Posts Tagged ‘love’

Straight Lab: The Washington Post’s Date Lab Struggles to Make Gay Dates

On Aug. 1, The Washington Post Magazine’s weekly blind date feature, Date Lab, will print what has become a once-yearly ritual: The gay date.
Every Sunday, the magazine writes up the adventures of two single Washingtonians set up by the Post; after the date, both spill the night’s details to a reporter, [...]

Human Trafficking and the Romantic Narrative

The Washington Area Women's Foundation points to this short video on human trafficking in the United States. One interesting thing to note is how these young women draw comparisons between their entrance into trafficking and cultural narratives surrounding heterosexual romance. "I just thought I was so madly in love with him, and he just made [...]

How Would Copenhagen’s Flirtatious Bus “Love Seats” Work In D.C.?

In Washington D.C., a great deal of sexual harassment is reported within the city's public transit system. But over in Copenhagen, one Danish bus company is concerned that there may be too few bus-based sexual advances in the city. So, in order to "encourage flirtation, smiles, romance and happiness among the city’s [...]

Valentine’s Day Events That Won’t Make You Hate Yourself

Humans have been celebrating variations on a "Valentine's Day" since the fourth century, when ancient Romans celebrated their mid-February pagan fertility rite. Nowadays, the Valentine's Day tradition persists in order to market shitty ensemble romantic comedies, prod our significant others into buying shitty chocolate, and make single folks feel shitty about themselves. Valentine's Day [...]

Promotional Materials Not to Send Me: Ancient Chinese Valentine Love Secrets

Return to Sender: A press release entitled "Valentine’s/Chinese New Year: more special than ususual!," which proposes a feature story on how you can apply ancient Chinese secrets to your Valentine's Day celebration. Featuring the romantic insights of "expert source on color" Jami Lin, who has "studied the meaning of colors and their influence on the [...]

Sexy Meat Faces Frying Pan

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals may have a monopoly on sexualizing cuts of meat, but it takes a Czech surrealist artist to really romanticize steak. Because I am who I am, I can't help but analyze the traditional mating rituals (and the tragic ending) on display between two cuts of beef in [...]

Promotional Materials Not to Send Me: Books That Tell Me I’m “Living In a Fantasy World”

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Return to Sender: A press release for Stephanie Rockey's new relationship book, Ladies Listen Up!, which aims to explain why today's women are such unhappy failures.

When Artificial Intelligence Is Programmed By A Sexist Floridian

In 2001, Wilson Holland of West Palm Beach, Fla., attempted to patent a design for the first Universal Artificial Intelligence. According to Holland: "The Turing test is considered the high water mark of such a program.  It consists of an interrogator communicating blindly with a human and an Artificial Intelligence. If the interrogator can not [...]

Friday Afternoon Family Love Video Corner

Recorded in Kuwait in 1978, this Bandaly Family music video asks some pretty risque questions for a family outfit. Among them: "Do you love me?", "Do you need me?", and most scandalously, "Do you want me?"
I can't figure much out about the Bandaly Family based on their "About Us" section:

But I do know that the [...]

Washington Post Launches Its “Sports Page for Women”

In March, the Washington Post announced that it would be expanding its wedding coverage in the paper. "Style is seeking a reporter to help launch a new feature covering local weddings," read the memo. The new section, the memo explained, would be balancing a major gender inequality in WaPo's pages—it would serve as "the Sports [...]