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A Conspiracy Theory About “Rubicon”

August 6, 2010

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If you’re a fan of the first two episodes of AMC’s new conspiracy thriller series, Rubicon, what you probably like is what makes it different from your typical television drama: its slow pace, its subtlety, its intelligence, its lack of glitzy pizazz, even its muted colors. Well, that’s why we like it. And it’s why there was one element of the second episode that was so out of sync with this vibe we just couldn’t get past it: the assistant’s cleavage.

In the first episode, actress Jessica Collins plays a nice, sweet-looking, demurely dressed (consistently so in several outfits) character poised to be the main character’s love interest. Even her name — “Maggie Young” — is nice and sweet and demure-sounding. And in the first episode, she was styled to reflect this — not a hint of cleavage or skin anywhere. Which for television is refreshing; it’s actually reality-based. Most business offices — especially those filled with uber-smart nerds working on top intelligence secrets for the government, one imagines — aren’t filled with a lot of sexily dressed vixens; it’s just not professional.

So it was with great disappointment that we were bombarded with the over-the-top cleavage Ms. Young was suddenly sporting in episode two (which must have been created by the most high-tech push-up bra available and perhaps a little duct tape, for Jessica Collins is not what you’d call buxom). It was so incredibly distracting because it was so out of character for the assistant — and the office — we were introduced to in episode one.

So here’s our theory: The producers, after signing off on the pilot, were like “Great, let’s green light this project, but we’ve got to sex it up, get a little more skin in there. We don’t have too many female characters to work with, but how about the assistant — let’s tart her up a bit.” Buy why? Why, oh why?! Can’t we have a smart and subtle show without being force-fed a standardized quota of female sexual objectification that does nothing to further the plot? It’s so pandering, but to whom? Would hetero men really be inclined to cancel their Season Pass to this cool new show simply because it lacked any daring decolletage? It’s like the bullshit sexist theory that people won’t pay to see movies with female characters with names who talk to each other about stuff other than men.

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Guess Whose Year Book Pic?

July 12, 2010

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photo via UnAmericana

Yep, Rachel Maddow’s. Out and proud Rachel Maddow of MSNBC’s kick-ass liberal politics show “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Maddow, who wears as little makeup as the producers will let her get away with, who would never be caught dead in feminine jewelry (let alone pearls!), who’s always in jeans and sneaks under her television desk, who gets her haircut with what looks like a Flowbee. Don’t get us wrong — none of that is a dis. We love, love, love that Maddow refuses to abide by the strict beauty rules set for women in our society, especially in our society’s television media. Which is perhaps why this picture is so striking — it’s such a 180 for her, the epitome of the feminine ideal, even today: blonde, long-haired, tan, make-up-ed, and accessorized. We admit, our first reaction was: OMG! But why?

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10 Reasons Why We Love Samantha Bee

June 21, 2010

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  1. She posed in a bee costume for the cover of her new memoir, i know i am, but what are you? And still manages to look kinda hot in it.
  2. She’s a fan of pubic hair. “Our body looks weird without it,” she told The Frisky. “Vaginas don’t look that nice to me without it. Like, little girls have cute vaginas. But lady vaginas, you need a little hair. It makes it look better. I just resent being told I’m supposed to do something with my pubic hair. Fuck off! It’s my thing. If you don’t like it, let’s move on. I don’t like you.”
  3. She’s 40 and sexy in a totally non-cougarific kind of way. (If we find out that she owns any animal-print clothing, we might cry.)
  4. She’s currently heavily pregnant on TV for the third time and her career is taking off more than ever.
  5. She once worked in an erectile dysfunction clinic.

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In Case You Missed It, Here’s the Trailer for SEX – HOW TO DO EVERYTHING

March 29, 2010

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SEX: How to Do Everything

CHECK OUT THE TRAILER IN THE RIGHT SIDEBAR!>>>

You can play the new trailer in the right-hand sidebar of this site for our 10-part television series, SEX: How to Do Everything. It’s now available on DVD! Each 45-minute show tackles a specific topic (seduction, oral sex, kink, anal play, etc) with detailed tips, on-the-street & in-studio interviews, silly segments like our confessional booth in the middle of Times Square, and how-to demonstrations from various models illustrating a variety of different techniques, from the ordinary to the super-scandalous. (For example, there’s a guy in one episode who can, um, go down on himself — needless to say, we declined to be in the room when he demonstrated.) The show was made in the UK, where they can get away with a lot more on television. Seriously, there are parts that are even too graphic for us! So don’t let the PG-13 trailer fool you.

PLEASE SUPPORT THIS SITE: BUY OUR DVD HERE!

Being innocent television ingenues, we didn’t get a lot of money for this project. The only way we’ll see another cent for our efforts (which basically involved humiliating ourselves in order to help spread sexual education and inspiration) is if you buy the DVD using this link. So if you like EMandLO.com, the information on it, and the fantastic community that’s grown within it, please consider supporting it with the purchase of our show SEX: How to Do Everything — we’re sure you’ll get something out of it, whether it’s a new technique to try, a different way to think about sex, a giggle, or just great fodder for your next cocktail party.



Mad Men Barbies

March 15, 2010

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photo from New York Times article

Mattel is set to release four new Barbies ($75 each!) based on characters from “Mad Men” this coming July to coincide with the start of the show’s fourth season. There’s main character Don Drapper and his soulless wife Betty, company head Roger Sterling and his one-time mistress and office manager extraordinaire, Joan Holloway. While Mattel chose to leave out the “inappropriate,” sinful accessories like martinis, packs of Lucky Strike, and silk panties in suit pockets that are ever-present on the show, it’s still a bold choice for the company to celebrate such a debauched group of alcoholic adulterers. But then again, Barbie was created in 1959, right around the time Mad Men takes place — a time when women were expected to simply look pretty and shut up, make a nice home, and expect their husbands to cheat. So maybe this licensing agreement is not so bold, maybe it’s just eerily perfect.

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Get the Best TV Show About Sex – Ever! – on DVD

March 8, 2010

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SEX: How to Do Everything

Our 10-part television series, SEX: How to Do Everything, is now available on DVD! Each show tackles a specific topic (seduction, oral sex, kink, etc) with tips, on-the-street & in-studio interviews, silly segments like our confessional booth in the middle Times Square, and how-to demonstrations from various models illustrating a variety of different techniques, from the ordinary to the super-scandalous. (For example, there’s a guy in one episode who can, um, go down on himself — we weren’t entirely happy about his inclusion in the show, but it undeniably has a certain, fucked-up, car-crash appeal.) The show was made in the UK, where they can get away with a lot more on television.

PLEASE SUPPORT THIS SITE: BUY OUR DVD HERE!

Being innocent television ingenues, we didn’t get a lot of money for this project. The only way we’ll see another cent for our efforts (which basically involved humiliating ourselves in order to help spread sexual education and inspiration) is if you buy the DVD using this link. So if you like EMandLO.com, the information on it, and the fantastic community that’s grown within it, please consider supporting it with the purchase of our show SEX: How to Do Everything — we’re sure you’ll get something out of it, whether it’s a new technique to try, a different way to think about sex, a giggle, or just great fodder for your next cocktail party.

CHECK OUT THE DVD TRAILER IN THE RIGHT SIDEBAR>>

The trailer for the show is in the right hand sidebar and below is a clip from the oral sex episode, in which famous sex guru Midori gives two women some tips and tricks with a lollipop demo  — just remember to use this link should you decide to order the show. If you do, we’ll be your BFFs. Thanks!



Confessions of a “Millionaire Matchmaker” Millionaire

March 4, 2010

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One of our Wise Guys, Tyler Barnett, recently went on Bravo’s reality show, “The Millionaire Matchmaker” (his episode re-airs next Tuesday, March 16th at 5pm — set your TiVos; you can watch a clip above). So we just had to give him the third degree:

Why, oh why, would you ever go on this show? Call us cynics, but we’re convinced it was all a marketing ploy for your new company, Tyler Barnett PR (they did give you pretty good in-office in-action coverage). Plus, you got your friend’s restaurant some nice play when you took your date there, too.

A PR firm owner doing his own PR? That’s outrageous. And it’s not like anyone watches the show, they only got a million viewers the first episode. Besides, if anyone wanted to find out about my new PR firm, Tyler Barnett PR, they can simply visit Tylerbarnettpr.com or Google Tyler Barnett PR.

Ha! So, how do you think you came off on the show? Was it a fairly accurate portrayal of you or do you think they made a caricature of you?

I came off as myself. I obviously didn’t have any control over the editing, but everything I said was real. I think it was a pretty accurate portrayal of who I am, built up of course by lights and cameras and Hollywood B.S.

We loved how you refused to shave your scruff and get a spray tan (seemed very un-L.A. of you, which is always a plus in our book), but then you caved! You shaved and, if that wasn’t a spray tan, it was a lot of foundation make-up. What happened?

I was pretty gung ho about not shaving. And I would never get a spray tan. She tried to convince me to for some time and my end answer was still no thank you, I like my face. The she called my mom. They didn’t air it, but she called my mom on camera and my mom agreed I should shave. She’s always hated facial hair so I figured what the hell, it will grow back. I was wearing makeup during the shoot as everyone else on camera is. I did not get a spray tan though, no thanks.

The other millionaire client featured on your episode (that once-child actor from “Picket Fences” with a Napoleonic complex and a bad case of name dropping): big douchebag or biggest douchebag ever?

In all fairness I only met him for a few hours, so I don’t know how much of that bullshit was for the camera. He was a douchebag without a doubt though. He stank of douchebagginess.

On your episode, how many of the women that are featured as potential dates are actually there to find love with guys who happen to be millionaires, and how many are actresses cast to fill the room? (No way was that woman in the red dress with the excruciating baby voice and the lobotomy for real!)

They all claimed to have jobs, but I have a hunch some of them were full of it. And as for the squeaky chick, I thought she was joking at first. But after talking to her for a while, I sweat, that was not an act! Creepy…

We like that you admit to the camera that the kiss at the end of your set-up date was awkward — do the producers push you to make-out if you seem to like each other? Would you kiss someone over dinner in a restaurant like that on a “real” first date?

The kiss was awkward for sure, but so is having dinner surrounded by lights and cameras. You have to remember they are making a TV show. It might be “reality” but you feel like you are in this fantasy world. I probably wouldn’t have kissed her if it was a different circumstance, but we did really hit it off and I did want to kiss her at the table. Once we got outside and were off camera, I kissed her again. That one wasn’t awkward.

At the end of the episode, it says that you and the woman you went on the date with are now “officially boyfriend and girlfriend.” Define “boyfriend and girlfriend” and tell us how long that lasted (again, we’re cynics). Read the rest of this entry »


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Pro-Choice Responses to the Tim Tebow Super Bowl Ad

February 5, 2010

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To kick off your Superbowl weekend, check out these 3 bits that you won’t (but should!) see during the game this Sunday — all are in response to the anti-choice, anti-equality, anti-gay Christian group Focus on the Family’s 2.5-million-dollar spot (that we mentioned the other day) featuring football star Tim Tebow and his mom talking about how she refused to have an abortion after doctors advised her to. Hey, good for Mrs. Tebow, who had the right to make her own decisions about her reproductive health! Guess we can now hold our breath until CBS runs an equally “appropriate” ad about preserving that right to choose:

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The Superbowl Ad You WON’T See This Weekend

February 1, 2010

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We used to look forward to Superbowl Sunday for the ads (that, and the excuse to over-indulge in junk food). But it looks like CBS is determined to ruin the one sports-related joy in our lives. First of all they went and accepted an anti-choice ad from conservative Christian group Focus on the Family — apparently CBS no longer bans advocacy submissions or controversial ads, as they have claimed in the past. Of course, Focus on the Family claims the ad is not controversial at all, and is simply about “the issue of life.” Riiiight. The ad — which has not yet been released — is expected to feature Pam Tebow (mother of college football star Tim) and her decision to carry Tim to term despite a recommendation from doctors that she have an abortion. Sorry: despite a recommendation from doctors regarding the issue of life.

Unfortunately CBS’s policy on “controversial” ads still holds firm if the ad happens to come from a gay men’s dating site.

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The 10 Worst TV Shows to Come On While You’re Having Sex

September 4, 2009

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office_steve_carellphoto via NBC

In honor of the beginning of the fall TV season, we present our top picks for the most sexy-mood-destroying TV shows:

  1. Gossip Girl — Because who can possibly compete with fantasy, airbrushed sex like that? It’s enough to make your own sex life feel positively black and white.
  2. The Office — The butt-clenching stress that results from all the second-hand embarrassment makes for good comedy but bad sex. Especially if you’re knocking on the back door.
  3. Supernanny — We guess that this show could be classified as the best contraceptive device ever, but one episode might be enough to convince you that even a condom plus two back-up methods isn’t safe enough.
  4. The O’Reilly Factor — If we need to explain this one, you need more help than we can provide on this site.
  5. CSI (any of them) — Unless you’re a necrophiliac, this show really should not turn you on. Please tell us it doesn’t.
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