Reality TV is a tricky medium. It claims to be a realistic portrayal of the people (“characters”) and themes (“storylines”) it pieces together in each episode, but viewers are often left wondering how much of it was all for the cameras. So when a show is supposed to be a “real” portrait of a subset of under-represented people, it can be a little dangerous. And I’m not talking about any Housewives, Kardashians or aspiring pop stars.
Last summer, Showtime premiered the first season of “The Real L Word.” Reviews and ratings were poor, but the president of the network and producers of the show believed they identified a diamond in the rough in one of its “real” lesbians named Whitney. The second season, which premiered last Sunday night, is a radically different show in that Whitney is the only returning cast member, and the rest of the new ones all appear to be just as willing as she is to get naked and intimate on screen. Keep reading »
Have you ever seen a French woman with bad skin? Didn’t think so. And perhaps that’s because they use Absolution’s line of bespoke organic skincare. How does it work? You start with their basic but deliciously light and airy Crème du Jour, and then depending on the skin problem or condition you have, add a dollop of one of Absolution’s four serums — anti-aging, eclat, energie or controle. And voila! You’ve got a skin treatment all your own!
Oh cruel world, say it ain’t so. Rumor has it that LeAnn Rimes made a sex tape. No, I’m not talking about those grainy security cam videos that showed her smooching Eddie Cibrian when they were both supposedly happily married to other people. LeAnn allegedly made a sex tape with her ex-husband, Dean Sheremet. According to Star Magazine, the tape was found in a moving truck—which, what? But when Dean was asked about it, he said that it was in the realm of possibility that a tape had been unearthed. “Things like this happen!” he said. “We were married for eight years. We did a lot of s**t!”
LeAnn, naturally, is in heavy denial mode. Keep reading »
According to a new study done at Temple University, about 60 percent of women have faked it at some point. An orgasm that is.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t one of them. I fake it often.
The big mystery plaguing scientists is why? Why are women pretending to get off if we’re not? Originally, researchers believed it was to stroke the male ego, but this study found that our reasons for faking have more to do with us. Most women surveyed faked it to mask a fear of intimacy, to get sex over with, or to increase their own sexual satisfaction. Keep reading »
Kate Middleton‘s wedding dress? You ain’t seen nothing. The sparkly Jenny Packham gown worn by the newly minted Mrs. Wales is a stunner. It’s from Packham’s spring 2011 collection and Middleton wore it to a charity gala at Kensington Palace in London last night. I don’t know what’s more gorgeous: the princess or the dress! [NYMag.com] Keep reading »
From designer collaborations sold out at retail to collectible posters honoring rock legends, these are the dozen items we’re longing for on eBay this week. Keep reading »