Blog Posts by Erin Flaherty, Shine staff

  • Do you have what it takes to become a foot fetish film star?

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    Looking for an amusing way to earn a little income? Why not film your feet doing uh, next to nothing and fetishists will actually pay you for the material?! The latest person to join the You Tube sensation panthenon is the so-called "Sticky Sweetie," a very enterprising young lady who makes videos of herself stepping in gum, and apparently, there are actually people who get off on this crap. Personally, I don't think she's that special (her "Oh wah, I'm stuck!" seems a little uninspired), but her success reminded me that I once met this woman that made low budge videos of her feet--her feet in heels, nude, in those little toe socks and basically every other scenario you can think of, then sold them online to fetishists hungry for new material. She actually made a pretty good living doing it, and I've always wondered: It's not like you're exposing any flesh and unless you're some crazy kind of foot identification expert, how's anyone gonna know it's you anyway. So um, I guess my

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  • I need advice: How to deal with homophobes

    Says the New York Times "Social Q's":

    You're at someone's house who starts talking about how wrong gay marriage is. You are gay. What do you do?


    Can anyone help this person out?

  • Dear Margo: Her mother could be on the Mt. Rushmore of bitches

    DEAR MARGO: I grew up the daughter of an abusive alcoholic father and an emotionally absent mother. Though it wasn't easy, my father and I have reconciled and have a great relationship. My mother, on the other hand, is a miserable, bitter woman. When I was 16, I was raped and it resulted in a pregnancy. My mother forced me to carry it to term because she said I was a slut for getting pregnant, but I ultimately gave the baby up. At 18, I moved out of the house, went to college and later became a nurse. Eventually I married and had a child. After a few years, we divorced. Recently, I began dating again, and I reluctantly took the man I have been dating for six months -- I'll call him Jason --to meet my mother and her husband. We'd just sat down to dinner when my mother turned to Jason and said she hopes he doesn't plan to have children with me because I abandoned one! I was mortified and he didn't know what to say. Needless to say, we left immediately. I haven't spoken to my mother

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  • Cause you know what BIG HANDS mean...

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    A friend over in Healthy Living said her brother saw this photo of one of the couples we reported on who decided to have "married sex" every single night for a year. His response: "OMG! Look at the size of her hands. Is that what happens when you have that much sex?!"

    I had to take a closer look, and sure enough, he's right on the money. Is this some strange side effect of having too much sex with your spouse? Hmm...

  • Random, oh so random "Would you rather?"

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    Sent to me by a reader, bizarre enough to ask the masses:

    "Would you prefer to have your grandpa walk in on you masturbating or the other way around?"

  • Making a mixed tape for your lovah was never this easy

    We've reported on Muxtape, and then there was Cassette From My Ex, and they're cool and all, but uploading music is a b---- , and some of less technologically inclined folks are like, "whaaa?" or simply don't have time to fool with it. Now, as far as I'm concerned, new Mixwit is the ultimate in ease, grace, fun and mixability. They have a super huge database of up-to-date tunes (and lots of remixes!) that you can easily look up, add to your mix, and share with friends, loved ones, and ahem, readers of your blog. Why, I just "crafted" this electric disco mix (image above) for me and my boo to dance to this very evening! Seriously, this latest addition to the online mix tape site genre seems vastly superior. (Plus, since all the songs play in full, it's a great way to test out music you want to buy, since Itunes only gives you a few fleeting seconds of sample...) So mix away my friends, mix away!

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  • HEAVY PETTING: Send someone you love a Dreamlet right now

    image courtesy of Dreamletsimage courtesy of DreamletsSometimes here on the Love & Sex channel, we get so preoccupied with vibrators and threesomes that we occasionally forget the sweet, mushy, lovey dovey stuff. So in the spirit of "aww" I wanted to introduce you to the wonderful world of Dreamlets. My equally adorable friend Matty Harper is behind the creation of these soft, fleece-y works of art that make awesome gifts for little kids and big ones alike. Plus, proceeds from each purchase go to the arts charity of your choice, and on the site, there's also a tool to design your own e-card (so much more thoughtful than say, sending a "wink" to the object of your affection). Send a card here. Are these dudes freakin' cute or what!?

    My favorite card (hint, hint).My favorite card (hint, hint).
    Want more HEAVY PETTING? See also: "Parrot says Obama's campaign slogan" and "A green puppy named Wasabi"

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  • How would you like to have sex 365 nights in a row?

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    Two couples are making news for doing the audacious, the unthinkable: having "married sex" every single night. According to the New York Times, "Let's say you and your spouse haven't had sex in so long that you can't remember the last time you did. Not the day. Not the month. Maybe not even the season. Would you look for gratification elsewhere? Would you file for divorce? Or would you turn to your mate and say, 'Honey, you know, I've been thinking. Why don't we do it for the next 365 days in a row?'

    That's more or less what happened to Charla and Brad Muller. And in another example of an erotic adventure supplanting married ennui, a second couple, Annie and Douglas Brown, embarked on a similar, if abbreviated journey: 101 straight days of post-nuptial sex."

    Two new books, 365 Nights, and the Nike-esque Just Do It, chronicle their adventures in marital stimulation, although, if you're looking for the dirty details, well, you probably won't find them, as the books tend to shy away

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  • LESBIAN KISS SHOCKER! (What's the big deal with same-sex PDA anyway?)

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    Argh, probably because I was so focused on Hillary Clinton and dudes who want to cheat on their pregnant wives, I totally forgot to ask you guys what you thought about the lesbian women who got in trubs at a Seattle Mariners game for kissing!?

    Just to refresh your memory, the AP reported that:

    "As the Mariners played the Boston Red Sox on May 26, Sirbrina Guerrero and her date were approached in the third inning by an usher who told them their kissing was inappropriate, Guerrero said.

    The usher, Guerrero said, told them he had received a complaint from a woman nearby who said that there were kids in the crowd of nearly 36,000 and that parents would have to explain why two women were kissing.

    'I was really just shocked,' Guerrero said. 'Seattle is so gay-friendly. There was a couple like seven rows ahead making out. We were just showing affection."

    Now I don't mean to cry over spilled milk, but I think gay civil rights is an important issue (duh), and I guess I just can't get over

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  • What did you think of Hillary's concession speech?

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    Like millions of us, I just watched Hillary Clinton's speech, and as a voter who has been torn between two extremely impressive candidates, I was reminded of Clinton's poise and dignity (despite hiccups along the way), and couldn't help but get a bit misty eyed.

    Throughout most of the debates, Hillary shied away from harping too much on the elephant in the room: the fact that she is the first woman to have made it this far as a presidential candidate. And in her, I thought, rousing and passionate concession speech today, she acknowledged this fact in a very emotionally stirring way with the following nod to the women who lived through suffrage:

    "I've told you before about Florence Stein of South Dakota who was 88 years old and insisted that her daughter bring an absentee ballot to her hospice bedside. Her daughter and a friend put an American flag behind her bed and helped her fill out the ballot. She passed away soon after and, under state law, her ballot didn't count, but her

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