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Now And Then: Getting Women To Vote

There are just two more weeks left until the presidential election will decide if Barack Obama will stay in the Oval Office for another four years or Mitt Romney will become our country’s next commander-in-chief. With the final presidential debate tonight and early voting starting in some states, now’s the time to make sure you’re registered to vote— especially if you live in California, since today’s the last day to register!

Thanks to the women’s suffrage movement in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Congress passed the 19th amendment in 1919, giving American women the right to vote in our country. Our female ancestors fought hard for our right to have our voices heard, so let’s make ‘em proud. With women’s health care and abortion rights being significant issues this election season, casting our ballots on Nov. 6 (or in some cases, earlier) is especially important. Read more …

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Debate Moderator Martha Raddatz

No matter who you think won the debate Thursday night between Vice President Joe Biden and VP hopeful Paul Ryan, you have to hand it to moderator Martha Raddatz for having better control over the faceoff than Jim Lehrer did at the first presidential debate last week.Both Biden and Ryan had no choice but to zip it when Martha cut them off with “We’re gonna move on” or “gentlemen.” She also was tough on the guys when it came to their answers, calling them out for more specifics and asking about whether the math added up.
As an expert on foreign policy, it was clear Martha knew what she was talking about, and she interjected the debate with her knowledge when appropriate. She also found a unique way to ask the men about their views on abortion, inquiring about how both Biden and Ryan’s Catholic faith affects their stance on the issue. If you were as curious as us about last night’s moderator, here are five things to know about her:

  • Rap Fan: For those of you watching the debate on C-SPAN last night, you would have caught Martha poking a joke at herself when she mentioned Chamillionaire while telling audience members to turn their phones off. This referenced her 2007 snafu — while serving as ABC News’s chief White House correspondent under the Bush administration — when her cell phone went off with Chamillionaire’s “Ridin” as the ring tone during a White House press briefing. Read more…

Snappy & Saucy Lines From Hitchcock Heroines

The trailer for “Hitchcock“ has been released, heightening our already Halloween-inspired itch for an Alfred Hitchcock movie marathon. The film stars Anthony Hopkins as the famed director and centers on his relationship with his wife (played by Helen Mirren) in addition to the hurdles he had to overcome when filming “Psycho.” Scarlett Johansson will star as the shower-scene-stealing Janet Leigh, and if there’s one thing Hitchcock is known for, it’s his stunning — and mostly blond — heroines. Feisty ladies in movies like “Vertigo,” “The Birds,” and “To Catch a Thief” may be dealing with some frightful situations, but they never fail to dish out snappy words of wisdom along the way. Take a trip back through some of the director’s retro thrillers with our favorite lines from Hitchcock heroines. Read more…

Marriage Does Not Have To Wait For Money

As a man, when I think about marriage I ask myself: When can I afford it? I understand that the formula for eligible bachelors weighs income and wealth very heavily. Recently, an article on The Atlantic entitled “All the Single Ladies” reinforced this notion, with its many implications that men who are not doing well financially are unworthy of marriage.

“All the Single Ladies” makes clear the idea that because women can now earn as much as men, the relative financial impact of a man’s income in a marriage is much smaller than it was 20 or more years ago. In addition, we all face the reality that many of us who have high earnings (men and women) have a lot of debt with it, and therefore much less cash for weddings, honeymoons, engagement rings, and even residential homes.

So when can a man afford marriage? I have come up with two scenarios that can help answer this question. In my view, there are two financial strategies for marriage, and both of them can work for just about anyone. Read more…

 

Prost! 18 Handsome Reasons To Celebrate Oktoberfest

With Oktoberfest officially under way, it’s time to enjoy your favorite German brews — and swoon over some of the hottest German men in the spotlight. From sexy actors and gorgeous models to hot, talented Olympians, we’ve rounded up the best-looking reasons to celebrate German culture this month. Craving a bit of eye candy? Take a moment to check out these handsome German men — prost (cheers)! Read more…

9 Types Of New Single Leading Ladies On Fall TV

Fall TV has officially begun filling our DVRs, and we’re especially excited to see the new shows featuring strong female characters (like Mindy Kaling in “The Mindy Project,” which premiered last night). Whether they’re doctors, lawyers, or country singers, this fresh crop of leading ladies includes plenty of driven, professional single women who have aspirations that don’t just include marriage and babies. There’s a single lady we can all relate to from the bunch — even it’s to our former single self — so check out the women we’ll be rooting for this Fall TV season! Read more…

Life & Love Advice From Emmy-Nominated Characters

The Emmys are tonight, and there are some pretty talented ladies up for outstanding lead actress and outstanding supporting actress in both the drama and comedy categories. Dramatic actresses like Maggie Smith of “Downton Abbey” and “Mad Men”‘s Christina Hendricks play some of our favorite strong female characters. And we sure wouldn’t want to be the ones choosing between the funny ladies, who include Amy PoehlerTina Fey, Kristen Wiig, and Melissa McCarthy! In honor of these women and their interesting, quick-witted, and chuckle-inducing characters, here are some of the best words of wisdom from Liz, Hannah, Joan, the Dowager Countess, and the rest of the Emmy-nominated female characters! Read more…

Reasons I Have Rejected Guys Based On Their OKCupid Profiles

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Mentions morals he inherited from his grandfather in first five sentences. Even if your grandfather is dead, it is still very unsexy to mention that basically you don’t believe in women’s rights and think that Russia is planning the downfall of the American empire. Everyone knows it’s China.

Three references to finding an “*HONEST*” woman in the same profile. There can be two interpretations of this. Either you always hook up with women who lie and cheat, which means you probably lie and cheat yourself, or you’ve convinced yourself that every woman who ever dumped or rejected you had alternate motivations besides the fact that they just didn’t like you. Read more…

A History Of Onscreen Women And Abortion

Abortion has been a hot-button topic for years, but it’s been resurrected as one of the most talked about issues this election season with debates about Planned Parenthood and Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” remark still ringing in our ears. The heated political and religious discourse on the issue of whether or not abortion should be legal has made it taboo in films and TV, so it’s not often that we see the issue honestly approached on screen. However, there have been some exceptions.

Without giving too much away, the dark comedy “Bachelorette,” out today, is one of those movies. In the film — starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan as high school BFFs reuniting for a girlfriend’s wedding— one of the characters opens up about an abortion from her teen years, and she even references one of the most iconic films about the same scenario, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Let’s look back at some of the memorable female characters who’ve wrestled with the decision to end a pregnancy on screen. Read more …

The Secret To An Amazing Hookup

First date, second date, kiss, have sex, meet the parents, move in, get engaged, get married, have kids.

This is the default for men and women living today in the United States (other countries may vary). Why is this our default?

Mostly because of Disney movies. That’s how we were programmed as a kid and that’s what we assume as adults. We unconsciously mold to this model, even when it’s not what we intended. Sometimes we meet girls and don’t want a relationship. What’s an honest man to do?

The secret is proactive communication. Read more…

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