In the course of my past two years covering health and wellness issues for Blisstree, I’ve often been surprised by what draws vitriol and what doesn’t. Time and again—be it with my own or my co-writers’ posts—the ones I fear may stir anger never do; and those I’d never have suspected provoke intense scorn. More
Last month, our sister site Blisstree posted a piece by lovely freelancer Lisa Marie Basile about how she never uses birth control. She received a ton of flack from people calling her an idiot, folks saying she makes women look bad, comments telling her it’s irresponsible to write about not using contraceptives, and well-meaning — if not a bit patronizing — emails explaining to her how to use birth control.
There were some readers who found it was directly promoting the disuse of birth control, while others simply insulted her intelligence over and over again. It was unpleasant to watch, and not simply because I am quite fond of Lisa; I was upset by these reactions because I firmly believe that we should be able to be honest to readers about our sexual choices. More
“Wow, that’s pretty hot,” Howard Stern said, because of course he did. “How many times have you seen your video?” More
This week–in honor of Will Smith‘s weird love letter to Scientology that no one asked for, After Earth–we’re playing with a few of the megastar’s most popular characters: Agent J from the Men in Black franchise, Neville from the zombie/cancer/vampire blockbuster I Am Legend and himself from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Sidenote, do you know the backstory on why the already-successful rapper played himself on a wholesome sitcom (short answer: millions of dollars in unpaid taxes). Hard choices ahead, what with Will Smith looking equally great in a tailored suit and sideways caps and loud prints. More
As anyone with an Internet connection likely knows, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are having a baby. Now, being that she’s already pregnant, this means people won’t be able to stir up any KIM IS TOTES PREGGERS rumors in the near future. Instead, they will speculate that there is trouble in paradise (or whatever private island they’re chilling on most of the time). For example, the news broke this morning that Kanye supposedly cheated on Kim with a model named Leyla Ghobadi. Time to break out every single random shot of Kim and Kanye looking miserable together, as if that proves anything. More
Weddings are often a bizarre, awkward and stressful event for many people, but all the fallen cupcake towers and gown stains in the world couldn’t possibly compare to the awful, potentially traumatic pregnancy and virginity tests administered to some 400-plus women … More
One of my very best friends is highly involved in a BDSM community of Los Angeles. She constantly faces judgments about this via a large array of unnecessary and uninformed questions or comments. “What’s wrong with these people?” “Were you, like, … More
“I am woman, hear me roar,” sang Helen Reddy in 1972. And boy were we roaring. The decade marked the decline of the Vietnam War, and with it the radical hippie culture that permeated the 1960s.
Tom Wolfe deemed it “the me decade” for a reason, but it may have been called the Ms. marathon instead. The magazine and the passing of Roe v. Wade — both in 1972 — was a turning point for the modern woman. Gloria Steinem, arguably the women’s movement loudest activist, was quoted as saying “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” Here’s what dating was like in the 1970s… More
Would you like to get ahead at Goldman Sachs? You should begin by wrapping your intern arms around another female intern as though you are a giant squid, strangling the world. And then, as you bask in the afterglow, you should tell an appropriate racist joke! More
Michael Douglas has been cancer-free for more than two years–but while fulfilling a recent promotional duty for his Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, the actor proved to be surprisingly frank about his diagnosis. Douglas, 68, recently revealed that it was oral sex–not usual suspects smoking or drinking–that caused him to develop a “walnut-size” tumor in the back of his throat. More
I consider myself to be a very open person. I think consensual sexual behavior is, generally, all good and entirely up to the participants. However, ever since I found out several months ago about The Sexxxtons, a mother-daughter porn duo, I … More
The post World War II baby boom produced 70 million teenagers that literally rocked the culture of the 1960s. Young people shaped the fashion and politics of the decade, launching the Million Man March, the sexual revolution, and the British invasion. More