Masculinity: Vive la [sexy] différence!

The character Jamie Fraser from the upcoming film based on Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, another book series featuring a sexy violent manly man that women went crazy over.

You'll forgive me if I don’t have any life experience to bring to this topic. I'm not married. In fact, I’ve never even co-habitated with a romantic partner. But it won't always be so and that's why I'm paying close attention to Lori Gottlieb’s article about the dearth of sex in egalitarian marriages (Does a More Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex?) in which she suggests that couples who divide household responsibilities equally suffer from a lack of zing in the bedroom. Let’s get a little hurdle out of the way … [Read more...]

The F Word: Femininity

Melanie Griffith in Working Girl (1988): "I have a head for business and a bod for sin."

Why can't a smart woman love fashion? asked one of my favourite humans, author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, recently in Elle. In the essay, she writes about a struggle that many young career-minded women confront at one time or another -- Does my desire to be successful mean I have to suppress the joyful femininity that is at the core of my identity? … [Read more...]

Oscar Fashions 2014: The Sparkly, the Bland, and the Whoopi

Camila Alves in Gabriela Cadena (Fabsugar)

How I miss the days when Hugh Jackman or Billy Crystal would belt out over-the-top musical numbers, when contemporary dance performances representing nominated films were not unheard of, and especially when actresses were emboldened to wear extravagant gowns knowing that this was their BIG NIGHT. But now that every time a celebrity steps out to get a chai latte her outfit ends up being … [Read more...]

Valentine Love Disaster

Sweet enough to eat

Up until last year, I've always been wary of Valentine's Day and with reason. Prior to having met my Monsieur, I'd only had one good Valentine's Day surprise from a boy and I ruined it by giving him a card that said "I love you so much I could shit." Seriously, you can't make this stuff up. … [Read more...]

The Watermelon Dress

I have nothing to wear!

Here's a little story about a red dress. It was written for submission to Elle magazine's "The ____ That Changed My Life" contest, the blank being an item of clothing. Everything in this essay really happened; however, I confess that no item of clothing has ever profoundly changed my life. Regardless, please indulge me as I explore one dress that has been with me on a long journey... … [Read more...]

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