“I look my best after an entire hair and makeup team has spent hours perfecting me. When do I feel my best? When I haven’t looked in a mirror for days, and I’m doing things that make me happy.”
Some people are more experimental in bed and others are more boring… If you are wild and crazy, bring it on so the other person is well aware that you have little devil horns that come out every once in a while.
Method Monday: New Moms (Celebrity and Not) Edition
Congrats to Jessica Simpson on her pregnancy! The pregnancy wasn’t planned, but we’re happy to hear via US Weekly that Simpson is overjoyed nonetheless.
As Korin Miller rightly noted in her coverage of the news for Cosmo, this definitely isn’t the first time a celebrity—or a non-celebrity, for that matter—has unintentionally gotten pregnant again super-soon after having a baby. What we would’ve liked to see in the Cosmo article is a complete rundown of which birth control options are safe for new moms besides “perfect use” of breastfeeding and the two alternatives mentioned, the mini-pill and condoms. Breastfeeding moms can also safely use the IUD, the implant, and the shot.
Obvious challenges of simultaneously parenting a newborn and a toddler aside, having another pregnancy within 12 months of giving birth can mean health risks for mom and baby. And given the benefits of leaving a bit more time between babies (a.k.a. birth spacing), we’d say the fact that some of the most effective birth control methods are safe for new moms is seriously gossip-worthy. Help us spread the word?
Sex on TV: The Other John Mayer Breakup You Didn’t Hear About Last Week
I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t think “Your Body is A Wonderland” should have won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2002. But, in all fairness, I was 14 and also thought I should match my accessories to the color of the rubber bands on my braces and that O-Town was going to play at my wedding to Chad Michael Murray. It’s safe to say my taste and standards had not matured to their current status during freshman year of high school. Regardless, looking back at my adoration for John Mayer now that I’ve seen his name associated with a notch on countless female celebrities’ bedposts, I can’t help but feel like I’ve been cheated on. THOSE WORDS WERE MEANT FOR ME.
John Mayer has racked up some serious frequent flyer points for all the wonderlands he’s visited (hopefully safely) and, may I say, for someone who is looking like Jimmy Fallon impersonating Neil Young these days, he’s still doing quite well for himself.
Let’s pay a visit to the wonderlands of John Mayer’s past:
Jennifer Love Hewitt: The original wonderland, since supposedly “Your Body Is a Wonderland” was about her. JLH humorously countered that her body was “more like a pawnshop.”
Jessica Simpson: Timeline of how that relationship went down: She dyed her hair darker for him; he described her as sexual napalm; bewildered, she googled “napalm.”
Jennifer Aniston: Apparently Mayer was really into Jennifer Aniston. Like REALLY into her. Enough to say he loved her and was devastated when they broke up, according to this article in Rolling Stone. Aw. But then you read everything else in the article and you’re just kind of grossed out.
Katy Perry: No biggie if you didn’t catch the media hysteria around their relationship. From what I could tell, there was way more hysteria around their breakup. Apparently they’d casually dated for a few months, but with that long coif Mayer had been sporting, paparazzi thought Katy was just hanging out with a rather masculine girlfriend.
You can’t just toy with a 14-year-old’s heart like that. Rocking out to his albums on my Discman is a distinct memory of my adolescence and I just don’t think anyone will ever understand my teenage heart like John Mayer did. Add me to your list of breakups, John—it’s over. I may blog, but I promise I won’t write a song about it.
Photo thanks to Mad Madam Mim’s Mimsy.
Lauren Mann works in The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s Entertainment Media department. She’s been blogging about sex, love and relationships among twenty-somethings since she first joined the Campaign as an intern in 2009. Check out her personal blog at whatjewtalkingbout.tumblr.com.
Rouge: Cyd, Sophia, Natalie, Gene, Audrey, Elizabeth, Ava, Grace & Marilyn
Wow! Anyone else feeling a deep, sudden urge to put on something red?
Sex on TV: 4 Pill Popping Celebs We Love to Love
If you’ve been through high school or ever watched a teen movie, you know the power popular kids have to influence the decisions of the masses. Well, as Bowling For Soup once told us, “High School Never Ends.” In the adult world, the popular kids are celebrities and instead of a student body of a couple thousand, they rule over an international population. Terrifying, right? Although some stars are about as trustworthy as Regina George, thankfully there are some celebs we can look up to as great role models. Birth control role models, in this case. Four of ‘em, to be exact.
1) Lo Bosworth. There’s nothing better than real life high school royalty skyrocketed to fame. If reality TV is a guilty pleasure for you like it is for me, then you probably remember Lauren Conrad’s super adorable BFF, Lo Bosworth. When she wasn’t involved in the drama constantly surrounding her bestie, LC, she was acting as a spokesperson for the birth control pill, Yaz. As much as I loved the ever present drama on The Hills, I’m glad that Lo wasn’t afraid to talk about how she played it safe in her real life.
2) Amanda Seyfried. She once played a brainless mean girl, but in real life she’s smart enough to stay on top of her birth control. The blogosphere went into a frenzy when Seyfried popped one of her birth control pills during an interview for Esquire a couple years ago. If you want to take your birth control in private, that’s your prerogative, but there’s absolutely no shame in taking your pill in public. If men can get a trophy and a round of high fives every time they buy condoms, women can at least pop their pills with pride, right?
3) Katy Perry. Celeb standing, like high school social status, is a temporary phenomenon. But it’s undeniable that the Queen Bee of the moment is Katy Perry. She’s got the catchy summer-time, top-down tunes that we all love, she can pull off an exploding firework bra, and she’s all about her birth control. She claimed that she chews her birth control like Vitamin C (She’s totally kidding—only take one pill a day) because she’s not ready to have a family yet. Katy, I applaud you for being scandalous with your songs and safe with your sex.
4) Chad Ochocinco. What’s hotter than a guy who’s excited about your new haircut? A guy who’s excited about your birth control. Guys could take a hint from the Miami Dolphins’ wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, who recently tweeted a picture of his fiancé’s birth control pills. She thought it was TMI, but personally I’m all about guys who publicly support their women in every aspect.
I’m a big fan of all these stars and their dedication to birth control. Go ahead and tweet about it, Instagram it, pop it on the sidewalk, flash it to your neighbor on the metro—be proud to be protected!
“Mean Girls” image courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
Bisi Orisamolu is an intern for the entertainment media department of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. She’s a Georgetown University undergrad and a social justice advocate who is passionate about a million things. She loves chocolate covered pretzels, discovering good books, and aimless wandering. Stay tuned for the resurrection of her personal tumblr boris321.tumblr.com. In the meantime you can find her on twitter @Bisi_O.