4 Stars

There aren’t many US Army Generals that have them, and the few that do are all men.  The Senate is getting ready to confirm the first woman, Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, to the rank.  Only 5 percent of the Army’s generals are women, with 15 one-star generals, three two-star generals and two three-star generals,…

Introducing…the spray-on condom!

Totally gratuitous and silly, but here it is: the Condom Consultancy in Germany (man, doesn’t THAT sound made-up) has developed a spray-on condom. Just spritz on some liquid latex, and after 20-25 seconds of drying time, you’ll have a custom-fitted condom! Anyone else think this sounds intensely creepy (and furthermore, intensely unsexy)? Above: “Connie Condom,”…

“Sworn virgins” – but no promise rings here

A couple of days ago, everybody’s favorite pretentious publication, The New York Times, ran a fascinating piece on the dying trend of “sworn virgins” in rural Albania. These are women who – due to disease, warfare, or a simple overload of girl babies – were left without a male figure to lead their families, and…

Random book recommendation: The Necessary Hunger

My own reading isn’t too relevant to readers, but my friend’s is. It’s called The Necessary Hunger, and because I’m too lazy to concoct a blurb, here’s Amazon’s: Nancy Takahiro is a star high school basketball player who is smitten by a new player, Raina Webber. When Nancy’s father falls in love with Raina’s mother…

Babies in heels

Feministing did a post on this a few weeks ago, but when Gothamist jumped on the blogging bandwagon, I knew that I had to draw The W Spot readers to its attention: No, it’s not just another item sitting on the racks of Toys ‘R’ Us. The Seattle-based Heelarious creates “baby booties” (some in patent…

Naked in New York

For two issues now, Time Out New York has printed pictures of 7 lucky naked New Yorkers. The first ran in Time Out’s “Horny issue” and the second pictures (and their reactions to the first printing) just came out in the most recent issue. Some of the pictures are funny (there’s one with a man…

I need some enlightenment.

Does anyone know how R. Kelly, a man who a) has had quite an explicit history of sexually abusing children and b) was prosecuted with the help of a 20 minute video of him having sex with a then-14-year-old, get acquitted?  If so, please let me know, as I’m really scratching my head on this…