'How I Met Your Mother' and the Hollywood Love Fantasy

It’s safe to say most How I Met Your Mother viewers were disappointed by the final episode. For me, this show had been going downhill for a long, long time and the convoluted writing of the last episode just confirmed that the writers lost control of the plot several seasons ago. Although I am pretty irritated that Ted and Robin ended up together, the fact is that this show had been failing in my eyes because of its ridiculous portrayals of relationships that weren’t Lily and Marshall’s. ...more
I think we've created and perpetuated a flawed construct that the people who are bad for you and ... more

What We Can Learn from the "Elan Gale and Diane in 7A" Hoax

On November 28, Elan Gale decided to entertain the world by making up a story that we have all experienced in one way or another. He tweeted that he'd boarded a US Airways flight on his way back to Los Angeles, that the flight was running late, and that one passenger was furiously yelling about it. Soon, Gale was live-tweeting a fictional battle with a woman immortalized as "Diane in 7A." What unfolded on his feed can only be described as a how to on behaving badly. What made it so hard to look away is the same thing that makes reality TV the addictive thing it is. Is it time to reconsider? ...more
yesnofilms, thank you for taking the time to comment. I'm glad it spoke to you. more

What We Can Learn from the "Elan Gale and Diane in 7A" Hoax

On November 28, Elan Gale decided to entertain the world by making up a story that we have all experienced in one way or another. He tweeted that he'd boarded a US Airways flight on his way back to Los Angeles, that the flight was running late, and that one passenger was furiously yelling about it. Soon, Gale was live-tweeting a fictional battle with a woman immortalized as "Diane in 7A." What unfolded on his feed can only be described as a how to on behaving badly. What made it so hard to look away is the same thing that makes reality TV the addictive thing it is. Is it time to reconsider? ...more
The Missing Niche, the use of sex and genitals as tools of violence, even if only in language, ... more

What We Can Learn from the "Elan Gale and Diane in 7A" Hoax

On November 28, Elan Gale decided to entertain the world by making up a story that we have all experienced in one way or another. He tweeted that he'd boarded a US Airways flight on his way back to Los Angeles, that the flight was running late, and that one passenger was furiously yelling about it. Soon, Gale was live-tweeting a fictional battle with a woman immortalized as "Diane in 7A." What unfolded on his feed can only be described as a how to on behaving badly. What made it so hard to look away is the same thing that makes reality TV the addictive thing it is. Is it time to reconsider? ...more
Tammy Soong, it is confusing, isn't it? It is confusing and disturbing. I don't think Gale's ... more

What We Can Learn from the "Elan Gale and Diane in 7A" Hoax

On November 28, Elan Gale decided to entertain the world by making up a story that we have all experienced in one way or another. He tweeted that he'd boarded a US Airways flight on his way back to Los Angeles, that the flight was running late, and that one passenger was furiously yelling about it. Soon, Gale was live-tweeting a fictional battle with a woman immortalized as "Diane in 7A." What unfolded on his feed can only be described as a how to on behaving badly. What made it so hard to look away is the same thing that makes reality TV the addictive thing it is. Is it time to reconsider? ...more
Elja1op1, thank you for the compliment. I am really glad I was able to offer you something worth ... more

Is GoldieBlox Just Another Case of Pink-Washed Marketing to Girls?

The GoldieBlox YouTube video featuring three girls building a Rube Goldberg machine has gone viral -- but not without criticism. Yes, the clip shows the trio putting their girlie teapots and doll houses to use as parts in an engineering project (set to a kid-rendition of the Beastie Boys' old tune Girls) But, the video is still a commercial, and beyond the catchy two-minute clip, people are starting to question what GoldieBlox is selling. ...more
I've been following GoldieBlox since its Kickstarter almost a year ago, which to me was ... more

I Am a Yoga-Pants-Wearing Mom

In the past few months, I've seen several things online dissing yoga pants. Sometimes indirectly, sometimes not. ...more
I am a non-married, non-mom and I spend a good chunk of life in yoga pants. If anyone thinks ... more

My Secret Life: I'm An Adult Escort

One of the questions most frequently asked of me is about whether or not my parents know what I do for a living. Please understand that the question is not an easy one to answer fully, because it is both "Yes" and "No"....more
@thlsralv  , it's not the commercialization of sex that enslaves people. It's people that ... more

I've Had a Hell of a Lot of Fun and I've Enjoyed Every Minute of It

It's been a crazy ride for me as section editor at BlogHer, a ride full of anecdote and fact, magic and heart -- a ride that now comes to an end. We broke a lot of ground together, both within the sex-positive and sex education communities and the science blogging space. ...more
@Karen Ballum , we can have Hangouts -- are you sure you don't want to come play? Imagine it! ... more

The Day You Left Me

Most of all, thank you for leaving me the blanket for when I curl up on the couch to sleep tonight, my laptop at my side, a pile of books at hands’ reach -- the way you first found me, only so much more. You leave me as more, not less, because of your refusal to let me leave that first time I tried -- the second and third, so long ago now -- when I was terrified of closeness. You taught me that closeness was possible. You taught the wildfire the beauty of a hearth. And maybe I'm not meant to be a hearth, but now I know what it means to be a safe place even as I rush across Sepulveda Pass. ...more
@CaroleFirth You are so, so welcome. Don't forget the beauty. more