Gynomite’s Reading Room

August 13, 2010 at 11:00 am (movies, relationships, research, television, Uncategorized, women's issues) (, , , , , , , )

Here’s a great post from Buddy TV of  television characters that deserve their own spinoff shows.

Another casualty of pop culture- Cathy‘s last comic strip is on October 3rd- AAAAAACK!  (hopefully my obit for her will be up soon at Lemondrop, I’ll link it up!)

My first ever piece for Premiere- the 10 Bollywood actresses that could easily take over for Hollywood actresses.

A brilliant, well executed explanation of how to take the best OK Cupid profile photo, with examples, considerations for flash, type of camera, type of background, etc.  Don’t take this too seriously, folks, but holy shit is it ever fascinating.’s adorable interview with the winner of Work of Art, a reality show I’m not ashamed to admit I devoured like an Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich.

This week’s Guyspeak/Girlspeak about meddling, invasive, Everybody Loves Raymondesque parents.

My pal John discussing movie snobbery hilariously and frighteningly accurately.

Jessi saluting Steven Slater for being recession’s Sully.

I saw Scott Pilgrim vs. The World last night and would love to discuss it with other people who have seen it.  I saw it with four other people and our opinions were all so different we might as well have been in different theaters.

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July 30, 2010 at 12:21 pm (music, pop culture, relationships, science, women's issues) (, , , , , , , , )

More and more people are using technology and Internet memes to propose.  How do I feel about this?  Find out at Lemondrop.

A heart-wrenching account of a woman who grew up fat and is now skinny.  She remembers, and you’ll remember too, as I did.  I’m the girl who started coloring her hair with markers in middle school partially so that people would have a very concrete way to describe me that didn’t involve how Amazonian I was.   (Thanks to Hillary)

A silly little thing I wrote about how to handle it if you ever catch your man…ahem…. saying hello to his little friend.

I don’t know how the Internet led me to this, but I’ve been reading all about Nitrogen Narcosis today, also known as “Rapture of the Deep”.  That’s a term coined by Jacques Cousteau, and it refers to the “alterations in consciousness” that can occur when a human being goes very deep into caves or the ocean. The symptoms start with mild euphoria and can ramp up into “facial disfiguration”, hysteria, a loss of sense of time, and hallucinations.  Amazing stuff.

This week’s Guyspeak/Girlspeak- Panama Jackson and I debate whether a breakup means that you lose your ex’s friends too.

Interpol was on Letterman last night with a new song, but WHERE. THE. FUCK. WAS. CARLOS. D?!?!  I Googled, and it turns out their iconic, floppy haired bassist (who once kissed me on the cheek after a sparsely attended show in NC) left the band in May.  Why wasn’t I informed?  Ugh.  Here’s the video anyway.

A theme of this post (and this week, apparently), a discussion of the issues with plus-sized clothing in NY Times. Leo Tolstoy wrote that all happy families are happy in the same way, whereas unhappy families are all unhappy in their own way.  Apparently this is also true for clothing, because as skinny women are apparently all built about the same, plus-size women can carry their weight in many different places, making designing flattering clothes for them a challenge.  Also, as ever, props to Glamour mag for posting this pic in 2009 and starting this whole debate in earnest.

UPDATE: Here’s my review of the season premiere of Project Runway, for!

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Everybody Link Now!

July 9, 2010 at 10:19 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

It’s Friday, and you know what that means…. I’ve got a bunch of random things for you to read!

First up, Ten Movies Hipsters Need to Get Over.  I disagree with some of them (really, is Wet Hot American Summer that talked about?), but since I frequently have to defend my Big Lebowski meh feelings, I’ll champion the shit out of this list.

I wrote a Party Down Eulogy over at, and I just pray Louie, Children’s Hospital, Dr. Who, and Mad Men can soothe my pain.

Here’s an awesome Modern Love Hillary sent me about love and the biz of show.

This is an Open Letter I wrote at Guyspeak asking for advice on how to deal with hating a friend of my significant other.  If you’ll notice, there are many lies in it, because a) I wrote it about my boyfriend and I’m married, and b) it’s a conglomeration of every annoying friend any guy I’ve dated has ever had.  So no offense, my pretties.  I love all my man’s friends. (Except you)

I have many opinions on David Blaine, and most of them are very negative, but I kinda liked reading some of his random thoughts and tidbits on the stunts he’s done (at Esquire)

This week’s very touchy Guyspeak/Girlspeak was about a girl who gets pregnant with a guy she hasn’t been dating for long and wonders if she’s terrible for terminating the pregnancy without telling him.

Sexy Sexy CPR (remember, that’s a thing you do to people who are unconscious!)

The sad discovery that your dog might be retarded.  (from Hyperboleandahalf)

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Things to Read on a Friday

July 2, 2010 at 10:12 am (Los Angeles, movies, pop culture, research, science, television) (, , , , , , , , )

So many amazing things to share today.  Click click click!

First up, this AMAZING post detailing research that’s been done for decades on the one thing that truly separates us from primates: masturbation.  If you think about it, if our evolutionary purpose is to make more life, spilling the stuff that makes life when you’re not in the presence of ovaries doesn’t seem to make sense, but these guys have figured out why masturbation is adaptive for humans.  Plus you’ll learn the definition of the word “flowback”, and nothing will ever be the same again.

To cleanse the palate, a preview of the Christina Hendricks profile in LA Times Magazine this weekend.  Guess what kids, that’s not her real hair color! More to the point: gorgeous shots that are of her face and not just her cleavage.

Next, my weekly Lemondrop column with the Guyspeak guys.  This week I was asked to defend a girl who wants to stay with a man who cheated on her, and my Guyspeaker Michael instead advised our heroine to leave his ass.  Naturally, the commenters think I’m a moron.

Here’s a well written post explaining why Kevin Spacey is not that good of an actor.  I haven’t watched American Beauty in years, and I’m afraid to.  I know I’ll end up finding it schlocky and overwrought, and I prefer to remember it as my 20 year old self did, wishing the weirdo boyfriend character would be entranced by my extraordinariness that no one else sees.

Yesterday was the first day you could sign up for insurance even if you have a pre-existing condition.  As a girl with a pre-existing condition who has been turned down for insurance (sometimes after lengthy, invasive interviewing), I am proud and happy that us sickies are finally getting equal treatment.

Finally, an interesting look at mut’a, the temporary marriage contract that is allowed in the Muslim faith.   Mut’as can last from one hour to 99 years, and are said to provide a “necessary release” for men.  “Islam is in no way indifferent to the needs of a 15-year-old youth in whom God has placed the sex drive.”  Muslim feminists have many complex opinions about it.

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Stuff You Should Read Today!

June 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm (music, pop culture, television) (, , , , , )

Here’s the story of Jonah Hill’s massive arm scar, which I’ve never noticed before (I’ve been distracted by all that neckbeard).

This week’s Guyspeak/Girlspeak at Lemondrop, where a guy and I debate what to do when you fall in love with a friend.

Here’s the leaked Dr. Dre/Jay-Z collaboration that Dre seems to be apologizing for, even though it’s awesome and samples fucking Kraftwerk!  Trans-Europe Express!  For real!  Go listen!

I reminisce over my favorite vacation episodes of sitcoms throughout the years over at, go check it out and see if you have any to add.

Here's why drugs are bad kids. The addict is on the right.

Weirdness: Jeremy London, who has a history of substance abuse issues, claims he was kidnapped at gunpoint by two men who forced him to buy alcohol and smoke crack.  Sounds like every addict’s fantasy… but they did arrest a guy for it.  I wonder what Jason London thinks of all this?

Old school home ec classes were way more intense!  Read all about it!

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May 21, 2010 at 6:47 am (cool things i've found, pop culture, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

  • Here’s a thing I wrote for where I diagnose TV characters (this week, Community and 30 Rock)
  • and here’s a Guyspeak/Girlspeak I wrote with Nick Nadel for Lemondrop
  • and here’s the new vodka that was made in Brooklyn’s honor by Absolut with help from Spike Lee (luckily they’re donating $50,000 to Bed-Stuy housing projects, and yes, that’s sarcasm)
  • and here’s a very clever ad for photoshop face cream by Giopets Graphic Art (as seen on The Daily What)

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December 14, 2009 at 5:02 pm (my life) (, , )

Head on over to Lemondrop today, where you’ll find my response to a girl who wants to know if it’s ok for her 18 year old self to be with a 64 year old man.

(thanks to all the ladies who helped me out with this one!)

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This week in GuySpeak/GirlSpeak…

December 7, 2009 at 11:07 am (ask gynomite) (, , )

…I ponder the ins and outs (groan) of couples where one wants to do something sexually that the other does not.

Go read and feel free to comment nice and anonymously over there!

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GuySpeak/GirlSpeak takes on talking dirty

November 30, 2009 at 10:23 am (ask gynomite, my life) (, , , , , )

My weekly column over at Lemondrop is up today, and here’s the deal:

Go here to read it!


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November 23, 2009 at 4:52 pm (ask gynomite, my life) (, , , , , )

The wonderful amazing folk over at Lemondrop have been so kind as to give me a weekly column with them, starting this week!!  It’s called GuySpeak/GirlSpeak, and my job is to present the advice given by the men over at GuySpeak to women who write in with questions and then agree or disagree with it, throwing in my own two vagina-possessing cents.


Go here to read the first column, which is about this:

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