Here at Shine, we're still partying over The Pill's 50th birthday last week. So I thought I'd share a new jewel of a book on the drug du jour.
To be entirely honest, I know the author, Elaine Tyler May, PhD. Not only that, she's the sister of my best friend in life. But shameless promotion aside, I was curious to read the book, America and The Pill, because I'd always heard that their father, Dr. Edward Tyler (he died before I met him), had helped develop the famous contraceptive.
When I caught up with May-we call her Lany-a professor of American studies and history at the University of Minnesota, and asked if she'd been inspired by her dad (oh, and by the way, he also wrote for Groucho Marx), she laughed. "There were so many clinical researchers involved, I didn't even think my father would show up in the book," she told me. "But while I was working on it, I discovered that he played a pivotal role in the pill's approval. He delayed it. He had serious reservations about the pill's
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Here at Shine, we're still partying over The Pill's 50th birthday last week. So I thought I'd share a new jewel of a book on the drug du jour.Read More »from 5 (more) Things You Might Not Know About The Pill
Are you hearing a "should" echo?
(The sentence would be: "Should I rock a plus-size bikini?")
We at Shine passionately believe there's no "should" or "could," about who sports the iconic beachwear. This is no swimsuit contest. It's more important how a bikini fits your personality style than your figure.
"A bigger body can look fabulous in a bikini, especially if you're fit," says Charla Krupp, author of How to Never Look Fat Again. "But pulling it off is really about confidence, no matter what size you are. It's really up to every woman to decide how much flesh she wants to expose. And when you go to the beach, the point is to relax, not worry about how you look."
Whether you want to go itsy-bitsy, or almost there, Krupp has some great pointers on how to make the most out of the least.
8 Ways to Sass Your Suit
1. Separates But Equal. When possible buy your top and bottom independently. That way you can get the best fit for your particular body. "Swimwear isRead More »from How to Rock That Plus-Size Bikini!
Getty ImagesIf I hear, "make a date night," one more time, from one more relationship expert, I'm going to throw the aphrodisiac in her face.
I don't want to make a date night. I don't want to ride the Class IV rapids or jump out of a plane to get the dopamine flowing. I don't want to dangle from a chandelier. These are fine suggestions to beat a passion plateau. But they take t-i-m-e (not to mention acrobatic skills), which some of us don't exactly have.
"Oh boy," my mate says when I ask him for ideas on the phone. (Maybe it was a bad idea to make him change my ring tone to Car Alarm) "that's a minefield right there."
My girlfriend offers, "I'm sure my husband would say sex-more than, you know, a few times a year. But that's asking a lot. I'm very busy."
I did, however, find some great, quick ideas for women on the run:
IF YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS…. Hit pause. This will come in handy the next time he's really bugging you. Say, when he's dawdling, making you late againRead More »from 5 Fast Fixes for a Stronger Relationship
Read More »from Where the Boys Work Out
When you're looking for a reason to hit the gym, I say everything is fair game. Including man candy.
But how many guys do you count in your Zumba class? Fat Blaster Express? Pole Dancing?
"Not in a million years," says New Yorker Adam Kleinman, 25, when asked if he'd ever be caught dead in a fitness class. "One, I don't need somebody in short shorts and a tight tank top motivating me. Two, I don't think a class is as intense as my own heavy-lifting workout." Dan Powers, 26, who like Kleinman works in finance and works out at Crunch, says, "Maaaybe, if the rest of the class was good-looking enough I could be talked into it. But I wouldn't go willingly. "
In fact, only 4 percent of students in high-impact aerobics classes are men, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), the industry's trade organization, which represents about 9,000 clubs. Not a promising ratio if you were hoping to meet someone.The good news, says IHRSA spokeswoman Kara
- Liz Brody | Bikini – Wed, May 12, 2010 1:25 AM EDT
Read More »from The Bad Girl's Workoutâ€”totally sexy, inside and out
Ready for your hottie moment? You've seriously got to try this.
Corrie McCrae's Bad Girl's Workout (Shine-tested!) not only gives you a smoking, sexy bod; it also works your mojo from the inside, tightening and tuning up the hidden sweet-spot. (It's really all about us, isn't it?)
Think, kegels on steroids. Think, "workout with benefits." Think, Pyrex-shattering orgasms.
McCrae, a private trainer at Finetune Pilates in Brooklyn, New York, got the idea when her regular students started nudge-nudge-wink-winking her that the "burn" they got from their Pilates sessions was heating up their love lives. Now, McCrae has taken that naughty little secret, and designed a specially wicked, womanly routine.
Oh, the Bad Girl's moves will beautify your abs, hips, and butt, all right. Meanwhile, you'll feel the pleasure from getting stronger and more flexible lovemaking muscles. (He'll notice, too.) "Kegels are fine," McCrae says, "but you tend to do them sitting in a chair concentrating on
Lame. Weak-willed, Stupid. Gross.
Does this sound like you talking to yourself, maybe after one divinely delicious Krispy Kreme turned into three? (And please don't say you used the swine word.) If so, we need to talk.
Aside-and this is an ocean-sized "aside"- from our plea that you never put yourself down so cruelly, there's new preliminary science to suggest that willpower might have little to do with resisting temptation. Why? Because certain foods may actually change the brain like alcohol or crack, making them very hard for some people to pass up.
The idea of food addiction is controversial, and scientists are only just starting to tease out the pieces, but sugar is a prime suspect, and early studies are implicating fat, too. "In the laboratory, when you take rats off of sugar, they have tremors, the shakes, anxiety, and distress, which are the kinds of things you see when humans go through withdrawal from drugs of abuse," says Nicole Avena, PhD, a researchRead More »from Food habits die hard for scientific reasons
Hey, do you want to call Hilary Swank?
She's at an event to launch a campaign for women's empowerment, and I hear she has a few minutes.
Even with half the cool she has on screen, I'd want to chat with Swank. At 35, she's got the Cinderella thing going, that knockout, iconic body, two Oscar statuettes, and the kind of determination that could strip paint off the wall. And it all comes wrapped in a for-real humility that's hard to find these days, especially in Hollywood.
I mean, who else could stand there and accept an Academy Award with, "I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream," and not sound like she was milking a sound bite? (I melted.)
Who else controls her weight like a water faucet? As in drilling herself down to 7 percent body fat for "Boys Don't Cry" (Oscar No. 1). Seven percent??? Healthy women have at least three times that much. And then packing on 19 pounds of muscle to box her way through Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby."
And whoRead More »from Why We Adore Hilary Swank
- Liz Brody | Love + Sex – Fri, May 7, 2010 6:34 PM EDT
When Shine served up the topic of Threeway Sex from our POV, you ladies lobbed back with posts ranging from wild enthusiasm to disgust.Read More »from What Do Guys Think About Sex a Trois? Let's ask the fellows at Details
"We did it with my now ex best friend," Haylee writes. "In the end he broke up with me because he said he was 'in love with her.'" Disaster! And Dee, who did it with another couple, says, "I got a little something to remember it by. She turned 20 y/o a few months ago."
Many of you feel understandably iffy. "I'm quite sure that it will possibly be the hottest sex we have ever," says Ashley, "but i don't want to see him having sex with another (possibly hotter) girl, and maybe enjoying it more with her than with me." Meanwhile SusanB (who has "yep, been there, done that,") points out, "men's egos are a LOT more fragile than you (or they) think."
Is that true? What is on the mind of a man on a threeway mission?
Hear it straight from the source as our friends at Details magazine spill the beans. (Note the focus on logistics! It's so guy.):
- Liz Brody | Love + Sex – Thu, May 6, 2010 1:47 AM EDT
If there were ever an All-American Girl, it's University of Virgina lacrosse player Yeardley Love. Check her out on Facebook: Blond hair, wide blue eyes, starry with possibility, and a gleaming white smile that's almost apologetic for being so wholesomely attractive.
I think it's the photo-the newest face of domestic violence-that makes this case so chilling.
According to the reports that have been trickling in, Love-even her name is hauntingly ironic-was found early Monday morning by a roommate, face down in her bedroom, with a pool of blood on her pillow, a large bruise on her face, and one eye swollen shut. She was 22, and days away from graduating.
The man charged with her murder is ex-boyfriend, George Huguely. Also 22 and a varsity lacrosse player, the 6-foot-2 and 209-pound athlete later told police that he'd broken up with Love and was communicating with her by email. That morning, he said, he'd entered her apartment, which was unlocked, kicked through her bedoomRead More »from Murder on campus. (We can't stop thinking about it)
- Liz Brody | Work + Money – Wed, May 5, 2010 1:48 AM EDT
"Sorry," I mumble, after knocking into a woman at an edgy downtown New York fitness studio.
"What are you sorry about?" she asks curiously.
"I didn't mean to bump you," I explain, looking up. It's Gwyneth Paltrow.
"Don't be," she says.
Radiant and dewy (yup, ladies, she sweats) in leggings, sports bra, and a towel draped around her neck, she's trying to grab a confab with Tracy Anderson, her longtime trainer and owner of the place, before running off to get ready for an Iron Man 2 event. But we exchange pleasantries, and I get a chance to take in her long, lean, feline stomach.
I want it.
"I've studied sexy abs," says Anderson, when I get her alone for 1.3 minutes between students, managers, calls, texts, and crunches. She is teeny and fierce, and 24-karat female, which is why celebrities like Courtney Cox, Kate Hudson, Shakira, and Gisele Bündchen, love her, not to mention models Karolina Kurkova and Christy Turlington, who are working out in the next room.Read More »from Sexy, Slinky, Iron Girl Abs! (Get Gwyneth Paltrow's moves)