Between the States and Britain, only the U.K.--which dedicates miles of beautifully designed ad space to new and forthcoming books throughout its Underground subway system in London--could or would have a site dedicated to book nerds that's part bookstore, part book club and part dating site (though in typical reserved British fashion, it doesn't admit to this last service). BookRabbit.com is a new site that allows members (readers, authors, publishers) to find or promote favorite titles, with the top 100,000 available for purchase at prices cheaper than Amazon.co.uk. Instead of a sexy Photoshopped picture from ten years ago, members upload pix of their bookshelves to their profiles--aw yeah--in an effort to promote discussion and recommendations and, we think, love or lust relationships straight out of Wuthering Heights, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, or anything with Fabio on the cover....
Actually, what lives on a person's bookshelf can be pretty revealing of that person's
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- Em and Lo | Love + Sex – Wed, Jul 16, 2008 10:14 PM EDT
Between the States and Britain, only the U.K.--which dedicates miles of beautifully designed ad space to new and forthcoming books throughout its Underground subway system in London--could or would have a site dedicated to book nerds that's part bookstore, part book club and part dating site (though in typical reserved British fashion, it doesn't admit to this last service). BookRabbit.com is a new site that allows members (readers, authors, publishers) to find or promote favorite titles, with the top 100,000 available for purchase at prices cheaper than Amazon.co.uk. Instead of a sexy Photoshopped picture from ten years ago, members upload pix of their bookshelves to their profiles--aw yeah--in an effort to promote discussion and recommendations and, we think, love or lust relationships straight out of Wuthering Heights, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, or anything with Fabio on the cover....Read More »from Show us your texts!: How to "read" your love interest's bookshelf
Dear Em & Lo,Read More »from Ask Em and Lo: How far do I go to keep a guy?
I am a teenager in a new relationship with a guy a year older than me. I have never done anything besides kiss with a guy, and I know that he is definitely not a virgin. I don't think I am ready to do anything with him, and I know he is going to try something soon. How do I address the fact that I am not ready to do anything sexually with him? I'm afraid that if I tell him I don't want to do anything, he might get mad and breakup with me, but I'm hoping he's not that kind of guy. I need help!
Do NOT to do anything you don't want to do--it's that simple. Just tell him you really like him and like hanging out with him, but you want to take things slowly and you're not ready to do anything beyond kissing at this point. If he gets mad and wants to break up with you, then you should break up with him! If you know you're not ready to get physical, he should respect that. If it's a deal breaker for him, so be it. You'll feel better if you stay true
As sex writers we tend to think that, while plenty still makes us blush, there's not a lot that we haven't at least heard about. But we had no idea that the elder dating scene was so saucy (even after interviewing performance artist Christen Clifford about elder sex). Naively enough, we just kind of assumed that dating in the twilight years got all chaste and 1950s-esque. Author Bob Morris thought the same thing until his 80-year-old dad started dating again, mere months after his mother's death. It's both heartening and heartbreaking to learn that dating in your eighties is rife with just as many playas and game-playing as in your twenties, as Morris chronicles in Assisted Loving: Tales of Double Dating with My Dad.Read More »from "Assisted Loving": Sex and the senior citizen
Seriously, what would you do if your 80-year-old dad called from his new girlfriend's bed? (And this is no Hugh Hefner scenario: the woman in question was pushing 80 herself.) And how would you counsel your father if he was being led on by a snowbird with a booty call in
We never thought we'd live to see the day when fashionistas would enlighten us with a concept more ridiculous than "toe cleavage." (People, it even has its own Wikipedia entry! What is wrong with this world?!? Now the rest of us have to feel dirty every time our shoes accidentally show a little toe crack.) Then again, we kind of knew that we would. In fact, we almost can't believe that it took those fashionistas so long to come up with the new trend of butt cleavage.Read More »from Butt cleavage? The fashion world is smoking crack
Is this officially the moment that fashion has become a caricature of itself? We're reminded of that terrible 1981 comedy starring Ryan O'Neal called So Fine in which a wardrobe malfunction leads to a new, utterly idiotic fashion trend: jeans with a see-through cellophane ass.
If we squint, we guess it kind of looks like up-top cleavage, but doesn't that just reveal the ridiculousness of décolletage? It's certainly no more ridiculous than butt floss. But will women really pay $38 for something called the "Crack in the
How to stuff a wild bikini, and other hot-weather horoscopes:Read More »from LOVE HOROSCOPES for the Week of July 14th
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It's a great weekend at the beach with friends, new and old. As night falls, your sun-kissed skin burns, the air cools and the wind picks up a bit. After cooking veggie burgers and dogs on the back patio grill and putting back a few gin & tonics with lime, a bunch of you stray back to the beach in the dark. All it takes is one exhibitionistic friend, and suddenly the gang is stripping--white asses disappearing into the black water. You hesitate, then throw caution to the wind and drop trou. The fleeting embarrassment is worth this feeling of refreshing liquid in new places. Later, you end up making out under the stars with someone you'd least expect. This has been a metaphor for your week--jump in.
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If you're going to stick your ice cream cone in strangers' mouths, it might come back with sprinkles on it...if you know what we mean. So make sure you put a hard chocolate
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- Em and Lo | Love + Sex – Thu, Jul 10, 2008 9:24 PM EDT
Dear Em & Lo,Read More »from Ask Em and Lo: Do I have to tell a guy that I'm a virgin?
I'm a 25-year-old virgin with limited dating experience. I'm getting out into the dating world, slowly but surely. I know that regardless of my experience level with sex, I should talk to a prospective partner about sex andprotection prior to diving into anything. But I'm hesitant to share that I'm a virgin. Do I owe it to a guy to fess up before we do the deed? Or can I keep mum about it?
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Forget about the guy for a second, you owe it to yourself to fess up. You're going to have a lot of sex in the years to come, both good and crappy, but you're only going to lose your virginity once. So why try to make it feel like every other time?
We can't guarantee that the earth is going to move for you the first time--in fact, for women, the first time is rarely orgasmic, and it's often downright crappy. But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't even try to make it a bit special. If a guy
Getty ImagesRead More »from 10 reasons why velcro cuffs rule
This excellent article on how to make your own Velcro cuffs for a little lite bondage action got us thinking about the many reasons we love Velcro wrist and ankle cuffs. Let us count the ways...
1. Regular handcuffs can be mighty uncomfortable after a few minutes--in fact, the police-issue kind can actually cause nerve damage. But Velcro cuffs are built for comfort.
2. Sure, there's something sexy about undoing your man's tie and co-opting it for your own kinky purposes, but the harder you pull on D.I.Y. cuffs like this, the tighter the knots get. And nothing spoils a good bondage sesh like having to take a pair of scissors to a $100 silk tie.
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3. If your nosy aunt goes poking around in your bedroom next time she comes over for tea, she might just think you're into arts and crafts when she finds a pile of Velcro in your nightstand.
4. Industrial-strength Velcro is surprisingly hard to escape from.
If you didn't win a copy of our new manual SEX: How To Do Everything in the Daily Bedpost Haiku Contest, there's still hope! Our friend Brian Battjer is holding his own SEX contest over on his popular site I Keep A Diary. For years, he's published a photo blog of his (mis)adventures, which has developed quite a dedicated following--maybe it's his hilarious captions, or all the clevaage shots he gets his female friends to pose for, or the hundreds of times he and his friends have "brained" each other (sleeping guy + exposed testicles by sleeping guy's face + digital camera = braining) that keeps the kids coming back for more. Since nothing delights Brian more than publicly laughing at himself and his friends, it's fitting that he hold a contest about sexual humiliation on IKeepADiary.com. Air your most cringe-inducing dirty laundry, and you could win!
Check out Glamour's 16 sexy, sneaky acts of seduction to get him into the mood!
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- Em and Lo | Love + Sex – Wed, Jul 9, 2008 7:36 PM EDT
Rebecca Miller is doing her best to single-handedly make up for all the vapid mactresses in this world: she's a director, screenwriter, artist, actress, short story writer, and novelist who wrote and directed the films The Ballad of Jack and Rose and Personal Velocity. Oh yeah, and she's the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller and the wife of Daniel Day Lewis. But after reading her most recent novel, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, we think we've found her Achilles heel: writing sex scenes. Don't get us wrong: we enjoyed the book--it's a lovely story of a woman figuring out who she is after a few happy decades of being Wife and Mother. And for the most part, it's beautifully written--even when the story moves to a shady basement SM club. But this scene, when (spoiler alert, sorry) a menopausal Pippa Lee sleeps with a 30-something ex-missionary turned slacker, was a serious needle-off-the-record moment. The dude in question, who has a massive Christ figure tattooed on his chest, hasRead More »from This year's Purple Prose Award goes to...The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, by Rebecca Miller