Customers craving the Missoni for Target line were sorely disappointed yesterday, when they found the collection sold out in a matter of hours — and sometimes minutes — online (when the site was working, that is) and in stores. To make matters worse, thousands of Missoni for Target items are now popping up on eBay, marked up by hundreds of dollars. It seems Missoni scalpers were able to get their hands on the goods where thousands of earnest consumers weren’t, and are now trying to make a quick buck of their booty. And as you can imagine, fans of the line are pissed — and they’ve taken to Twitter to discourage each other from purchasing the line off eBay. Instead, Target recommends exercising just a little bit of patience — the line will be restocked within a day or two, which shouldn’t be too long to wait for a new sweater or multicolored suitcase now, should it? [International Business Times] Keep reading »
With so many points of clarifications that we could use from social conservatives — Single motherhood is bad! But so is abortion! — one would think The New York Times‘ conservative columnist, Ross Douthat, would have plenty of rich, complicated topics to dig into. But in an op-ed column that ran yesterday, Douhat argued in defense of monogamy, praising social conservatives for their “optimistic” attitudes about love and happiness, and even went so far as to cheer on abstinence-only education sex ed programs that delay sexual behavior in teenagers. Keep reading »
Earlier this week, blogger Jessica Grose at Slate wondered if there is “a new backlash against casual sex.” Grose points out that pop culture seems to have toned it down a bit: love-song warbling Taylor Swift is at the top of the charts, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera are both mommies now, and we hear nary a peep out of Paris Hilton. The problem, Grose argued, is a backlash to the Spears and Agulieras of yore, capturing women in a “shame cycle.”
But over at Salon.com’s Broadsheet blog, Tracy Clark-Flory disagreed, arguing that “sexual regret is not a new phenomenon” and that how women experience casual sex — with embrace or regret — is simply always evolving. There’s room at the pop culture table now, Clark-Flory seems to be saying, for everybody.
As someone who had a decent amount of casual sex in her late teens and first half of her 20s, I’ve thought about this topic a lot: “Is this as fun as it’s supposed to be? Should it be more fun? Should I regret it more?” As a 25-year-old, I am only of maybe the second generation to be loud and proud about having casual sex, and exploring this new-ish territory is full of questions. Keep reading »