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Women More Likely To Have A Baby Than A Husband By Age 25

Britain’s Office for National Statistics released its annual Social Trends snapshot yesterday (much like our U.S. Census Bureau data), and it shows that 25-year-old women are more likely to have had a child than they are to be married. In the 1970s, 80 percent of women were married by age 25. Now, just 25 percent are married by that age. As for births, 50 percent of 25-year-olds had given birth, and now it’s 30 percent. So, birth rates haven’t increased — they’ve decreased, but the number of women who are married by 25 has absolutely plummeted in the last 30-odd years.

Women aren’t the only ones who have changed their lifestyles. According to the same report, men are delaying marriage for longer, as well. In the past 10 years, the average age a guy gets married has risen from 29.3 to 31.8. And, it’s scary but true: 30 percent of men between 18 to 34 still lived at home, while for women, the number was just 18 percent. It’s good that it has become much more mainstream and accepted for women to give birth before getting married and to raise a child alone, because men don’t seem to be stepping up to the plate — or leaving their parent’s house. Go independent women! [Reuters, The Times] Keep reading »

Quickies!: “sTori” Reading At The A-List Awards

  • Niecy Nash read from sTori Telling, Tori Spelling’s memoir, on “Bravo’s A-List Awards” last night. [TresSugar] — We loved reading Tori’s words but hearing them come from Niecy was hilarious.
  • Every week we’re inundated with new health scares, but these three risks are proven dangerous for women. [Shine]
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    Susan Boyle Dreamed A Dream. Five Facts About The “Britain’s Got Talent” Sensation.

    Susan Boyle didn’t look like much when she stepped to the microphone on “Britain’s Got Talent,” the UK version of “American Idol.” Her hair’s wack, her brows need plucking, and she did a tummy wiggle dance that was just not becoming. But once she opened her mouth, even Meanasaurus Rex Simon Cowell got teary over her flawless rendition of “I’ve Dreamed A Dream.” Show em’ how it’s done, old girl! Keep reading »

    HBO Developing TV Show About Women’s Studies Professor

    HBO and former “Daily Show”/”Colbert Report” executive producer Ben Karlin and “NYPD Blue” writer/producer Theresa Rebeck are developing a show that will take place in a small liberal arts college in the Northeast with “a onetime famous author who, after a tumultuous period as a feminist It Girl, is now a professor” as the main character. The role will likely be played by Tony winner Julie White (“NYPD Blue,” “Monsters Vs. Aliens,” “Transformers”). The series, “Women’s Studies,” is in development at this point, so no air date has been set as of yet, but we’re looking forward to seeing what they do with the premise. Watching a crazy, washed-up feminist trying to feel important in Vermont sounds right up our alley. [Reuters via Salon] Keep reading »

    Which Chick Flick Character Are You?

    Chick flicks are generally the lamest of movies, but we still watch them, making them huge blockbusters and giving them the longest of lifespans on Netflix. Of course, part of the reason we keep seeing them despite their high cheese factor is because we all want to believe in the possibility of happy endings, but I think a lot of their popularity has to do with women feeling like they are one of the characters. Keep reading »

    10 Reasons You’re A Twitter Loser

    Oprah joined Twitter today, which I’m sure must be some sort of milestone in the life of everyone’s favorite social networking site. Now that the Fail Whale has truly gone mainstream, it’s more important than ever that you put your best tweet forward. I mean, you may think your Twitter behavior is innocuous enough, but if any of the following statements sound familiar, I’m afraid to tell you: You’re a Twitter loser. Keep reading »

    Barack And Michelle Obama Action Figures — Guns Included!

    Now you can play with Barack and Michelle, even if they’re too busy to fit you into their social calendar. HeroBuilders.com has created handmade action figures modeled after the first couple. With Michelle’s exposed guns and Barack’s concealed yet bulging muscles, these two look ready for a good ole villain beat down. Each doll is just as stylish as the person they’re modeled after. Barack wears his signature dark suit, and Michelle has options: a yellow dress similar to one she wore last month in Europe or a black dress like the one she wore for her official portrait. You can get both Barack and Michelle for $89.95, or just Michelle for $49.95. Spending time with the first couple, however, is priceless. [HeroBuilders.com] Keep reading »

    New Trailer For Steven Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience”

    Check out the new trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s latest movie, “The Girlfriend Experience.” Starring adult film star Sasha Grey as a Manhattan-based, $2,000-an-hour call girl, “The Girlfriend Experience” seeks to peek behind the curtain at what it’s really like to have sex for a living. The “girlfriend experience,” or “GFE,” as it’s known on Craigslist, is a type of escorting in which the woman offers services, as it were, more akin to what a girlfriend would offer than, say, a so-called “hooker,” whether that’s kissing, companionship, or conversation. While several reviewers who screened an unfinished version of the movie at this year’s Sundance Film Festival said the movie felt “cold,” and some questioned Soderbergh’s pick of an adult actress in the starring role, the trailer looks pretty awesome. I’m a Soderbergh fan, and while this movie may or may not accurately reflect the reality of the upper-echelon call girl experience, it sure does look pretty. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

    Quickies!: A “Housewife” Takes A Ride On The Village Bicycle

  • A-Rod is supposedly dating Bethenny Frankel from “The Real Housewives of New York City.” [Perez Hilton] — Maybe now she can reach Kelly Bensimon’s level, but then again, she probably doesn’t want any more associations with Kelly.
  • Hillllarious true life mom confessions — you mean there’s piss and vomit? [New Parent]
  • Chris Brown’s family removed his stuff from Rihanna’s apartment, as the singer demanded after reportedly learning about his new jumpoff. [Media Takeout]
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    We See Chick Flicks: “Grey Gardens”

    Starring Drew Barrymore, Jessica Lange, Jeanne Tripplehorn
    Based on the 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles

    The dramatic film version of “Grey Gardens,” which is set to air on HBO this Saturday April 18 at 8pm, takes a look at the lives of Little Edie and Big Edie Beale, relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Many of the film’s scenes are reenactments of classic moments from the documentary about them, while the rest of the movie shows how the Beales ended up as recluses in their East Hampton estate. Catherine, Simcha, Jessica Wakeman, and I discuss the movie, after the jump … Keep reading »

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