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Doing The Math: What’s The Deal With Weight?

Two recent studies, a Canadian one and a Japanese one, have found that slightly overweight people live longer than healthy weight folks. The two separate groups of researchers said they expected both underweight and obese people to have many more health concerns than healthy weight people, but they were surprised that a few extra pounds could protect people from an early death. However, the researchers warn against healthy weight people bulking up. “Our study only looked at mortality, not at quality of life, and there are many negative health consequences associated with obesity, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes,” said Kaplan, a professor of Community Health at Portland State University that participated in the Canadian study.

Now I’m really confused. Society says thin is in. Health professionals say to stay within an ideal body mass index. Researchers say a little cushion keeps death from pushing — but don’t do anything with these findings. So I’m going to weigh the positives and negatives of each weight category to see which one is really ideal. Keep reading »

Jeremih’s “Birthday Sex” And Five Other Sexy Videos

For a song that’s all about “grinding with passion because it’s your birthday,” Jeremih’s “Birthday Sex” music video is pretty bland. The singer and a woman are apparently going to make a sex tape, because there’s a video camera trained on the glass dining room table. But instead of getting it on, she just walks around the apartment, touching the sideboard suggestively, while he sits on the couch. It’s like a weird commercial for a bedroom showroom or something. They do kiss a little, and he feeds her strawberries while she’s blindfolded, but really, Jeremih? This is the sexiest you could give us? We think he could have done better, like these five hot music videos. Keep reading »

Should Schools Ban Kids From Going On Reality TV Shows?

Oh, Lauren Conrad, your demented life could have turned out differently if only your high school back in Laguna Beach, CA, had had the presence of mind to ban kids from starring on reality TV.

The New York Times didn’t actually get to the bottom of whether any of the New York City prep schools whose students were filmed on Bravo’s “NYC Prep” might forbid students from going on reality TV. But since Bravo is damned if “NYC Prep” is not going to be a “real life ‘Gossip Girl’,” well, it would be safe to interpret the letter written by the chancellor of Dwight School, an Upper West Side prep school which two students on the show attended, as a big ol’ warning shot. Keep reading »

Let’s End The War Between Abstinence And Sex Positive Feminism

In a disturbing post yesterday called, “Why Do Feminists Find Abstinence Intolerable?” Susan Walsh, a blogger for the site Hooking Up Smart, uses our current “hookup culture” as undeniable proof that all feminists hate abstinence. Say what? “Feminists are dismissive of hookup culture,” she writes, “frequently claiming that it doesn’t exist, that it’s just the overreactive imagining of old fogies and right wing nuts who don’t want young people having sex before marriage.” I’m not sure who all these feminists are who dismiss the existence of our hookup culture or what any of it has to do with the idiotic claim that feminists loathe abstinence, but throughout her troubling piece, Walsh awkwardly tries to link the two ideas. She quotes Salon’s Tracy Clark-Flory who wrote last August, in reference to some new books exploring the hookup culture:

“These books are just the latest result of the mounting abstinence movement, which, despite its religious roots, has recast its attack on “hookup” culture as secular, even feminist. Perhaps young women are putting feminist ideals of equality into sex by refusing shame and claiming the traditionally male side of the stud/slut double standard.”

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Righty Women’s Group Say Obama Is Like Hitler. WTF?!

Lots of people have, understandably, been scrutinizing President Obama and his various decisions and policy moves since becoming President. But one GOP group in Maryland has taken it a little too far. Joyce Thoman, president of the Republican Women of Anne Arundel County posted a letter on the group’s website stating that Obama and Hitler have a lot in common. Yes, Hitler. Last time I checked, comparing anyone to a guy who orchestrated the genocide of 6 million Jews is just not kosher.

Here are other choice pieces from her letter.

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You Write Like A Girl!

Working in a very supportive nearly all-female office I find it extremely hard to believe that women can have a gender bias against themselves. But I guess if you’re one of the lucky women who have successfully surpassed the glass ceiling, it’s possible that once inside the velvet ropes you may have a conscious or subconscious desire to keep the female success club exclusive. If this is true, the triumphant women then might make it exceptionally challenging for the rest of womankind to thrive.

I pose this thought because of a recent New York Times article titled ‘Rethinking Gender Bias in Theater’ that discusses the state of gender bias in the theater community and proves this phenomenon. It explains that female artistic directors and literary managers are two parts, of a three-part reason, as to why significantly less shows written by female playwrights are staged than plays written by males. The statistic isn’t so bad that they’re calling in the female affirmative action troops… yet.
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A Ringtone That Enhances Your… Breasts?

A Japanese “scientist” claims he has composed a breast enhancing ringtone. According to Hideto Tomabechi, a woman can increase the size of her breasts in only 10 days if she listens to the ringtone 20 times every 24 hours. Sounds easy, but don’t get too excited just yet. The ring tone apparently has many layers of sound to stimulate breast tissue growth, but the predominate clamor is a baby shrieking. Actually, don’t get too excited period, as this seems to be one of the biggest/funniest cons in YouTube history. Watch this video to learn more about the “grow-your-boobs” ringtone, “convince-the-fat-from-your-butt-to-leave” ringtone, and something involving the Japanese police and cults. Keep reading »

Check This Out: Gets A Job

Imagine a world where all public figures—regardless of whether they are real or not—got their just dues by landing themselves new jobs. That’s the goal of GetsAJob.com, a comedic cartoon blog by Aaron Bowersock, that imagines celebs and historic figures in such scenarios. In “Ariel (the Little Mermaid) gets a job as a stripper,” you see the red-headed Disney character struggling to mount a pole while two onlookers ask, “Should we be worried that she’s only sixteen?” “Nah, dude. She’s half-fish. It’s already pretty f**ked up.” Some other classics include the “The Hamburglar gets a job as a high school career adviser,” “The Terminator gets a job as an elderly-assistance robot,” and “Michael Vick gets a job as an activist.” We can’t help but wonder what Aaron would dream up for us…A Frisky blogger gets a job as….? Suggestions? Click after the jump to see a few others… [Gets A Job] Keep reading »

iPhone Apps You Shouldn’t Be Without

I have to admit, before last night, I had never downloaded an app. I protested profusely against them for as long as I could, but now I find myself wanting to download more and more. (I went through the same routine with the iPhone, insisting that nothing could be more confusing and unnecessary than having a phone, iPod, and internet combined into one, but when I was given the device as a gift, I soon came to love, er, be obsessed with it.) Keep reading »

Blood Suckers & Flesh Eaters: Medieval Medical Practices Are Back With A Vengance

I am completely traumatized. This morning I went to see an ear, nose and throat specialist, expecting to just have the big shot doc shine a light up my nose and then merrily skip off to work. Oh, how wrong I was. After sticking something scary looking up my nose, my doctor declared, “Yep, we need to cauterize your nose.” WTF? I avoided science in college, so maybe I was mistaking cauterization for something else. He couldn’t mean that Medieval procedure where “doctors” burn your skin with a fire hot poker to stop excessive bleeding…could he? Well, that’s exactly what he meant. I tried reasoning with him. Surely a procedure I am sure I saw done in “Lord of the Rings,” was not the most modern or medically effective. My squeals for help went unregistered and the next thing I knew… Keep reading »

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