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“Blue Valentine” Gets NC-17 Rating Overturned

We’ve been gearing up for the Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams movie, “Blue Valentine,” for ages now. And so we weren’t happy when the movie was given an NC-17 rating due to an implied oral sex scene. What this means, in the grand scheme of things, is that the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) hates female sexual pleasure. And indie filmmakers. And indie actors.

But luckily, they just overturned their decision, which means I take back those mean things I just said about them. But I’m still skeptical of their intentions. Keep reading »

The MPAA Distinguishes Between “Male Nudity” And Just “Nudity”

We may have discovered why “Blue Valentine” got its mysterious NC-17 rating. Could it be because of the very scary factor of “male nudity”? Jezebel’s Brian Patrick Thornton noticed that “Jackass 3D” was rated R because of “male nudity,” among a host of other film sins. After doing some research, he found the distinction of “male nudity”—over, I suppose, just plain old “nudity”—only started this year. He contacted the MPAA for answers. Keep reading »

Your Boyfriend Thinks You’re Purdy

In a study of 93 couples who had been together an average of 14 years, researchers found that both men and women rated their significant other as more attractive than the significant other rated him or herself. “Whereas women typically believe that men prefer a female shape thinner and larger busted than men actually prefer, men falsely assume that women prefer a heavier, more muscular and larger chested male physique than women actually want,” researchers at Groningen University in the Netherlands said in their report, published in Body Image. Isn’t it nice to know that your guy thinks you’re way hotter than you think you are? Because you are awfully fabulous, even when you’re having a bad outfit day. [Daily Mail, U.K.] Keep reading »

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