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Chocolate and me

Women are supposed to have some kind of mystic relationship with chocolate. My question is, “Who doesn’t?” The Field Museum’s website says the Maya first harvested cacao beans, roasted them, ground them up and mixed them with water and spices to create a frothy, spicy beverage they used in religious ceremonies. Twenty-four hundred years later, …

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Sex as a second language

Romance novels and other fiction aimed at primarily women sometimes use phrases that turn English into a second language for me. And I’m not talking about clothes or shoes here. First, there’s the idea that feeling someone’s weight on top of you is particularly arousing. The second is wanting to have someone else “inside” you. …

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That post about breasts

I started thinking about breasts…well, when I was 12…but, more specifically, last month while I was reading Jennifer Crusie’s novel, “Bet Me.” In one scene, the hero, Cal, tells Crusie’s chubby and buxom (Crusie says “round”) heroine, Minnie, that she has great breasts that lots of men would love access to. In a different scene, …

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More important than mogambos

I know, everyone’s eagerly awaiting that post about breasts. Once again, though, circumstances draw my attention elsewhere. Jan O’Hara mentioned MWAR and me in her blog, Tartitude—and said nice things in the process. As you can see, Tartitude is on my “blog list,” and I am now going to say nice things about it. Jan’s …

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Research is key (Really, that’s why I’m looking so closely at the bra ads in the Sunday paper)

Men, we have pants, shirts, underwear and shoes. Well, there’s suits and ties, too. But the pants that come with a suit are just pants. And, yeah, we have specialty stuff, like sweaters, sweatshirts and sweat pants. Now, women…women have lots of names for all this stuff. So I can’t just have Lara wearing “a …

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Bringing it on

I love my writers group. The members give good comments, and I get a lot out of reading and analyzing their work. Every now and then, though… A woman said the other night that “feminists” would be angry about the name “Hard Core Grrls” for the website that supports Lara’s undercover operation. “It sounds like …

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Whore schmore

Someone said Lara is “driven in the beginning and loses all of her resolve almost immediately” and called her “a modified whore who wants to be a have for once and buy that $12,000 dress.” Sure, Lara would like to be “a have,” but she’s not planning to bed the rich guy to get her …

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