What is it with all the el weirdo random lingerie lately? There were those disturbing yet hilarious manties, terrifying mantyhose, the enigma wrapped in a mystery that was the cupless bra, and now, perhaps the perfect thing to wear with the latter: the skong.
Princesse Tam-Tam Mesonge Black Thong
A skong is exactly what it sounds like, as in, a thong with a frilly little skirt attached (not to be confused with say, the "skort"). Check out Trend de la Creme to find the skong that most closely matches your personality, and you tell us: Is this a sexier way to wear butt floss, or does it look like just one more pain in the ass?
Blog Posts by Erin Flaherty, Shine staff
What is it with all the el weirdo random lingerie lately? There were those disturbing yet hilarious manties, terrifying mantyhose, the enigma wrapped in a mystery that was the cupless bra, and now, perhaps the perfect thing to wear with the latter: the skong.Read More »from Next Sisqo will be singing "The Skong Song"
- Erin Flaherty, Shine staff | Work + Money – Fri, Aug 29, 2008 8:39 PM EDT
Recently, blog Tokyo Times claimed that while Japan's birth rate declines, people are choosing pets over progeny. And in order to satisfy maternal cravings, people are treating their animals more and more like children, and that means the market for adorable pet clothes and accessories is booming. Personally, I think there's a fine line between silly and grotesque when it comes to dressing your animal up, and this kimono definitely crosses it. I mean, it's perfectly acceptable to spoil your pet--that's part of the fun of having one--but c'mon, let the poor creature maintain its dignity. (Besides, is it just me or do you get kind of a creepy Jon Benet-esque feeling about some of the sparkly outfits out there being marketed as "sexy?" Yuck.) Still, you can't help but laugh at some of these pictures...Read More »from Pet clothes seem kinda dumb until you realize how cute they look
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 DaysRead More »from Can an abortion blog be a good thing?
When you hear the not so usual phrase "abortion blog," well, no one has a terribly enthusiastic reaction. After all, when it comes to unplanned pregnancy, the mandate is, tell no one, keep your head down, get it over with and march on like a brave soldier. Fact is, young women lacking familial support often find themselves guarding a terrible secret when it comes to making certain decisions regarding their right to chose. Enter the abortion blogger, whose slogan reads, "I'm 23. I'm knocked up. And I don't want to keep it. You can fu*k yourself, Judd Apatow." If that doesn't tell you enough, the name of her site does: "What to expect when you're aborting."
Again, the idea of a public abortion diary does not exactly inspire lovey dovey feelings. When I first heard about this blog, I threw my hands up in the air and thought of Heidi Montag and the age of anything for P.R.: Is nothing sacred? So I did some investigating. Turns out, the intention is well meaning: When this particular
Original Joy of Sex illustrationRead More »from "You've come a long way, baby": Joy of Sex, redux
Dr. Alex Comfort's '70s-era bestselling sex guide was last relaunched to much fanfare back in 2002, but the Fully Revised & Completely Updated for the 21st Century edition was well, not. In fact, it has been updated four times and sold more than eight million copies in 14 countries since it was originally published in 1972, yet even its most recent incarnation left critics poking fun of how dated and kitchy it was within the context of the 21st century, down to the borderline hirsute hippie models and the antiquated attention to the male penis when the female clitoris was largely ignored. Fast forward to 2009, when the truly revisited Joy of Sex written by British sexpert Susan Quilliam launches in the states (it'll be out in London September 1st). Here's how things have changed a bit:
"Only a few of the original entries have been ditched entirely: sex on a motorbike, the grope suit - Comfort's joke invention of a Scandin-avian garment that prompted continuous orgasm. There are 43
Getty ImagesRead More »from How do you keep yourself from drunk dialing?
So I had a bunch of lovely friends over this weekend, and somehow the conversation turned toward drunk dialing. You know how it can be: You just broke up with someone you're convinced you may or may not be still in love with, you've had a couple cocktails, it seems like a great idea for you to contact said person and express your undying love for them and possibly convince them that you never should've parted in the first place. Yet it never fails that the next day you live to regret the drunk dial, right?
People have resorted to the craziest things to prevent this from occurring in the first place. One person put her phone in the freezer, (possibly the worst idea since well, drunk dialing). Others remove their battery and while this is effective, becomes a bummer when it's M.I.A. the next day. The cumulative question here is, what is the best way to prevent the party foul that is drunk dialing? Anyone? And have you ever had a drunk dial that resulted in anything less than, "Oh man,
- Erin Flaherty, Shine staff | Love + Sex – Fri, Aug 22, 2008 3:25 PM EDT
Read More »from Hallmark supports gay marriage, right wing politicians do not
Hallmark, probably one of the most conservative champions of middle American mores out there, is prepared to support gay marriage in the form of new greeting cards specifically aimed at commemorating gay landmarks such as weddings, anniversaries and more. Of course, lest you think their motives are wholly altruistic, keep in mind that in these uncertain economic times, a large company simply can't afford to ignore a burgeoning market.
Yet, where corporate America is all too eager to embrace gay marriage (hey, money talks baby), a well-funded, right wing constituency is working to turn over gay marriage in California, and you can bet Ellen and Portia, among others, disagree.
Proposition 8 seeks to overturn the May ruling that (rightly, in my mind, anyway), gays can marry in the state of California. And yes, call me all the names you want, but I wholeheartedly support the human rights measure that gay marriage represents and ensures. In fact, as a love and relationship editor,
Love From HollandRead More »from The cupless bra: Hot or not?
Recently, the trend of cupless bras has hit the lingerie world, and when I started looking at all the crazy new styles out there (I think someone aptly called them, the "emperor's new clothes" of bras), I had to laugh. See, confession time: I actually own one of these bad boys.
A few years ago I went on a naughty underthings shopping splurge at Agent Provocateur, and somehow the saleslady talked me into purchasing one of these jammies (I guess she was way ahead of the trend (?), and I was young and impressionable(?)). Before you scoff, consider the erotic appeal: Bras are usually kind of forbidden to men, while they're horny teenagers at least, so when they get the package of seeing a bra plus full on breasts all at once it's supposed to cause an electrical overload, or something like that. And these bras are a victory for all us small-breasted women out there. (Finally, a piece of erotic lingerie you don't need huge boobs to look sexy in!) Still, I can also confess that these days,
Getty ImagesRead More »from Do you have better sex after a dry spell?
New research claims there's good and bad news when it comes to dry spells of the sexual variety. According to the journal Biological Psychology, lack of sex can be bad for your blood pressure. (Sad face.) But on a sexier note, a similar World Journal of Urology study found that after three weeks of no sexual activity whatsoever, men experienced more intense orgasms, and because they had elevated testosterone levels, their libido was higher as well.--LA Times
They didn't mention the ladies in the latter study, but have you ever noticed that especially in long-term relationships where the bedroom antics naturally seem to ebb and flow, that sex after a few days of abstinence is always kind of extra awesome? (Or is that just like, what's going on in my house?) Thoughts to share?
Getty ImagesSex tourism is usually associated with creepy guys and pedophiles, but it seems skeevy women have recently been getting in on the act, too. Apparently, Kenya is all the rage for (mostly Euro) ladies in their autumn years to pick up hot young African studs who are more than willing to hang out in exchange for the riches these women bestow on them (in the form of new clothes and free booze and food). While some of these women claim at best, everyone's all innocently having a fabulous time--"It's a social arrangement. I buy him a nice shirt and we go out for dinner. For as long as he stays with me he doesn't pay for anything, and I get what I want, a good time. How is that different from a man buying a young girl dinner?"--at worst, the scenario is mutually exploitative. Of course, not everyone is admitting that sex is part of the bargain, but well, it's obvious to all involved. "It's not evil," said Jake Grieves-Cook, chairman of the Kenya Tourist Board, when asked about the practice ofRead More »from Women gone wild: Sex tourism in Africa
Getty ImagesRead More »from This is why we regret some one night stands
Turns out, the theory known as "beer goggles" is true. File it under Captain Obvious studies, but a recent experiment performed in conjunction with the Universities of Glasgow and St. Andrews prove that we perceive relative hotness differently once we've knocked back a few: "The reasons behind this phenomenon have to do with alcohol stimulating the nucleus accumbens, aka 'the part of the brain which is used to determine facial attractiveness.'"--Yahoo And yes, the data collection here involved feeding subjects copious amounts of booze and having them rate the looks of members of the opposite sex as opposed to a more sober control group.
Again, so glad this important research is being done. (Eye roll.) But this does make me wonder: Have you ever been out getting your drink on at the club or whatever only to make it home with someone, get it on, then wake up in the morning and see them in the cold, bright light of day and think, "Eww...?"