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Just as soon as we’ve tired of hearing, using, typing, writing the word “cougar,” a new type of female has emerged from the forest. According to Dr. Jennifer Austin Leigh, the “number one teen girl expert in America,” men have another feline to worry about — the “hyena.” “Hyena” describes a much younger woman/girl, who preys upon and dominates young men. The female hyena (the real one), you see, is much more sexually aggressive than her male counterpart — just like many of today’s teen girls and young women, says Best. She coined the term in her new book, “Laid or Loved? The Secrets Guys Wish You Knew About Being a Dream Girl Instead of a Just-in-his-Jeans Girl,” in which she quotes a teenage boy describing the loss of his virginity.
“I was at a party and had too much to drink. One of the girls decided she wanted a thrill and pulled off my pants and made me get a hard-on and had sex with me … Everyone watched. Some friends even took pictures of us on their cell phones. I don’t remember a lot of it. But I regret that I lost my virginity like that.”
Wow. Crazy. But is this one example really indicative of some raging epidemic? Keep reading »
Sometimes Bill Cunningham, the New York Times street fashion photographer, takes pictures of French women, and they always look so damn sexy. Granted, the Times is going to choose the best photos, but somehow French women always manage to look more seductive than the average American woman.
Now, it’s silly to stereotype and say that all French women are sexy, but there are definite cultural differences between French women and American women—that’s undeniable. It also seems unarguable that these differences are responsible for that thing French women seem to have. The thing that makes them seem fashionable and cool and charming. Keep reading »
File this in the “why didn’t I think of it first?” folder: Look At This F**king Hipster is a hilarious new blog that pokes fun at everyone’s favorite brand of poser. With their absurd sense of style and their even more ridiculous sense of entitlement, hipsters are sort of like your favorite animal at the zoo. It’s not like you’d ever want to be stuck in a cage with them — or at a party, for that matter — but they’re pretty fun to point and gawk at, which is why this blog is all kinds of brilliant. Saving you the annoyance of having to actually deal with these badly dressed trust fund kids yourself, or giving you an outlet an outlet if you do, Look At This F**king Hipster posts photos of real-life hipsters in and out of their natural habitat. From subway platforms to house parties, they bring their collective brand of irony everywhere they go, making themselves the perfect target for caption like this: “Someone told me there’s going to be a rodeo over at Barcade tonight.” [via Scanner] Keep reading »
Esquire.com has an interesting essay by Tom Chiarella: “What Is A Man?” A sample:
A man can cook eggs. A man can always find something good to watch on television. A man can speak to dogs. A man doesn’t point out that he did the dishes. A man knows how to lose an afternoon. Drinking, playing Grand Theft Auto, driving aimlessly, shooting pool. A man does not wither at the thought of dancing. But it is generally to be avoided.
Being a fan of well-written, funny generalizations, I wasn’t offended by the list, nor did it strike me as particularly sexist. Although, many of the “manly” attributes apply as easily to women. Many are qualities I love in any person. The anti-thesis of “What Is A Man?”, it seems to me, is “What Is A Boy?” Check my list out after the jump.
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You may or may not recognize Chris Cunningham‘s name, but you may well have seen some of his music videos, which tend towards the surreal, the strange, and the shocking. The UK-based director has created videos for Aphex Twin, Portishead, and The Horrors. Now, he’s following in the footsteps of David Lynch by creating an oddly lovely commercial for Gucci’s new scent, Flora. What’s going on in this video? I’m not so sure. But if you wear Flora, you may develop superhuman powers that allow you to control the wind and imbue you with a love of remixed disco music. [Gucci] Keep reading »
We don’t usually wear shorts, even when it gets to be 90 degrees and hotter, because we’re afraid they’ll ride up our bums and create that awful V-shape we’ve seen campers unknowingly sport. But we don’t want to live in fear any longer. This year we’re going to challenge ourselves to wear shorts. Our first step is to find a great pair that will get our fashion juices flowing. Click through for three shorts outfits we’re going to try out once it warms up.
Polar bears Bill (right) and Lara met for the first time today at the Zoom Erlebniswelt zoo in Germany, and they took an instant liking to one another. [Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 4/17/09] Keep reading »
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 »
Actually, Simcha, what you’re writing is called a senryu. “Sen-what?” you say? Senryu! Like haiku, senryu (sounds like send-yew) is a 3 line poem that follows the 5-7-5 syllable pattern, but while haiku traditionally focuses on nature-nature, senryu speaks to human nature. As a recent article in “Women’s Health” explains, writing a little senryu is the perfect way to get past a breakup. Simcha got us started with a some senryu already, and after the jump are a few more from some of my own past breakups. Please feel free to leave your own in comments. Together, and with the help of 17 poetic syllables, we’ll help each other through our heartache… Keep reading »