Just one more way the economy is changing our sex lives…Rising food prices will probably drive more women to trade sex for basic goods, like cooking oil, according to U.N. officials. Delegates at a AIDS conference in Mexico discussed actual cases in the Pacific and Kenya, where “fish for sex” deals are common. [Reuters] Keep reading »
All this talk about polyamory has convinced me it’s time to confess a rather intimate secret: I’m a fan of Swingtown on CBS. I know I can’t be the only fan out there — the message boards prove that (Yes, I’m actually reading the message boards. Look, my boyfriend’s been away on business. I’m lonely.), but it’s been difficult to find anyone in real life who admits to watching the show.
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Friday is a big day, and not just because it’s the opening day of the Beijing Olympics. It’s 08/08/08. In Mandarin and Cantonese, the word for the number eight sounds like the word for “good fortune,” so eight is considered a lucky number. Because of this year’s triple eight, a lot of couples are hoping that if they get married on Friday, they’re marriage will work out well. Jennifer 8. Lee reports in the New York Times that China expects more weddings than usual on Friday, and in the U.S., there are 22,000 weddings registered on TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, which is four times as many as any other Friday in August. Still, nothing can beat the numbers for last year’s lucky number seven — 07/07/07, which had 70,000 online-registered weddings on those websites. However, you can’t exactly compare the two directly, as Saturday as always a way bigger day for weddings than Friday. [NY Times] Keep reading »
Now you can take more than style tips — kudos to the genius person who set up the blog “What Would Joan Holloway Do?”, answering oh-so-cerebral reader questions from the redhead’s fictional perspective. Our favorite so far:
How do you deal with a hysterical co-worker? There’s one woman in my office that is always running off to the powder room to sob. I don’t know her, so I feel strange asking her what’s wrong.
You do nothing, sister. Keep your trap shut and your eyes open. The last thing you need to do is show the office that you’re best pals with the tearful girl who can’t keep a secret.
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The majority of Malaysia’s population is Muslim, and government censors do quite a bit of cutting to keep overly sexual scenes out of movies and other forms of entertainment. These days, they’re having a much more difficult time keeping naughty information out of the news, as two of the country’s top politicians are involved in sexual exploits that are being written about all over the internet. The first man, Anwar Ibrahim, a former deputy prime minister, is accused of sodomy, a crime that can carry a punishment of up to 20 years in prison. The other, Najib Razak, the deputy prime minister and heir to the current prime minister, has been linked to a woman who was brutally killed in 2006. Since widespread internet censorship is very difficult, Malaysians are learning a lot more about their government officials’ lives than they’re used to. [NY Times] Keep reading »
If you’re really into your parts down there, you should make plans to attend the second annual Vagina Festival, October 24-26 in Times Square, New York City. For three days this fall, you’ll be able to watch performances and view art dealing with the “unabashed exploration of the plain, ordinary, mysterious matter of vaginas.” The deadline for participants just passed, so check their website for updates on who will be speaking, performing, and displaying their lady parts…er, art. [Vagina Festival] Keep reading »
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Most romantic comedies are a little sap-tastic with few moments that are actually funny. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings, looks cute, and more importantly, funny. I’m sitting in a coffee shop with my headphones in, and I actually laughed out loud while watching it. Seriously, people are looking at me. It comes out October 3. Keep reading »