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Vanessa Richmond is an AlterNet contributing writer.
Why Self-Help Books That Promise Happiness Are a Scam
Posted on: May 30, 2010, Source: The Tyee
Bestseller lists brim with books promising simple solutions for what used to be called the human condition. It's not that easy.
Navigating Sex & Strangers on Craigslist's Casual Encounters
Posted on: Apr 13, 2010, Source: The Tyee
Thrill seekers using free online classifieds may get just what they pay for.
Is There Really a Backlash Against Casual Sex?
Posted on: Mar 9, 2010, Source: AlterNet
According to a spate of recent articles, a new sexual conservatism is on the rise. But is it really that simple?
Olympic Sweetheart Lindsey Vonn Has a Bad Girl Side
Posted on: Feb 25, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Lindsey Vonn fits many of the characteristics of the girl next door; but she's also a badass who is helping break down harmful gender stereotypes.
Olympian Sex? Athletes To Use 100,000 Condoms
Posted on: Feb 22, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Assuming that most condoms are used by couples, the number presupposes 29 encounters over two weeks for each athlete -- that's two a day.
The Olympics and Its Stars Pimp for Junk Food
Posted on: Feb 21, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Olympics advertising is an orgy of sugar and empty calories, thanks to the athletes who shill fast food for cash.
Vancouver's Games Will Be the Gayest Olympics Ever
Posted on: Feb 9, 2010, Source: AlterNet
With the opening of Olympic Pride Houses and more openly gay athletes, the Olympics are finally coming out of the closet.
Half-Naked Hot Chicks and Beer: The Sexist Guyland of the Super Bowl Beer Commercial
Posted on: Feb 4, 2010, Source: AlterNet
The land of beer is a fun and raucous place. It's also filled with deeply sexist images.
TV Is Not Dead: 3 Ways Television Makes the World a Better Place
Posted on: Jan 25, 2010, Source: AlterNet
More people than ever before are tuning in, all around the world. And we are all the better for it.
Why Do People Want to Have Sex with the 9-Foot Tall Natives in 'Avatar'?
Posted on: Jan 14, 2010, Source: AlterNet
So many people have been seduced by 'Avatar' that lusting for blue aliens could become a part of mainstream culture.
Why Does the World's Most Popular TV Show Feature a Misanthrope Who Gets Away with Everything?
Posted on: Jan 7, 2010, Source: AlterNet
The TV drama 'House' features a painkiller-addicted loner who offers the fantasy to cure, or at least soothe, the various ills du jour that ail us.
There's More to Sex Than a Cum Shot to the Face: What Men Should Unlearn from Hardcore Porn
Posted on: Dec 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet
No, porn does not turn men into crazed sex fiends. But it's clear that pornography has affected the way we view -- and have -- sex. Here's how to counter porn's effects.
Why Is Tiger Woods in Trouble? It's Not His Steamy Sex Life; It's His Family Values Hypocrisy
Posted on: Dec 3, 2009, Source: AlterNet
What's the biggest P.R. sin? It's not infidelity, or kinky sex, or making sex tapes. It's profiting from a holier-than-though public image based on lies.
Why Can't We Look Away From Sarah Palin?
Posted on: Nov 23, 2009, Source: AlterNet
She's an incompetent has-been. Yet she keeps getting our attention. Is it that she embodies a set of contradictions that many women grapple with?
Instant Sex: Has the Digital Age Destroyed Relationships or Made Them Better?
Posted on: Nov 6, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Digitally-enabled mating culture has opened up the mate-finding process while also generating a whole new set of dating anxieties.
6 Marriage Myths Shattered: How Barack and Michelle Shun Fairy Tale Romance
Posted on: Oct 30, 2009, Source: AlterNet
The first couple's imperfect union helps shed light on the reality of marriage.
10 TV Shows You Have to Watch to Understand the World
Posted on: Oct 22, 2009, Source: AlterNet
The master lineup of iconic shows that shaped our pop-culture landscape.
4 TV Series That Should Not Be Missed
Posted on: Oct 15, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Serial TV is the best way to get a mini-escape into another land, another life, another personâ€™s head -- here are four shows that will help you understand where the country is.
There's Another Way to Dress Up for Halloween Instead of Slutty Nurse Outfits
Posted on: Oct 14, 2009, Source: The Tyee
Hallow'green is freakier than scarily packaged costumes.
Michael Moore Was Right: Progressives Don't Watch Enough TV
Posted on: Oct 8, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Why TV is ground zero for understanding American culture -- the 9 best shows on air that you should be watching.
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