This week, hilarious Hollywood women took to Twitter to share their thoughts on hot air balloons, '90s music, sentimental car commercials, and more. Witty stars like Mindy Kaling and Natasha Leggero offered insights about travel and being a role model, making us laugh in 140 characters or less. Take a look at these funny tweets and don't forget to follow POPSUGAR Sex & Culture on Twitter!
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the United States, thanks to Roe v. Wade. In honor of this landmark decision, two abortion clinic workers took to Reddit with an IAmA ("I am a") AMA ("ask me anything"), inviting people to ask them any questions they had about their experiences. The women describe their background as working at "two different Midwestern, independent (non-Planned Parenthood) feminist clinics, both in strongly antichoice states." They gave some insightful answers about what it's like working in a clinic and what abortion is like in modern America. See some of their most intriguing responses below:
Why do most people you encounter decide to get abortions?
A lot of reasons, really — I don't think there's a typical story. Many of them are already mothers, struggling to care for their existing children. Others are very young and not at all ready to begin a family. Some have been raped; some are in abusive relationships. Really, it's all sorts of things.
What's the most common misconception about abortions?
That clinics are dirty and that we hate babies. Neither is true.
Is there any situation in which you would counsel a woman to not get an abortion?
Sure. If she doesn't want to have an abortion, if someone is pressuring her and she really wants to continue the pregnancy, anything like that. My job really is just to be someone to listen to her and support her decisions.
What do [antiabortion protesters] yell?
Carrie and Stanley, Kurt and Rachel, Will and Grace — a girl and her best gay pal are a TV trope, but new research says both benefit from the relationship in ways they don't from other friendships. A new study published in Evolutionary Psychology concludes straight women perceive the dating advice from a gay man to be more trustworthy than advice from straight women or straight men. In addition, gay men also perceive the dating advice of straight women to be more trustworthy than advice from gay men or women.
An "absence of sexual interest or competition" is the thing to thank. In other words, you don't have to worry that your gay friend might have ulterior romantic motives. And while you probably don't worry that your best girlfriend will steal your crush, even subtle competition could impact how much you trust her advice. There are other benefits of the gay guy/straight girl friendship, according to the study. It reads: "Gay men are viewed as accepting and admiring women for who they are, regardless of their physical appearance. As a result, women with more gay male friends report increased feelings of sexual attractiveness and greater appreciation for their body relative to women who do not have gay male friends." Do these findings ring true in your experience?
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Throughout her career, Rihanna has created albums that cover all kinds of emotions — and she's never been afraid to push the boundaries in her music, style, or public persona. To celebrate her 25th birthday, we're sharing a Rihanna song to match every relationship status, highlighting how her lyrics manage to strike a chord. With hits that touch on attraction, breakups, makeups, and everything in between, here are nine Rihanna songs to suit every relationship status.
Sean visits the final four's hometowns to meet their parents and as you might expect, it gets intense. From AshLee's dad's heartfelt story of how he fell in love with his adopted daughter to Des's brother accusing Sean of being a "playboy," we've got all the highlights — including some lighter moments involving flying fish — from this week's hometown date episodes. And oh yeah, Sean takes his shirt off — so don't worry!
This week, Michelle Obama joked that her buzzed-about bangs were the result of a "midlife crisis" — and she's not the first famous female to reflect on reaching middle age. Over the years, Hollywood icons like Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Julianne Moore have talked about the benefits and challenges of moving through their 40s, 50s, and beyond. Take a look at what famous women have said about beauty, self-doubt, joy, and wisdom in middle age.