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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.
Bare Naked ... Not So Young ... Ladies
Posted on: Oct 7, 2009, Source: The Tyee
What does it say when aging superstar models keep trying to emulate their far younger "sisters?"
I'm a Feminist But I Do All the Housework: What's Up With That?
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.
Do You Use the Dirty C*** Word?
Posted on: Sep 2, 2009, Source: The Tyee
'The most taboo term in the English language'. What's its power?
Why Breast Implants Are Deflating Along with the Economy
Posted on: Aug 21, 2009, Source: The Tyee
Many women who invested in big busts are in deflationary mode.
'Mad Men's' Don Draper: TV's Latest Sex Icon
Posted on: Aug 13, 2009, Source: AlterNet
He's an outlaw. He can be cruel. And surprisingly, his part is written by women.
"Kids Are a Pain in the Ass": 40 Reasons to Abstain from Having Children
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.
'I'm Pretty. You're Ugly. Buy This' -- Why Fashion Magazines Are on the Decline
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?
Million-Dollar Baby: How Much Would You Pay for a Baby If You Couldn't Have One?
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.
How Angelina, Bono, Gisele and Madonna Are Destroying the Planet
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.
Michael Jackson Memorial Breaks All Known Records for "Obitutainment"
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.
How to Make Marriage More Than an Arrangement of Loveless, Sexless, Domestic Drudgery
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?
Why Are People Obsessed with Their Kids?
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.
Is Angelina Jolie the Next Feminist Icon?
Posted on: Jun 10, 2009, Source: The Tyee
Naomi Wolf thinks so. But what would she be without the boobs and lips?
Note to Nervous Would-Be Dads: Having Kids Doesn't Look 'Gay'
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?
No Baby for Old Men?
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?
Ratings for Reality Are Down -- Love and Sex Storm Back on TV
Posted on: Feb 22, 2009, Source: The Tyee
In these tough times, people are choosing fantasy, love and sex over reality.
Is Breeding a Sin?
Posted on: Feb 12, 2009, Source: The Tyee
Only if you have a litter, and happen to be poor and unfamous.
Bonobo Sex and 'Ladyboners': Is Women's Desire Really that Confusing?
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.
Seven Things I Learned from Pop Culture in 2008
Posted on: Dec 22, 2008, Source: The Tyee
Politics is hotter than porn, pretending to be dead is a good career move, and more.
Does the Sinking Economy Spell the Doom of Big, Fat Weddings?
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.
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