I'm glad you had a wonderful experience being raised by a young mother, but I think you're extrapolating one good experience onto the rest of humanity, in all its variations. My mother had me at 30, after she'd started a career, done some exploring, and figured out who she was. Now I have a mother who's in her middle… » 7/28/14 5:24pm Today 5:24pm

Do you consume only the bare minimum to survive, giving all else to charity? If not, why tell pet owners what to spend their money on? I don't have my pet as a selfless act of kindness. I have her because I like her, and I'd rather spend money keeping her around than eating in a restaurant or paying for Netflix. » 7/28/14 2:49pm Today 2:49pm

I think skymeat might be pointing to the fact that it's an odd detail to include in the story. It doesn't sound like hearing was an issue in this incident - people were parading in an irresponsible way, he responded by trying to push through rather than by waiting or turning around, and something really bad happened.… » 7/27/14 9:07pm Yesterday 9:07pm

I think that lots of things are publicity stunts, but I'd be surprised if this one was. Both Sanders and Stewart were dropped from the franchise, and the affair has seemingly done nothing but harm both of their careers. If it was arranged, then I would expect that the studio would have made guarantees it would take… » 7/26/14 8:32pm Saturday 8:32pm

I love her writing, especially Scandals of Classic Hollywood and that post on her own site about which old celebrities would be good SNL hosts. I find it really interesting to look at cultural phenomena that pervade most of our lives, but that we tend to brush aside as fluff. Plus, she's good at balancing the serious… » 7/25/14 5:00pm Friday 5:00pm

This study is measuring the number of child brides, not the number of forced marriages. Some girls who live abroad are also marrying at 17 to men of their choosing. Some American girls are marrying their 60-year-old fundamentalist preachers, or marry the first man who offers to get them out of their abusive home. The… » 7/23/14 9:09pm Wednesday 9:09pm

Your typical Gawker employee wouldn't have much in the way of tax breaks available. They're not self-employed. Most of them don't seem to be parents. The ones in New York likely aren't homeowners. Maybe they deduct their student loans, but I can't think of much else in the tax code that's set up to be unusually… » 7/22/14 1:36pm 7/22/14 1:36pm

Seriously? Reverse the genders and think about what you'd like in a date. Presumably you don't want to go out with a creepy stalker, either. But would you be interested in going on a second date with a woman who showed up and who was respectful, but who you didn't enjoy spending time with or found unattractive? If… » 7/21/14 3:41pm 7/21/14 3:41pm