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Taika Waititi on why Lightyear’s LGBT love story is essential after UAE ban

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Taika Waititi has opened up on the importance of Lightyear’s LGBT love story after the film was banned in the United Arab Emirates.

The Thor: Ragnarok director lends his voice to the new Toy Story spin-off film, focused on Chris Evans’ Buzz Lightyear.

The movie features a sweet romance between Uzo Aduba’s Alisha Hawthorne and another character in a series of scenes that has led to Lightyear becoming the latest movie to be banned in the UAE.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk at the Lightyear red carpet, Taika said of the same-sex love story: ‘I think it’s so awesome.

‘It would be wonderful to one day get to a place where it doesn’t have to be a talking point. The idea that, to go and watch a movie and that’s your big problem? That’s crazy!

‘You never hear people going, “Oh, did you see that movie where that man and that woman kissed?!” If we can just let that go, love is love, if we can normalise it, then we’re moving towards a good space.

‘And when studios make these tiny little steps towards that, just like having a same-sex relationship, it’s just steps towards normalising it and I think you can’t ask for more than that.’

Taika and Chris had a blast at the Lightyear premiere in London (Picture: Getty Images Europe)
He voices the new version of Buzz (Picture: Invision/AP)
Taika opened up about the same-sex love story (Picture: James Veysey/REX/Shutterstock)

While the UAE’s Media Regulatory Office did not give a specific reason for its decision, it stated vaguely on Monday that the Disney and Pixar film was banned for its ‘violation of the country’s media content standards’.

The country criminalises consensual same-sex sexual activity between adults.


Lightyear follows Buzz’s adventures as a marooned Space Ranger (Picture: PIXAR)
Fans are set to see a whole new side to him (Picture: Pixar)
Uzo Aduba’s character Hawthorne is featured in a sweet same-sex love story (Picture: Getty Images for Turner)

Taking to Twitter, the UAE’s Media Regulatory Office posted an image of Buzz Lightyear in the new film, crossed out with a red line.

This action was taken despite the country declaring it would stop censoring cinematic releases and would introduce a 21-plus age rating for films it classifies for older audiences just six months ago.

Keke Palmer also has an important role in the film (Picture: Karwai Tang)
(L-R) Taika Waititi, Tim Peake, Keke Palmer and Chris Evans at the UK premiere of Lightyear (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

The same-sex scene was reportedly originally cut from the film by Disney.

It was reinstated following the uproar surrounding a statement from Pixar employees claiming that Disney had been censoring ‘overtly gay affection’ and the company’s CEO Bob Chapek’s handling of Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.

Last year, Pixar’s Onward, a 2020 American computer-animated urban fantasy adventure film, was also reportedly banned by several Middle Eastern countries because of a reference to lesbian parents.

Lightyear follows Buzz on his adventures as a marooned Space Ranger, in the movie a young Andy could have watched before the events of the Toy Story films.

Lightyear is released in the UK on June 17.

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Love, Victor season 3: Stars open up on pressure to label sexuality

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Love, Victor stars Michael Cimino and George Sear have shared how they feel regarding the pressure actors can feel to disclose their sexuality, emphasising that ‘forcing someone to come out’ is ‘the biggest no-no in the LGBT community’.

This week, season 3 of their heartwarming, joyous show drops on Hulu in the US and Disney Plus in the UK, with the latest episodes following the lead character Victor (Michael) as he navigates a complex love triangle, having come out as gay to his family in the season 1 finale.

Kit Connor, who plays Nick in the widely acclaimed LGBT+ series Heartstopper, recently spoke out about why he doesn’t feel he needs to label his sexuality, after writing on Twitter in response to some fans who speculated on his sexual orientation: ‘Twitter is so funny man. apparently some people on here know my sexuality better than I do…’

While speaking to Metro.co.uk, Michael and George – who plays Victor’s boyfriend Benji on Love, Victor – were asked how they feel about that discussion.

‘I think you just hit the nail on the head there where you said, “It’s up to you, really,”’ said George, who’s 24.

Referencing Kit, who’s 18, the English actor continued: ‘For all we know, he could still be figuring himself out. It’s totally his business, that’s totally up to him, whether to talk about that or not, and I think that’s what it comes down to, is whether people want to or not, really. But you know, it’s part of a big conversation.’

The pair star as Victor and Benji in the Love, Simon spin-off (Picture: Michael Desmond/Hulu)
The actors responded to remarks recently made by Heartstopper star Kit (left) (Picture: Netflix)

Michael, 22, followed on from what his co-star was saying, expressing his belief that ‘there’s a conversation to be had’, while also stressing that ‘people shouldn’t have to be forced to come out’.

‘No one should be forced to come out. It’s like the biggest no-no in the LGBT community is forcing someone to come out, or outing someone else. So just because someone is in the limelight, doesn’t mean that you have to force them to come out and force them to do anything,’ the American actor said.

‘No one owes anybody anything in this industry, and so if someone is still learning how to navigate their sexuality or whatever the case may be, they shouldn’t have to be like, “Yes! This is who I am,” if they’re not sure about it yet.’

He stated that even if people in the spotlight are sure about their sexuality, ‘it’s up to them if they want to announce it to the world’.

‘No one owes anybody anything in this industry,’ Michael said (Picture: Greg Gayne/Hulu)

‘It might just be a thing where it’s like, “Yeah, my family, my friends and the people around me know, and that’s all that matters”,’ he said.

‘It’s not like they’re hiding it, but it’s just like, “I’m an actor, that’s what I’m supposed to do. My personal life doesn’t have to be involved in this,” which is completely understandable.’

George added: ‘I think you should just, as an actor like whatever character you’re playing, you should just really be focused on honouring the character as best you can and doing the best work you can.’

Benji and Victor first form feelings for each other in season one of Love, Victor (Picture: Greg Gayne/Hulu)

During Kit’s interview on the Reign with Josh Smith podcast, the Heartstopper star addressed his tweet, saying: ‘In regards to my tweet, we’re still all so young and to start speculating about our sexualities and maybe pressuring us to come out when maybe we’re not ready.

‘I mean for me, I just feel like I’m perfectly confident and comfortable in my sexuality, but I don’t feel the need to really… I’m not too big on labels and things like that. I’m not massive about that, and I don’t feel like I need to label myself, especially not publicly.’

The actor remarked how he found it ‘funny’ that people still make ‘assumptions’ about other people’s sexualities in 2022.

By season three, the characters are embroiled in a complex love triangle with Rahim (Anthony Keyvan) (Picture: Kelsey McNeal/Hulu)

‘It feels a bit strange to make assumptions about a person’s sexuality just based on hearing their voice or seeing their appearance. I feel like that’s very interesting, [a] slightly problematic assumption to make,’ he said.

In 2020, Love, Victor star Michael explained that he didn’t wish to be placed in a ‘box’ when it came to his sexuality, saying: ‘I don’t want to put myself in a box and put myself in a position where if I were to come out as bi or as gay 10 years from now, that I was defending an identity that was being true to myself.’

Love, Victor season 3 arrives on Wednesday June 15 on Disney Plus and on Hulu in the US.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘Sex, Love & Goop’ Leaves Sexologists Concerned

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Sex positivity is a grey area to explore on screen. With Netflix’s Sex, Love & Goop, the idea of pleasurable sex and intimacy has gotten more complex. In two episodes, the series shows a form of “sex therapy” some sexologists take issue with.

Called “sexological bodywork” (also “sex bod” or “somatic sex education”), the therapy involves strong hands-on work. Practitioners (sometimes non-medical) touch clients’ genitals and may also undertake penetration. The aim, according to the show, is to help alleviate shame or trauma and usher a greater understanding of pleasure and desire.

This is what the episodes with a couple – Chandra and Camille – show. The two are in love, but Chandra finds penetration very painful and Camille has difficulty expressing sexual desires in the bedroom. A Goop ‘sex expert’ helps the two navigate this intimacy hiccup. She places a “gloved hand on Chandra’s pubic mound before dropping onto her vulva and then stroking her labia — checking in with Chandra throughout,” Insider explained. At the end of the sessions, both experienced a freeing orgasm.

But it is the portrayal of the sex bod that has invited concern. The use of non-evidence-based approaches “is potentially very harmful and could have a lot of unintended consequences,” Kerrin Bradfield, chair of the Society of Australian Sexologists and a registered psycho-sexual therapist, told the Sydney Morning Herald. The hesitance is amplified at a time when more people are seeking sex and relationship counseling during the pandemic.

“The biggest misconceptions about this field are that a sexologist will need to touch you, watch you have sex, involve nudity, or even disclose details of their own sex lives to help you,” Bradfield said. “That simply isn’t true.”

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According to the Association of Certified Sexological Bodyworkers (ACSB, sexological bodywork “can help clients feel safer in their bodies, learn what feels good to them, heal from trauma (whether emotional or physical like childbirth), and explore their erotic potential.” In other words, ethically, some sexologists approve of it.

“We assume sex should be easy and enjoyable, but a lot of us develop sexual problems, and talk therapy is sometimes just not enough,” Tom Murray, a forensic sexologist who is not certified in sexological bodywork, told Insider. “People need to have experiences.” 

But the question of regulation is where things get murky. One, there is little certification to validate one’s credentials. In India, for instance, there is no board license or certification required to call oneself a sex therapist. “This leaves already vulnerable people trying to muddle through the difference between other, more controversial forms of sexual counsel,” The Swaddle noted. Since the title “sexologist” is not legally protected, the field remains largely unregulated. Naturally, the cultural stigma around sex and desire further renders the field vulnerable to misconceptions.

”The show is very focused on somatic bodyworkers who call themselves sexologists and sexuality educators. As it isn’t a protected title, anyone can use it. However, it creates a lot of confusion and harm,” Bradfield noted.

In other countries, like the U.S., sex bod is illegal in 49 states as it is considered sex work. Or in the U.K., it is legal and not considered sex work; but it requires in-depth training. The training, for almost seven months, “includes in-depth anatomy, extensive hands-on and trauma-informed practice, plus 25 supervised sessions,” Huffington Post noted. In any case, the need for strong ethical guidelines is widely asserted.

Two, it is Goop’s endorsement of this therapy that makes people warier. Hollywood actor and Goop founder Gwenyth Paltrow is on a mission to explore women’s pleasure, but the brand and the woman are encased in infamy. The Goop Lab, another Netflix creation, was criticized for delving into pseudoscience territory. Goop also recently launched DTF, a “supplement to support women’s sexual desire, arousal, and mood”; but experts have questioned the evidence behind its science. It is Paltrow’s history of backing unfounded health claims that makes sexologists unsure of the sex therapy’s effectiveness.

In the end, sex-positive advocacy requires thinking of a culture and its people — rather than the brand. “Sex, Love & Goop seems intent on redefining what people think of as sex altogether,” as The Atlantic noted, “But being a true cheerleader for pleasure also means acknowledging and confronting all the things that might be getting in the way of it.”

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‘The Lost Weekend: A Love Story’ Review: May Pang Tells Her Story

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The so-called Lost Weekend, when John Lennon, from late 1973 through ’74, separated from Yoko Ono and relocated to Los Angeles, where he became a hard-drinking rock-club night owl while carrying on an affair with the 22-year-old May Pang (who had been John and Yoko’s assistant), has long been part of rock mythology. It’s been covered by everything from E! documentaries to Albert Goldman’s “The Lives of John Lennon.” Like many Lennon observers, I’ve always felt like I knew the basic bones of it.

I knew that John and Yoko, after marrying in 1969 and seeming like inseparable soulmates in art and life, began to have problems as a couple. That Yoko, trying to save the marriage, made the decision to set up John with May Pang, basically instructing the two of them to have a romantic affair. That in L.A., John, for the first time since the breakup of the Beatles (and maybe since the Beatles began), let his hair down and began to enjoy a more relaxed, fraternizing, at times carousing rat-pack existence. That he became a fixture at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Boulevard along with Harry Nilsson, Alice Cooper, Bernie Taupin, Mickey Dolenz, and others who became known as the Hollywood Vampires. That after 18 months of partying and soul searching, John returned to Yoko, commenting at the time (in one of the wittiest quips of his life, which is saying something) that “The separation didn’t work out.” And that his decision to go back made the entire episode look like Yoko’s version of a Jedi mind trick.

The central figure in the new documentary “The Lost Weekend: A Love Story” is May Pang, who has told her tale many times (in her memoir, and on talk shows like “Geraldo” — in the film, we see a lot of clips of those appearances). The movie, directed by Eve Brandstein, Richard Kaufman, and Stuart Samuels, is told entirely from her point of view. It’s a portrait of the May Pang who grew up in Spanish Harlem as a second-generation Chinese-American (“a minority among minorities,” she says), and how she fell in love with rock ‘n’ roll and fell into fame with a kind of karmic destiny.

In the photos that we saw at the time of her and John, she always had a waifish beauty, and a certain mystery behind those tinted hexagon glasses. But in “The Lost Weekend,” we see that May Pang was a tough ambitious city girl, who spoke with a slight but blunt New York accent, and that after dropping out of college she had the chutzpah to talk her way into a job at the Apple Records offices on Broadway. She was a schmoozer, and when she began to work for John and Yoko, doing every makeshift task available — avant-garde film production assistant, costume designer — she had an ebullient smile and an easy-to-be-with vivacity. She was fun but circumspect (she didn’t drink or do drugs).

The documentary is Pang’s diary-like account of how the Lost Weekend played out, week by week, emotion by emotion, and on that score it offers a fascinating, revealing, and sometimes moving portrait of John Lennon unmoored, trying to find himself in a world that had caught up to him. The movie is also a portrait of Pang’s romantic passion, which as she portrays it was both innocent and deeply serious. To say that she was in over her head would be an understatement. She was 10 years younger than Lennon (and 17 years younger than Yoko), who was her boss and a Beatle. Once they were together, Yoko would phone her incessantly, wanting to know what was happening. It was all a lark; Pang was just going with the flow. But she relates, with a dailiness that’s convincing, how she and John became convivial and erotic companions, their affair rooted in a genuine affection and in Lennon’s discovery that he didn’t have to live in a way that was always so chained to his legend. (In the early ’70s, he’d become a real political scold; after the drubbing received by 1972’s “Some Time in New York City,” that was part of what he was letting go of.)

There’s amazing archival material throughout, and it gives you an unusually rich sense of what Lennon was like away from the limelight. The dark side is very much there. We hear Pang’s stories about how Lennon, in a drunken fit of confronting his demons, smashed up their place in L.A., and how he would hit her sometimes. And there are startling photographs that document the recording of “Rock ‘n’ Roll,” the album of early rock chestnuts that Lennon made with Phil Spector, who was entering his full mad-dog phase. But according to Pang, the fabled tales of Lennon’s misbehavior, as when he and Harry Nilsson, after too many Brandy Alexanders, got kicked out of the Troubadour nightclub for heckling the Smothers Brothers, were more the exception than the rule. It’s no coincidence that he reconciled with Paul during this period. In a way that’s as casually stirring as it it surprising, we see them bury the acrimony and rediscover their friendship.

The narrative that shapes “The Lost Weekend” is May Pang’s gently building insistence that she and Lennon were truly in love. And we have to take that on faith, since it’s all very subjective and not necessarily borne out by what happened. Did Yoko really set the whole thing up? According to May Pang, she totally did, walking into Pang’s office at the fortress-like Dakota, where John and Yoko had moved to feel more secure (Lennon, at that point, was being seriously harassed by the FBI, since President Nixon wanted him deported), and basically giving her an executive order: You’re going to have a relationship with John. Yoko had observed John’s infidelity, so she figured that she would let him stray with a woman she could control. It was, by any standard, a decision of seriously kinky manipulation.

Yet this was the bed-hopping, do-what-you-feel ’70s, so it all seemed a little less weird at the time. It wasn’t Yoko’s idea that the two of them move to L.A.; that was John’s impulsive decision. The documentary chronicles how after about a year there, they returned, just as impulsively, to New York, moving into a small apartment on E. 52nd St., where they lived through the first months of 1975. We see Pang’s photograph of Bob Gruen snapping his famous photograph of Lennon in a New York City T-shirt. One night, she and John saw a UFO from the rooftop (Lennon’s description and sketch of it are haunting), and according to Pang they were talking about buying a house in Montauk.

But Yoko had already re-entered the picture, showing up backstage to see John at the premiere of an Off Broadway show based on “Sgt. Pepper.” There are moments in the film when Yoko, to say the least, does not come off well — notably in Pang’s description of how Yoko attempted to cut off Lennon’s relationship with his son, Julian. Julian is interviewed throughout the film, and he (like his mother, Cynthia) maintained a close bond with Pang. That Pang helped to bring John and Julian back together, despite Yoko’s machinations, seems more convincing than not.

What doesn’t seem convincing, at least as the film presents it, is the final twist in this extraordinary rock ‘n’ roll soap opera. After John, seemingly out of nowhere, goes back to Yoko, and Pang confronts him about it, he says, quite simply: She’s letting me come back. Letting him? That doesn’t square with what the film has implied — that Lennon had drifted away from Yoko. His comment suggests that their separation was always contingent on an understanding between them. But that’s something we’d have to guess at, since the life of John Lennon remains, for all the ways it’s been chronicled, not quite knowable. “The Lost Weekend” is a compelling movie and a valuable puzzle piece, but it’s only pretending to be the whole puzzle.


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Great sexpectations: How your mindset shapes your love life

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In one memorable episode of Sex and the City, Carrie admits to being completely taken with her new beau, Jack Berger. “Everything is fresh, everything is a first, everything is foreplay,” she says, describing their time together. “Even a trip to Bed Bath & Beyond can be an ecstatic errand… And of course, those first kisses are the greatest in the world.” 

The first two times they are intimate, however, Carrie finds the experience distinctly disappointing. “Dump him,” Samantha advises Carrie – following up with an unprintable take on the phrase “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me”. 

The episode – whose title was “Great Sexpectations” – caught the attention of psychologist Jessica Maxwell, a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. “I was caught off guard that the characters would just assume sex should be relatively effortless and be so willing to throw in the towel on a relationship if the sex is bad,” she says. Yet her conversations with her friends suggested that many people in real life take Samantha’s attitude. 

Those thoughts led Maxwell to investigate the ways our beliefs can influence our intimate relationships in the short and long term. On the one hand, there is the “sexual growth mindset” – the belief that satisfaction requires effort and work. On the other, there’s the “sexual destiny mindset” – the idea that natural compatibility between sexual partners is the key factor that allows couples to maintain sexual satisfaction, which means that any struggles in a sexual relationship can signal the relationship is destined to fail. 

In a series of studies, Maxwell has found these mindsets can dictate the ways people deal with problems in the bedroom, with huge consequences for the quality of their relationships. Her research suggests that by forging more constructive ‘sexpectations’, we might all enjoy a healthier and happier love life. 

Romantic destiny? 

Maxwell’s findings join a growing body of literature examining the effects of mindsets across many different areas of life. 

The most famous studies come from Carol Dweck at Stanford University. In decades of research, she has examined whether people believe academic ability is fixed and cannot be changed, or whether they see their abilities as something that can grow with practice. In general, people with the growth mindsets seem keener to take on new challenges and are better able to handle setbacks. And attempts to promote the growth mindset, applied in a supportive educational environment, seem to increase students’ overall achievement, so that struggling children can better meet their potential.


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How to Get Back in the Mood for Summer 2022 – Love and Sex Tips

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June is here, and it’s about damn time to wake up the hot girl summer vibes…right? Well, technically yes, but if turning up the heat has been a chore during, say, an outright war on reproductive rights, you’re not alone. Stress and anxiety spell, “Sorry, babe, I’m just not in the mood.”

But hang on a minute here! Disconnecting from your sexual pleasure centers comes at a steep cost. Less orgasming also means reducing the deeply healing benefits that women can use right now. Consider, the other “o” in the mix: oxytocin, aka the hormone that floods your pleasure center during climax, reducing stress and even helping with insomnia. Orgasms stimulate brain activity and release the human growth hormone, turning back the clock on the aging process.

Shall we go on?

We recommend that you rise from your seat, turn on Megan Thee Stallion’s “Plan B,” and go👏🏻charge👏🏻your👏🏻Rabbit👏🏻right👏🏻now. If you have a willing partner, feel zero obligation to include them in every aspect of your reawakening. During the month of June, sensual Venus is in tactile Taurus, while lusty Mars is cruising through independent Aries, making this The Month of Pleasing Yourself.

And while we’re on the subject, we’ve got some astrohacks for getting the pleasure party started for every Sun sign. (You’re welcome!)

For the AP students out there, our free guide The Astrology of Love and Sex explains how the placement of Venus and Mars in your natal chart (the map of where all the planets were when you were born) can be used to raise the temperature even higher. Download it here.


Get your hair shampooed with a scalp massage (seriously), or spend a few bucks on a scalp massager. And not just because Aries rules the head. These rubdowns decrease anxiety and boost happiness—a recipe for feeling a lot sexier.


Turn your shower into a sexy spa, pampering yourself with slow touch as you exfoliate with a body scrub, squeeze some slippery soap onto a loofah, and bring in the waterproof toys.


Pause your podcasts and try listening to some mood music. Sounds wake up the Gemini mind, so stimulate something in your animal brain instead of just your intellectual one.


The fastest way to your big O may be like everything else for a Cancer—through your stomach. Fill up the menu with aphrodisiac ingredients like raw cacao or antioxidant-rich strawberries and watermelon, which increase blood flow.

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Set up the tripod (or, hell, lean your phone on the bookcase). It’s time to learn your angles from a new angle, with a sexy self-portrait shoot. No apologies for loving yourself, Leo!


Sleep naked—and spend a whole day fully undressed. As a “pure and natural” earth sign, you like stripping down to the basics. Even better? Clothing-free moments lead to body positivity for you.


Inhale scents that evoke adventurous experiences for you. Burn the same candle that you did during a wildly experimental phase in your life. Spray your sheets with a cologne that your best-ever lover used to wear. (The scents of lavender, pumpkin pie, and licorice are known turn-ons.)


Accessorize with vibrating panties or a choice device. Yes, you do love a secret, Scorpio, and turning yourself on while you’re strolling through Whole Foods unlocks a whole other level of thrill.


You’re the zodiac’s nerdiest nympho, which should be a point of pride. Reading steamy literature gets your imagination flowing. Once properly stimulated, you might even venture to author a piece or two yourself.


Lift weights or take a HIIT class. You love your workouts, Capricorn, and that includes getting in the mood. These exercises boost testosterone, which in turn elevates your sex drive. Just in case you needed another reason to pump some iron.


Just breathe…through your nose, that is, which brings more oxygen in and helps your body to relax. As an air sign, that flow can be particularly stimulating, and once you’re relaxed, bring the breath all the way down to your pelvic floor, which can wake up your nether regions.


Give yourself a foot massage (or let someone give you one). Not only is this the body part your sign rules, but with 7,000 nerve endings in your feet, a good rub can wake up areas further north.

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Man in sexual relationship with his car says he never felt true love before

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Things get physical sometimes between Nathaniel and his car, a 1998 Chevy Monte Carlo | Picture courtesy: TLC

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Going on a car ride is a widely shared interest among people. However, the phrase probably means something more to Nathaniel, who derives pleasure from the ‘ride’ the way most don’t because he takes the beast all the way to Bonetown.
An episode on Objectophilia of the TLC documentary series My Strange Addiction that originally aired in February 2012, has resurfaced and takes you through the life of a man named Nathaniel, from Arkansas, who is in a relationship with his car.
The opening episode of the show, named Dating My Car, reveals how the man and his beloved Chase, a 1998 Chevy Monte Carlo, communicate telepathically, have a favourite song and even have sex.

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A revv-eting tale

Nathaniel explained that it was love at first sight when he first saw Chase at a car dealership back in 2005. In no time, the pair got into a romantic relationship and things got physical sometimes.

“I’m in a serious relationship with my car. It was love at first sight,” he says. “His body and his interior and everything just together seemed to fit. I felt an instant connection.”

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He can’t completely comprehend why he has the feelings for Chase but that doesn’t come in the way of them having a good time.

Nathaniel also expands on how he makes love to him.

“..We have our times where things get sexual. What we do most often is, I like to lean over his fender and across his hood and do little things like that and kind of press up against him and rub against him like that.”

“One of his more bold positions is for me to be underneath him. He really likes that. It’s really special to make love to Chase.”

In the documentary, he can also be seen sliding under Chase and kissing his bumper.

Virgin territory

Nathaniel has been into cars ever since he was a teenager but didn’t make much of it as he has also dated seven girlfriends in his years growing up.

But, he never experienced true love until he met Chase.

Objectophilia is a term that describes a strong emotional or sexual relationship that people have with an inanimate object such as the Eiffel Tower, a Boeing 747, or case in point, a car.


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‘Fire Island’ review: Love wins in Hulu’s gay Asian rom-com

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Loving and sweet, Andrew Ahn’s “Fire Island” whisks you off on a sunny, celebratory week at a gay resort where a group of friends are having their last big party before they firmly enter adulthood. Their extravagant trip promises sex and drugs, and plenty of catty spats in between.

When Noah (Joel Kim Booster, also the film’s screenwriter) arrives on the retreat, he makes a promise with his sensitive best friend Howie (Bowen Yang) — a successful, perpetually single, graphic designer. Noah won’t succumb to his own sexual desires until he gets Howie a boyfriend. It’s a touching thought, at least until they meet quiet yuppie Charlie (James Scully) and all of his toxic friends. One in particular, the taciturn Will (Conrad Ricamora), confuses and frustrates Noah. And yet — in shades of the film’s inspiration, Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” — their tender, open-hearted diversions feed every corner of this romping rom-com.

“Fire Island” takes a long breath before it fully ignites, with the first half of the film crawling under the pressure of Booster’s clunky voice-over. The overwrought exposition, which feels like a structural holdover from the movie’s developmental origins as a Quibi series, gums up the pacing. In explaining how his friend group worked at the same brunch spot, Noah introduces Luke (Matt Rogers) and Keegan (Tomás Matos) as flamboyant theater school dropouts; Max (Torian Miller), a gay Black man who reads Madeleine Albright biographies; and Erin (Margaret Cho), the group’s tattooed lesbian den mother. These scant details do nothing to connect viewers to the supporting players. Instead, they exist as signifiers of varying gay archetypes deployed as hollowed-out stand-ins for Austen characters.

For its first half, Ahn’s film bends over backward to placate to heterosexual viewers and is all the weaker for it. Providing reductive lessons in gay culture, the grating voice-over describes Fire Island as a gay Disney World with a community separating levels of attraction based on race, ethnicity, wealth and body types. Such heavy-handed observations dull what’s billed as an endless summer movie.

Joel Kim Booster in “Fire Island.”

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The script is padded with try-hard humor (an overly self-referential Quibi joke; a reference to “Saturday Night Live” skit “Gays in Space”) and even the introduction of Charlie, the Mr. Bingley to Howie’s Jane, and Will, the Mr. Darcy to Noah’s Elizabeth, initially grinds in the sand. You would hardly be blamed for stopping “Fire Island” at the halfway point as it slowly meanders from trite to soporific.

But once Booster’s script smooths into the narrative beats of “Pride and Prejudice,” “Fire Island” discovers a pulse. The connections between the movie’s supporting characters and Austen’s novel adds richer textures to their travails, such as the introduction of seemingly nice and soft-spoken hunk Dex (Zane Phillips), whose arc parses the hollow aesthetics of the island. And as the comedy starts to click — an entire scene of Miller and Matos delivering dueling Marisa Tomei in “My Cousin Vinny” impersonations is priceless — so does the romance.

Booster and Ricamora discover a seductive groove with their spin on the classic courtship of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. Their animosity organically shifts into affection, and although Booster can play some beats too on the surface, his bitchiness in the scenes with Ricamora could launch a thousand ships. A committed Ricamora brings an unlikely genuineness to their burgeoning romance with his physical presence and vocal inflections. And Ahn begins to locate the deeper soul beyond a sensual cat and mouse game.

Times critic Justin Chang noted that Ahn’s previous film, “Driveways,” “lingers … in that rueful gray zone between humor and sorrow.” There’s a similar mood that modulates throughout “Fire Island” in the friendship between Noah and Howie, two Asian gay men with different levels of self-confidence. Proudly nonmonogamous, well-read and quite frankly, ripped, Noah’s solitude is a choice. Howie, on the other hand, doesn’t consider himself conventionally attractive. And as Noah pushes Howie toward Charlie — often patching up his friend’s waning confidence through laughs — a sorrow lurks in the center, waiting for one of them to broach its devastating boundaries.

Matt Rogers, left, Bowen Yang and Tomas Matos in the film “Fire Island.”

Matt Rogers, left, Bowen Yang and Tomas Matos in “Fire Island.”

(Jeong Park/Searchlight Pictures)

The truth is Howie’s loneliness leaves a void that Noah cannot fill — and Yang acutely collapses the shell separating comedy and anguish. His sincere performance hits on body positivity, friendship and dejection far more precisely than any glib voice-over could, and does so with the evident ease that’s made him an Emmy-nominated “SNL” breakout.

Even as it finds its footing, “Fire Island” can be too much. There are about three false endings, and the needle drops perform more than their share of the emotional heavy lifting (even if Britney Spears’ “Sometimes” never disappoints). But the heart behind the familiar rom-com choices: the parting of two flames, the last-second pursuit to save a relationship and the happy ending that follows — cannot be doubted. It’s laughter and it’s loving that Ahn’s “Fire Island” gleefully contains.

‘Fire Island’

Rating: R, for strong sexual content, language throughout, drug use and some nudity

Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Playing: Starts June 3 on Hulu


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Gemini Horoscope June 2022 — Love and Career Predictions

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Read what your sign’s 2022 horoscope predictions have in store for you or check out the Gemini personality profile. 

Welcome to June, Gemini! Your season began last month, and yes, you’ll have to pass the torch over to Cancer in a few weeks, but June promises plenty to look forward to. On Friday, June 3, your ruling planet, chatty Mercury, ends its retrograde and goes direct in Taurus. Take a deep breath in and exhale because life will flow easier. You’re a charismatic flirt, Gemini, and because Mercury is your ruling planet when it goes retrograde, you’re one of the signs most likely to reconnect with an ex. However, it’s healthier to stay in the present, so as Mercury goes direct, consider working on a meditation practice or using tarot to help ground yourself. 

There’s another retrograde to be aware of. Saturn, the “taskmaker” of the zodiac, known for rules and discipline, goes retrograde in community-oriented Aquarius starting on Saturday, June 4. When Saturn goes retrograde, it asks us to decide how to spend our time best. For you, Gemini, this retrograde may change your perspective in the bedroom. Is there a chance you can be more focused on your pleasure than your partner(s)? If so, consider spending extra time on your lover’s physical and emotional needs.

Your ruling planet Mercury enters your sign, Gemini, on Monday, June 13. Mercury is the planet of communication, but remember, that is a two-way street. When the talkative planet enters your sign, not only will you express yourself better, but going back to the notes above about considering others, you’ll have an easier time listening, too.  

Tuesday, June 14, brings a full moon in Sagittarius, shining a spotlight on your pleasure. Now, that’s a nice sentence. Full moons are primal, animalistic times, so they naturally lend themselves to great sex. This is an ideal night to take the advice above. Spend extra time on foreplay, asking your partner what they want, and focusing on them. Most likely, you’ll get more attention yourself as a result. And, if you’re single, you don’t have to worry about anyone else but yourself and your favorite sex toy. 

Tuesday, June 21, brings the start of Cancer season and the Summer Solstice. Yes, pretty Gemini, that means your season is over, but it also means hot summer nights, sweaty dance parties, beach trips, and all the other adventures that come along with summer. Because Cancer is a sign that loves family (chosen or blood), expect a lot of quality friend time, and don’t you dare feel guilty about having fun.  


I Only Love Kinky Sex When I’m Drunk

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I’m Zachary Zane, a sex writer and ethical manwhore (a fancy way of saying I sleep with a lot of people, and I’m very, very open about it). Over the years, I’ve had my fair share of sexual experiences, dating and sleeping with hundreds of people of all genders and orientations. In doing so, I’ve learned a thing or two about navigating issues in the bedroom (and a bunch of other places, TBH). I’m here to answer your most pressing sex questions with thorough, actionable advice that isn’t just “communicate with your partner,” because you know that already. Ask me anything—literally, anything—and I will gladly Sexplain It. To submit a question for a future column, fill out this form.

This is an edited and condensed transcription from last week’s “Sexplain It Live,” which was recorded on Men’s Health‘s Instagram. I was joined by The Sober Sexpert, Tawny Lara.


I feel like my sexual desires differ when I’m drunk/high than when sober. Like I really love being submissive and doing some kinky shit when I’m fucked up, but not while I’m sober. What’s that about?

​​TL: I wish this person was here because I have follow-up questions. Alcohol obviously can lower our inhibitions, and it seems like a different side of them might come out when they drink. So I’m curious if they are into the kinky shit only when they have some liquid courage or are they genuinely interested in this kinky shit?

ZZ: How can you know if this is something you’re afraid to try out sober because you have some sexual shame, or if you’re actually not into this but for some reason, while drunk, you are? Are there things you can ask yourself?

TL: Yeah, so I think he should ask himself: through the context of your sexual identity, what is alcohol giving you that allows you to embrace this other side of yourself? Maybe you don’t need that liquid courage. Maybe the courage is in you. I mean, I think it’s clear that they know that they like being a sub. So can you try it without alcohol?

ZZ: Yeah, there’s no harm in trying, right? Obviously, when you’re sober, you’d be subbing a lot safer.

TL: Yeah, at sex parties and in the BDSM community, there is a huge conversation on enthusiastic consent and alcohol. When you go to sex parties, you don’t often see people who are completely wasted because there’s this understanding that you can’t fully consent then. With all that being said, there’s nothing wrong with drunk sex, but when you get too drunk, it’s an issue.

ZZ: Absolutely, also, I think there’s something to be said about spontaneous desire and responsive desire. When you’re drunk, you become automatically hot and aroused [spontaneous desire]. Whereas when you’re sober, you may have to start to get into it, and then you’ll reach arousal [responsive desire]. So knowing that, when sober, you may just need to get started first and then will experience desire and arousal can be helpful. Then, learning what else can get you there. Maybe you just need a couple of spanks on your ass to get into a subby mood.

TL: That’s such a good point. I mean, there are so many other ways to get in the mood other than alcohol. Alcohol’s easy, it’s cheap, and it’s accessible. But if you can keep in mind there are other ways to get in the mood—like some impact play stimulating the neurons—you don’t need alcohol. Maybe you need to meditate first or something else. Who knows?

ZZ: Obviously this all takes courage, but it’s something that’s worth exploring sober and seeing how it feels. I have a strong feeling that it would be something that they also enjoy sober if they just gave it a good ol’ college try. Ya know, personally, before I came out as bi, I said how I only liked hooking up with guys while drunk. Well, it’s like no—that’s not quite how that works. So when we have internalized shame, sex negativity, or homophobia, it can be challenging to overcome sober, but it’s possible.

TL: This nicely segues to the next question.

I’ve recently realized that I’m bisexual, but I’ve only been able to have sex with men while drunk. I get so nervous talking to men and doing anything sexual with men. Please help.

ZZ: First, props to you for recognizing that you’re bi. It’s like the reverse of what happened to me. I would hook up with men drunk and justify it, claiming I was still straight. Whereas you know you’re bi, but are using alcohol because you’re nervous, which I get. Anything new is intimidating, and anything that’s going to alter your sense of self and your identity is extra scary. So what do you recommend, Tawny?

TL: Well, his self-awareness is great. This person knows who they are. They’re learning more about who they are and what they’re into. I think it’s also worth noting that 25% of the bisexual community is on some form of the alcohol use disorder spectrum, which just means we are likely to self-medicate with alcohol. You and I both know as out bisexual people how misrepresented the bisexual community is and how misunderstood we are. Anyway, it’s totally normal to feel nervous when you’re having sex with someone of the same gender, or when you’re having sex in general.

ZZ: Beyond validating his anxiety, what are some more actionable items—things he can do? I think letting your partners know you’re really nervous is always good. You can easily say, “Hey, I’m relatively new to guys, so I’m a bit nervous. I just wanna give you a heads up.” I think putting your anxiety on the table and letting your partners know will be helpful. I also think it’s helpful because sometimes when you’re anxious, you respond to things weirdly or seem distant, and the other person then thinks he’s doing something wrong. This all spirals into a terrible and anxious time for everyone. What do you think?

TL: Yeah, I mean, I think the answer to all these questions can probably be communication.

ZZ: Always! And I don’t know if he’s using apps to meet men, but I’d recommend not using Grindr. He should opt for apps that are less about casual sex and more about dates because a guy on Grindr probably won’t want to walk him through a sexual encounter. But on a dating app like Hinge, write in your bio that you’re new to men. You will then attract other guys who are also new to men or experienced men who like teaching less experienced guys. You can find a better match!

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