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How to travel with sex toys

2023-03-24 23:03:44

How to travel with sex toys

For some, holiday travel is a nightmare of logistical snarls and social minefields that leaves them stressed out and desperate for a little release. For others, it's an escape from the grind of the rest of the year, which may give their libido a little boost(Opens in a new tab). In either case, sex toys can offer some assistance. Natasha Marie of the sex tech company MysteryVibe refers to them as "a lifeline to sanity" over the sometimes tense festive season, or "extra holiday spice" for either solo or partnered sex. 

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But the prospect of taking a toy on a flight can feel daunting at the best of times, thanks to popular horror stories(Opens in a new tab) about airport security agents pulling them out in front of a crowd during a search, or freaking out when a vibrator accidentally goes off inside a bag. Staying with family or friends over the holidays can add an extra layer of concern about discretion: What if someone you don't want privy to your intimate life finds your favorite toy in a shared space — or hears you using it? 

These concerns are all valid. But a dozen sex toy makers and retailers and sex educators, told Mashable they're all easy to mitigate or avoid — if you keep a few basic tips and tricks in mind. We've compiled all of their advice into a quick and dirty guide to holiday travel with toys in tow. 

Of Toys and TSA Agents

Here's the good news: In theory, U.S. airport security(Opens in a new tab) and airlines allow all kinds of sex toys in both carry-on and checked bags. (Most nations are similarly permissive. But it's worth noting that sex toys are illegal in a few countries(Opens in a new tab). So, always check local laws before you fly abroad.) 

However, in practice there's one big caveat on this general allowance: If a security official thinks you could use a toy as a weapon, then they won't let you take it onboard in a carry-on bag.

Unfortunately, it's hard to say what kinds of toys will trigger this kind of scrutiny with certainty. A big dildo made of metal, for example, might make it through one security screening without issue, but get flagged as a potentially dangerous cudgel on another. Much of this comes down to the perception and discretion of individual TSA agents(Opens in a new tab), who Carol Queen(Opens in a new tab), staff sexologist of the toy retail chain Good Vibrations, notes are often overworked and may be unfamiliar with the full spectrum of toys. But she and others have found that BDSM gear tends to trip security's danger senses more often than other items. "Ropes, cuffs, impact toys — especially solid ones like wooden bats or high density plastic paddles could ring bells for a screener," explains Queen.

Given these inconsistencies, Queen and others advise erring on the side of caution and checking any toys that you worry an uninitiated eye could view as a weapon — or shipping them ahead. 

However, you might still get stopped and screened in airport security even if you haven't packed anything that looks remotely dangerous in your carry-on, either because you seem anxious(Opens in a new tab), you end up on the wrong end of a random(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab) bag check(Opens in a new tab), or the agent reviewing your bag is confused by something they see or hear. "If screeners see something they don't recognize in your luggage, they may want to inspect it," Queen notes. "If your toy has batteries in it or, heaven forfend, has switched itself on and is vibrating, they'll probably want to figure out what it is, as well." 

"If it’s in your carry-on, they might hold it up in front of a very crowded room full of people going through security," Queen adds. 

Amy Boyajian of the sex toy retailer Wild Flower recalls that a close friend had to deal with a bomb squad after their Magic Wand went off in their luggage."

If the thought of such a public airing of your private items mortifies you for any reason, then sex therapist Dulcinea Pitagora(Opens in a new tab) recommends checking all of your sex toys, even if they are in theory carry-on friendly, just to play it safe. "Checked bags can still sometimes get searched, but at least in that case there wouldn't be a public aspect to the search," she pointed out.  

However, checked bags sometimes get lost. And travelers occasionally report toys going(Opens in a new tab) missing(Opens in a new tab) from checked bags in transit. "Losing a sex toy in a checked piece of luggage would be quite sad!" noted Jenni Skyler, a sexologist who works with the major toy retail chain Adam & Eve. 

If for whatever reason you can't check a bag, or don't want to risk a loss, then experts suggest packing a small, discreet toy that could pass for something else to avoid possible embarrassment during a potential public search. "There are small vibrators that look like lipstick cases that can be tucked into your makeup bag, as well as vibrators created to be worn as beautiful necklace pendants, that can be packed with your jewelry," says sex therapist Sari Cooper(Opens in a new tab). Small items have the added bonus of freeing up luggage space and keeping your carry-on lightweight. 

Folks who don't give two figs about people seeing their sex toys in public and pack explicitly erotic items do occasionally report getting hassled by sex-negative airport staff, Pitagora notes.  Having a showdown about sexual biases and/or bigotry at a security checkpoint may not go over well. So, Queen suggests that, "if you get slut-shamed, you should take people's names and badge numbers, get on your flight, and report them later."

If you pack your sexual paraphernalia in a carry-on bag, then remember that any lube you bring is subject to TSA liquid rules. You can find travel-sized lube bottles. Or, MysteryVibe’s Marie notes, if you're worried about people seeing that you've packed lube during a public check, "use an unmarked travel container" to store your lube — multiple containers if you want to bring lots.  

Kim Airs(Opens in a new tab), a sex educator and toy seller, adds that when she's traveled with masturbation sleeves made of TPR(Opens in a new tab) or TPE(Opens in a new tab) materials, she's found that they sometimes "show up on TSA X-rays as large bags of water, which is of course a no-no." To avoid trouble you may need to check those toys, or leave those behind. 

Regardless of whether or not you check your toys, the experts Mashable spoke to all noted that if your toy uses batteries, you ought to take them out to avoid accidental activation that could lead to a security scare, or just overheating in your bag. (Some airlines have specific rules(Opens in a new tab) about if and how you should pack batteries, so you'll need to check your carrier's regulations.) If your electric toy uses a charger rather than batteries, consider running down its charge before you travel. (Just don't forget your charger!) Some modern, high-tech toys also include travel lock features that allow you to skip this onerous process and travel without fear of a buzzing disaster. 

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Put all of your toys in a clear plastic bag as well, suggests Boyajian, so that if security personnel take them out of a checked or carry-on bag for a quick exam they'll be visible but remain clean and sanitary. Label your toys as well, they added, so that security officials know what they're looking at. "This can be especially helpful for sex toys and tools that look more abstract or artsy than your classic dildo or bullet," they noted. 

"If you still have the original packaging," it may be useful to pack some or all of that as well, says Julia Lopez of the sex toy brand Dame. "I find that the TSA rarely opens a box that has print reading 'vibrator.'" A product description and image next to a loose item in a Ziplock bag will also likely allay any concerns or confusion that an agent might have about a given item.  

And of course, if your toy is delicate — like a porcelain or glass toy — make sure that you pack it in a secure travel container. Or at least wrap it in clothes. You don't want it to shatter in transit. 

Home for the Holidays 

"Some people might not have any issues with others knowing they use sex toys or seeing their sex toys," says Pitagora. "But others might prefer to keep that part of their life private." Yet privacy may be hard to come by when you share a house with friends or family for the holidays. 

If you're mainly worried about people hearing you using a toy while in a packed house, you can always use a toy that doesn’t make any noise, like an analog dildo, says Skyler, then muffle your own vocalizations. However, many people prefer — or need — toys with a motor. 

Companies do make toys with quiet settings and whisper motors, Skyler noted. But if you don’t already own and enjoy one of these, sex therapist Rosara Torrisi(Opens in a new tab) cautions against buying a new one just for travel. "It would be deeply disappointing to get to your destination, whip out your new toy, and find that you're not as in love with it as you'd hoped," she says. "Cue sad music."

She suggests just checking the volume of your tried-and-true toys by turning them on, then stepping into another room and closing the door. If you can hear it whirring or buzzing, experiment with putting it under the covers, putting a rolled towel by the bottom of the door, or putting it in the bathroom while the shower's on to see if that sufficiently muffles the sound(Opens in a new tab). (Bathrooms are a good choice for privacy in a shared space, and showers give you cover for extended usage. But don't use a toy in the shower unless it specifically notes that it’s fully waterproof.)  You may also consider hanging back while other people head out of the house for optimal toy usage privacy. But Cooper notes that this makes many people feel awkward and self-conscious.

Discreetly storing your toys may be tricky(Opens in a new tab), as you will likely have less control over the space you're staying in, and fewer storage options, than you would at home. In theory, just keeping your toys in your luggage, perhaps wrapped in clothes or stashed in a toiletry bag, should be sufficient for keeping your private items away from prying eyes. "Most folks travel with a toiletry bag, and your hosts won't think twice about seeing it" in the open, argues Boyajian. 

However, presumptive relatives could snoop through your bags and belongings. Young kids especially may get curious and grabby, Cooper notes, and may bring "your dildo into the living room where your family is hanging out." 

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If you're particularly concerned about discretion and security, Queen notes that you can find a few slim and lightweight storage boxes with locks on them. Boyajian cautions that these lock boxes can eat up space, and may actually "catch the eyes of intrusive folks" themselves, though, inviting scrutiny and questions. Likewise, packing a toy that doesn't look like a toy may solve discretion issues in some cases, but may invite so what’s that thing type questions from nosy folks that you don't want to deal with. So, you'll need to weigh some pros and cons against your particular concerns and circumstances when deciding on an ideal low-key storage approach.  

Also, consider that trying to keep your toy out of view from others may limit your ability to plug it in for a recharge. Skyler suggests bringing a battery-powered toy, and bringing spare batteries, to avoid any potential charging issues. Johanna Rief of the toy brands Womanizer and We-Vibe notes that you could also just invest in a portable charging block, which you can use in optimally private spaces. If you recharge that in public, you can just say it's for your laptop. 

Similarly, if you don't want to tote your toy around a shared space — and you don't want to or can't use it in the bathroom — then you may need to find "some way to clean your toys that doesn't include bringing them to a sink," Airs says. She recommends investing in "a small packet of baby wipes… that do a very effective cleaning job and are easy to toss into the trash." 

Mix and Match 

Rief points out that a number of companies make specifically travel-friendly products, which work well with most or all of this advice. But it's worth keeping in mind that a travel-perfect toy may not actually be perfect for your body, or your sexual wants and needs at any given moment. If that's the case, buy or bring the toy that's right for you. Then mix and match bits and pieces of advice from this guide, as well as your own commonsense, to work with your own toy, travel concerns, and wider circumstances. 

"At the very least, practice saying, 'it’s a personal care item' while looking a person in the eyes."
- Carol Queen of Good Vibrations

And even if you buy a perfectly discreet toy and follow all of the advice in this guide to a tee, there's always still a chance that a nosy security official or family member is going to get their hands on your toy and ask you some questions about it, possibly in front of other people. That's why Queen believes that, "if someone travels with toys, they should be prepared to speak up about them. At the very least, practice saying, 'it’s a personal care item' while looking a person in the eyes, as though there's nothing to be ashamed about. Because there isn't!" 

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    Twitter user @Taymonnnzzz(Opens in a new tab) made quite the splash with this priceless video of her (allegedly) intoxicated dad attempting to do a backflip into the pool.

    SEE ALSO: The viral videos that helped me survive high school bullying

    After stating that he "should've been in the Olympics" and ignoring pleas to take off his shoes, the father leaps backwards. To call this maneuver a "backflip" would be a reach, it's closer to a back flop.


    Regardless, he gets a lot of laughs from his daughter, and from the rest of the internet, for that. At the time of this writing, the video has racked up 1.26 million views.

    Apparently, the dad's Twitter fame isn't a surprise. According to Taylor, it was destiny:

    We're glad Taylor caught such a special moment on camera. If there's ever an Olympic team for drunk diving, he'll win gold.

  • How to use an Instant Pot

    How to use an Instant Pot

    People love their Instant Pot pressure cookers, but learning how to use them can feel a bit overwhelming.


    Since it's not quite like tossing food in the oven — unlike say, an airfryer — there is a barrier to entry for some folks. But do not fret. It's actually quite simple once you get the hang of it.

    We have 6 essential tips — laid out in the order you'll need them — for using your Instant Pot that'll make your cooking life easier. There are plenty of different models of the Instant Pot, so find one that works best for you.

    1. Plug in your Instant Pot

    OK, this is, obviously, an easy first step. But it's a good opportunity to point out that an Instant Pot uses electricity and is much easier and safer to use than previous pressure cookers, which relied on stovetop heat.

    2. Understand how your Instant Pot works

    To cook properly, it's important to have a basic understanding of how the Instant Pot works.

    Inside your Instant Pot is a metal pot. This is where you're going to place your food and cooking liquid. The pot slips into the outer Instant Pot and is heated from a heating element below.

    The heating element boils the liquid, and all that energy is then trapped inside the Instant Pot. The pressure, steam, and heat then cooks the food much quicker than boiling or using a crockpot. Dry beans, for instance, can take half a day in a crockpot, but can be cooked in under an hour in an Instant Pot.

    3. Prep and fill the Instant Pot for cooking

    OK so here is the tricky part of describing how to use your Instant Pot. The most important thing you're going to need to do is follow the directions in any recipe you're using. Some recipes may call for first searing a piece of meat (Instant Pot is able to do this, but I often find it more effective to use a separate pan). Some recipes like, say, a rice dish, might require an exact amount of water. Other recipes might involve a significant amount of prep work, like cutting a whole mess of veggies for an Instant Pot chili. I can't walk you through everything, but, if you're following a recipe, please pay attention to that.

    Now, with that being said, there is one basic rule you must understand while using the Instant Pot. You must always — always —have liquid of some sort when cooking in an Instant Pot. This can be water, wine, beer, broth, whatever. But you need liquid.

    Remember how the Instant Pot works? It cooks quickly by employing the energy of a sealed, pressurized, boiling liquid. If you don't have some amount of liquid, you will burn your food. And you might create a dangerous situation.

    How much liquid do you need? Well, that depends. Depending on the size of your cooker, you need a minimum of 1.5 cups to 2.5 cups. For a quick, specific cook, like rice, you might only need a cup and a half. If you're making pulled pork from a massive pork shoulder, I'd recommend covering about half the meat in liquid.

    Later on in your cooking journey, if you begin experimenting and making your own recipes, choosing different cooking liquids can be a fun variable to play with. I, for instance, grew partial to making a quick pulled pork using Corona beer, lime juice, and orange juice, all swimming in garlic and onions. The broth at the end of the cook proved to be a nice liquid to sauce the meat.

    This is the pot that you'll fill up with liquid and food. Credit: mashable / tim marcin

    4. Lock and seal the Instant Pot

    So you have your pot filled. Now is a good time to confirm the rubber seal inside your lid is properly place. It should fit snugly and tightly inside the lid — this will ensure you get a good seal and thus retaining moisture and pressure.

    Now you have to lock it. The lid should slide from left to right so it locks in place. You should feel it and you should hear a beeping sound from the Instant Pot alerting you it's closed properly.

    5. Make sure your vent in set to "sealing"

    This is key. On your lid there is a vent that looks like a lever of sorts. When starting your cook, you want this lever pointing toward "sealing" and not "venting." Sealing means the Instant Pot is going to hold all the pressure created inside the pot, while venting is what you'll likely do to release the pressure when the food is finished cooking.

    This is how your valve should look when set to "sealing." Credit: mashable / tim marcin

    5. Choose a cooking setting and time

    Again, this is likely when you'll rely on a recipe. But, in general, now is the time to choose the method of cooking and how long your food will cook. I've found I typically use the manual setting and high pressure, since I frequently use the Instant Pot to prepare large cuts of meat. But in general, you'll choose a setting, set a time, then start cooking.

    Be advised, it can take more than 15 minutes for an Instant Pot to preheat and pressurize, depending on the amount of food and liquid in the pot. That means the number of minutes you chose to cook your food might not show up on the display for more than 15 minutes. That is OK. That is normal. Do not freak out and stop the cook. (Yes, I've done that.) You might see small amounts of steam release through your valve. This, too, is normal. If you accidentally set your valve to "venting" you will know it. It produces a lot of steam.

    After some amount of time, the Instant Pot display will show how many minutes are left in your cook. You're off to the races. Set it and forget it, baby.

    I most often use the manual setting, but there are lots of different options on the Instant Pot. When in doubt, use a recipe. Credit: mashable / tim marcin

    6. Vent the food (or maybe don't) and enjoy

    Once the cook time has passed, often you'll then move the valve to "venting" which, in a glorious geyser of food smells, will release the pressure and steam inside your Instant Pot. Be careful touching the valve, it can get hot. Either wear an oven mitt or move the valve with a wooden spoon. It will release a lot of hot air, so it's a good idea to lean back the first time you move the valve, and definitely keep your eyes away from the valve when you let it vent.

    Once the Instant Pot is done venting — this might take a few minutes — remove the lid and gaze upon your finished food and enjoy.

    A side note: in the picture below you can see a little circular valve that looks like a button. When the Instant Pot pressurizes, you should see it rise. This lets you know the Instant Pot is pressurized, which means the lid will be locked. The only way to open the Instant Pot, at that point, is to wait for it to depressurize. So don't worry, feel safe.

    This what the "venting" setting looks like. Credit: mashable / tim marcin

    Some recipes, including some very common ones like rice, call for something called a "Natural Pressure Release," which just means you let the pressure slowly fade inside the Instant Pot. You do not move the valve to "venting" for a certain amount of time. My favorite Instant Pot rice recipe, for instance, calls for just a few minutes of cook time but 10 minutes of natural release before you open the Instant Pot.

    Either way, you need to let the pressure release from the Instant Pot, but then you're ready to enjoy.

  • This teen slept through his alarm because of Netflix and still won gold at the Olympics

    This teen slept through his alarm because of Netflix and still won gold at the Olympics


    Red Gerard may be an Olympic snowboarder, but he's still a typical 17-year-old at heart.

    The teenager overslept after a late night of bingeing Brooklyn Nine-Nine, ignoring the alarm he had set because he was supposed to compete on Sunday morning.

    SEE ALSO: How to follow the Olympics on Twitter

    Gerard should have been awake at 6 a.m. But, as Yahoo reports(opens in a new tab), his teammate Kyle Mack had to drag him out of bed. He then realized that he had lost his jacket, and had to borrow Mack's for the competition.

    And despite the late start and rough morning, Gerard still won a gold medal, the first for a U.S. team at this year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. His three snowboarding runs won a combined score of 87.16 out of 100, placing him first over Canada's silver medal winner, Max Parrot.

    To top it off, Gerard had the best response to finding out he won. When the results were announced, his victorious "holy fuck!" got into NBC's live feed and was broadcasted nationwide.

    Which pretty much sums up all of our reactions, since Gerard is the youngest American man to win a gold medal in 90 years(opens in a new tab) -- some compare his killer snowboarding skills to Shaun White's. He also didn't realize that winning was his dream until pretty recently. In fact, he's barely followed the Winter Olympics.


    “I just didn’t really think I knew what the Olympics is,” Gerard told Yahoo, “I kind of grew up just watching Dew Tour and X-Games. I’d never really realized how big it is.

    With a group of 17 people out to support him at the games, Gerard says his friends and family started celebrations early by shotgunning beers at 8:30 a.m.

    Now that he's officially a gold medalist, the Colorado teen will hopefully be able to binge Brooklyn Nine-Nine and sleep in all he wants.

  • The internet made sooooo many jokes about Trumps fake news trophy tweet

    The internet made sooooo many jokes about Trumps fake news trophy tweet


    Perhaps the biggest bummer about Twitter's new 280-character limit is that it allows the current president to compose tweets like this one:

    On Monday morning, President Donald Trump hit Twitter to suggest a "FAKE NEWS TROPHY" for whichever news network he deems produces "the most dishonest, corrupt" coverage of his presidency. As usual, Fox was excluded from Trump's media rage.

    In the same tweet, Trump referred to himself as the American people's favorite president with a parenthetical "(me)." According the most recent Gallup(opens in a new tab) poll, the self-described "favorite" president's approval rating currently sits at 37 percent.

    Naturally the internet jumped all over Trump's first tweet of the day. Some even have a solid suggestion for Trump's proposed "FAKE NEWS TROPHY":


  • Trumps campaign wont admit it, but they got trolled hard in Tulsa

    Trumps campaign wont admit it, but they got trolled hard in Tulsa

    Donald Trump and his campaign expected gigantic crowds at his latest rally in Tulsa, Okla., so much so that outdoor "overflow" activities were planned. The rows upon rows of empty blue venue seats on Saturday night had to be a let down.


    The week before the rally, the president's re-election campaign chairman, Brad Parscale, tweeted that more than one million tickets had been requested for the rally. But on Saturday, Trump supporters didn't even manage to fill the 19,000 seats in the Bank of Oklahoma Center, let alone the large area outside that was reserved for an overflow crowd.

    There are several reasons why Trump's attendance might have been lower than expected. For one thing, he held the rally during a global pandemic and made no serious push for attendees to wear masks or socially distance. (In fact, Trump has turned the act of wearing a mask, or not, into a political statement.)

    Some people may have backed out due to concerns for their health and safety, or perhaps a few tickets were reserved by people who were no longer able to attend after Trump changed the date(Opens in a new tab). But another explanation for the high number of tickets requested is simply that Trump and his campaign got trolled. Hard.

    Reports have been circulating that say an online movement(Opens in a new tab) was at least partially responsible for all those inflated claims of a big turnout. Apparently, after Trump's campaign tweeted(Opens in a new tab) to let followers know that they could register for free tickets for the rally using their phones, many people registered without any intention of attending. TikTok teens and K-Pop fans reportedly spearheaded the prank in an effort to stick it to Trump, but it spread across social media platforms and wound up getting people of all ages on board.

    SEE ALSO: 10 mind-boggling and unhinged moments from Trump's Tulsa rally

    As the New York Times stated(Opens in a new tab), once Trump's campaign put out a call for ticket reservations, "K-pop fan accounts began sharing the information with followers, encouraging them to register for the rally — and then not show." But the prank quickly spread to TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.

    On Instagram, accounts such as @she.hicks85(Opens in a new tab), which has 187,000 followers, began posting instructions on how to make the Trump campaign prep for a false attendance count.(Opens in a new tab) "The tickets are free. You can get 2 at a time. You have to use a real phn number bc they send a verification code," the caption read. "Listen, idgaf if all we do is embarrass or inconvenience this man make him do like he always does and hire some mfs to sit in that bitch. FUCK HIM."

    Another shot of some empty seats. Credit: NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP via Getty Images

    After photos of the empty arena seats spread online, @she.hicks85 shared a screenshot of the original posts's analytics(Opens in a new tab).

    "The numbers don't lie baby, y'all was putting in that work! Thanks for participating in my petty experiment," the Instagram user wrote alongside a screenshot that showed the call to action had reached nearly 50,000 people.

    On TikTok, a similar call to reserve tickets was spreading, and though many teens took part in the prank(Opens in a new tab), so did older app users like 51-year-old Mary Jo Laupp, aka #TikTokGrandma(Opens in a new tab). Laupp told her 12,000 TikTok followers how they could reserve tickets to Trump's rally to "make sure there are empty seats" in the venue.

    While the prank didn't take tickets away from actual Trump supporters – seats were empty simply because the turnout was low – the whole point was to raise the campaign's expectations surrounding interest in the event. By that mark, the efforts of social media users were a clear success, though Trump's campaign obviously isn't about to admit that they got trolled.

    "Leftists always fool themselves into thinking they're being clever," Trump campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh, said in a statement(Opens in a new tab) on Sunday. "Registering for a rally only means you've RSVPed with a cell phone number. Every rally is general admission and entry is first-come-first served. But we thank them for their contact information."

    The funny thing about that statement is how Murtaugh completely misses the point of the actually very clever prank. The people who jokingly registered for Trump's rally were never trying to get guaranteed entry. They simply wanted to falsely raise Trump's crowd size expectations in an effort to hit him where he seems to hurt most, his ego.

    The idea was simply to get Trump to think that one million people wanted in on this rally, then have him show up to a significantly smaller crowd. It was a largely low-effort, extremely harmless prank, but knowing that since his inauguration day Trump has made zero effort to conceal his absurd obsession with crowd size, people assumed it would upset him.

    Though Trump has yet to address reports that people purposefully flooded his ticket requests with no intention of attending his rally, many — including Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Steve Schmidt, a political strategist who worked for President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain — are celebrating the efforts behind the prank.

  • Dating show promotes openly sexist dude, and like, read the damn room

    Dating show promotes openly sexist dude, and like, read the damn room


    If you lived under a rock during 2017 (can I come too?), it was a year in which various sexual harassers were outed for being awful.

    It was a year that the conversation around harassment, power and abuse started to be taken seriously, but it seems like Australian television station Channel Nine -- who had its own problems recently(opens in a new tab), missed the memo.

    SEE ALSO: Actresses plan to wear black at Golden Globes to protest sexual misconduct in Hollywood

    In a commercial for its upcoming season of Married at First Sight, it featured Dean, a man looking for a woman who will listen to him, and openly wants to be the "man in charge" in the household.

    "It's hard to say without sounding sexist or something, but I like a girl that is a girl, and she's girly and that she knows I'm the man in charge," he said.

    "Also I want someone that listens to me, and I wanna be the alpha male and she needs to respect me as the man."

    For those unfamiliar with the show, Married at First Sight matches up couples with the aid of experts, who commit when they first meet.


    Not that it matters anymore, because there were plenty of messages angry about the commercial.

    Do better. Just do better.

  • Lets make 2022 the year of no expectations

    Lets make 2022 the year of no expectations

    Remember the idea of Hot Girl Summer? The notion that, come the dog days of 2021, we'd all get scantily clad, or sauced up, or crowded among friends, or make out with strangers, or whatever else floated our respective boats?


    So much for that. Summer came and, with it, lots of disappointment. People all over the(Opens in a new tab) internet(Opens in a new tab) lamented their Hot Girl Summer that wasn't. COVID didn't magically disappear. The country was on fire(Opens in a new tab). And we were tired.

    I'd argue the disappointment stemmed from setting our sights way too high. Plan for a gorgeous summer of excess and ease, anything but that will be a let down.

    SEE ALSO: Why 2021 felt worse than 2020, and how to feel better in 2022

    So as we crawl toward the end of 2021 — the year of canceled plans, countless COVID variants, the hot girl summer that wasn't — and move into 2022, I propose we drop all expectations. I mean it. I'm going into the year expecting absolutely nothing. I don't want to anticipate anything good, bad, or indifferent. A blank slate. A void. A body floating apart from its overactive brain.

    Now this may sound like a negative thing and I suppose on some level it is. There's a measure of sadness in abandoning the idea of a fixed calendar. There's a sense of loss giving up the idea of control. It sucks to toss aside anticipating something good.

    I'm trying to be more like my dog in 2022. One instant to the next.

    But there's also beauty casting aside expectation. Let me explain. Actually, first, let me tell you about my dog.

    He's a puppy, not even five months old, and I'm training him in all the, you things. The idea is to give positive reinforcement(Opens in a new tab) for good behavior, like sitting, peeing outside, and dropping one of the million things puppies try to eat but shouldn't. But here's the thing about training a dog: you've got to catch the good behavior (and dish out a treat) or the bad behavior (and tell the pup no) as it happens. Because the dog needs to associate that exact moment with a reward or a scold. The second the moment is gone, it's all confusion. You give a treat like a minute after the dog went to the bathroom outside and it might as well be a week after. Dogs, bless their pure little hearts, are living moment to moment.

    I'm trying to be more like my dog in 2022. One instant to the next.

    Not to get all ~spiritual~ on you, but there's a counter culture idea from Ram Das that says to Be Here Now(Opens in a new tab). In other words, actually be where you are. I like that. I think I spent so much of 2021 — and every other year — being elsewhere. I was imagining what the holidays would look like. I was already living for the weekend or my next vacation. I was wondering when I could get a vaccine. I was hoping my wedding would finally happen. (It did(Opens in a new tab)).

    That is the beauty of having zero expectations. If you're not stuck on what might be, you can try to focus on what is. Sure, you might not be able to take that vacation because the omicron variant is ravaging the globe. But you just made a sandwich and it's got salami, and lettuce, and spicy peppers, and provolone cheese and, oh boy, it's going to be a good sandwich. It's salty and fresh, the spice hits your jowls, and the provolone is sharp, and oh my God, this might be the best fucking sandwich you've ever had.

    I'm throwing my hands up at the universe here. I think you should too. Give up and give in.

    I wrote in June about the pandemic redefining ambition, how for many folks the things that used to motivate us no longer applied. Frankly who gives a shit about a promotion while the world burns.

    I wrote at the time:

    "Ambition is a reflection of values. And if, during the pandemic, all you're able to value is staying afloat, then your ambitions are severely limited."

    Making 2022 the year of no expectations is sort of an extension of the idea. I propose placing our values in the moment. If everything from March 2020 onward has taught us anything, it's that we have very little idea how things are going to progress. We cannot change the past and the future has always been uncertain, now even more so. Let go of the expectations and be where you are, as best as you can. Sure you aren't thinking of the good things to come but you're also not stuck on the bad things to come, either.

    I plan to sit with myself in 2022. I plan to read a book in a hammock, flipping pages, feeling the city breeze waft a tinge of summer garbage stink my way. I plan to watch impossibly dumb reality TV and really watch it — not simultaneously googling positivity rates. And I plan to eat a really fucking good sandwich and taste every last morsel.

  • Todays best deals include the Nutri Ninja blender, Samsung Bespoke Jet vacuum, and Starz streaming s

    Todays best deals include the Nutri Ninja blender, Samsung Bespoke Jet vacuum, and Starz streaming service

    We've rounded up the best deals we could find on March 24 — here are some of our top picks:


    • BEST STREAMING DEAL: Starz add-on for Prime Video(Opens in a new tab)$1.99/month for three months $8.99/month (save $21)

    • BEST VACUUM DEAL: Samsung Bespoke Jet cordless stick vacuum with all-in-one Clean Station(Opens in a new tab) — $360 $899 (save $539)

    • BEST HOME DEAL: Nutri Ninja BL642 personal and countertop blender(Opens in a new tab)$119.99 $249.99 (save $130)

    • BEST AUDIO DEAL: Sennheiser Momentum true wireless 3 earbuds(Opens in a new tab)$169.95 $249.95 (save $80)

    Our roundup of deals on March 24 has a little bit of everything: a discounted streaming service, an all-time low price on one of the fanciest vacuums around, and a blender with all the bells and whistles for under $150. If you're looking to do some retail therapy heading into the weekend, you've come to the right place.

    We already did the grunt work of sorting out the deals worth your time and hard-earned cash on March 24 — all you have to do is shop. Keep on scrolling to check out our top deal picks of the day.

    Best streaming deal

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    Our pick: Starz add-on for Prime Video (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $1.99/month for three months (save $21)
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    Why we like it

    If you're an Amazon Prime member, you can add Starz to your Prime Video account(Opens in a new tab) for just $1.99/month for the next three months. That's a total of $21 in savings, as it usually costs $8.99/month for the streamer. It's the cheapest way to binge Party Down season 3, which Mashable film editor Kristy Puchko called "something sweet and salty that's totally worth savoring." If you're not a Prime member, you can still score a discounted subscription(Opens in a new tab) on the standalone streamer for $3/month for three months with a limited-time offer.

    More streaming and subscription deals

    • Apple TV+(Opens in a new tab)free $6.99/month (save $20.97) for three months

    • Apple Music(Opens in a new tab) free $10.99/month (save $43.96) for four months

    • Dashpass(Opens in a new tab)free for Roku users $9.99.month (save $59.94) for six months

    • Grubhub+(Opens in a new tab) — free for Amazon Prime members $9.99/month (save $119.88) for one year

    • HBO Max and Cinemax bundle add-on for Prime Video(Opens in a new tab) — $20.99/month $25.98/month (save $4.99/month)

    • SiriusXM(Opens in a new tab)free $9.99/month (save $39.96) for four months

    • Sling TV(Opens in a new tab)$20/month $40/month (save $20) for your first month

    • Starz add-on for Prime Video(Opens in a new tab)$1.99/month for three months $8.99/month (save $21)

    • Starz and MGM+ bundle add-on for Prime Video(Opens in a new tab)$11.99/month $14.98/month (save $2.99/month)

    • YouTube TV(Opens in a new tab)$62.99/month $72.99/month (save $30) for your first three months

    Best vacuum deal

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    Our pick: Samsung Bespoke Jet cordless stick vacuum with all-in-one Clean Station (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $360 at Amazon (save $539)
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    Why we like it

    The Samsung Bespoke Jet cordless stick vacuum and All-in-One Clean Station(Opens in a new tab) just hit a new all-time low in the woody green and misty white shades. Just yesterday, it was down to $421.73 (reg. $899), but on March 24, you can slash another $60 off on the sleek vacuum and grab it for only $360. The midnight blue color option is a few bucks more at $399.99 (which is still an excellent deal). We like the Samsung Bespoke Jet for its auto-emptying dustbin after each cleaning and its aesthetic element. We don't particularly appreciate its $900 price tag, which makes this 60% discount a total steal.

    More vacuum deals

    • Eufy RoboVac 25C WiFi robot vacuum(Opens in a new tab) — $86.40 $249.99 (save $163.59)

    • Dyson V7 Advanced cordless vacuum cleaner(Opens in a new tab) $229.99 $399.99 (save $170)

    • Samsung Jet 75 Pet cordless stick vacuum(Opens in a new tab)$299.99 $399 (save $99.01)

    • Samsung Bespoke Jet cordless stick vacuum with all-in-one Clean Station(Opens in a new tab) — $360 $899 (save $539)

    • iRobot Roomba i4+ EVO robot vacuum(Opens in a new tab)$399 $649.99 (save $250.99)

    • Roborock Q5+ robot vacuum(Opens in a new tab) — $499.99 $699.99 (save $200)

    • Samsung Jet Bot AI+ robot vacuum(Opens in a new tab)$667 $1,299 (save $632)

    Home deals

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    Our pick: Nutri Ninja BL642 personal and countertop blender (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $119.99 at Amazon (save $130)
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    Why we like it

    The lowest price we've seen in over a year (and just shy of its lowest price ever), the Nutri Ninja BL642 personal and countertop blender(Opens in a new tab) can be yours for only $119.99 as of March 24. That's $130 in savings. It comes with the 1200W Auto-IQ base, a 72-ounce pitcher, and 18, 24, and 32-ounce cups for versatility when blending up drinks. There are also five different Auto-IQ settings, along with three manual blending settings to make whipping up creamy frozen drinks and smoothies a nearly hands-off process.

    More home deals

    • Ecobee SmartSensor for doors and windows (2-pack)(Opens in a new tab)$59.99 $79.99 (save $20)

    • AeroGarden Harvest with gourmet herb seed pod kit(Opens in a new tab) — $79.95 $164.95 (save $85)

    • Ecobee SmartCamera indoor security camera(Opens in a new tab)$79.99 $99.99 (save $20)

    • Ninja NJ601AMZ professional blender(Opens in a new tab)$79.99 $99.99 (save $20)

    • Arlo Essential wireless video doorbell(Opens in a new tab) — $99.99 $199.99 (save $100)

    • Sensi Touch smart thermostat(Opens in a new tab)$127.28 $169.99 (save $42.71)

    • AeroGarden Harvest Elite with gourmet herb seed pod kit(Opens in a new tab)$139.95 $205.95 (save $66)

    • Arlo Essential spotlight camera (2-pack)(Opens in a new tab)$159.99 $229 (save $69.01)

    • Eufy Security smart WiFi dual cam video doorbell(Opens in a new tab) — $179.99 $259.99 (save $80)

    • Eufy Security eufyCam 2C Pro 2-camera kit(Opens in a new tab)$199.99 $319.99 (save $120)

    • Vitamix A3300 Ascent Series smart blender(Opens in a new tab)$349.95 $549.95 (save $200)

    Audio deals

    • Sony WF-C500 wireless Bluetooth earbuds(Opens in a new tab)$68 $99.99 (save $31.99)

    • Jabra Elite 4 Active Bluetooth earbuds(Opens in a new tab)$77.07 $119.99 (save $42.92)

    • Sennheiser CX Plus true wireless earbuds(Opens in a new tab)$89.95 $179.95 (save $90)

    • Beats Solo3 wireless headphones(Opens in a new tab)$130.01 $199.95 (save $69.94)

    • Google Pixel Buds Pro(Opens in a new tab)$149.99 $199.99 (save $50)

    • JBL Xtreme 2 portable Bluetooth speaker(Opens in a new tab)$179.99 $349.99 (save $170)

    • LG S65Q 3.1ch high-res sound bar(Opens in a new tab) — $196.99 $399.99 (save $203)

    • Sony SRS-XG300 X-Series portable Bluetooth party speaker(Opens in a new tab)$198 $349.99 (save $151.99) + 4 free months of Amazon Music Unlimited

    • Bose SoundLink Revolve+ (Series II) portable Bluetooth speaker(Opens in a new tab)$229 $329 (save $100)

    • Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II(Opens in a new tab)$249 $299 (save $50)

    • JBL Boombox 2 portable Bluetooth speaker(Opens in a new tab)$299.95 $449.95 (save $150)

    Computer and monitor deals

    • Acer Vero BR277 27-inch full HD IPS zero-frame monitor(Opens in a new tab)$139 $249.99 (save $110.99)

    • Samsung T35F 27-inch FHD 1080p computer monitor(Opens in a new tab)$139.99 $219.99 (save $80)

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  • The star of the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards was Glenn Closes dog, Pip

    The star of the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards was Glenn Closes dog, Pip


    Glenn Close had a big night at the 34th annual Independent Spirit Awards, but her dog Pip was the evening's real winner in the internet's eyes.

    Close, who scored a Best Female Lead win for her star performance in The Wife, brought along her dog, a Havanese, as her arm candy for the evening. And given that Pip is a tiny, fluffy pooch who clearly loves his mama, he became an instant star.

    (NOTE: She did win, and Pip did join her on stage. It was adorable.)

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    Pip scored all of this acclaim without ever having to field asinine red carpet questions like "Who are you wearing?" Hero.

    Please enjoy these looks at Pip, who seemed unimaginably chill -- even playful! -- amidst all the noise and popping flashbulbs of a Hollywood red carpet and subsequent awards show.



    Pip giving Glenn Close a pre-awards show PIP talk. (sorrynotsorry) Credit: Chelsea Lauren/Variety/Shutterstock
    "Maaaaaaaaahm I want to go back to the table with the food!" Credit: Chelsea Lauren/Variety/Shutterstock
    Look at this ridiculous pup hamming it up for the crowd with a full on play bow. Credit: Chelsea Lauren/Variety/Shutterstock
    "Clap louder, people. I can't hear you." Credit: Chelsea Lauren/Variety/Shutterstock
    *flop* Credit: Chelsea Lauren/Variety/Shutterstock

    Congratulations to Close, who swept up yet another big award ahead of Feb. 24's Oscars night, and to Pip, the true star of 2019 awards season in our hearts.