What do all you people really do for a living? Like really? (PhotO: abc/The Bachelor)Watching any season of "The Bachelor" requires some suspension of disbelief. First, you have to believe most women are "there for the right reasons." In other words: for love, not money. Then there's the endless parade of prom dresses, the helicopter rides, the skyscraper rappelling. This season, we're also asked to believe the bachelor in question, Brad Womack, has been encouraged by a licensed mental health professional to give love another chance on national television. Sure. And that he's a successful business owner. What? He owns a bar called the Chuggin' Monkey, but okay, fine. And finally, that there's three limo-loads of women with thriving careers in various and non-specific fields of business - which they're willing to give up on behalf of a complete stranger. Record scratch. B.S. meter overheating.
Certainly beautiful, camera-ready women can hold high-powered jobs, but can so many also just walk away from them? And why do all their job titles sound like resume padding?
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, Jan 4, 2011 11:40 PM EST
What do all you people really do for a living? Like really? (PhotO: abc/The Bachelor)Watching any season of "The Bachelor" requires some suspension of disbelief. First, you have to believe most women are "there for the right reasons." In other words: for love, not money. Then there's the endless parade of prom dresses, the helicopter rides, the skyscraper rappelling. This season, we're also asked to believe the bachelor in question, Brad Womack, has been encouraged by a licensed mental health professional to give love another chance on national television. Sure. And that he's a successful business owner. What? He owns a bar called the Chuggin' Monkey, but okay, fine. And finally, that there's three limo-loads of women with thriving careers in various and non-specific fields of business - which they're willing to give up on behalf of a complete stranger. Record scratch. B.S. meter overheating.Read More »from "Bachelor" B.S. Tracker: contestants with fake job titles
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While the rest of the film industry gears up for a year of 3D graphics and animation, romantic comedies haven't budged since the '60s. The slate to be released in 2011 is more of the same. But that's why we love the genre. Rom-Coms are a lot like dating: they feel repetitive but there's a comfort in monotony. Sometimes you watch a rom-com because it's there, not because you really like it. Sometimes, it's just better then not watching one at all. And just when you've lowered your standards too far, a surprisingly good one sneaks up on you and you remember it pays to keep watching. (Last year, my welcome surprise was "Going the Distance.") Looking down the barrel of another year of pratfalls, overreactions and relationships built on exasperation, it's hard to know which one, if any, will be "the one" and which one will just take our money and let us ogle at it for a coupe of hours. Oh wait, all of them will. Hooray!
No Strings AttachedRead More »from Rom-Coms of 2011: The good, the bad and the ugly
Starring: Natalie Portman and Ashton
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Mon, Jan 3, 2011 9:15 PM EST
Here we go: Oprah's new network is up and running. (Courtesy of OWN Network)It's official: Oprah's on...24 hours a day. Launched this weekend, the talk show host's new cable network, OWN, has only been up a few days and people already have opinions. The New York Times' TV critic Alessandra Stanley summed up the line-up of "feel-good highlight reels, self-improvement plans, spiritual quests, aha! moments, celebrity master classes" as deeply earnest. Whether that's good or bad depends on what you're looking for, it seems. She writes: "OWN is a place where cynicism takes a holiday and mockery hasn't yet been invented."Read More »from Critics mixed on Oprah's new network. What do you think?
Instead of cultural criticisms, the network's series are largely about positive thinking and self-betterment. The Duchess of York's "Finding Sarah" emphasizes the quest for internal self-improvement, while de-clutter guru Peter Walsh's "Enough Already" focuses more on external fine-tuning (think organized closets and desks). Oprah's "Master Class" series, which featured Jay-Z's self-described career trajectory in the first episode, hooked Salon's
You may not have felt it while you were shoveling snow or turning your "US Weekly" into a makeshift blanket at the airport, but love was in the air. Strange love. You're cordially invited to six weird weddings that actually happened over the holidays.Read More »from 6 weird weddings you may have missed
#6. The wedding on ice. Walking down the aisle with a giant skating bird is every bride's dream...if she's wearing a nicotine patch, eating peppers, and watching "Faces of Death" before she goes to bed. But for Cindy Pritchard, it was all part of her fantasy wedding at a Boston Bruins/Atlanta Thrashers ice hockey game on December 30. Really. Watch it.
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#5. Shania Twain's made-for-TV-movie wedding. The country star got hitched on New Year's Day to Swiss businessman Frederic Thiebaud - the ex-husband of her ex-husband's new wife. Got that? If not, watch this Lifetime movie with the same implausible premise.
#4. The "One Day at a Time" reunion wedding. Valerie Bertinelli brought the gang back together for her wedding to longtime partner Tom
It's been over 2000 years since the New Testament account of Mary's virgin birth, and over 20 years since Marilyn's virgin birth. In 1990, a British-born nurse named Marilyn Wright found herself in the center of a national debate.
At 40, she gave birth to her son, Jonas, with the help of artificial insemination and an anonymous donor. She had been trying for 8 years, but never with man. " she told the British press. "Ideally, I would have loved a husband and family, but I never met Mr. Right and had to create a family without a man."
In many ways Wright was ahead of her time. There are over 14 million one parent households today and growing number of single women are enlisting fertility treatments to start their families. But few are virgins. "It's not that common nowadays," says Jane Mattes, a psychotherapist and the founder and director of Single Mothers by Choice. "Most of the single women seeking insemination are in their 30's and have been in relationships." But theRead More »from The controversy over "virgin" mothers
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Dec 23, 2010 9:49 PM EST
(ThinkStock Photos)If you think finding a last-minute babysitter is hard, try finding one for New Year's Eve. The pool of contenders is shallow and the competition is fierce. Some parents starting booking sitters for December 31st all the way back in June. But it's not too late to start your search now.Read More »from How to book a last-minute babysitter for New Year's Eve
Search online: If you've exhausted your personal resources, take your search to the web. Sites like Care.com and SitterCity.com have access to a massive network of caregivers. They also aid parents in background checks and reference resources.You can also search or post your search on community message boards like Craigslist or local parent-oriented forums, though strict background checks and references are essential. Finally check to see if your local PTA website has a forum you can search ads or post on.
Beat the Dec. 29 rush: Two days before the holiday is when the majority of parents post last-minute sitter requests on SitterCity.com. So try to beat the crowds by booking a day or two earlier.
Another year, another day younger. 2010 was a landmark year in the field of anti-aging. From skin preservation technology to groundbreaking research in life extension, everything old is new again. If it's not, it will be. Here's a look at how we're tapping the fountain of youth now and what's in store for the future.
2010: This year, prospective patients were able to consult with plastic surgeons without leaving home. SurgeonHouseCall.com allowed users to get personalized age reversal plans from one of 80 board certified surgeons. Meanwhile, an Advanced Aging Simulation machine, which can visually map your aging process made its debut in a New Jersey Research facility. Cue Botox. The filler is no longer a stopgap but a preventative measure to protect skin from future wrinkling. In topical breakthroughs, The International Stem Cell Corporation released a much-touted line of wrinkle-reducing products with extracts derived from unfertilized eggs. The line became availableRead More »from The future of anti-aging: now to 2030 and beyond
(ThinkStock Photos)Actress Ginnifer Goodwin just admitted she's been on the Points plan for 23 years. That means the 32-year-old "Big Love" star started calculating her meals as a 9-year-old tween. Should kids be counting calories before they reach their double digits? Not according to Weight Watchers. In 2003, the company announced a policy officially banning kids under 10 from joining the program. Kids between 10 and 16 however can join with a doctor's referral and guardian signature. The policy was a response to the growing obesity crisis in young people. But it also pointed to the fact that some kids are too young to be measuring their food intake to the number.Read More »from Should a 9-year-old be on Weight Watchers?
"Chronic dieting is associated with the onset of adolescent eating disorders," according to the 2008 textbook, Abnormal Child Psychology. Kids obsessed with food, and under strict mandates from their folks, are at a higher risk for anorexia and bulimia, which can commonly develop around age 11. Experts warn parents that too many restrictions
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Dec 21, 2010 11:00 PM EST
Read More »from Teen pregnancies on the decline. Could TV be responsible?
Kailyn and her newborn, subjects of a recent episode of While there may be more teen moms on television, there are fewer than ever in reality. This week, the National Center for Health Statistics announced a record low in birth rates for U.S. girls aged 15 to 19. The survey, based on 2009 figures, is even six percent lower than the 2008 record low.
Some speculate the recession played a factor in the date, since the overall birth rate has decreased as Americans tighten their belts. But another theory is that sex education's impact has grown. Abstinence and birth control awareness programs may be partly responsible. But could the media also be having an effect?
In 2008, during her mom's vice presidential campaign, Bristol Palin's pregnancy took center stage. Politics aside, no one could argue that the high schooler's situation was brutal. Every step of her journey from her child's birth to her custody battles, were chronicled at times without any sugar coating. Teenagers who followed her story saw that a high school boyfriend, however