Stories by Vanessa Richmond

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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.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2010, Source: The Tyee

Thrill seekers using free online classifieds may get just what they pay for.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Posted on: Oct 30, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The first couple's imperfect union helps shed light on the reality of marriage.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The master lineup of iconic shows that shaped our pop-culture landscape.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Serial TV is the best way to get a mini-escape into another land, another life, another person’s head -- here are four shows that will help you understand where the country is.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2009, Source: The Tyee

Hallow'green is freakier than scarily packaged costumes.

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.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2009, Source: The Tyee

What does it say when aging superstar models keep trying to emulate their far younger "sisters?"

Posted on: Sep 24, 2009, Source: AlterNet

By and large, women do far more housework than men and are better at it. It's creating a dirty situation.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2009, Source: The Tyee

'The most taboo term in the English language'. What's its power?

Posted on: Aug 21, 2009, Source: The Tyee

Many women who invested in big busts are in deflationary mode.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2009, Source: AlterNet

He's an outlaw. He can be cruel. And surprisingly, his part is written by women.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2009, Source: The Tyee

People who don't have kids have more sex, more career success and a far smaller environment footprint than people who do.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2009, Source: The Tyee

Fashion glossies are about making their readers feel bad. Are women tired of their prettier-than-thou bullying?

Posted on: Jul 24, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Is there a fairer way to compensate surrogate mothers? Too often, surrogacy is about a wealthy couple hiring poor a woman to breed for them.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2009, Source: The Tyee

The carbon emissions of Bono's band's world tour are equivalent to the waste created by 6,500 average British or Irish people in an entire year.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2009, Source: The Tyee

Famous in analog. Mourned in digital. In death the King of Pop inspired the greatest online eulogy in human history.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2009, Source: The Tyee

Marriage was designed way back when life expectancy was a couple of decades. Now that we live so much longer, does it make any sense?

Posted on: Jun 28, 2009, Source: The Tyee

Our current interest in children and parenting is neither normal nor historical. Nor is it very healthy for kids, parents and society at large.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2009, Source: The Tyee

Naomi Wolf thinks so. But what would she be without the boobs and lips?

Posted on: Apr 26, 2009, Source: The Tyee

What is it with those men on cusp of middle age who see their masculine identity threatened by the act of fathering a child?

Posted on: Apr 10, 2009, Source: The Tyee

If men's biological clocks tick just as loudly as women's, does it mean we're closer to equality?

Posted on: Feb 22, 2009, Source: The Tyee

In these tough times, people are choosing fantasy, love and sex over reality.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2009, Source: The Tyee

Only if you have a litter, and happen to be poor and unfamous.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2009, Source: The Tyee

Current research seems to consider men's arousal to be straightforward, while women's is presented as weird and abnormal.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2008, Source: The Tyee

Politics is hotter than porn, pretending to be dead is a good career move, and more.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2008, Source: The Tyee

The average U.S. wedding costs $30,000 -- in today's economic climate, eloping is looking better and better.