What do juice cleanses, sneezing, and fake tans have in common? They're all topics discussed on Twitter this week thanks to some of our favorite funny ladies. Over the past few days, Hollywood stars like Ellen DeGeneres and Chrissy Teigen joked about punks, bikini season, and more, so take a look at their hilarious tweets to see what cracked us up in 140 characters or fewer!
The question of whether we judge books by their covers has now been given a gendered spin. This week, YA author Maureen Johnson invited people to reimagine popular book covers as if the author were of the opposite gender. Hundreds of people responded to her proposal, sharing "flipped" book covers on Tumblr to highlight the stereotypical differences between covers for male and female writers. Take a look at some of the most fascinating book-cover makeovers!
If the dating scene is starting to feel stale, now's the time to switch things up and reenergize your love life. It's easy to get caught up in the same routine — especially with something that can be as daunting as dating. But if you're feeling just plain bored with romance, then take a look at these five quick tips to spice up the dating game:
- Try online dating apps. Organized dating events and Internet dating aren't for everyone, but you'll never know unless you try, right? Get together with a few girlfriends to write up your dating profiles and check out the latest dating apps. You can play around with the addictive social dating app Tinder or ask your pals to try the group-dating service Grouper. Diving in together will make it feel less like a chore — and more like an exciting, lighthearted pastime, which is how dating should feel.
- Look beyond your type. You're not doing yourself any favors by dating the same kind of guy over and over again. Sure, you know your taste, but you may surprise yourself, so try to be open-minded. Make this the Summer you lounge in a park across town, get drinks at a bar that's a little out of your way, and meet a new crowd.
- Ask a guy out. Don't feel like you have to sit back and wait for him to come to you. Asking a guy out may seem terrifying, but even if it doesn't go as planned, you'll gain a fresh perspective and hopefully feel a bit bolder next time you're approached.
- Agree to meet your friend's friend. It's easy to brush off your friends when they insist that you meet so-and-so's brother's roommate's cousin, but who knows? He might just be a great guy, so don't cut yourself off from those fun opportunities.
- Make it a double. Next time you're asked out, bring along a single friend and ask your date to do the same. Even if sparks don't fly, you're guaranteed to have fun with your girlfriend — or at least laugh about it later.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby offers an intriguing, unexpected look at love in its many forms. With the complicated relationships among Gatsby, Daisy, Tom, Nick, Jordan, and the Wilsons, the book captures love at its most hopeful, selfish, and inevitable moments. Just in time for this weekend's much-anticipated movie release, we're taking a look at some of the novel's most famous quotes to see how love is portrayed in the popular story. Before you watch the relationships play out on the big screen, check out the surprising insights on love according to The Great Gatsby!
If you've ever wondered how hookups affect you, what people think of playboys, or whether "booty calls" have guidelines, then rest easy knowing science has the answers. With the help of a few studies, we're taking a look at what research says about casual sex. Most recently, the media has been following a strain of gonorrhea that was called "worse than AIDS" — a reminder that casual or not, it's still important to practice safe sex. Curious about what science has to say about sex? Take a look at these surprising findings on everything from women's sexual power to the real meaning of "friends with benefits"!
College Hookups Are Good For Women
Feeling bad about your no-strings-attached relationship in college? Don't! In 2011, researchers at North Carolina State University found that casual sex allows women more sexual power than classic dinner dates. The study doesn't look down on dating or promote reckless hookups, but the data shows that in casual-sex situations, students are more open to women taking the sexual lead, while in more formal dating environments, they slip into traditional gender roles.
Guys Get the "Slut" Label Too
It looks like no one's free from sexual judgment these days. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago studied data from over 19,000 college students and found that about half the subjects lose respect for anyone who has sex with "lots of people" — regardless of gender. Findings showed that 48 percent of students judged men's and women's sexual activity equally, 12 percent judged women more harshly than men, and 13 percent judged men more harshly than women.
Casual Sex Has Rules
A researcher at the University of Ottawa found that there's a specific code to identify different sexual relationships. Looking at people ages 18 to 27, she found that the four most popular casual sex terms are "booty call," "friends with benefits," "one-night stand," and "f*ck buddy." Each term has a different meaning — for instance, a "booty call" usually involves a late-night text, while "friends with benefits" involves two people who were friends first.
If you and your husband-to-be have been glued to your screens to keep up with the Stanley Cup playoffs, these sporty details offer a fun, playful nod to hockey. With ideas for your engagement shoot, your decor, and your reception, we've rounded up some of the best, most creative ideas to help you score a wedding-style hat trick. Hoping to channel your favorite icy sport when you say "I do"? Take a look at these unique ways to bring your love for hockey to your big day!
Nearly a decade later, we still hold on to the love lessons we learned from Monica, Chandler, and the rest of the gang. It's hard to believe, but as of May 6, Friends will have been off the air for nine years! Thanks to reruns, though, it feels like just yesterday that Rachel got off the plane to be with Ross. (Sigh.)
Feeling nostalgic for the Central Perk regulars? We've gathered some of the most memorable Friends moments for this thoughtful, witty guide to love. Phoebe's songs, Joey's pickup lines, Chandler's one-liners — relive the '90s sitcom days with these thoughtful love lessons inspired by Friends GIFs!
Make this the year you buy the perfect, most thoughtful Mother's Day present yet. For moms who love food, pictures, gardening, music, and more, we're sharing a variety of sweet, sentimental gift ideas that will touch her heart. Hoping to find a personal present before it gets down to the wire? Take a look at these sentimental Mother's Day gifts she's sure to love!
Some of our all-time favorite geeks come from classic '90s television shows. Whether it was their supersize specs or their strange, silly mannerisms, these nerds managed to win our hearts with their quirky, lovable personalities. From Steve Urkel to Screech Powers, here are 10 TV geeks we couldn't help but adore.
Bright colors, bold outfits, and dramatic hats out to there — with the Kentucky Derby coming up, we've got charming Southern style on our minds. The annual event in Louisville, KY, is known as well for the patrons' showy, over-the-top style as for the horse races, so we're taking a look at Derby-inspired decor to help you channel the look in your space.
Each year, women wear big, eye-catching hats covered with flowers, ribbons, and feathers, while the men opt for preppy patterned ties and light-colored suits. Love the look? With a mix of pastel prints, floral accents, and traditional furnishings, these Spring-perfect pieces are sure to suit your Southern taste!
There's no magic recipe for self-confidence, but there are certainly a few everyday habits that can set you on the right path. Whether you're stressed, overcommitted, bored, or simply insecure, we've come up with some quick tips to help you boost your self-esteem and maintain a positive attitude. Struggling to feel good about yourself? Here are 11 simple ways to love yourself more:
- Surround yourself with positive people. Moods and attitudes can be contagious, so if you're hoping to boost your self-esteem, it's important to keep confident company. Steer clear of the Debbie Downers: people who are constantly rattling off their insecurities will only prompt you to acknowledge yours.
- Be a planner. Organization is key to feeling good on a day-to-day basis, so do what you need to do to stay on top of your schedule. Rushing around, running late, and missing deadlines puts you on the fast track to anxiety, but you can avoid these common culprits by simply tackling your to-do list.
- Make time to do the things you enjoy. To be your best self, you need to set aside plenty of time for the hobbies and passions that fulfill you. Whether it's long walks, a good book, or a few minutes of art each day, you need to prioritize the simple pastimes that put you at ease.
- Get plenty of Z's. If you're exhausted and run-down, your mood — and your confidence — is sure to plummet. You need energy to be social and productive, so try to avoid burnout by balancing your work with plenty of R&R.
Keep reading for more confidence-boosting tips.
It's been 15 years since Can't Hardly Wait hit the big screen, but several actors from the quotable '90s film are still in the spotlight. The story of average-guy Preston pursuing the beautiful prom queen featured a number of popular TV and film stars before they were well known. For instance, you may recall Jennifer Love Hewitt as the lead, but do you remember Peter Facinelli as the mean jock? What about the smaller roles played by Jason Segel, Selma Blair, and Jerry O'Connell? Take a trip down memory lane, and see what the Can't Hardly Wait cast is up to now!
Planned or unplanned, running into an ex can be more than a little awkward. Luckily, we're breaking down some key dos and don'ts to help you navigate the tricky interaction. With the help of hilarious pop-culture GIFs from Girls, Saved by the Bell, Full House, and more, we're sharing some smart (and sarcastic) hints for your next run-in with the ex. Nervous you'll see an ex-boyfriend at an upcoming Summer event? Prepare with these witty tips!
The Arrow season finale airs on May 15, and we can't wait to see what happens to Oliver — who looks to be shirtless for most of the episode. With Oliver in chains, things seem to get messy when Malcolm and John show up. Anxiously awaiting the final episode? Get a sneak peek of the season finale pictures now!
With jokes about boy bands, Saved by the Bell, and American Girl Dolls, these hilarious '90s-themed someecards had us at "Gushers." Regularly rehashing the decade of the Spice Girls, Oregon Trail, and Jonathan Taylor Thomas? Send your friends one of these witty someecards for a fun start to the month!
As May 5 approaches, it's time to start prepping for your festive Cinco de Mayo celebration. Not sure how to make it a kid-friendly affair? Whether your lil ones love hands-on crafts or tasty afternoons spent in the kitchen, we've come up with a variety of activities to get the whole family involved. From DIY maracas to tasty homemade tortillas, here are eight fun ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo as a family.
As you count down to the weekend, have a laugh with these hilarious tweets from Hollywood's funniest women. Witty ladies like Busy Philipps and Zooey Deschanel offered their clever comments on scrunchies, Don Draper, skim milk, and more. Need a lighthearted break? Take a look at our favorite funny-lady tweets of the week, and don't forget to follow POPSUGAR Sex & Culture on Twitter!
Plenty has been said about how and why women orgasm, but which claims have the research to back them up? Collecting results from recent studies, we're highlighting the juiciest facts about the big "O." Take a look at these surprising finds to learn what makes for better sex, what you can do to prompt your body, and more:
Yep, Size Matters
Based on a 2012 study conducted by Stuart Brody, a psychologist at the University of the West of Scotland, it seems that size does matter when it comes to women who experience vaginal orgasms. Although the size issue has sometimes been attributed to cultural pressure and internalized stereotypes, it's a fact: women do climax more easily with men who have larger penises, preferring 5.8 inches or more.
Women Have Premature Orgasms, Too
Think it's only men who can come early? Not true — women also experience premature orgasms. A 2011 Portuguese study found that 40 percent of women came more quickly than intended during sex, and for 3 percent of women, it's a chronic issue.
Better Communication Leads to Better Sex
Looks like there's a case against "no strings attached" sex — a 2011 study at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed that sex is far more enjoyable for people who listen, understand another person's emotions, and empathize with their partner.
Read on for more of what studies say about orgasms.
Simple petals tossed along the aisle are a thing of weddings past. As ceremonies have veered further from tradition, the floral designs have grown more and more creative. Arrangements in wooden crates, planters lining the aisle, garlands hanging from nearby trees, flower tunnels — these days, nothing seems to be off limits. As you plan your big day, take a look at these unique ideas for gorgeous ceremony flowers everyone will be talking about!