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How Do I Keep My Independence When I Move In With My Guy?

At first there were butterflies. David and I decided to move in together, the first step towards what I hope will be a long and loving life at each other’s sides.

And then I started thinking about how I am so OCD that I need to dry my body and my hair with separate towels. How I don’t want anyone using my fancy Bliss hand lotion to jerk off. How, most of the time, I prefer reading to talking to people.

My boyfriend is bottomless (well, near bottomless) when it comes to accepting me and loving me for my quirks and foibles. But with all these little realizations, it dawned on me that unless I am OK with being truly wretched and selfish, moving in with my boyfriend means I might have to compromise, change and sacrifice a little independence. Keep reading »

NPR Disses Jodi Picoult And Calls Her Books “Lurid”

I love reading. I might love it more than orgasms, sleeping or eating. And I will read anything, high or low, because I’ve enjoyed “smart books” like Katharine Graham’s autobiography as much as “trashy books” like The Other Boleyn Sister. I just can’t stand people who get on their high horse and sniff that a 10th grader could have written Twilight. It was a good read—who cares?

I’ve read two novels by Jodi Picoult—My Sister’s Keeper and Nineteen Minutes—which were both three-hanky reads about suburban families with troubled kids (cancer in one, a school shooting in another). But NPR has a different perspective on the Picoult oeuvre. Keep reading »

Quote Of The Day: Sarah Silverman Won’t Make Fat Jokes

“I don’t like fat jokes about women. Men can take it because we live in a society where fat men still deserve love, still can be respected. Fat women are treated (in the white culture, anyway) like s**t, and it bums me out.

—Comedian Sarah Silverman on what she doesn’t think is funny [Canadian Broadcasting Corporation] Keep reading »

Woman Allegedly Punched By NYC Cop

A NYC cop allegedly punched a woman, grabbed her breasts and told her he was going to “treat her like a woman.”

Chrissie Brodigan, 32, tells Gothamist she exited a NYC subway with her pet pug, who was throwing up, when a cop tried to issue her a ticket for not carrying the dog inside a container. She became upset when the cop allegedly said, “If you’re going to act like a woman, I’m going to treat you like a woman.” Brodigan says the officer punched her in the back, leaving her bruised, as well as grabbed her breasts and pinched them. (This photo, pulled from Gothamist, shows her alleged bruises.) Keep reading »

Quick Pic: How Many Hail Marys Will This Ad Agency Be Saying?

The British Advertising Standards Authority banned this Federici ice cream ad after readers complained about the nun’s “seductive pose.” Yeah, we don’t like thinking about what she was going to do with that spoon, either. Keep reading »

Vanity Fair Says McCain Aides Disliked Sarah Palin As Much As (Some Of Us) Did

Vanity Fair doesn’t tell us anything that Palin-watchers (er, Palin-stomachers) didn’t already know.

called the McCain/Palin ticket “a marriage of convenience”—and a “fiasco.” Keep reading »

SexReally Tries (& Fails) To Explain Why Nice Guys Finish Last

The second SexReally podcast by anti-hookup crusader Laura Sessions Stepp is online, this time looking into the subject of “Why Nice Guys Finish Last.”

Jorge from NYC told Sessions Stepp that he “stopped being nice” because he wasn’t getting any girls and added, “I know guys who are a**holes because they think that’s the only approach to get women.” Brittany, a student at George Washington University, gushed over bad boy “confidence” and “swagger” and dished about a relationship she had with a guy who “made [her] feel lower in some way” and wasn’t “gainfully employed legally.” I guess we women just don’t know what’s good for us!

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Venice Gets Its First Female Gondolier

Rowing a gondola through Venice’s famed canals used to be a tradition passed from father to son. But not anymore! Twenty-three-year-old Giorgia Boscolo, mother of two, completed the 400 hours of classes required to become the first female gondolier in Italy’s history. Not everyone is uncorking a bottle of vino, though; Boscolo’s papa is a gondolier and he still thinks rowing down the canals is a “man’s job.” But Boscolo has told detractors like her father to chillax. “Childbirth is much more difficult,” she said. [The Age Australia] Keep reading »

Quote Of The Day: Is Nora Ephron A Pessimist? Or A Realist?

“If you want to be a successful and you are a woman, you have to understand that there’s all kinds of horrible stuff that comes with it and you simply cannot do anything about it but move on.”

—Nora Ephron, director of “Julie & Julia,” “Sleepless In Seattle,” “You’ve Got Mail”…and basically every other chick flick you’ve ever seen. [The New Yorker] Keep reading »

What’s The Link Between Abortion, Miscarriages And Premature Births?

One abortion or miscarriage raises the risk of giving birth to a premature baby by 20 percent, while two abortions or miscarriages raises the same risk by 90 percent, according to Dr. Robbert van Oppenraaij of the Erasmus MC University Medical Center in The Netherlands. Dr. van Oppenraaij presented his findings, which are based on 75 studies about complications during pregnancy between 1980 and 2008, at European Society of Human Production conference in Amsterdam this week. [Mirror UK] Keep reading »

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