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Dating Don’ts: Putting Your Foot In Your Mouth On A First Date

Dating Don'ts: Negging
Just say no to negging! Read More »
Dating Don'ts: Criticism
It's time to put a moratorium on beating yourself up. Read More »
Dating Don'ts: Ghosting
Thou shalt not ghost your love interests. Read More »
foot in mouth

On Friday night, I had an online date that really fizzled. Everything was going just fine over chips and guac until he majorly stuck his foot in his mouth. He started talking about his ex-girlfriends (always a red flag!) and mentioned that several were depressed. He ended up giving much more than he got back in these relationships, he said. Women with depression are way too needy. He won’t date one again.

Well then, I thought to myself. I guess we should just get the check! I tried to be polite about what he was telling me. I suggested perhaps women with depression are attractive to him in some way, seeing how the pattern has repeated itself many times. I said that people with mental illness need to take care of themselves first, not be taken care of by anyone else, and maybe he might want to look into why he dates women who turn out to be “needy.” And then when I shared with him that I, actually, have had depression for years, he got very uncomfortable and embarrassed. Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Of Course You Want 7 Minutes In Heaven With Tina Fey

SH*t Liz Lemon Says
Sh*t Liz Lemon Says
Blerg! I want to go to there. Lemon, out. Read More »
Tina Defends Olivia
Tina Fey sticks up for fellow funny girl Olivia Munn. Read More »
Tina Fey Talks Fashion
She misses her fanny pack. Read More »
Tina Fey on Seven Minutes In Heaven
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  • ZOMG, Tina Fey has finally done a “Seven Minutes In Heaven” video with Mike O’Brien. You need to watch immediately if you have ever wondered which cast member of “The Cosby Show” that Tina wants to watch her in the shower. [Yahoo]
  • New couple alert! Taylor Swift is supposedly dating Mark Foster, the frontman of the band Foster The People. [PopCrush]
  • Everything to know about Priscilla Chan, aka Mrs. Mark Zuckerberg. [Celebrity Cafe]
  • Lindsay Lohan is supposedly unhappy with potential co-stars for that Liz Taylor biopic that she’s doing for Lifetime. [iVillage] Keep reading »

More Men Are Moving Into “Pink Collar” Professions

SAHM Study
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Stay-at-home-moms are more worried, sad and stressed, says poll. Read More »
Managing Men
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Managing men as a female boss can be a balancing act. Read More »
Working Women Ugly?
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... according to Rush Limbaugh's wildly inaccurate twisting of study. Read More »
On Marrying Up
Let's be realistic about the finances it takes to raise a family. Read More »
pink collar jobs photo

Once upon a time, a male kindergarten teacher or a male nurse was an oddity, even a novelty. But changing gender roles — and a turned-on-its-head economy — mean that more men than ever are working in what were previously considered to be “pink collar” jobs.

In an article about the trend today, The New York Times explains that “pink collar” jobs in fields like health care and home care/child care haven’t been bombed out by the economy because they cannot be outsourced and they are available to anyone without a college degree, regardless of gender. Hence, while jobs in all those fields are growing in general, the numbers of men working in them are increasing apace. Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Ruffles Launching “Manly” Line Of Potato Chips Just For Men

Dr. Pepper's "Manly" Soda
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Dr. Pepper Ten says it's "not for women." Read More »
Morning Quickies
Mark Zuckerberg wedding photo
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a married man. Read More »
Ruffles Ultimate potato chips for men
  • Ruffles is launching a line of Ruffles Ultimate potato chips just for men, which will feature deeper ridges and more “manly” flavors like Kickin’ Jalapeno Ranch and Sweet & Smokin’ BBQ. New brands of dips with naaasty-sounding “masculine” flavors will also accompany the chips.  Thank God this will finally put an end to that horrible problem of men complaining that their potato chips have been too girly.  [New York Daily News]
  • Find out who Whitney Houston’s family tried to keep out of the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. Yeesh. [PopCrush]
  • Patton Oswalt is hosting the Webby Awards tonight. Here he is starring as an actual Internet troll in a promo! [The FW]
  • If you own a boob scarf, I think we should be friends. [Gurl]
  • In memory of Robin Gibb, here are 10 Bee Gees songs to cheer you up. [Celebrity Cafe] Keep reading »

Catholic Orgs File Massive Organized Lawsuits Against Obama Administration Over Birth Control

  • Earlier today, 43 Catholic dioceses, schools and other institutions filed lawsuits in 12 federal courts over birth control coverage in President Obama’s plans for health care reform. The Obama administration has long touted its compromise that contraception coverage will be provided free by health care insurers if the employer refused to cover it; however, the people filing the lawsuit claim their religious liberty is under attack. Additionally, two Catholic universities recently dropped their student health plans entirely rather than deal with the compromise.  [New York Times]
  • North Carolina pastor Charles L. Worley was videotaped saying that lesbians and gays should be put behind an electrocuted fence and left to die off. “Build a great, big, large fence — 150- or 100-mile long — put all the lesbians in there,” he said. “Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out … and you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out … do you know why? They can’t reproduce!” How grossly inhumane. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

“Think Like A Man” Allegedly Banned In France Because It’s Not “Diverse” Enough

Tokenism?
Erica says lay off "Girls" for being all-white and give black girls a show. Read More »
Race On
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Teyonah Parris on playing "Mad Men"'s first black employee. Read More »
Where Are Black Folks?
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Matt Weiner explains why there aren't more black folks on "Mad Men." Read More »
Rihanna Called N-Word
Jackie magazine refers to Rihanna as "N----Bitch." Read More »
Think Like A Man

“Think Like A Man,” the new Tyler Perry romantic comedy [Update: based on a book by Steve Harvey] about black women and men, has allegedly been banned in France because officials say the film is not diverse enough. According to blogger Fabienne Flessel at the blog Global Voices:

Surprising as it may be, the answer lies in the fact that the film has an all-black cast. French cinema is often pointed at for not fairly displaying all components of the country’s multiethnic population. 

It is unclear, though, whether “Think Like A Man” has literally been banned, or if it just is not being screened. But the Global Voices blogger and several other French-speaking bloggers quoted/translated in his article seem adamant that someone in a position of power in France is uninterested in promoting films by and about black folks. One blogger claims “Tyler Perry’s movies are never scheduled in any French movie theaters or are only released in DVDs, even thought he has been used to leading the U.S. box office.”  Keep reading »

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