Blog Posts by Jennifer Romolini, Shine editor in chief

  • Louisiana judge denies interracial couple marriage license--why are we surprised?

    Last week, reports surfaced that Keith Bardwell, a white judge in Tangipahoa Parish in Louisiana, refused to issue a marriage license to Beth Humphrey, a white woman, and Terence McKay, a black man. The judge, it seems, just doesn't accept the idea of an interracial union, he never has, and, honestly, he probably never will.

    "I'm not a racist [Ed note: Heh.]. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way," Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday. He went on to explain how he has "piles and piles" of black friends. Seriously.

    Then, ignoring overwhelming evidence to the contrary--Barack Obama, Derek Jeter, and Tiger Woods to name just a few--Bardwell shared that his main problem with mixed-race nuptials is the offspring they produce: "I don't do interracial marriages because I don't want to put children in a situation they didn't bring on themselves," he also told the AP. "In my heart, I feel the children will later suffer."


    Since last week's media explosion, all

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  • 10 animated characters we'd rather see in Playboy than Marge Simpson

    Oh, man. If this isn't a cry for attention, I just don't know what is: "Classy" porn mag Playboy has placed beloved housewife and animated character Marge Simpson on its November issue for the purpose of attracting "readers in their 20s to a magazine where the average reader's age is 35."Seriously?

  • 'Artificial Virginity' kit banned in Egypt (where to begin with the wrongness of this)

    The official description of the Artificial Virginity Hymen Kit, a vaginal gadget sold by Chinese sex toy company Gigimo, reads as follows:

    "No more worry about losing your virginity. With this product, you can have your first night back anytime. Insert this artificial hymen into your vagina carefully. It will expand a little and make you feel tight. When your lover penetrate, it will ooze out a liquid that look like blood not too much but just the right amount. Add in a few moans and groans, you will pass through undetectable. Its easy to use, clinically proven non-toxic to human and has no side effects, no pain to use and no allergic reaction."

    Ahem. The product, which sells for $29.99 (discount applied if you buy in bulk!), has been on the international sex toy market for a while now, mocked universally by feminists and bloggers, and yet quietly selling away.

    But last week, Egyptian politicians called for a ban on the device, condemning it as a product that promotes promiscuity.

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  • Finally! Emmy Rossum explains the odd, irresistible appeal of Adam Duritz, AKA "Man-salve"

    For decades, Adam Duritz's penis has seemed like a mysterious, heat-seeking missile programmed to hit every sexy, super-famous, more-attractive-than-him actress in his path. Similar in style to Señor D*ckhead John Mayer, Duritz has repeatedly dated out of his league--his former flames include A-list women like Jennifer Aniston, Mary-Louise Parker, Courteney Cox, Winona Ryder, and Christina Applegate to name a few.

    However, unlike Mayer, the Counting Crows singer doesn't seem like an evil, opportunistic, mind-screwing turdbag who plays on women's insecurities and makes them feel self-loathing and crazy and desperate (what Señor D*ckhead John Mayer did to Jessica Simpson should be criminal, and we don't even like J Simps).

    So, what's the story? Is it possible that Duritz is one of those mystical, magical ugly-hot dudes? The kind of man-salve oracle who heals one's old relationship wounds with his good vibes, good lovin', and, in this case, Sideshow Bob hair? (Other men in this

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  • Sarah Palin to put out lipstick line? Say it isn't so!

    Because wonders never cease, yesterday, the New York Post reported that Sarah Palin's agents are seeking a beauty endorsement deal and pitching cosmetic companies to capitalize on the punchline to a joke she made during her speech at last year's Republican National Convention (she asked, "What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull?" Answer: "Lipstick.")

    Assuming this news is true, let's consider what it means. Sarah Palin is a major figure on the national political scene and--whether you like the idea or not-- a serious contender for the 2012 Republican nomination. By entering the celebrity makeup racket, she'd be relegating herself to a space usually reserved for truly fluffy, low-talent shills, the Jessica Simpsons of the world, the Paris Hiltons, your spare Olsen twin. It seems impossible that anyone thinks this is an appropriate arena for a woman who aspires to be the leader of the United States.

    That is, unless the person in question is out solely for buckets of

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  • Fashion that makes us sad: The $600 'Where the Wild Things Are' playsuit

    File this one under: Things I will never understand. Slick, high-fashion retailer Opening Ceremony is currently selling this plush, monster-inspired, adult playsuit for $610. It's part of the international boutique's collaboration with "Where the Wild Things Are" director Spike Jonze, a collection that also includes Flintstone-esque furry vests ($415), horn-adorned sweatshirts ($460), and a fluffy, faux-fur cavegirl dress ($460).

    From the press release:
    "The line features a full range of faux fur pieces for both men and women, subtly evoking Max's crew of wild friends...The line even includes Max's iconic one-piece playsuit - complete with furry-eared hood and raccoon tail."

    Really? Can anyone explain to me how/why any grown-ass human would want to dress up as a stuffed animal? Is this a nod to the Furry/Plushy sex fetish phenomenon? Or just as completely lame/misguided/"rich hipsters will waste their money on anything" as I'm imagining?


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  • 5 things that can ruin your skin (a friendly reminder)

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesLet's be honest with each other: No matter how enlightened one may be, the experience of discovering new wrinkles is everything from startling to a major bummer. It's not easy to watch yourself age, but it is inevitable. However, there are a few things we can do to take back the power, to slow down the process, and to make our faces look as young as possible for as long as they possibly can. You probably know most of this stuff, but you might have forgotten. Or, if you've been living under a little stone and have never heard of sunblock, it's honestly never too late to start practicing safe skin.

    1. Unprotected sun exposure
    If we could be tan for the rest of our lives, we SO would, but tanning causes premature aging, fine lines, and unpleasant big brown splotches and freckles all over your skin (also: skin cancer. Scary!). This is why we should all be using moisturizers with SPF 30--and don't forget to slather it on your neck and hands, as well. They're two places with delicate skin

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  • The first women of the G-20 Summit: How they measure up to their famous husbands

    Michelle Obama played hostess to the spouses of leaders from all over the world during the G-20 Summit that began Thursday in Pittsburgh. Opening night included a reception at the Phipps Conservatory (where Mrs. Obama wore a controversial dress by designer Thakoon). Other events on the first ladies' itinerary included an intimate dinner at Teresa Heinz Kerry's farm, a tour of the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School, and a visit to the the Andy Warhol Museum.

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  • Fall's 10 best hairstyles (for when you really need a change)

    Ah, fall. Time for fresh starts: A new wardrobe, new purpose, and perhaps new hair as well? If you've been sporting the same style for longer than you can remember, now might be the perfect time for a change. The above 10 looks represent our favorite hair updates for fall 2009.

  • Dear Tyra Banks: We need to break up

    My cable box broke 15 minutes prior to the season premiere of America's Next Top Model, an incident that left me bereft for an entire seven days, especially when I found out that Tyra and the gang had given the girls a makeover (my FAVORITE) in week one and that said makeover involved tears and lots of weird eyebrows.
    I felt robbed.

    So my ANTM excitement and anticipation was at an all time high last Wednesday when I sat down to finally watch the second episode. And then, things went horribly wrong.

    What the HELL is going on with this show?

    As reality TV goes, the Top Model format somehow still works. The casting agents still manage to get compelling (if not downright weird/insane) contestants, and, even if it never produces an actually successful or "top" model, it's still entertaining to watch the girls evolve or devolve over the course of each "cycle" and to witness the creativity that goes into each of the shoots. Top Model could be--and often is--great TV.

    However, there's

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