Ugh. REALLY, John Edwards? Really? Edwards admitted today to having an affair with Rielle Hunter and to lying repeatedly during his campaign for President. He denies that Hunter’s child is his, but says he has not taken a paternity test — he claims he cannot be the father based on the timing of the child’s birth. He maintains that he doesn’t and didn’t love Hunter and that the affair started after his wife Elizabeth went into remission from cancer. Apparently Edwards and Hunter, an aspiring filmmaker, met at a bar in NYC and then afterwards his campaign paid her to produce films for them, despite her inexperience. I cannot decide which would be worse — cheating on Elizabeth while she was battling cancer or cheating on her after she went into remission, because man, oh man, did she probably need her husband’s support during both of those times. And does the fact that he says he doesn’t “love” Hunter somehow make him less…disgusting? No way. It just makes me sick he would even address the emotional aspect of his affair, or lack thereof, as if it makes a difference. The Democratic Party better be thanking their lucky stars this guy didn’t end up their nominee. [ABC News]
Check out one of Hunter’s videos, after the jump. At around 1 minute 20 seconds, you can see Edwards blushing and flirting with the filmmaker, who is behind the camera. Guh-ross. Keep reading »
I have this theory that if I had had sexual relations with my fiance on the first date, rather than, um, later down the line (hi, future in-laws!), we would probably not be getting married, because we probably wouldn’t have had a second date. Not to make my fiance sound like an a-hole, because he really is not, but he definitely, at that single guy period of his life, was intrigued by my insistence that we take it slow. If we had slept together right away, there wouldn’t have been an excuse to see me again — like a lot of horny dudes, I’m sure he was initially interested in me for my amazingly hot body (kidding!), and, you know, a dash of my winning personality and intelligence. I know there’s a theory floating from woman to woman which says that, if you’re actually interested in a guy for more than just sex, you should wait to sleep with him until the third date — women, and I am totally generalizing here, think men lose interest if you sleep with them before that third date and also lose interest if you wait longer than that. Curious to see if this is true at all and if women give men enough credit, I decided to ask a few of the guys on my IM. And ladies? You can sleep with these dudes whenever you want. It’s clear that first date, third date, 50th date, they are down.
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The Summer Olympics in Beijing kick off tonight with the Opening Ceremonies airing on NBC at 8pm. But when the fanfare and pageantry is over, it’s time for some serious competition featuring the roughest, toughest ladies from our great land. These amazing women will really bring out our inner patriot. So for the gals who inspire us all to keep kicking butt in our own lives because they do is so well for sport, here are the Top Five Female American Olympians!
1. The first U.S. swimmer to compete in five Olympics, Dara Torres is like a fine wine that just gets better with age. Still showing us how it’s done at age 41, Torres has already won eight Olympic medals.
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One of my most shameful moments as a person was in the fourth grade. I was fairly invisible within my class, but had a desperate desire to be liked. There was another girl in my class who also was not popular and was picked on fairly often for being a little grubby. One day, in what I guess was an attempt to appear cool and funny to my classmates, I picked on her too. I told her she was dirty and that she reminded me of used toilet paper, whatever that means. Then I told her she was a slut. She cried. I still wasn’t popular after that, so the point was lost, and I’ve clearly spent the last 18 years thinking about how mean I was to her. But the thing is, I had no idea what the word “slut” even meant, I just knew it was a bad thing to call a girl. I still don’t know what a slut is and that’s because I don’t think there’s any definition that everyone can agree on. The debate over what makes a person a “slut” is so…ridiculous. Can’t we just retire it already?
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Gwen Stefani has been pregnant FOREVER. It feels as though a year has gone by since she and Gavin Rossdale announced she was with child, but it hasn’t even been nine months. (The photo shows Gwen at the beginning of July.) Since many celebs wait until they’re through their first trimester to share the news that they’re going to have a baby, pregnancies seem as though they last only a couple months. Like Clay Aiken’s baby mama. Her pregnancy was announced at the end of May, and she had the baby today, just two full months later. And because she seems to have only dealt with a big belly for a couple measly months, we’re going to be awfully surprised if we ever get pregnant and don’t give birth for more than half a year. That’s gonna suck. Keep reading »
Yesterday, we reported the controversy surrounding L’Oreal Paris’ latest Feria hair color ad featuring spokesperson Beyonce with lighter skin and a pointier nose. The ad, which is in the Sept. issues of Essence, Elle and Allure, created a stir among celebrity bloggers who definitely noticed a change in Beyonce’s appearance. As expected, L’Oreal Paris issued a statement denying any altering of her skin or features, but does not offer any explanation for the pretty obvious difference in her appearance. A representative for Beyonce said the entertainer would have no comment other than L’Oreal’s statement. Her tight lips on the subject don’t come as a shocker, though, because she very rarely comments on anything. [Newser] Keep reading »
Spanish women in the Rías Baixas region are making a name for themselves producing the area’s speciality wine, Albariño. Albariño is a white wine with heavily fruited undertones, and some in the wine industry insult the female winemakers, saying Albariño is a women’s wine. But winemaker Luisa Freire Plana thinks “it’s a wine too complex for men.” The area is the only in Spain that produces solely white wine, and women run more than half of the region’s wineries. (Women have been becoming a force in other winemaking regions, such as the hamlet of Barolo, as well, so their dominance in the Rías Baixas region has nothing to do with the fact that the area specialized in white wine.) Albariño is actually made from the same grapes as simple table wines, so might assume that women winemakers are doing so well in this particular region because the wine they create is basic; however, the women use special techniques to create more complex wines from them. They’re taking something simple and making it more complicated, which men often say we do about everything, but in the case of Albariño, that’s not a bad thing. [WSJ]
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Did she celebrate Samantha Ronson’s birthday by going to a rave? [Hollywood, 8/07/08] Keep reading »
Ironically, hormones, the thing that causes women to become emotionally irrational at times (specifically once a month), may actually help ladies who suffer from schizophrenia. Dr. Jayashri Kulkami, MBBS, PhD, applied the old adage that there’s a grain of truth in every joke when she heard her patients were covering up for their symptoms by blaming them on hormones. So, she set up a study with 102 women diagnosed with the mental disorder. In addition to their regimen of medication, half of the women were given a patch of estrogen and that group reported a decrease in delusions, hallucinations, and disordered thinking. While estrogen had been linked to mental illness over a century ago, medical science is still trying to figure out the exact relationship. Surprisingly enough, the estrogen was even a success when tested on men! But there are side effects to taking these hormones besides moobs — it increases the risk of cervical and breast cancer. With these factors in mind, Dr. Kulkami is continuing her research and currently examining the effectiveness of an alternative known as SERMs (selective estrogen receptor modulators). [Health News] Keep reading »