Too Proud to be Jealous – Dominique Strauss-Kahn & Anne Sinclair

The following article explains how French women feel about their highly sexed men. Now I would like to read an article about how the men feel about their highly sexed women. Personally I don’t think there is much difference.

Too Proud to Be Jealous

She was pretty and successful. He was a skirt chaser now accused of attempted rape. Why does wife Anne Sinclair put up with DSK? How French women think.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn (right) and his wife, Anne Sinclair (left) leave court on June 6, 2011. Jason Decrow / EPA-CorbisDominique Strauss-Kahn (right) and his wife, Anne Sinclair (left) leave court on June 6, 2011.

Anne Sinclair was as unimpeachable as Barbara Walters, as luscious as Diane Sawyer, as authoritative as both. For 13 years, from 1984 to 1997, she hosted 7/7, a show on TF1, France’s main TV channel, where a prominent guest commented on the week’s news. With her curly black hair, blue eyes, pale skin, and curves, she gave off an aura of relaxed sexuality. Her onscreen costume was a curiously intimate range of electric-blue mohair sweaters. The granddaughter of Picasso’s art dealer Paul Rosenberg, she had family money—along with looks, clout, and gravitas. The fact that she was Jewish was pointed out in ways both sly and crude—the National Front called her “une pulpeuse charcutière casher” (“a juicy kosher pork butcher”). But she was the brightest of all French television stars.

She was, in a way, Oprah for French guys: a thinking minority woman with a great rack who could understand them and make them famous.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn had been trying to meet her for years. A young economist, he was a mystery guest on one of her shows in 1989. Though married, she fell under his charm within a few days. He told her about his childhood in Morocco, in Agadir, and his four children by two marriages. She had two of her own. He told her he played around, was “an incorrigible skirt chaser.” She’s reported to have said either “That’s my problem, not yours,” or “I’ll change you.” They married in November 1991. For years, whenever a friend brought up her husband’s proclivities, she would throw her napkin down on the table and leave the lunch.

At first, Strauss-Kahn was known as Monsieur Sinclair. When, in 1997, he was named minister of finance and industry, she retired from the screen to avoid a conflict of interest and took an administrative job at the network. She bought a riad in Marrakech, where the French elite gather, and left TF1 in 2001. By the time Strauss-Kahn was named head of the IMF, he was considered to be one of the most brilliant economists in the world. He was going to run for president of France; polls showed that 65 percent of the French wanted him, and that Anne Sinclair was twice as popular as Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. They would have been the first Jewish couple in the Élysée Palace, a “revanche,” as some put it, “on the Dreyfus affair.”

When the news broke that Strauss-Kahn was accused of raping a chambermaid in the Sofitel hotel in New York, it seemed like it must have been a setup. Strauss-Kahn was paranoid at the end of April, telling Le Monde that “the Russian” at the IMF wanted to see him go down before he quit, that Vladimir Putin was behind it, and Putin was close to Sarkozy.

Sinclair got a phone call on her way home from a birthday party, spent the night at her best friend’s house, and flew to her husband’s side in New York, where she put up the $1 million bail, the $5 million bond, and rented the $50,000-a-month house in Tribeca—all this possible because of her inheritance, said to be as much as $200 million.

In mid-July, a new sex scandal erupted. Eight years after the fact, a young writer named Tristane Banon accused Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape when she interviewed him for a book—on the mistakes men make—in 2003. At the time, her mother, Anne Mansouret, told her to say nothing. Now Mansouret herself has admitted to having had consensual but “brutal” sex with Strauss-Kahn, which gave rise to a new round of legal action among the women in his life. (Strauss-Kahn has denied wrongdoing in both the Sofitel and Banon cases.)

Anne Sinclair is too powerful a person and too intelligent to be a patsy, but her impeccable behavior is a puzzle on both sides of the Atlantic. Her best friend, Elisabeth Badinter, wife of former minister of justice Robert Badinter, publicly rejects the idea that fidelity should be a mandatory part of marriage. On the other hand, one Paris society woman says: “If she wanted him to be president, she should have put him on meds.”

L’Express asked Sinclair in 2006 if she suffered from her husband’s reputation as a “seducer.” “No,” she replied, “I’m rather proud of it.” The word “proud” comes up again in the new book by Renaud Revel and Catherine Rambert, Madame DSK: Un Destin Brisé (“A Broken Destiny”). “Too proud to be jealous,” they write, “she has applied herself with all her might to repress this feeling that she does not accept.”

The reactions in France were revealing. The editor and founder of the magazine Marianne, Jean-François Kahn, declared of the Strauss-Kahn Sofitel case, “Ce n’est qu’un troussage de domestique” (“It’s no more than tumbling a servant”). He had to resign from his own magazine. Jack Lang, minister of culture under François Mitterrand, said, “Il n’y a pas mort d’homme” (“No one got killed”) and has kept a low profile ever since. The august Robert Badinter defended DSK with the same passion he had used to abolish the death penalty. Laurent Joffrin, the editor of Le Nouvel Observateur, challenged him on TV: “You have not had one word of compassion for the victim.”

You can’t begin to understand Anne Sinclair unless you understand that France is a highly sexualized society, where even rejection has its own rules and rituals. Young women know how to play the game of what is called “seduction”; journalists sleep with important men because it’s fun, they say, and keeps the sources happy. “I’d have done him,” more than one woman says—“what a lark.” Girls know how to deflect an advance with a joke or a metaphorical slap. The “droit de cuissage,” or right to deflower any maiden, was a prerogative of men in power, and still is. The tumbling of servants has its own term: “les amours ancillaires.” The events in Room 2806 provoked the same hilarity as the plays of Feydeau, in which the master does the maid between doorways while the mistress awaits in one room and the wife in another.

In a less sophisticated setting, only the man has fun: secretaries service the boss in factories and gas stations to keep their jobs. What is delightful Feydeau to those with the references is grim reality without the comforts of culture.

In France, women were not allowed to open bank accounts until 1943, or to vote until 1944. Abortion has been legal since 1975, but only after 343 women—including Jeanne Moreau, Simone de Beauvoir, and Catherine Deneuve—declared in Le Nouvel Observateur in 1971 that they had had abortions. It was called “Le Manifeste des 343 Salopes” (“The Manifesto of 343 Sluts”). The word salope is often used by a Frenchman in bed to excite the woman or himself. It is also used to designate what we’d call a real bitch.

Not everyone plays the game. Olivia Cattan, the head of the feminist organization Paroles de Femmes, mobilized a march for victims of male violence after Strauss-Kahn’s arrest and was accused of premature overreaction. “It was immediately denounced as American hysteria,” Cattan says. “At first, the ‘Affaire DSK’ seemed to take the lid off violence against women. Then it turned out that the chambermaid had lied, and that created an avalanche of cries that women are just whores and cannot be believed.”

Catherine Millet, whose 2001 book The Sexual Life of Catherine M. detailed her love of orgies, cites the Marquis de Sade and Casanova as the founders of French sexual attitudes. She finds DSK coarse, hasty, and macho. “That doesn’t stop him from being brilliant. But as for the facts, since it’s about fellatio—the contact of the penis with the mouth—someone mean and brave would have bitten him where it hurts. As long as the rutting man isn’t armed, he’s vulnerable.”

In Point de Vue Images du Monde, usually a monarchist magazine, the psychoanalyst Jacques-Alain Miller pointed out that after news of an earlier DSK affair surfaced in 2008, Sinclair wrote on her blog, “We love each other as much as on the first day.” He explained: “If these cloying words look odd in a scabrous context, does that mean one should question their sincerity? They show a separation between love and sensual pleasure, like the famous doctrine of the Sartre–de Beauvoir couple, who made a distinction between their ‘necessary love’ and ‘contingent loves.’ The wife of a ladies’ man does not stay with him despite his infidelities, but because of them. She is proud of the phallic power of her spouse.”

In the same issue, the editor Colombe Pringle interviewed the writer Laure Adler, who said: “Anne is the very embodiment of l’amour fou. Without Anne, there would be no DSK. She is the one who built him. Who allowed him to be confident and believe in his future. They have lived these last ten years in an opacity that no longer allowed her to see who her husband was … Dominique loves women. He picks them up, texts them, goes after them in hot pursuit. I’ve always heard about his harassing women, but never about aggression. It’s not because you cheat on your wife that you don’t love her!”

“We do not know one another, stop talking about me,” Sinclair texted Adler.

Will this episode change things for women in France? The feminists rode the wave of empathy and then took the backlash. But a slow depth charge has been set off. A Freudian analyst says that as the weeks have gone by, more and more of his patients are spontaneously remembering violent sexual episodes from their past. A junior minister named Georges Tron who was in the habit of giving women reflexology sessions that allegedly ended in sex has since lost his job. This is the war between the Marquis de Sade and Simone de Beauvoir. Denis Olivennes, the head of Paris Match, Le Journal du Dimanche, and Europe1 radio, concludes: “In France, everything ends up as a concept.”

by Joan Juliet BuckJuly 25, 2011 Newsweek

http://www.newsweek.com/2011/07/24/dsk-wife-anne-sinclair-and-france-s-over-sexualized-society.print.html

“One Nation Under Sex” Hustler’s Larry Flynt & Prof. David Eisenbach

Tonight, at the Central Library in Philadelphia, authors Larry Flynt and David Eisenbach will be discussing their new book, “One Nation Under Sex.” Politics seen through the lens of sex. 7:30 – Free admission

Lincoln ‘liked sharing beds with men’: Larry Flynt exposes the sex lives of former president

There was more to the Founding Fathers and past presidents like Abraham Lincoln than we were ever taught in history class or were able to read in a book.

But now, thanks to porn king Larry Flynt, we can read all the sordid details because according to him, the lives of the nation’s past presidents were governed by sex.

In his new book One Nation under Sex, he takes an up-close-and-personal look at the sex lives of the Founding Fathers and beyond.

Shock: According to Flynt, Abraham Lincoln liked to share his bed with men
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

Players: According to Larry Flynt, Abraham Lincoln, left, enjoyed sharing his bed with men; while Founding Father Ben Franklin, right, apparently helped save the American Revolution by seducing French women

While historians are marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Flynt is pushing his expose of the seamier side of United States presidents and first ladies.

 

Lesbian: Eleanor Roosevelt, right, and her lover Lorena Hitchcock with Governor Paul Pearson of the U.S. Virgin IslandsLesbian: Eleanor Roosevelt, right, and her lover Lorena Hitchcock with Governor Paul Pearson of the U.S. Virgin Islands

He told The Daily Beast: ‘There’s been a lot left out of history books, and we wanted to be more inclusive. For 35 years I’ve been exposing corrupt politicians, and I wanted to know if our Founding Fathers had the same follies or not.’

Some of the things Flynt reveals in his book are how Ben Franklin helped save the American Revolution by seducing French women, that Dolley Madison slept around, and James Buchanan’s gay love affair with a slave owner was a boon for secessionists.

He also claims that Abe Lincoln liked to share beds with men and Eleanor Roosevelt’s lesbian affairs helped her become a crusader for equal rights. He also talks about the sexual prowess of Bill Clinton and JFK.

Speaking of his book, Flynt said: ‘Don’t get me wrong – I’m the first person to defend a philandering president if he can still balance the budget. But I think discretion should play a part in it.’

Flynt teamed up with Columbia University lecturer David Eisenbach to write his book, in order to give it some credibility.

He said: ‘I knew no one would read a historical book by a pornographer so I brought him in for the credibility.’

Eisenbach said that many academics scorn books written for public consumption and certainly those dealing with sex lives, ‘so I knew this wouldn’t help my career,’ he admits. ‘But there’s more to life than tenure.’

John Kennedy
U.S. President Bill Clinton points while being asked questions regarding his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky

Continuing the tradition? Flynt talks up the sexual prowess of John F Kennedy, left; right, Bill Clinton’s sexual escapades with White House intern Monica Lewinsky nearly got him impeached

Expose: Flynt's book, One Nation Under Sex, reveals how the private lives of Presidents and their lovers changed the course of U.S. historyExpose: Flynt’s book, One Nation Under Sex, reveals how the private lives of Presidents and their lovers changed the course of U.S. history

Flynt, who survived an assassination attempt in 1978, is paralysed from the waist down and has spent the last 30 years in a wheelchair.

He has recently invested his time in gathering dirt on potential candidates for the 2012 presidency and is seen as a thorn in the side of hypocritical lawmakers and a supporter of sexual freedom for all.

Most see him as nothing but a pedlar of porn for his Hustler empire which is the leading producer of X-rated DVDS and magazines.

He also owns a chain of strip clubs throughout the country.

According to MSNBC, Flynt and Eisenbach say they were disappointed that historians have mostly whitewashed the Founding Fathers when it comes to spreading the word about their personal exploits.

They researched and sourced the material over several years from sources including the National Archives, the Woodrow Wilson papers at Princeton, and the Roosevelt and other presidential libraries.

Some of the things that Flynt unearthed particularly irritated him.

FLYNT’S REVELATIONS

  • Founding Father Ben Franklin helped save the American Revolution by seducing French women
  • Dolley Madison (wife of fourth U.S. President James Madison) had affairs with numerous other lovers
  • Fifteenth President James Buchanan’s gay love affair with a slave owner was a boon for secessionists
  • Abraham Lincoln – the 16th President of the United States – liked to share beds with men
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s wife Eleanor’s lesbian affairs spurred her on to become a crusader for equal rights

He said: ‘I think Jefferson was like the Energizer Bunny with more than just Sally Hemmings if you know what I mean. Historians have stayed clear of anything that might be unsavoury about the guy who drafted the Constitution.’

According to the Daily Beast, Flynt was also surprised to discover that Buchanan had a gay lover yet supported slavery.

He said: ‘You’d think he’d identify with oppressed people but he was a staunch segregationist.’

Eisenbach said that 2012 presidential candidates should not rest easy in the hope that the book has taken over all of Flynt’s spare time.

He said: ‘He has kind of held back a bit, but as we get closer to the election there will be more revelations forthcoming.

‘Let’s just say, for example, that if you are making a big stand against gays in the military or gays marrying, you’d better have a clean bill of health on your own marriage vows.’

Flynt will begin the book tour this month but said he has his eye very much on the next election cycle: ‘For more than 30 years, we’ve established ourselves as people who pay for information, and we are constantly looking for and getting it.

‘There’s some people I’ve had my eye on for a long time in the Senate and Congress and eventually things will materialize.

‘We focus on all of them, but the conservative Republicans make it so easy, they’ve got so much baggage.’

LARRY FLYNT: ALL AMERICAN PORNOGRAPHER?

Publishing magnate Larry Flynt has repeatedly weighed in on political debates by trying to expose conservative or Republican politicians with sexual scandals.

Hustler: Flynt is more widely known for his porn empire which includes X-rated porn DVDs, magazines, and strip clubsHustler: Flynt is more widely known for his porn empire which includes X-rated porn DVDs, magazines, and strip clubs

A Democrat, his political aspirations have seen him run for office as governor of California, support anti-war activist groups, and back moves to legalise gay and lesbian marriage.

He has also fought a raft of legal battles regarding free speech. But it is for his pornographic magazines that Flynt is best known.

After a turbulent childhood and spells in both the U.S. Army and Navy, Flynt – born in 1942 to sharecropper parents in Kentucky – started his Hustler empire with a chain of strip-clubs, the first of their kind in the U.S.

In 1972 he began publishing the Hustler newsletter – a four-page, black-and-white news sheet about his clubs. It became so popular with customers that after two months he expanded it to 16 pages, then to 32 pages by August 1973.

He published the first issue of Hustler, the magazine that was to make him famous, in July 1974. Although the first few issues went largely unnoticed, within a year the magazine became highly lucrative and Flynt was able to pay back tax debts run up to finance the launch.

In November 1974, Hustler showed the first ‘pink-shots’ – photos of open vulvas.

Shortly after, Flynt was approached by a paparazzo who had taken nude pictures of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sunbathing on holiday in 1971. He purchased them for $18,000 and published them in the August 1975 issue.

The pictures attracted widespread attention, and 1million copies of the issue sold within a few days. Now a millionaire, Flynt bought a $375,000 mansion.

On 6 March 1978, during a legal battle related to obscenity in Georgia, Flynt and his local lawyer, Gene Reeves Junior, were shot by a sniper in an ambush near the county courthouse in Lawrenceville.

The attack left him partially paralyzed and wheelchair-bound, with permanent spinal cord damage.

White supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin confessed to the shootings many years later, claiming he was outraged by an interracial photo shoot in Hustler.

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1376367/The-secret-lives-presidents-Larry-Flynt-reveals-sordid-details-sex-lives-founding-fathers-beyond.html

Same-Sex Couples Marry in New York

The Following same-sex marriage news video was produced by the New York Times. It is heartfelt, showing gay people of all ages finally feeling as if they belong. Now every marriage study will have an added factor – gay couples.
After Long Wait, Same-Sex Couples Marry in New York

From New York City to Niagara Falls, N.Y., hundreds of gay and lesbian couples across the state began marrying on Sunday — the first taking their vows just after midnight — in the culmination of a long battle in the Legislature and a new milestone for gay rights advocates seeking to legalize same-sex marriage across the nation.

Outside the city clerk’s office in Lower Manhattan, an orderly crowd had gathered in sweltering temperatures alongside metal police barriers hours before the doors opened about 8:45 a.m., prompting a cheer. At least one veil was in evidence.

Phyllis Siegel, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, who have been together in Manhattan for 23 years, were the first couple in, receiving a waiver from the rule requiring 24 hours between a license and a ceremony. They were ushered right into the chapel. Ms. Kopelov used a gray walker as they were married by the city clerk, Michael McSweeney.

As Mr. McSweeney declared to the couple, “I now pronounce you married,” Ms. Siegel held Ms. Kopelov’s head and kissed her on the left cheek.

The first male couple, Marcos A. Chaljub, 29, and Freddy L. Zambrano, 30, both of Queens, wore matching white shirts, green ties and black and white boat shoes — even their beards matched. After the newlyweds kissed for 12 seconds, a friend tossed rice grains out of a Ziploc bag.

In New York City, 823 couples had signed up in advance to get marriage licenses on Sunday. Marriage offices in each borough were open, with some drawing more than others. In some places, small groups of protesters with signs were on hand as well, denouncing the new law. But there were no reports of major disturbances.

By late morning, hundreds of people were still waiting in line outside the office in Manhattan. Those who emerged after being married were greeted with cheers from passers-by, a cadre of journalists seeking interviews and even the congratulations of police officers assigned to keep order.

The City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, who is openly gay, witnessed the first marriages in Manhattan. “To hear a judge say, ‘By the laws of our state’? It sent a chill up my spine,” Ms. Quinn said.

Outside the five boroughs, more than a dozen other cities and towns from Buffalo to Brookhaven opened their offices to issue licenses, and over 100 judges across the state volunteered to officiate.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat who has championed same-sex marriage in the state since taking office in January, held a party in New York City and promised to help push for same-sex couples to be allowed to marry in other states.

“Passing this law not only completes the promise that we made to the people of the state during the campaign; it’s going to make a real difference in people’s lives,” Mr. Cuomo told reporters at the Dream Downtown Hotel near the meatpacking district, where he hosted a reception for lawmakers and gay rights advocates.

“And I don’t think this is just about gay people who now choose to get married,” the governor added. “This is a statement that we should all feel good about.”

Mr. Cuomo issued an official proclamation shortly after midnight that commemorated Sunday as a “profoundly important day” for gay men and lesbians across the state and a “proud demonstration of our state’s commitment to ensuring complete equality for all of our citizens.”

Speaking to reporters, Mr. Cuomo said he thought the lawmakers who had provided the pivotal votes to enact same-sex marriage, and whom opponents of the marriage bill have promised to drive out of office, would fare well in next year’s elections.

As couples sought to get married Sunday, a few glitches were reported. In Manhattan, a printer jammed, delaying some marriages, and in Buffalo, a key local official was absent, causing a backlog.

The day of ceremonies began just after midnight. Against a cascade of rainbow-colored falls, and with cicadas humming in the background, Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd married at the first possible moment in Niagara Falls. After a bell tolled 12 times to ring in the new day, Ms. Lambert, 54, and Ms. Rudd, 53, held hands and kissed in front of more than 100 friends and family members.

In Albany, Dale Getto and Barbara Laven believed themselves to be first. “Oh yeah, no doubt about it,” said Mayor Gerald D. Jennings, flashing a satisfied grin and sweating profusely in his dark suit while standing in a muggy City Hall. “I summed it up right at twelve-oh-one-second.”

Ms. Getto and Ms. Laven, both 53, arrived in a white stretch Cadillac Escalade, but “don’t hold that against us,” Ms. Laven said. “It’s opening weekend at the track, so they didn’t have much,” she added, referring to the thoroughbred racetrack in nearby Saratoga Springs.

The ceremony took place in the mayor’s office, with eight friends and family members in attendance.

It was only the beginning. The day of weddings represented the end of a political campaign that lasted for years. On June 24, the State Senate voted 33 to 29 to approve same-sex marriage, and Mr. Cuomo signed it into law that night. But the law did not take effect for 30 days, which is why Sunday was the first day that clerk’s offices were permitted to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

“As the hours tick by, we’re getting more and more excited,” Brian Banks, a 33-year-old middle-school special-education teacher from Albany, said on Friday after going to City Hall there to fill out paperwork. Mr. Banks planned to marry his partner of seven years, Jon Zehnder, 37, a high school math teacher, at a midnight ceremony in Albany on Sunday. “Even though we’ve always viewed ourselves as married, to have there be no asterisk next to it, it’ll just feel really good,” he said.

Not everyone will be celebrating. Town clerks in at least two rural communities have resigned in recent days, saying their religious convictions precluded them from marrying gay couples, and some cities were expecting public demonstrations. The National Organization for Marriage planned protests on Sunday afternoon at the State Capitol, outside Mr. Cuomo’s office in Midtown Manhattan and in the two largest cities upstate, Buffalo and Rochester.

But a sampling of pastors in the New York City area found that most did not intend to discuss same-sex marriage in their sermons on Sunday. At St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, for example, the homilist planned to speak on other subjects. “There may not be much more to say at this point,” Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said.

New York is the sixth, and largest, state to legalize same-sex marriage. Several other states are considering following suit, and on Sunday, some gay rights advocates plan to gather in Hoboken to call on New Jersey lawmakers to follow New York’s lead and allow gay couples to wed. But most states have either laws or constitutional amendments barring same-sex marriage, and federal law bars the United States government from recognizing same-sex marriages.

“It’s a huge step forward, and yet it doesn’t erase the fact that there’s so many roadblocks facing advocates of marriage equality,” said George Chauncey, a historian at Yale and the author of “Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940.”

“Most of the time, an awful lot of the nation doesn’t want to be like New York at all,” Mr. Chauncey said. “I suspect that many people will take this as one more sign of what happens in the Northeast, and in New York in particular, that they don’t want to have happen in their own communities.”

Larry Kramer, the playwright and longtime gay rights advocate, said that as long as the federal government continued not to recognize same-sex marriages, the celebration in New York on Sunday would be misguided.

“These marriages, in whichever state, are what I call feel-good marriages,” Mr. Kramer said. “Compared to the benefits heterosexual marriages convey, gay marriages are an embarrassment — that we should accept so little, and with so much hoopla of excitement and self-congratulation.”

But many people, both opposed to and in support of same-sex marriage, saw legalization in New York as a significant development, in part because of the size and visibility of the state, and in part because of its symbolism — the modern gay rights movement traces its symbolic emergence to the Stonewall uprising in New York City in 1969.

“New York really reflects and signifies that the center of gravity on this question has shifted,” said Evan Wolfson, the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, which advocates for same-sex marriage. “It gives us tremendous momentum for continuing the journey the country has been on toward fairness.”

Whatever the historical implications — and however the push to legalize same-sex marriage fares in the other states where advocates plan to shift their focus — there will be no shortage of celebration, and protest.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said he would officiate at the wedding of two senior City Hall officials at a ceremony at Gracie Mansion.

In Brooklyn, the borough president, Marty Markowitz, planned to open Borough Hall for a marathon series of weddings, complete with free cake and Champagne.

Outside the city clerk’s office in Lower Manhattan, rabbis from a synagogue in the West Village were scheduled to solemnize weddings under a rainbow-colored huppah, or Jewish wedding canopy. And two gay puppets, Rod and Ricky, from the Tony Award-winning musical “Avenue Q,” planned to show up outside the clerk’s office to stage a mock wedding as well.

There are also a variety of same-sex wedding celebrations, some with commercial or promotional overtones, on the agenda over the next days and months.

On Monday night, three gay couples will wed onstage at the St. James Theater after the evening’s performance of the Broadway musical “Hair.” On Saturday, two dozen couples will marry in two pop-up chapels that are to be installed in Central Park. And the Fire Island Pines resort is promoting three same-sex wedding packages, one featuring a private ferry ride “complete with your own crew of drag queens.”

By THOMAS KAPLAN and

Reporting was contributed by Sam Dolnick, William Glaberson, Danny Hakim and Javier C. Hernandez.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/25/nyregion/after-long-wait-same-sex-couples-marry-in-new-york.html?pagewanted=all

Study: Women prefer surfing the web and showering to sex

The question should be, why do women prefer to surf the net? Perhaps women also prefer porn and then to shower after masturbating.

Tech-savvy women ‘prefer to surf the internet than have sex’

Loving it: Women view the internet, sleep and showering as more essential than sex

It will come as a bitter disappointment to men, but women would rather surf the internet than have sex.

Researchers asked men and women to look at a list of everyday activities and then choose the three things that they could not live without for a month.

Both men and women selected the internet and sleep as absolutely necessary to get by, but disagreed on the third essential.

While men chose sex, women instead opted for showers.

The study, carried out by Women at NBCU, supplies growing evidence that women are starting to outpace men when it comes to technology, traditionally a male interest. The organisation provides marketing and research advice to advertisers.

Men and women aged between 18 and 54 and from across the U.S. filled in a questionnaire probing their technology habits.

Researchers found that 54 per cent of women own a smartphone, compared with just 46 per cent of men.

Of smartphone owners, women are also more likely to own a gaming app – 75 per cent compared to 67 per cent of men.

Furthermore, 44 per cent of women own a Nintendo Wii gaming device, versus 41 per cent of men.

Growing female confidence was also shown when 75 per cent of women disagreed with the statement ‘men are more comfortable with tech than women’.

Melissa Lavigne-Delville, of Women at NBCU, said: ‘Three-quarters of the female population is online and their increasingly passionate and widespread consumption of digital is shaping this ever-evolving space.

‘As this growing number of digitally-dependent women alters the landscape in unexpected ways, marketers need to react in real-time – super-serving her with highly curated and relevant content, products and information.’

www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2017621/Tech-savvy-women-prefer-surf-internet-sex.html