was not taking her medication for bipolar disorder. The child is now 15-months-old and in the care of social services. The woman, an Italian who was in the UK for a Ryanair training course, is now trying to get her child back. Keep reading »