Thursday, May 17, 2012

François Hollande will have a nice view at cabinet meetings....

For the political change a new administration represents, of course, but also because there are some hotties among the new ministers.

Let's start with the top dog, prime minister Jean Marc Ayrault. He's no jeune premier, but he's a very nice-looking man.

While I dislike the political positions of minister of the interior Manuel Valls, he is perhaps the hottest of the hotties.
Education minister Vincent Peillon used to be my favorite. He's looking a bit older than his 51 years now, but he'll do.

Arnaud Montebourg, whose ministry I can't really figure out, has been a long-time fave.

Benoît Hamon, minister for social economy, has the loveliest eyes... can't see them well in this pic.

I had never heard of Pascal Canfin, minister for development, but he's got the dreamy young professor look down just right.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Advice Unillustrated

Letter 1 is from a young woman whose other thinks LW needs plastic surgery. "My father doesn't get involved in family issues". Huh? I think that means that he has been bullied into submission by this hag. Don't let her do it to you. Find someplace else to go! Hang on until you're no longer dependent on them.
Prudie agrees.

Video is from a woman whose best BF in the world has a cuckold fetish. It creeps her out. "Is this common among men?" This is beyond being GGG. So you and he need to find out if it's a dealbreaker.
Prudie agrees.

Letter 2 is from a woman whose husband's parents divorced two years ago due to his mother's infidelit. He's taken it very hard, but is now again on good terms with his mother. LW has no respect for her. How can she let go of the grudge?
I say that if there's anyone in the family who can hate this woman with minimum damage, it's LW.
Prudie says to think of MIL as the future grandmother of LW's kids. OK.

Letter 3 is from a woman who has a wonderful 7yo stepson. The kid's mom is very competitive about presents for the child; Her husband goes over the top, and they can't do the same for the children she has with him.
Ignore the ex. Prudie says ignore the ex. We all say, ignore the ex, and convince your husband to do so too.

Letter 4 is a follow up from the woman who thought her MIL was poisoning her. Turns out she was, the husband knew, and took his mother's side. She has DTMFAed the guy.

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Letter 1 is from a woman whose niece just admitted she has made an adult film. LW is unhappy knowing this and wants to share.
So it's all about you. This is a great "burden". I call it a confidence, and if you find it hard to deal with, tough. But it sounds like your niece has a more general problem than the porn (although if she's doing bareback, she might have a very big problem one of these days... was this a one-off or a regular thing?). The blackmail threats (that's what they are) need to be dealt with. This is unacceptable.
Prudie agrees that LW is nuts to be angry about the "burden", and gives some good advice for helping the girl, rather than worrying about how hard it is to bear this knowledge alone. Beurk.

Video letter is a mother whose teen son is a speedo-wearing swimmer. One of the mothers in the club makes all sorts of comments about the teen boys' bodies, and to attack anyone who criticizes her behavior. Gross.
Prudie says to get other parents to go with her to take the matter to the coach and to report her to her daughter's school (because this behavior is a warning sign for bad behavior with the perv's own child). I say: vitriol right in her eyes.
(That said, the post 1980s freak about guys wearing swimsuits is very strange... IMO it's all about internalized, or externalized, homophobia... girls can be barely clothed, but god forbid a guy should be seen having a dick.)

Letter 2 is from a late-20s guy who's been dating a girl who has "revealed" she is a 100% virgin in every way. He's scared to deal with being her first BF, her first kiss, her first everything. He's afraid that if he breaks her in, she'll be looking for new experiences.
Well, this sounds like a high school thing. Are you in this dating thing to marry someone? If so, you just might (just) have some concern. But if you're just dating, what's the big deal? As Dan Savage says, almost no one ends up with their first partner, and every partner is the wrong one until you find the right one. So, duh, give the girl a break and enjoy this. And work to be a good instructor. And don't make her go pick up some scumbag at a bar just to get laid.
Prudie agrees, and cites Julia Child as her reference. Huh?
Letter 3 is from a person who never thanked a friend for a lovely invitation. It's now eight years later and she is so ashamed she has ignored the friend ever since. She is miserable and ashamed.
I say: write a letter and say all that. You've already written it. What's the worst that could happen? That should would reject you? That's no different from the current situation anyway.
Prudie says that you owe her an explanation for your silence, even if it's a stupid one. So just send this column.

Letter 4 is from a guy whose wife has an obsessive crush on a celebrity. He's sick of her going on about him.
I say you tell her you've got a crush too, on the curvy lifeguard at the pool. Make sure you get photos and put them up on your bedroom wall.
Prudie says to tell her to shut up a bit about her crush.