When my mom started trying to lose weight just so she could be skinnier than me, I tried to support her sadistic desire. Okay, maybe her personal trainer wasnâ€™t a personal attack at my waistline, but I thought once you hit a certain age, you just looked forward to getting fat — I already feel like Iâ€™m there. Anyway, when my mom, who I shared a size with, started trying giving me her “fat clothes” because she got so thin, I knew she was sick, but I didnâ€™t realize she was part of a growing epidemic known as Desperate Housewives Syndrome, named for the popular television show that stars skinny minis like Teri Hatcher. With their role model-types looking “fit” over 40, more middle-aged women are feeling pressure to lose their extra rolls. Keep reading »
Snoring can strain relationships. For some reason, people resent others who keep wake them up throughout the night by emitting sounds that echo those of a dying elephant. One option for silencing a snorer is a device that looks like a gas mask and is worn by the snorer when he or she goes to bed (image at left). Even when worn with lingerie, this device is not attractive. In fact, it has harmed at least one couple’s sex life. “Things were great in the bedroom. Then there was this thing strapped to his head,” said Babbett Peterson, whose husband wears the mask to bed. “Itâ€™s a huge emotional loss. I am a cuddler. I felt like I couldnâ€™t touch him.” It does, however, prevent people who have sleep apnea from dying. [MSNBC] Keep reading »
In today’s “Like, duh?” news, a new study suggests that teaching teens about safe sex not only might lead to less teen pregnancy, but also does not increase the number of sexually active teens or incidents of STDs. Not that the debate over abstinence education versus sex education is going to be over any time soon. [News-Medical.net] Keep reading »
Speaking of babies, here’s a story far more amazing than J.Lo finally giving birth to twins. As Elle mentioned in The Frisky Forums, The Advocate has a first person essay by the first transgender man to carry a child. Thomas Beatie was born a woman and is married to Nancy. Though he went through sexual reassignment surgery, Thomas didn’t opt to be sterilized and kept his reproductive rights. Together for ten years, the couple had always wanted to have children, but Nancy is unable to conceive after a hysterectomy 20 years ago, so Thomas decided to carry the child himself. He hadn’t had a menstrual cycle in nearly eight years, however (due to testosterone therapy), so getting pregnant required fertility treatments — his first pregnancy resulted in an ectopic pregnancy with triplets, a life-threatening condition that required surgery and all three embryos were lost. Thomas successfully got pregnant again, and this time everything seems healthy — he and Nancy are expecting their baby girl this summer.
The story is an interesting one for many reasons, particularly because it describes the experience of a man experiencing pregnancy. While Thomas’ ability to get pregnant is possible because he was born a woman, he identifies as a male and therefore, “Wanting to have a biological child is neither a male nor female desire, but a human desire.” It’s a great essay — check it out and then chime in about the story in the forums. [The Advocate] Keep reading »
You’d think that all of the studies about the effects of drinking, smoking, and doing drugs while pregnant would make women cease partying for nine months at the very least. Who wants their child to be born with fetal alcohol syndrome or a heroin addiction? Well, apparently some women are okay with taking the risk. A University of Washington study found that 77 percent of women cigarette smokers and 50 percent of women marijuana smokers used those substances at some time during their pregnancy. Part of the problem is that men’s levels of drinking, smoking, and marijuana use remain stable before, during, and after pregnancy. So, when the aromatic smell of pot is in the air, you forget that you’re with child? [Newswise] Keep reading »
Claire is totally my pick to win Top Model this season and she might seriously be the first worthy contestant to win the fierce hot tranny mess beauty pageant in eight seasons. Even though Tyra gave Claire a Susan Powter makeover, she rocks the photo shoots week after week. She’s also a married mom with a endearing personality and a cool indie spirit that doesn’t grate on your last nerve like past Top Model contestants Naima and YaYa. Also, sometimes she drinks her own breast milk. For real. [CW: America's Next Top Model] Keep reading »
I’m a South Park fan and normally find the show laugh-out-loud, pee-my-pants funny. But last night’s episode was totally depressing and, for once, despite the utter ridiculousness of the plot, kind of freakishly accurate. In the episode, Britney Spears comes to South Park, trying to escape the paparazzi that have been hounding her — she blows her head off when she realizes that she’ll never be left alone, but miraculously lives, only minus about 90% of her cranium. Stan and Kyle try and keep the paparazzi away from her, but pretty soon the entire town of South Park jumps in the fray because killing Britney is a necessary human sacrifice in order for there to be a bountiful corn harvest. Seriously. Just think about the depth of that. Then go get a little teary in the bathroom, like I did. [Comedy Central: South Park] Keep reading »
We take Dear Abby’s advice with a grain of salt, but this doozie takes the cake. “Enraged In Rochester” writes that during a visit to his family’s home, he and his wife slept in separate bedrooms. “The next day, while we were driving home, Marybeth told me she was glad I had come to her room after all and made love to her.” But! “Abby, it wasn’t me! She had mistaken one of my brothers for me in the darkness. We are all about the same size and build.” Furthermore, none of his brothers has ‘fessed up to the crime and Enraged hasn’t told his wife that he wasn’t her midnight caller.
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