Harvard Endows LGBT Professorship Role

The Ivy League is making waves toward greater acceptance this week. First, Katie Couric was the first woman to give a commencement speech at Princeton. Now, Harvard University has become the first institute of higher education to create an endowed professorship in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies. Although other colleges and universities offer courses and degree programs in sexuality studies, Harvard is the first to set up an endowed professorship on the subject. Visiting scholars will teach on sexuality and issues affecting sexual minorities for one semester each.

The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus raised $1.5 million to fund the role, which is named after F.O. Matthiessen, an American studies scholar and literary critic who kept his homosexuality a secret while chairing a Harvard undergraduate program. “It’s not so much that we’ve been able to raise this money, it’s that Harvard and the faculty at Harvard have accepted this perpetual endowment for gay and lesbian studies,” said Mitchell Adams of the Harvard Board of Overseers. Now, if we could only get same sex marriage legalized across the board, we’d be one progressive society. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Crave: Ravishing Jane Gun-Toting Animal Necklaces

We are not down with hunting animals, but animals carrying guns kinds turn things on their head! The “Charlie’s Angels”-inspired oversized animal pendants from Ravishing Jane are guaranteed to be fun conversation starters. You have your pick of a sexy magnum-wielding pig, cat or bunny in red or black. Whichever your poison, it’s sure to hit the target. [$29.99, Etsy] Keep reading »

Gallery: Celeb Parents Who Blab About Their Kids’ Sex Lives

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The only thing more disgusting than thinking of the Jonas Brothers having sex? Hearing their mom talk about it.

Denise Jonas, yapped away to July’s Good Housekeeping about the day her little show ponies will be “seduced” and “tempted” and the purity rings will come off:

“They are men. They have desires [and] testosterone. If they make a mistake, I’m not going to hate them. I don’t think they are above or below being seduced. I would be foolish if I thought that. They are tested and tested, like every one of us. I pray for them.”

Ick. Ick. Ick. Not a mental image anyone who isn’t a 14-year-old girl needs.

But sadly, Denise Jonas is just the latest in a long line of parents who divulge TMI when talking about their famous kids having sex.

The Skinny On Being A Plus-Size Bridesmaid

I’m on the borderline of sizes between plus and misses — a 14/16 that can easily fill an 18 after a Snickers bar. So, every time one of my friends takes the plunge, I have to try to squeeze into dresses that look great on all the other, thinner girls. I get to sport that skin sausage look, which, although unflattering, helps me get lucky with the single groomsmen — they look at me and can tell I’d do anything to get out of the tight dress.

For once, I’d like to wear a dress that fits me and doesn’t cause post-traumatic dress disorder. It’s not any of the brides’ faults, they are true friends. Most boutiques and designers only go up to a size 8, 10, or 12 at best. What am I supposed to do, sew two dresses together?! Or, the shops are strictly for big beautiful women and they only go from 14 up. What are those skinny girls supposed to do, cut the dress in half? Keep reading »

Why Will People Keep Buying Chanel and Vuitton In A Recession?

Apparently Topshop, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Forever 21 aren’t doing too badly in the recession, even as their peers are experiencing millions of dollars in losses. A WWD survey of a 100 luxury industry experts came up with those four brands as the most likely to succeed in this economy and, as you can see, there’s quite a disparity in price points. We understand why Topshop and Forever 21 will do well—they’re on trend, fun and dirt cheap—but Chanel and Louis Vuitton need a little further explanation. Why Chanel and LV, not Prada and Dior? What is it about these particular $3,000 bags that makes them relatively recession-proof?

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Q&A: Small-Busted Blogger Asks “Will They Grow?”

Martina started posting photos of her naked breasts on her blog “Will They Grow?” (obviously NSFW) last week, in order to chart their growth now that she’s on birth control. After the jump, she tells us why and what she hopes to see happen. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Kate Gosselin Misses Having Newborns

Kate Gosselin affectionately cradled another woman’s baby while waiting to catch a ferry with her three boys. You know, she’s one of the few people on TV we’d trust with our baby — not so much her husband, though. [North Carolina, 6/4/09] Keep reading »

E-Cards Don’t Suck Anymore

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We’re kind of obsessed with Someecards, with its completely random and sometimes not-so-PC brand of greeting card. Well, the funniest e-card company has a new competitor: Bluntcard, which has even more inappropriate messages. That’s all. We have to go send some cards now.

Gallery: Miss Atom And The World’s Weirdest Beauty Pageants

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Even though the Cold War is over, Russia is still celebrating its explosive power. This week was the 2009 Miss Atom beauty pageant. Entrants must work in the nuclear industry and have killer looks. The contest just crowned its sixth winner, Yekaterina Bulgakova from the Institute Of Research For Atomic Reactors. She got a big reaction from voters who fell for her steamy bikini pics. What’d the mushroom cloud mama win? An all expenses paid trip to Cuba! Yeah, cause we really want to send a nuclear expert there.

Get a load of these other equally weird beauty queen titles.

Chrysalis: Cashing In On Your Quarter-Life Crisis

Many months ago I wrote a column about Restless Life Syndrome, a name I borrowed from an advice column on Salon to describe the phenomenon of, well, feeling restless in one’s life — of consciously or unconsciously searching for greater meaning through a series of often meaningless jobs, relationships, and purchases. In my piece I wrote that Restless Life Syndrome is another name for a variety of trendy “phenomenons” like the quarter-life crisis, Saturn Return, mid-life crisis, and empty-nest syndrome, and this restlessness so many of us feel at some point isn’t so much a product of one’s age, but of life in general. Keep reading »

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