How many people do you know who’ve been downsized? Terminated? Let go? Fired? However you word it, the result is the same: Bummer, dude! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4.1 million people have lost their jobs in the last year alone. (The current total is about 11.6 million.)
To add insult to financial injury, some of these firings are handled horribly. Workers report being locked out of their offices, escorted out by security guards, or being replaced by less-experienced (cheaper) employees. Frequently, those lucky enough to hang onto their jobs are asked to take on more work for less dough.
It got me thinking about how similar firing someone from their job is to firing someone from your life. So, I took a gander through a bunch of employment guides and found some resources that could prove useful in your romantic life.
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Sexually-active people aged 50 and older face a greater risk of HIV infection, according to a study published by the World Health Organization. People in this age group are more likely to engage in unprotected sex than younger people — after all, after menopause, she can’t get pregnant! — plus erectile dysfunction drugs, like Viagra, are keeping their sex lives active. But despite all this, screening by doctors for HIV is less common for older people because it’s assumed they aren’t at risk. Also, the period of time between diagnosis and the onset of AIDS is shorter because age quickens the progression of the disease and doctors don’t consider HIV as a diagnosis. The WHO also found that older women seem to have a greater risk of contracting HIV if they have unprotected sex because the vaginal mucous membrane thins with age and can get tiny tears without proper lubrication. Keep reading »
Pole dance, chair dance, and striptease are fun ways to workout, but let’s be real, you aren’t going to use these moves to entice your guy no matter what Flirty Girl Fitness promises. I can just see my BF bursting into hysterics as I try to do the Cat Crawl Push-up or Goddess Rising ab routine while wearing lingerie. Instead, these fitness DVDs would go well with your girlfriends and some cocktails for a night of laughs and sex talk. And when it’s time to get your guy excited just be yourself and save the aerobics, spinning and twirling for a professional.
1. “Intermediate Pole” DVD in the Flirty Girl Fitness Pole Kit
2. “Just Teasing” DVD in the Flirty Girl Fitness Pole Kit
3. “Booty Beat” DVD in the Flirty Girl Preview Program
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Warner Brothers just released a “Wonder Woman” animated DVD this week — kapow! She’s back in action, but the superhero is looking a little bit more like a particular superstar than her iconic self. The new Wonder Woman is totally a doppelganger for Angelina Jolie! Which begs the question, what was the point of the make-under for flashy Wonder Woman? And let’s face it, Angie isn’t exactly the kind of girl that does straight to video releases! But ripping off her look is becoming a trend and imposters are popping up like she’s Elvis — the OctoMom, Megan Fox, Janice Dickinson, Lisa Rina’s lips, and now Wonder Woman?! What’s next — conventions for people dressed like Jolie with on-site collagen injections and baby adoptions?
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“Very humiliating and very isolating…But, by the way, if it’s not painful, maybe it wasn’t the right decision to marry to begin with. Those are the appropriate emotions. When people get in your face and say, ‘This will pass,’ you think, Are they crazy? I’m never gonna feel any better than I feel right this minute and nothing’s ever gonna make sense again. And I still have moments where I’m like, Nothings ever gonna make sense again.”
“He’s [Jake] fabulous. He really is a fantastic guy. Unfortunately, he’s not in the movie, so we can’t really talk about him.”
– Reese Witherspoon on her divorce from Ryan Phillippe and a few choices words about her current boyfriend, Jake Gyllenhaal Keep reading »
In the past, Target has worked women into a frenzy by having high-end designers make affordable fashions for us po’, fat, regular folk. Isaac Mizrahi made Target chic with his classic cuts; Rogan Gregory created an uproar with his animal print fabulousness; Luella Bartletley made us want to wear puffed up party dresses again; and we really got into Paul & Joe’s cute, feminine prints. But that was then, and this Alexander McQueen collection is now! I’d rather gaze lovingly at his designs, day dreaming of the day when I can afford a pair of his peep-toe pumps, than have this crap cluttering my closet. Keep reading »
It would seem that American body image desires are shifting — an NYU study found that in a depressed economy, men go for meatier women, while super-curvy singer Beth Ditto recently made an impression with her nude Love cover and is planning a plus-size clothing line. And she’s not alone — now megachain Forever 21 is tapping into the plus-sized market with a new clothing line set to debut in May called Faith 21. The collection is wisely aimed at targeting the oft-ignored “average” woman, who you might be surprised to find is a size 14. The Faith 21 fashions will be similar to Forever’s mix of standard runway knockoffs and hoochie club wear, but available in XL, 1X, and 2X sizes. Hmm, wonder if the line is called “Faith” 21 because of the company’s strong belief in Christianity…does Jesus believe bigger is better? [LA Times] Keep reading »