Magazines
Pop Culture
Katie Roiphe Vs. Steve Almond

Last Sunday, in a big NYTimes think piece, sexual mores writer Katie Roiphe accused Dave Eggers and his fellow male American literary contemporaries of being too into cuddling. It sounded pretty. And it’s hard to resist the compulsion to bow down to the almighty New York Time Book Review and just assume it’s not quite […]

Pop Culture
The First (All) Gay Superhero Comic

If you suspected a few members of the Justice League of America were gay (hello, Aquaman?) and always wished they’d come out of the closet, there’s now a new ALL-gay superhero comic just for you. It’s called Spandex. What it lacks in artistic skill (visually speaking, this ain’t no DC Comic), it makes up for […]

Pop Culture
A Feminist in Fox’s Clothing? Megan Fox in the NYTimes Magazine

cover image from the Sunday NYTimes magazine We weren’t sure how or why the sex symbol with diarrhea of the mouth, Megan Fox, got an entire cover article dedicated to her in the New York Times Sunday magazine. Is she really such a cultural force? She’s been in like a whopping two movies (we’re counting […]

Celebrities
Twilight, Take Me Away!: Teen Vampires & Moms Who Love Them

photo by Paige Gabert Click here to read our article for New York magazine this week on area moms who take a bite out of the big Twilight apple. You can also read our “director’s cut” of the piece, which includes more quotes and info, after the jump:

Research
How Consumer Reports Tests Condoms

photo by trec_lit Consumer Reports recently tested a whopping 15,000 condoms (bought by one dude!) representing 20 models. (Check out the video here to see how they do it — try to ignore the cheesy wink-wink-nudge-nudge commentary.) To get the specific models and their exact ratings you have to be a subscriber. Damn you, Consumer […]

Pop Culture
Rihanna’s Domestic Abuse Sells Albums — So What?

Rihanna’s album, “Rated R,” is — not coincidentally — on sale now Some people have been questioning Rihanna’s choice to wait to talk about her domestic abuse right until the release of her new album. Um, what? First of all, that’s just the way the magazine-TV-PR-celebrity-promotional circle jerk works: celebrities don’t tend to chat to magazine writers […]

Toys
Time Freaking Magazine Covers Green Sex Toys

Earth Angel Hand-Powered Vibe Damn it! Why, or why, didn’t we get off our asses and pitch Time the “Sex and the Eco City” piece in this week’s issue? It’s all stuff we’ve covered before!, on this site and in our 2006 book Sex Toy: An A-Z Guide to Bedside Accessories — but that was […]

Confessions
Comment of the Week: On Women’s Magazines and Body Image

“About perfect, model-looking women vs actual women: I believe you women are at fault about society’s direction in respect to looks. You women keep buying all the glamour/fashion/designs mags that show all this fabrication when it comes to female looks. If women would stop buying all those mags, money would talk, and mags would start […]

Pop Culture
Glamour Publishes Picture of Average-Sized Woman, Hell Freezes Over

Ladies, if you want to feel good about yourself, don’t read women’s magazines. Nothing makes you feel like a fat tub of lard more than page after glossy page of genetic mutants in desperate need of a cracker or two. But in the September issue of Glamour, there’s actually one page that’s making women breathe […]

Websites
Erections Just a Bit Too Hard

photo via Filament magazine The brand new Filament magazine in the U.K. calls bullshit on the so-called common knowledge that women don’t like to look. The real problem, they figure, is that women have just never had anything decent to look at. According to their “Female Gaze” mission statement: “From research we’ve learnt that what […]

Personal Essays
Casual Sex Confessions in 5 Seconds Flat

In their hook up issue (Jul 2-8, 2009), Time Out New York launched a new sex and dating section. One fun feature you can access online is called “One-Night-Stand Confessions” where New Yorkers reveal one thing they’ve always wanted to tell a past fling. This being the age of Twitter, these revelations aren’t eloquent personal […]

Dear Em & Lo
Dear Em & Lo: I Have Zero Sex Drive. What’s Wrong with Me?

Dear Em & Lo, I’m a 23-year old woman in a relationship with a wonderful guy — we’re celebrating two years together this month. We’re pretty serious about each other, but we have a serious hangup:  I have very little sex drive.  I’m not sure if he’s got an average drive or if he’s got […]

Uncategorized
Don't Be Caught Dead Reading That

Clever Covers You read the New York Times weekend edition cover to cover; you spice up cocktail party conversation by quoting Proust and Kant; you adore obscure indie shorts on SundanceChannel.com. You’re an intellectual who never shies away from metaphysical debates or multi-syllabic words. BUT…you’ve got a deep dark secret: you’re addicted to trashy romance […]

Personal Essays
And My Parents Don't Know I'm Gay? Part 2: Martha

from “Classic Crafts and Recipes for the Holidays: Christmas with Martha Stewart Living” This is the second in a multi-part series by our contributor Anonymous Bosch, a student on the west coast who won’t reveal any more details. Well, except these: I like nothing more than spending a sunny afternoon on the beach with The […]

Confessions
Ladies: Do You Like Quickies?

Ladies, we’re working on an article about quickie sex and we’d love your feedback! Do you like quickies, and if so, why? How do you compensate for the lack of foreplay? Would you have sex more often if it didn’t always take so long? If so, is there a “nice” or “sexy” way to suggest […]

Polls
Ladies, Do You Enjoy Your PS Spot?

photo by CarbonNYC Have you even heard of the P.S. Spot? Well, just beneath a woman’s perineum (that short bridge of tissue between the vaginal opening and the anus) is a tightly packed tangle of blood vessels known as the perineal sponge (hence, the P.S.). Like other erectile tissue, this mass fills with blood upon […]