Take a gorgeous, single redhead urbanite who uses her stove for storage, challenge her to date a bunch of guys and cook a meal for each of them, document her dates and recipes and you've got "Sauce in the City," my new favorite column on Shine. Erin Hosier, who is a dear personal friend of mine, tackles singlehood, dating and cooking with passion and wit, and the results are scrumptous. Here's an hors d'oeuvres:
"Like many busy/lazy New Yorkers, dinner for me comes from one of three places: a restaurant, the freezer section of the Key Foods across the street, or a delivery person. I have been known to prepare pasta on occasion, but I often count cheese and crackers as a viable meal choice. I eat a lot of cereal and salads when I'm feeling guilty, but I don't feel guilty very often.
Recently I found myself ditched by the guy I had hoped might make an honest woman out of me. Naturally, it's a tragic story, made more so because he was the rare man who really knew how to make a girl
Blog Posts by Erin Flaherty, Shine staff
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- Erin Flaherty, Shine staff | Love + Sex – Thu, Jun 5, 2008 9:41 PM EDT
Read More »from Should we be looking at more penises? Tom Ford thinks so!
Tom's been stirring the controversy pot for years, but his latest ad campaign takes the cake for making some folks just plain indignant, and starting a national conversation about ad bans and censorship. Feminists took one particular image (above) to heart because it alludes to a violent act against women, but I find Ford to be an equal opportunity debaser with this male version:
Um, keep in mind, these are ads for his new sunglasses collection, ahem. But anyhoo, his latest public plea comes in a New York Magazine blurb that claims Tom is irked that no one wants to look at dicks:
"Tom Ford has encountered yet another speed bump in his lifelong quest to make the world okay with male nudity. For the spring/summer issue of Britain's GQ Style, he wrote an impassioned essay questioning why exposed penises seem to be the last taboo. "As much as I've tried, it has been consistently harder to get images of nude men onto magazine pages and billboards than it has nude women," he wrote.
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Remember Tricia Walsh, the jilted woman who decided to air her husband's dirty laundry out on You Tube? Well, she's back in action, this time in a long New York Magazine piece where she attempts to set the record straight, sort of:
"This whole thing is making me want to throw up. My dream was to get my plays on and for people to say she's not a dumb blonde. If you read my stuff, it's really thoughtful. I mean, I read all the philosophers and stuff like that. Do you think I really want to do bloody YouTube?"
She may read "philosophers and stuff" but I still think that You Tube stunt was two pearls short of classy. Anyone with me on this one?
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Have a You Tube video you want to get lots of exposure? Either film a "Leave Britney Alone!" type of rant on the cusp of a celeb breakdown a la Chris Crocker or give your rant a racy winning edge above the competition by adding the letters "XXX" to the title. According to Buzzfeed, "Hundreds of millions of YouTube views go to 'fake porn' videos that actually don't show anything sexy at all." There's the video titled "XXX PORN XXX" that's actually an anti-government political rant with over 67 million views under its belt, "Extream Sex," which features the decidedly unsexy facts about poverty and world hunger, and ironically, "Sexy Nude Naked Wet Teen Sex," a lecture from some random (annoying and strangely self-rightous) kid that wishes the porn on You Tube would end!
What I want to know is, are we really that desperate to see porn online? In the future (like oh say, next year), will the evening news advertise teasers for an expose on "Kinky Underage Sex" that will actually just end
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I recently stumbled across, and I do mean stumbled, tripped and fell over Manties, frilly, silk underwear for men that mimic more traditionally female panties that are uh, strong enough for a man. But wait, they're not just for cross-dressers! Any guy who's ever been panty curious is invited to join in the fun, and since they can easily be purchased under the guise of "gag gift," ahem, they're flying off the shelves. (Oh boy, just in time for Father's Day!)
But Manties aren't the only male naughties on the market, and it seems like we're looking at an international movement here. Check out the Japan-based undie company that made these intriguing, squeal inducing NSFW manties. And if you thought the official Manties site was um, verrry interesting, you'll really enjoy Lingerie 4 men, a New Zealand joke ad campaign run by Snickers (why are Kiwis so freakin' funny!?).
Of course, the only interesting lingerie news for women simply pales in comparison: In one of the saddest examples of
I've never understood the need for cutesy sex toys. I mean, what's the point? Is it because a vibrator in the shape of a rubber ducky makes it seem less naughty (seems to me, it kinda makes it more so)? Apparently, I just might be alone on this, because toy manufacturers keep churning out sex aides that look more suited to a kid's toy box than a grownup's. But hey, whatever floats your ducky.Read More »from What's the deal with cute sex toys!?
Still, Guanabee contributing editor Gabriel Caro wrote such a funny review of the "Top 10 Inadvertently Adorable Sex Toys," that I felt compelled to share:
The Ladybug Pleaser Discreet Vibrator
If Mariah Carey were to ever be re-incarnated as a sex toy, we can safely bet this would be it. It's pink, round, glittery, and adorable, even though the vibrating is not enough to make us melisma our orgasms out. Seriously, this ----- would fit right in at Toys 'R Us, right next to the Bratz dolls and Hannah Montana clothing. Sucio! However, cute as it may be, it's not that popular with the ladies. One
R. Kelly isn't the only person who's having some closet-related issues. According to Yahoo News, 58-year-old Japanese woman Tatsuko Horikawa was found living in a man's closet, where she claimed she had been taking up "residence" in the tiny, flat storage space for over a year. (She was caught when the owner of the apartment started noticing food inexplicably missing from his fridge and set up a video camera.) Sadly, Ms. Horikawa might not be crazy so much as desperately homeless. Here's hoping she gets a real bed to replace the storage box.
- Erin Flaherty, Shine staff | Love + Sex – Mon, Jun 2, 2008 1:03 PM EDT
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Ah the cougar obsession continues, this time, with a UK website designed to hook up older women with their younger counterparts. And of course, the one dimensional term "cougar" itself may speak to the so-called predatory nature of these older women, but in the case of Toyboywarehouse.com, with 60 percent male members, it seems the cream is coming directly to the kitty. A recent Times UK article tried to dissect the phenomenon in a painstakingly long um, investigative (?) report that tried to address the question of why some younger men might be attracted to older women in the first place. Although I can think of about 500 reasons off the top of my head, 47-year-old Toyboy founder Julia Macmillan sums it up neatly when she points out that quite simply, "There are a lot of women over 40 who look fabulous and are very attractive to younger men. I think the whole idea of age is becoming increasingly irrelevant in our society. There are other things to consider such as attitude and
- Erin Flaherty, Shine staff | Love + Sex – Thu, May 29, 2008 11:43 AM EDT
HBORead More »from 10 Years of Sex: Love & sex tips we've learned from the show
Frankly, I was a bit loathe to write anything regarding that show. I mean, it feels so been there, done that, and all the hype regarding the movie is beginning to make me a bit nauseous. For example, if I hear one more thing about how it's "the Superbowl for women" I'm gonna scream. (I have an idea: How about SATC is the "Golden Girls" of a generation? Pause. Reflect. Well, all the feminine stereotypes are securely in place...) But on the other hand, now that I have a more objective point of view about the show as it existed as a household phenomenon, I can appreciate what it did for coaxing us traditionally uptight Americans out of the closet when it comes to talking about sex, and that I can appreciate. So without further ado, here are some of the um, most meaningful (?) lessons we've gleaned from exposure to a little hit show called "Sex and the City":
It's not okay to break up via Post-it Note:
When Berger did it to Carrie, it was unconscionable, but now that we've seen
The Smoking Gun
If you weren't positive already, here's more proof that FDLS polygamist sect "prophet" and leader Warren Jeffs was one psychotic mother. This just released photo presented in court, shows him posing with one of his child brides (this particular girl is 12) in a sick first wedding anniversary commemorative photo. Cute, huh? According to Utah's ABC 4 news station, "the photos represent the first proof that Warren Jeffs not only ordered underage girls to marry, but took underage brides himself."
AGH, I hope he rots in prison!