Long-simmering rumors of inappropriate sexual behavior by actor James Franco hit a boiling point this week. On Thursday, the Los Angeles Times published a report in which several women detailed Franco's alleged habit of coercing women into nudity for his projects, and into non-consensual sex acts.As Franco accepted his award for best actor in a comedy on Sunday, women began tweeting about the actor's past behavior. "James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business," Breakfast Club actor Ally Sheedy wrote in a now-deleted tweet. "Why is a man hosting? Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much. Nite love ya #goldenglobes." Sheedy wasn't the only one:Sarah Tither-Kaplan, formerly a student at Franco's acting school Studio 4 (which was shut down in 2017), was more specific in her interview with the Times than she was on Twitter. Tither-Kaplan alleged that Franco removed the plastic covering on actresses' vaginas while … [Read more...] about James Franco Accused of Sexual Misconduct by 5 Women
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Anne Bellomy’s Austin, Texas garden isn’t just a two-hit wonder, spring and fall. Since digging up her lawn to create a wildlife habitat featuring drought-tolerant plants that provide interest in every season, she’s turned a lifeless yard into a lively garden. By day, birds chatter, anoles silently skitter, and butterflies suck up nectar. At night, moths hover over moonlit flowers. “Every time I walk in the garden, I find surprises. I think that’s what I enjoy the most. The garden and the creatures are not the same from day to day,” Bellomy says.(On just a quarter-acre of land, you can produce fresh, organic food for a family of four—year-round. Rodale's The Backyard Homestead shows you how; get your copy today.)It isn’t a whopping spread. No, it’s a typical early-1950s quarter-acre lot in a cozy neighborhood. When she bought her house in 2003, the front yard mimicked the rest of the block. Pecan trees framed curb-to-foundation St. … [Read more...] about You’ll Fall In Love With This Enchanting Texas Garden
Surrender. Exposure. Dominance, risk, urgency. When 1,430 women told us about the most erotic experiences they'd ever had, those psychological commonalities emerged. Likewise, patterns were clear in their physical descriptions of the sex: It was rushed, it was rough, it was innovative; she felt confident and in control—even when tied up!What's going on here? Experts have at least one unifying theory: Passion is primitive. "In the days of nomadic tribes, sex was probably a very public experience," says Matthew Jones, Ph.D., author of a study on exhibitionism in the journal Sexuality & Culture. "The idea of privacy hadn't yet come about—people hunted together, ate together, and had sex together. Exhibitionist urges may be a throwback to that."But as women traded their animal skins for teddies, they became more hush-hush about sex—and realized that naughty secrets are way more fun. Lucky for you, we coaxed them into sharing. Here are women's most carnal thrills, and … [Read more...] about Love Better
"When you drive through here, pay attention to your body," says Ronald Plain, a member of the Anishinabek tribe that lives on the Aamjiwnaang reserve. He's showing me where his people live. "Your lips might tingle. Your fingertips might go numb." Welcome to Chemical Valley, the industrial region around Sarnia, in southern Ontario. As we pass mile after mile of sprawling industrial plants, towering smokestacks, freighter-size tanks, and labyrinthine pipes connecting it all, the odors seem to change at each factory. One has the rotten-egg smell of sulfur. Another reeks of diesel fuel. Yet another has the nose-wrinkling redolence of cooked cabbage. Orange flames jet from the forest of smoke-stacks, evidence of the incineration of volatile gases that accumulate as oil is refined and chemicals are processed. The whine of machinery is constant, punctuated from time to time by blaring emergency sirens. Even before Plain's warning, my body began reacting to the polluted air. Now, my throat … [Read more...] about The Lost Boys of Aamjiwnaang
There's actually a regimented order to the game that begins and ends with each player's assignment. In most cases, you can tell what position a guy plays by just his size and shape. In certain cases you can even tell by how he carries himself off the field, as I'll explain. To start, you've got your thick-necked, big-bellied guys whose job is to block and tackle. Then you've got your somewhat less thick-necked, somewhat smaller-bellied guys whose job is to block and tackle. You've got your fleet-footed guys on offense whose job is to throw, run, or catch the ball, and your fleet-footed defensive counterparts whose job is to keep them from doing so.Simple enough, right? And it gets simpler, once we break things down by position.The OffenseThe offensive unit is on the field when its team has the ball. The centerpiece of the offense is the quarterback; he's part of the offensive backfield, which also includes running backs, fullbacks, and halfbacks.The unsung heroes of every offensive … [Read more...] about Get Her Into the Game
For privacy reasons, certain identifying characteristics of people in this story have been changed.I was 15 years old when I discovered my father’s porn habit. It was after midnight, a school night; The blue-green glow of his computer monitor spilled from the crack beneath his door.I let myself in, assuming he was working, and instead found him feverishly masturbating to the images on the screen.It’s a moment as ingrained in my mind as I imagine the porn is in his: He was perched, naked, in his green swivel chair, which he had covered with one of my mom’s best bath towels. He looked angry.Shortly afterward, my mom filed for divorce, and I branded pornography as my father’s—or perhaps all men’s—evil vice.Related: The Truth About How Porn Affects Your Sex LifeI couldn’t understand his desire for the naked pretzel women, contorting into yogalike poses on his computer screen. Or why his porn habit—which, my mother later told me, spanned … [Read more...] about Is Porn Harmful?
Nothing can ruin a late-summer barbecue or fall outing more than having to swat at wasps. You might have run into one lately: its distinct long, yellow and black body, and its love of sugary drinks are two of the yellow jacket wasp’s hallmarks. The bug is also known for its painful sting — but did you know that it could also be deadly? It’s true – researchers have now figured out which type of yellow jacket is more likely to cause a lethal reaction than others. There are 17 species of yellow jackets, which are members of the wasp and hornet family Vespidae, throughout North America. The study that prompted this article looked at the two most common species in the eastern U.S. — Vespula maculifrons and Vespula germanica. The goal of the study, which was done by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center in Baltimore, was to see why some people had severe reactions when stung by a yellow jacket while others had a mild response … [Read more...] about Specific Species of Wasp Pinpointed as Most Dangerous
There is an ugly epidemic that openly lurks within the United States in every town, city and state. It is an epidemic that has been steadily increasing for decades upon decades. Its face can be blatantly seen or shrouded under protective masks. Building like storm waves beneath the surface and either exploding outward like volcanoes or destroying from within like acid constantly eating until nothing remains, this epidemic expands and touches lives far and wide. It first started to gain attention heavily back in the 40’s but the earliest recorded documentation of identifying this epidemic condition of today was back in the late 1500’s. Though it was during and after World War 2 that the condition was directly observed and studies began to open into the realm of medical and mental sciences. Even so, the rate of increase in cases from then through today has skyrocketed to become the epidemic it currently is that plagues every level of the social system, from the poor to the … [Read more...] about PTSD Epidemic- Personal Look
Robin Williams’ suicide shocked the world. It seems unfathomable that someone so manically funny, who brought so much laughter into our lives, could be plagued with depression. As his beloved alien character Mork might have said … “Does. Not. Compute.” Outwardly, it appeared that he had everything to live for — loving family, adoration from fans, respect of his peers, and financial and artistic success. But Williams suffered lifelong struggles with substance abuse (alcohol and cocaine), depression, and bipolar disorder. Days after his suicide, his wife announced that he was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, which can produce depression, even in people with no previous history of it. If anything good can come of this, it’s the hope that this will keep the much-needed discussion open on what is going wrong with the state of our collective mental health. Since his death, calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and … [Read more...] about Robin Williams and the Growing Epidemic of Depression
I used to think about death when I was younger. I am sure most of us do especially as the years begin to speed away and we get older. But, what I remember thinking more about was how it was going to be like when my parents passed away. Which would be first to go and how would it affect me? There was no way I could have seen into the future to realize how all this was going to eventually play out. I didn’t know a lot of things about my mother and father that I have learned since their deaths. They were much more private than I knew. They had each other and they built a life as an inseparable pair of souls. I have since found out that my mother who was a prolific writer, started writing down her thoughts and feelings and writing poignant poetry as young as 11 and we have now found many such writings dating back almost 70 years. My goodness what an amazing and wonderful gift this lady left her family. Through her writings we get to peek inside her life in an extremely private and … [Read more...] about How Love and 87 Days Changed my Life Forever.