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Harpy's Review Posts

cultural comment at large and at small from a provocateur, feminist, and historian

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Where There’s No Sex in Sex Anymore

almost 3 years ago

Casablanca, kissing, the giddy exchange of bodily fluids, the pressing of the flesh—It’s all so 20th century. Today there doesn’t need to be sex in your sex anymore. The “virtual,” cyber, or mental affair, variously named, is one of those new frontiers of online social media and the Internet ...

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almost 3 years ago

There’s a booming genre in wee books of things to see or do “before you die.” I don’t read these books, but Australian hospice nurse Bronnie Ware’s recently-published book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, did catch my attention. Ware found that her patients’ regrets weren’t about things done ...

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almost 3 years ago

[Readers: here's a largely non-relationship column, for a change of pace...] My cell phone is an idiot. It’s a straight-up, dingbat dumb-ass. It can’t do anything, except make phone calls, and has no competency to tell me where I am, why I am there, how I got there, or what I should do, think ...

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Death by a Thousand Nags

almost 3 years ago

You’ve forgiven an affair. You’ve put up with violations of the marriage’s budget. You’ve been bored, irked, and ignored. But if he mentions picking up a goddamned wet towel off the floor one more time, you’re out of there. That’s the gist of recent research about the real “marriage killer ...

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Newt Gingrich’s Apparent “Open Marriage” Proposal Actually Makes Him Look Slightly Better, not Worse, Than What He Was Before

almost 3 years ago

The last thing I ever wanted to do was to write a word about Newt Gingrich’s sex life. But, alas, ABC’s “blockbuster” interview with Newt’s ex-wife Marianne, airing tonight on Nightline, in which she alleges that Newt asked her for an “open marriage" puts Newt in my wheelhouse. I spend ...

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It’s Not that You’re Splitting Up, it’s That You’re_______ : Four Different and Consoling Ways to Think Your Way Out of a Break-Up

almost 3 years ago

I recently participated in a “relationship summit” on break ups. I don’t know how wise or helpful I was. When it comes to break-up and heartache recovery, I’m not sure that anyone’s improved appreciably on the old strategy of “tears, shots of tequila, sleeping on your friend’s ratty sofa, and ...

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“Same Bed, Different Dreams”

almost 3 years ago

A man and woman have been married for over a decade. The wife seems happy, and she feels happy, or happy enough, in her marriage. The husband seems happy. He seems that way to outsiders and to his wife, and there hasn’t been conversation or behavior to make her suspect otherwise. Daily life is ...

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This Holiday Season, It’s Not Whether You’ve Been “Naughty or Nice” that Counts, but Whether You’ve Been “Inappropriate”

almost 3 years ago

When did the world turn so “inappropriate?” It seems to be getting more so by the year.  Inappropriate’s already appeared 26,200,000 times in 2011 on Google-indexed material. In 2010, it appeared a meager 9,670,000 times, and in 2007, only 1,320,000. The growth of inappropriate seems to have ...