So it’s no secret around these parts that I (and all of us at The Gloss, really) like to read and write about sex. I find it an interesting subject for a variety of reasons: it can help us understand ourselves and each other, it’s often horrifying and/or funny, there is still a taboo around talking about it, you never really stop learning about sex, it can be empowering to tell your own story, I like reading other people’s personal shit…I could go on. But one thing I’ve noticed about most of the sex writing I’ve been reading these days is that the conversation seems to be dominated by people inhabiting queer and/or feminized bodies, i.e. everyone but straight, cisgender men. Why is that? More
As frequent readers of The Gloss know, I (as well as many of my fellow writers, I’m sure) am terrified of the future. It’s difficult to know what direction we’re all going on, let along how to get to the destination we want, let alone whether that destination is actually what we want anyway. But one thing is for sure: we are going get older, and we can only choose how to face that fact. If you, like us, are
a bit utterly confused as to how to go about becoming an adult, then you should absolutely pick up Adulting: How To Become A Grown-Up In 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown. More
Seriously. If you like sex and/or reading, this will be your favorite book of all time. More
The sexism that goes into deciding what an author’s book cover will look like is really quite astonishing. I wasn’t totally aware of this fact until I read this heart wrenching piece on Jezebel by author Deborah Copaken Kogan, which, among other things, detailed just how little control an author has over the marketing of her own book. It seems the literary establishment has yet to meet a new female author it can’t chicklitify.
To bring this issue to the forefront, author Maureen Johnson put out a call on Twitter for her more Photoshop savvy followers to switch the genders of the authors on the covers of well known books. And switch the genders they did. The results are as amusing as they are depressing, because they are totally spot on. Click through to see some of your favorite male authors given the chicklit treatment, and vice versa. More
While hunting around for today’s Sex Tip From History, I was hoping to find something from the 1950s to illustrate just how far we’ve come in the lifespan of approximately one person. Just think: back when your parents were little kids, folks had no idea about the female g-spot, while today, we…still know very little for sure about the female G-spot. Whoops! But one area in which we have for sure made great strides is that of erotic representation. Case in point: this Illustrated Encyclopedia of Sex unearthed by LA Weekly, which, due to censorship laws in place at the time, could only depict sexual organs and arousal in the most symbolic, vague, and unintentionally(?) horrifying of ways. Let’s take a look! More
When I first saw this picture of Kat Von D wearing what appears to be a sheer wetsuit to a bookstore in New York City, I thought, “Well, shit. This might not be the best outfit, but it’s hardly the worst thing we’ve seen her wear, and it’s sort of unfair to judge someone for what the paparazzi snaps them in when they are out adding to their libraries. At least she’s promoting literacy!” Then I found out she wore this to her own book signing, and was appalled. More
Despite all the flack Gwyneth Paltrow has been getting lately for calling half a million dollars in clothing “essential,” barely feeding her family and releasing a cookbook that essentially makes air waffles and twig muffins, I have a feeling she is doing just fine. Her book, titled with gross inaccuracy as It’s All Good, is already selling incredibly well, and she’s still famous and attractive and rich. Therefore, I do not feel all that bad pointing out that the outfit she wore to a book signing at Williams-Sonoma was terrible. More
In excellent news for fashion nerds with a Sunday morning to kill, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has put many of their out-of-print books and catalogs online as free PDFs, including a trove of fashion books from the Costume Institute. More
Look, personally, I don’t think male shopaholics deserve to be objects of ridicule. I think that is something reserved exclusively for Buzz Bissinger. I think that largely because his GQ piece on his penchant for buying leather jackets reads like the parts of American Psycho that Bret Easton Ellis must have written when he was most hungover. I mean, look at this stuff. Just look. You cannot tell them apart. In fact, I challenge you to tell them apart. Now. Go. To try to keep them as anonymous as possible, I’m just going to put American Psycho screengrabs with all the quotes, but if you prefer to imagine Buzz Bissinger looking hilarious and pointing at the screen, you can. And answers are at the end! More
Nothing but the title: 10%. Likely inscrutable, almost certainly excessively highbrow.
A person or persons in white robes standing near a pillar: 25%. Might be worth a gamble; might be outrageously dull.
A person or persons in white robes, standing near a pillar, in front of a background with two or more moons in the sky: 80%. Almost certainly excellent. Approaches 100% if there is a cat of unusual size somewhere near the spine.
Part of a woman’s face: 5%. Almost certainly a memoir of worst kind.
Part of a woman’s face, hazily obscured: 1%.
Rippling water: 0%. -10% if there is a woman’s face visible beyond the rippling water (the 10% means I will go watch a very bad movie instead). More
As you may have heard, book lovers everywhere are outraged over the sexy makeover one publisher gave Anne Shirley, beloved protagonist of the Anne Of Green Gables series. As you can see, someone saw fit to replace that unsexy, ginger haired ten-year-old with a buxom blonde just dying for a roll in the hay. Amazon has since removed the offending image, but why stop there? This problem goes way beyond Anne Shirley. Here are nine other fictional characters who’ve been inappropriately made over on book covers. I hope you’re in the mood to yell at your computer screen. More
If you need to write a break-up letter (either because you have been broken up with, or because you are a heartbreaker yourself) you’re surely going to want to take advice from some famous authors who do it really, really well. Or badly. Actually, sometimes they are bad at break-up letters, too. And sort of petty! Let’s see what we can draw from this selection of famous author’s break-up letters on Flavorpill: More