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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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:

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]