This no laughing matter, so it’s unfortunate that everything I say will inevitably come across as dramatically facetious and kind of shitty. As a sex/health blogger and certified sick-o, I read a lot about crotches day in and day out. … More
Out of curiosity, have you ever actually been interested in shooting your ex? Yeah, we didn’t think so, because that would be for homicidal psychos.
(P.S. If you answered “yes,” then please leave. We are not the site for you.) More
The Boston Marathon is presently in a state of chaos, fear and panic after two large blasts went off near the Boston Library toward the finish line. The Boston Globe tweeted, “BREAKING NEWS: Two powerful explosions detonated in quick succession right next to the Boston Marathon finsh line this afternoon,” and pictures like the one above soon followed. More
After the Newtown massacre in December, a number of graphs depicting gun statistics went viral, and a number of takedowns quickly emerged pointing to their inaccuracy. That’s probably due, in part, to the fact that there’s been a virtual ban on research of how gun violence impacts public health in the U.S. According to NBC, the NRA has effectively had a stranglehold on gun statistic research. That’s a story in and of itself, but today, the major headline is that Obama is clearing the way for scientific inquiry into how gun violence impacts our health (and giving researchers some funding, while he’s at it). More
As much as it’s important to be sending our attention to this issue right now, it was equally important a month, a year, five years ago. It will be important next week, next month, next year. We can’t let ourselves forget that just because the PSAs stop airing and the hashtags stop trending. More
I wish the media would stop mentioning the Newtown shooter’s name. I wish they would stop showing his face. And telling his story. I wish they would stop showing photos of grieving families and horrified children. I wish they would have more respect, more integrity and more awareness about what this is doing. Because, in many ways, the media is responsible for the horrific acts that continue to happen in our country.
When dozens of people die in a seemingly random act of violence, we all need somebody or something to point fingers towards in order to make sense of it all. Many of those things being pointed at are completely valid; for example, gun control is important to think about as a contributor to violence just as much as the lack of available, decent mental health care in our country is. Many people have speculated that the 20-year-old killer, Adam Lanza, had Asperger’s Syndrome and that this somehow contributed to his violent behavior. More
Domestic violence victims in the United States lose 8 million paid work days every year, and apparently, those who hold jobs have a bigger chance of being abused in the first place. More
Since when did black eyes on women become art? There have been a new batch of stylized add campaigns and fashion photography lately representing women with bruises on their faces. It’s an obvious nod to domestic abuse, and it’s more than a little disturbing.
Considering how difficult it is for women to end the cycle of domestic abuse, celebrities and businesses need to stop sending out mixed messages about bruising women. More
MTV’s Jersey Shore is the guiltiest of guilty pleasures, and I shamelessly confess to my crime of being an avid viewer. However, my reactions to the cast members’ antics has progressed from an amused: “Whoa, I can’t believe Snooki and Vinny made out in the hot tub,” to: “Whoa, I’m afraid that Ronnie may actually physically harm Sammi.” As the show has progressed, the risky behaviors of cast members seem to have become more pronounced, or maybe it’s just that as their drinking-clubbing-fist-pumping schtick has become a little stale, I’m paying closer attention to all the stupid, unhealthy things they do. So, here’s a breakdown of six ways that living like a Jersey Shore cast member is hazardous to your health: More
People, I have no more teeth. Remember my dental surgery last week? Well, they yanked them all out while I was asleep. me-OWW. (Okay, they left two tiny ones for posterity. How humiliating.) Now I have to eat the cat food equivalent of mashed-up old-people food for a while. And the tall lady I live with is always trying to shove a dropper full of what I understand are antibiotics in my mouth. Nasty business. On the upside, I’ve been sleeping around 20 hours a day. (Thank you, pain meds!) Now, I may not have any teeth left, but here’s what I do have: Relationship advice. And this week, it looks like a deeply troubled reader named Kristen could really use some. (Fair warning: Kristen’s multi-part question is long and very serious, so settle in and make sure your laptop has sufficient battery power.)
My fiance and I have been together almost two years and we are having so many problems. We fight just about every day, and we are both getting really tired of it, but we love each other too much to break up. We’ve broken up before, but it’s never been more than a month and we’re back together. Okay, here are some of our issues. These are all different questions I have for you. More