Amy Winehouse Dead At 27

The troubled singer was found dead in her north London home Saturday. Her struggles with substance abuse were well-documented. More »

Why Winehouse's Death Still Comes As A Shock

Amy Winehouse's death wasn't surprising, but I'm left strangely shocked. Her drug use and repeated attempts at rehab foreshadowed a grim outcome, but I guess I never thought about things that way. More »

On Caring About More Than One Tragedy At Once

A quick Twitter search for "Amy Winehouse" leads to a page riddled with finger wagging superiority. "Now everyone forgot about Norway!" remarked one. "Kids get shot all the time; Amy Winehouse only dies once," remarked another. Oh, Christ. More »

10 Things You May Have Missed On TV This Week

In this week's compilation of pop culture crap, horny child bride Courtney Stodden makes the talk show rounds, Bristol Palin takes aim at Tyra Banks, and someone on Big Brother pees on live TV. More »

Kelly Ripa's Antiquated Social Extremism

"Any feminist out there that disagrees with me, I am sorry, but it's gone ridiculous now." So said Kelly Ripa this morning as she and Regis discussed dining etiquette. More »

The Aha Moment In A Dude's Sexual Development

Welcome to the first edition of Guysourcing, where a panel of helpful gentlemen answer and your questions. This week, we're starting with sexuality - specifically, if a dude identifies with a specific orientation, when and how did that come about? More »

I Wanted To Marry A Latino And Fell For A White Guy

In college there was no doubt in my mind that I would marry a Mexican. I didn't want my culture to be diluted. I wanted to live in a Spanish-speaking household. I wore Ché Guevara berets with rebozos and Tehuana blouses. I just stopped short of wearing a poncho and purchasing a donkey just to really make a point. I wanted my partner to understand my family, and not judge them for being so incredibly loud. More »

Pregnant And Pulling A Deuce, Because I Can

As I waddled into the 7th month of pregnancy, one day at work a friend/co-worker/mother of three came up to chat. As she eyed my growing heft, she pulled me aside and lowered her voice. "So…" she began with a smirk, glancing around quickly to ensure we were speaking privately. "You gonna pull a deuce?" Um, say what?More »

Pornography For The Greater Good

Thanks to the internet, porn is no longer associated with seedy, sticky-floored shops where respectable folks wouldn't dare be seen. As porn goes more and more mainstream, is our society deciding that porn is not evil? And, taking things one step further: Is pornography helpful? More »

How A Rape Case Went Off The Rails

When University of Iowa graduate student Rebecca Epstein reported to police that she'd been date-raped, she hoped she'd get justice. But because of the circumstances of her case - possibly including her bipolar disorder - that's not what happened. More »

Why It's Important For 9-Year-Old Girls To Be "Sexy"

On last night's episode of Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee decided that in order to win competitions, her 8- and 9-year-old students needed to wear "skimpier" outfits and do a more "scandalous dance." Or as she told one little girl, "You have to be really hot. Sexy. Make it like you're 17 years old." Dressing the girls in lamé booty shorts and bras with thigh highs (and having their mothers paint abs on their stomachs) Abby insisted that this was the only way for the girls to win first place. However, they didn't win any trophies, presumably because the judges found their routine and costumes age inappropriate. More »

Dye At Home For Pleasure And Profit

Ever wanted to dye your own stuff? It's actually a lot easier than it sounds, it (miraculously) doesn't take any special equipment, and the results can be a million times cooler than the basic tie-dye t-shirts the counselors made 9-year-old you do at YMCA camp. More »

How Forever 21 Keeps Getting Away With Designer Knockoffs

In addition to its history of labor violations, Forever 21 has been sued more than 50 times for allegedly stealing the work of other designers and passing it off as their own. Despite this long legal history, Forever 21 continues to get away with it: The chain has never lost one of these cases in court. More »

This Week In Tabloids: Jealousy, Flight Attendant, Model Trains Came Between JLo & Marc

Welcome back to Midweek Madness. Every Wednesday, we board the gossip express, speeding through space and time as we read Ok!, In Touch, Life & Style, Us and Star. This week we learned that Kate Middleton's slender frame has forced Kim Kardashian to go on a crash diet for her wedding day; the lady from The Bachelorette may be engaged, but she's on her way to Splitsville; and Marc Anthony has a fondness for flight attendants and model trains. More »

Woman With 700 Cats Says "I'm Not Crazy, What I Do Is Crazy"

Lynea Lattanzio is the subject of an upcoming National Geographic special called The Lady With 700 Cats. She runs the largest no-cage, no-kill cat refuge in the state of California, complete with a nursery, intensive care unit, and even a retirement home for her elderly feline friends. More »

Try As She Might, Paris Hilton Can't Kick Her "Baby Voice" Habit

During the portion of her Good Morning America interview that she didn't walk out of, Paris Hilton took a moment to speak about the different kinds of voices she has in her repertoire. Paris says her "Baby Voice" was something she developed for the Fox reality series The Simple Life, saying she "had to do" to please the network's desire for her to play an "airhead." More »

How To Properly Interact With Pregnant Ladies

Especially if you've never been pregnant - but even if you have - interacting with a pregnant lady can be a big social minefield. You know there's some stuff pregnant women don't especially like (invasive questions, belly rubs from strangers), but how do you avoid that stuff and talk to moms-to-be in a polite and normal way? We have the answers! More »

Wendi Deng, Hero?

Depending on who you talk to, Rupert Murdoch getting cream pied in the face was hilarious, deserved, disgraceful, embarrassing, silly, or some combination thereof. For Murdoch's wife, 43-year-old Wendi Deng, the act was a call to arms- or rather, hands. Footage of the incident shows Deng leaping to her husband's aid and delivering a series of devastating blows on the pie wielding prankster before the man was escorted from the room. More »

What To Do In A Toilet Emergency

Everyone's had a traumatic not-at-home toilet situation; not having a home field advantage when things get dire can really scar a person. While MacGyvering one's way out of a toilet emergency is not ideal, occasionally it's the only way to avoid certain traumatic disaster. More »

Summer's Eve Puts The Pussy On A Pedestal

Every now and then, you come across something that forces you to challenge your own convictions. To reassess your opinions and rethink your ideals. The new Summer's Eve commercial is that thing. This clip should be a winner: It hails the vagina as the "cradle of life" and the "center of civilization," something men have fought and died for. It insists that women are amazing and should be worshipped. The company has obviously blown a wad of cash on this pussy-praising… So why does it just feel like they're blowing smoke up our asses? More »

Okay, Fine: Nancy Grace Is Actually Human

You probably have some strong opinions about Nancy Grace - and after going through hours of her screechy coverage of the Casey Anthony trial for a supercut of her worst moments, I did, too. But when she opened up about the horrific tragedy that changed everything about her in an interview with Piers Morgan last night, I softened. More »