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How YOU Can Help Change the Narrative of Pregnancy Loss

Anyone who has experienced pregnancy loss, whether a miscarriage or stillbirth, knows that this subject makes people uncomfortable. Even close friends and family members often find themselves unsure how to react to this kind of grief and loss. It turns out that the same goes for a movie about this subject: Minnie Driver was recently […]

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Dads Suffer Too: Helping Bereaved Fathers Cope with Loss

Tara Shafer is the founder of ReconceivingLoss.com, a site dedicated to helping parents cope with pregnancy and infant loss, especially through story sharing.  The German poet Friedrich Ruckert once wrote: “O you, refuge of your father/light of joy/extinguished all too soon” in reference to the death of his child. Following the stillbirth of our son in 2005, my […]

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The Top 10 Love Lessons of “Sixteen Candles”

This week marks the 30th (!) anniversary of Sixteen Candles, one of the greatest teen movies of all time (right next to John Hughes’ other classic, The Breakfast Club). At a time when most high school/college movies were raunchy, sexist tales of young men’s pursuit of sexual conquests — think the Porky’s franchise, Losing It, The […]

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Top 10 Sex and Relationship Tips from The Breakfast Club

Earlier today we imagined a 2014 remake of The Breakfast Club (and, yes, just the thought of this horrifies us, too!). As we took a trip down memory lane, calling up some of our favorite lines from the movie — still verbatim: no wonder we have trouble remembering who’s president of Iraq these days — […]

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Re-Casting the Breakfast Club for 2014

Did you know that this week is the thirtieth anniversary of the Saturday detention in the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club? Thirty freakin’ years! Man, we’re old. Not only do we know the entire movie by heart, we could even recite for you the differences between the original theater version and the dubbed-for-TV version (wherein […]

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Everyone You’ve Ever Dated, By 2014 Oscar-Nominated Roles

Did you get a weird sense of deja vu while Oscar-cramming all the movies before Sunday’s big awards show? It’s not just because you can chart your dating style based on the Oscar-nominated movies (as we explained last week) — it’s because this year’s crop of best acting nominees, in the lead and supporting roles, […]

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Your Dating Style, According to 2014’s Oscar-Nominated Movies

Last week we dished up sex and dating wisdom from Matthew McConaughey, according to the various characters he’s played over the years — from Dazed and Confused all the way through to True Detective. This week we’re going to let you figure out your love/sex/dating style, according to which is your favorite Oscar-nominated movie of the […]

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Sex and Dating Advice from Matthew McConaughey

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how Matthew McConaughey has reinvented himself as a Serious Actor, launching himself out of the chick flick ghetto (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past et al) and into Oscar-nominated territory with Important Movies like Dallas Buyers’ Club. But what we want to know is, how has his characters’ approach to […]

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10 Problems with the Sex Scenes in “Captain Phillips”

1. We know that when a movie is literally swimming in strong female roles, it’s tempting to include gratuitous lesbian sex scenes, but we simply didn’t feel they added much to the story. 2. Okay, okay, we get it. Sailors stranded at sea masturbate. A lot. But did we really need the close-up on that […]

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New Movie Encourages Open Discussion of Pregnancy & Infant Loss

There’s a new movie set to come out in 2014 starring Minnie Driver called “Return to Zero,” about a successful couple who lose their first child in utero. Its award-winning writer/producer/director, Sean Hanish, has teamed up with ReconceivingLoss.com to help break the silence surrounding the topic, calling for submissions of stories, essays, poems and other […]

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10 Thoughts on The Wolf of Wall Street

photo via IMDB 1. Not since Requiem for a Dream have drugs looked so unfun. 2. This was billed as a black comedy. Which part was supposed to be funny, again? 3. Okay, so the part where Jonah Hill whips out his (prosthetic) dong in the middle of a party and starts jacking off to […]

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Which Disney Princess Are You? (Em & Lo Style)

Results from the Zimbio quiz “Which Disney Princess Are You?” have been popping up in our Facebook feed this week. Most of them are as saccharine and subtly sexist as the Disney movies themselves: They’re just begging for a more honest edit, with a little tough love thrown in — one that reflects the disturbing […]

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Do Naked Images Always Lead to Objectification?

The stars and director of Blue Is the Warmest Color; photo via IMDB.com A lot of the commentary about the new film Blue Is the Warmest Color — in particular, its steamy lesbian sex scenes — has focused on the issue of objectification. The director of the movie is male, and many reviewers — both […]

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Get Mortified: How to Celebrate Your Awkward Teen Years

One of the most moving moments in the new documentary Mortified Nation — based on the popular and hilarious Mortified live show that has been staged across the country — is when a participant talks about how teens just want to be heard. They don’t necessarily need to feel understood — especially by adults — but they […]

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Feel the Force: Star Wars Vibrators

Geeks of the world, get excited! Balazs Sarmai, a photography, video and web artist based in Hungary, just designed a series of Star Wars sex toys based on actual LELO pleasure objects. They’re “Force powered,” aw yeah. C-3PO (above) is a LELO GIGI 2, R2-D2 is a LELO ALIA, Vader is a LELO IDA and the Stormtrooper is a LELO TARA. You […]

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The Best Dirty #AddAWordRuinAMovie Tweets

One of the funniest hashtags in a while took over Twitter this past weekend. Here are some of the best sex- and love-related ones. Enjoy! Jonathon Winter’s Bone #addawordruinamovie #RIP — The_Soleless_Ginger (@fish_on_frizzle) October 7, 2013   #AddaWordRuinaMovie Charlotte’s Web Cam — ★☆Derrick Brew Jr☆★ (@DBrewJr) October 7, 2013   He’s Just Not Putting That […]