Hephzibah Anderson


The Masculine Mystique

Fast cars, faster women—those are the much-parodied signifiers of the male midlife crisis in pop culture. At least, they were, because while surely middle-aged men still claim the lion’s share of the Corvette market, the MMC has been going through a crisis of its own.

Affairs to Remember

Women lie and cheat and yield to lusty urges almost as much as the next . . . well, guy.

The Big O

The media always used hot women to tease male readers, viewers, and users (sex sells), but now that women are the prime consumers of media, sex needs to be sold differently. But to commodify something, you first need to know what it is.

A New Kind of Love Story


The Huffington Pose

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Sex and the Media: Not All Sex Sells

Not all sex sells. That appears to be the takeaway from the first—and quite possibly last—season of Skins , MTV’s controversial remake of the libertine British favorite.

Lessons From Skins: Not All Sex Sells

Not all sex sells. That appears to be the takeaway from the first—and quite possibly last—season of Skins, MTV’s controversial remake of the libertine British favorite. While the network mopped […]

The New People’s Princess

His fair if thinning good looks, her shiny hair and dimpled grin: Prince William and Kate Middleton may so far have inspired only vicarious wedding planning in the media and mountains of Chinese-made tchotchkes, but the House of Windsor must nevertheless be congratulating itself on the successful soft launch of its latest brand.