October 2, 2009
Somebody at a UK rag, Glamour Magazine, has just realized that a curvy woman is a beautiful woman.
Celebrities like Kate Winslet, Jessica Simpson and now, Scarlett Johansson have spoken out against a culture that nitpicks a woman’s every thigh dimple. First Lady Michelle Obama dresses to accentuate rather than camouflage her regal curves, and has the entire world swooning. And maybe, as Emme, a pioneer plus-size supermodel and host of More to Love, believes, “we’ve just had it with the beyond-slender, airbrushed-from-head-to-toe models and actresses who’ve dominated [newsstands] for over a decade.”
Good on them.
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February 13, 2009
My favorite Valentine’s Day story involves the launch of a group in India called the Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women.
More than 5,000 people have joined a Facebook group formed in response to an attack on women for drinking in a bar in the southern Indian city of Mangalore last month. They are raising money to give pink underwear to right-wing activists called Sri Ram Sena (Army of Lord Ram) on Valentine’s Day. The activists are blamed for the bar attack.
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September 3, 2008
As luck would have it, there is a biologically explainable reason for why many men cannot commit to marriage and make poor mating partners.
It’s vasopressin. Heard of it?
Scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have found that the hormone vasopressin is vital in deciding whether a man is good “husband material.”
According to the study, differences in a gene modulating vasopressin were strongly tied to how well each man fared in marriage.
Vasopressin is released in the brain of males during mating. Men carrying the vasopressin Receptor 1 scored on average lower on a scale measuring the strength of the bond compared to men not carrying this variant. Women married to men carrying the poorer bonding form of the gene also reported lower scores on levels of marital quality than women married to men not carrying this variant.
The researchers however stress that the effect of this genetic variation is relatively modest, and it cannot be used to predict with any real accuracy how someone will behave in a future relationship.
“Honey, this relationship isn’t working for me. I think we need to take a break … No, no, stop crying; it’s not you. It’s not me either. It’s the bloody genes.”
The full report on the vasopressin study is available in this week’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science.
A press statement from the Karolinska Institute on this study is available here.
August 22, 2008
This post contains very mild sexual content that some may find offensive.
It’s the most natural thing on earth. It’s what your body was meant to do. You don’t have to learn it. You will feel it. You will know it. It will be good.
That’s what Aunt Angeno told me.
Aunt Angeno was my father’s sister; my caretaker aunt. She was the person charged with teaching me what my parents and my school couldn’t. She taught me about my history and my future. She taught me about life. She taught me how to be a woman.
“Can you hear me?” I whisper into the night. “Aunty, can you hear me?”
I am desperate for her. I need her to rise from the grave and to undo time. I need her to tell me it’s not the most natural thing on earth. It’s not what my body was meant to do. I feel it, I know it, but I can’t do it.
Hi. My name is Claire. I have vaginismus.
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April 24, 2008
So, it turns out this post isn’t about sex at all. If you have had the patience to actually read this, I can only imagine what kind of really horrible experiences you have had in the sack.
Sorry, I can’t help. What do I know about bad sex or any sex at all? I’m a PK, remember? We think sex is a dirty thing. So here’s the deal: I had a poorly taken random picture of a random weed and nothing but randomnity to write about.
But now that you have read this to the end, tell me … how are you? Really I’d like to know. How are you?
April 22, 2008
I am a shameless tree hugger.
I know it isn’t cool and society dictates that while I am supposed to care about the environment, I should be blasé about it. That I shouldn’t go after my neighbors with a pickaxe when they continue to dump oil down their kitchen sinks, blocking the sewerage system for the entire estate. That I should look away when they consistently refuse to comply with the simple garbage separation regulations at the communal skip.
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March 28, 2008
Viagra celebrated its 10th birthday yesterday. Since Pfizer was given the green light by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell the little blue pill on March 27, 1998, it has become the world’s best-known pill.
Viagra has been lauded for not only bring back the mojo of millions of men, but also for mending broken relationships, restoring confidence, rebuilding lives, solving the Palestinian Question and finding Osama Bin Laden. However I am seething that little has been done to find a complementary pill for women and compulsory lessons teaching men about women’s G-Spot, how to find it and what to do with it are still in the theory books gathering dust.
Anyway, in honor of the V-Magic, here are 10 fun facts to celebrate the 10th anniversary.
- Viagra was first produced as a drug to treat chest pain
- Roughly 1 billion Viagra tablets have been doled out since the drug debuted
- In its first month on the market, doctors wrote more than 500,000 prescriptions for Viagra
- During the first year of release, 522 patients died while using Viagra
- 3 Viagra tablets are dispensed each second
- Former U.S. presidential candidate Bob Dole once plugged the pill in TV commercial
- 35 million men worldwide have used Viagra
- Viagra was tested in about 3,000 women as a potential treatment for sexual arousal disorders, but the trials were “inconclusive”
- Viagra has been known to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension and infertility and to prevent pre-eclampsia
- A would-be suitor of mine once called me “Viagra in Skin”. No, he didn’t get any …
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