Flicks to Understand Chicks

By Elaine Reed

Wondering what makes women tick? Think we’re all a mystery? Not so! Here are a handful of movies that will give you some insight. If you’ve already seen some of them, let us know what you think in the comments.

  1. What Women Want
    This Mel Gibson flick is an easy cheat. But it’s funny and it makes some great points. Bottom line? Make the effort to listen to your woman.
  2. Erin Brockovich

    When a woman sets her mind to something, look out. And single moms? They’re more determined than most.

  3. Thelma & Louise
    Not only does this give you a bird’s eye view into women’s friendships, it also shows you some of the pressure we experience day-to-day. And let’s be frank, if you think she didn’t like the guy in the parking lot touching her because he wasn’t as good looking as Brad Pitt, you’re missing the whole point. Women have their own agency and the decisions they make throughout this movie demonstrate that, and show exactly how damaging men can be when they treat women as objects, rather than people.
  4. 9 to 5
    This hilarious movie is a classic. Not only is Dabney Coleman comedic gold, check out how much women contribute in the office, especially when they’re treated with respect.
  5. He’s Not That Into You
    See both sides of the relationship with this flick.
  6. Hidden Figures
    WE PUT A MAN ON THE MOON, Y’ALL! And we probably coulda done it faster if everyone focused on the job at hand, rather than gender rolls and racism. Either way, mission accomplished. Why? Because smart women get shit done.
  7. Bridget Jones
    Yes, it’s a comedy, yes the references to Pride and Prejudice are everywhere, yes, Renee Zellweger gained weight for the role. Now let’s look at Bridget. She’s so obsessed with her faults that they almost take over her life. When you love a woman, whether your mother, your sister or your girlfriend, let her know. Faults and all.

Because women are bad ass and let’s face it, some action movies would be great right about now.

  • Alien
  • Terminator 2
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • AEon Flux
  • Hanna
  • Kick-Ass
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (though Tina Turner kicked ass in Beyond Thunderdome, too)
  • Wonder Woman

Extra Credit

  • Jane Austin’s Persuasion
  • The new Ghostbusters
  • Hunger Games
  • The Devil Wears Prada

Heat It Up With Horny Goat Weed

A few days ago an old friend popped up on Facebook, Dr. James Mechino. It had been such a long time since I last saw this guy that I couldn’t remember if I had dated him or if he wrote for my father’s fitness magazine. What I did remember is that Jim is an incredible nutritionist, and handsome to boot.

Canadian born, he is a doctor of chiropractic, holds a master’s degree in science, with specialties in nutrition and biology, and holds several other medical credentials. I asked Jim if he would be interested in guest blogging for Girls Unedited. I figured who better to educate my readers on topics such as sports nutrition, endurance, hair loss, libido… The stars must have been aligned because he agreed to my request.

Great to have a guy like Dr. J ( No comparison to the basketball great although he does have some awesome slam junks).  Years ago when we first met, he was on the forefront of health and is still leading the way. He’s a man ahead of his game.

Our first topic is Libido with a capital L.  L as in LOVE, LUST, LUCKY….. LORRAINE. Ha!  On a serious note, I was fascinated by a new product Jim developed called SensaGen.  Some say it’s the new Viagra.

If you’re looking to take your “penis off pause,”  or just want to turn the heat up, keep reading! Dr. Mechino tells why these 6 herbs will be your new best friend.

  • Tribulus Terrestris or Puncture Vine
    Puncture Vine has been used for centuries to stimulate libido for both men and women. It increases the release of nitric oxide from blood vessels and nerves that supply blood flow to the penis and clitoris. That means more engorgement ( great word) and you know what that means, guys: firmer, longer lasting erections. NICE!! Women benefit too, we get increased sensitivity down below.  Double Nice!
  • Muira Puama or Potency Wood
    This comes from a root of tropical plants in Brazil. It can increase sexual potency and has been shown to reverse low libido and erectile dysfunction problems within two weeks. Women who take Potency Wood (I love that name!) improve their sex drives. That means more sexual desire, more sex, more fantasies and more and better orgasms. YES! YES!
  • Damiana or Tunera Aphrodisiaca
    Forget “the new world,” Damiana may be the greatest discovery Europeans made when they first landed in Central and South America. It increases genital sensitivity and arousal capabilities. They swear by it in Holland! Yowza!!
  • Epimedium aka Horny Goat Weed
    Horny Goat Weed is a real thing! It’s not a stoner joke or an urban legend, it’s the real deal. It got it’s name when Chinese farmers notice that it made their Goats frisky.  Scientists don’t know exactly how it works, but it consistently boosts desire, helps with erectile dysfunction and even fights fatigue. It’s a multi-tasker!
  • Avena Sativa or Wild Oat
    Wild Oat improves nerves so you get more feeling and more pleasure. This herb helps increase orgasms, need I say more?
  • Maca or Lepidium Meyennii Walp
    Maca comes from Peru and stimulates libido. They call this one the Female Viagra, but men get a nice libido boost from it, too.  Sounds like a good “cock”-tail party to me!

According to Dr. J, these herbs are safe. They have a long track record – in some case stretching back hundreds of years – and modern day clinical trials to back them up. If you have other health stuff going on, check in with your doctor. We don’t want to cause conflicts with any medications or other MD directives. But if you’re healthy and looking for a boost, ya might want to give it a try!

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Why Girls Love Green

Women love seeing men in army green.

What an appropriate day to talk about GREEN. For those who are Irish, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the luck of the Irish fill your day as we celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland once again.

The Chicago River won’t be the only thing turning green today. Around the world there millions of glasses of green beer will be sold,  there will be green eggs, green popcorn, green cotton candy, shamrock shakes, green desserts of all kinds… the list goes on.

Decoding the Allure

Whether you’re Irish or not, today is a fun day of celebration and nobody celebrates like the Irish. We love to drink and have a good time.  I’ve even heard the sales for ginger wigs are higher then ever this year. Am I in style or what?!  I’m a natural red head and LOVE green. Whoohoo!

I recently read an article in GQ saying that army green is trending. It was never not trending in my book. There’s something about a guy wearing army green that’s super sexy.  There was a study done by the University of Southampton that showed women are highly attracted to military men. When we think of a military guy with think:  sexy, strong, masculine, heroic.

I blame Cinderella on the allure of heroic men. A large percentage of us are still looking for our Prince Charming. As you know from the book Men are from Mars Women are from Venus, the female mind is a 360 from the male mind.

So why not, try something new. Get out of the black, blue, grey box and buy something green.  Subliminally, there’s a definite association with a sexy, strong, masculine guy and army green. I say army green is a CLASSIC!  No closet should be without at least one army green garment.

 

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Manscaping – Is Your Body Hair Turning Her Off?

Yesterday my mom told my son “You need to shave under your arms.”  Mom probably forgot that most guys, especially 16 year olds, don’t go there. Personally, I think underarm hair is masculine. Although, my editor Elaine told me it grosses her out.  “Especially when you  go to the gym and can see clumps of  deodorant stuck in a guy’s pit hair.”  Eek! I admit that is gross.

Needless to say, hair is a fuzzy area. Some chicks love a hairy chest, others get repulsed. It’s kinda like a girl getting a Brazilian. Some guys find it a turn on, others would rather have a landing strip or a full on bush.  Makes perfect sense. We can’t possibly all like the same thing. And thank God because if we did, how boring would that be. BUT, there are a few areas us girls would definitely like a guy to pay attention to.

Let’s start with armpits. Unless you’re a male model, or bodybuilder or athlete, most girls would question why a guy doesn’t have hair under his arms. It’s a guy thing. If your hair is getting too long, a trim would make sense. Otherwise, it’s not a big deal. (Just my opinion. Even Elaine is okay with trimmed air pit hair.)

Do Women Like Chest Hair?

It’s 50-50.  Let me reflect on a few screen stars with entrancing chest hair. First choice Mark Ruffalo's manscaping is tidy and sexy.is my fellow native Pennsylvanian, Bradley Cooper in the Hangover, close to follow is Jason Statham in Homefront  and let’s not forget the lovable Mark Ruffalo when he busted out of his shirt and transformed into the Hulk in The Avengers.  Yes, a man who maintains his torso is hot hot hot!

On the flip side, guys without chest hair are pretty darn sexy too.  I mean, who would kick Dwayne Johnson, Chris Hemsworth or David Beckham out of bed? All of them sport the smooth look. Once again, it’s preference. Personally, I don’t know what I like better. It all depends on who it is and the personality behind it.  Basically, for chest hair, it’s what you like or your partner likes.

Bottom line: if you have hair, keep it trimmed (if needed).  And if you shave or wax, keep it maintained.  A prickly chest is a deal breaker.

What About Back and Shoulder Hair?

Ummm… let me think… NO! NO! NO! Whenever I see a guy with back hair I think about the scene in Along came Polly (one of my favorite movies). The Sasquatch look is definitely not a good one.  If you have some manscaping to do, a good investment would be an extended body groomer. If that sounds like too much aggravation, pop a few aspirins and get a wax.  Girls suck up the pain all the time for their men. A happy girl makes a happy guy.

Even My Junk?

It’s nice to play on a clean court.  (Remember that adjective – “clean.”)  This could be a topic the gals from Sex in the City would dish about at lunch. If you want to entice her, keep your grounds neatly trimmed. Not many girls are turned on by long pubes. Bonus: you’ll look bigger and smell cleaner.

Most recommended groomer: Philips Norelco Bodygroom Series 7100, BG2040

Nose & Ear Hair

We all have it and it serves a purpose but let’s cut to the chase; if it’s too long and you look like Grandpa Munster, it’s not very sexy.

Note: Any time you remove hair you must be aware of hygiene. When you remove hair, you open pores and put yourself at risk for inflammation and infection.  For nose and ear hair, using a small pair of grooming scissors is okay but not so easy.  Investing in a nasal trimmer or electric razor that has special attachments for these difficult areas may be the best option for safety.

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Happy Valentine’s!

After months of writing and a year of planning, Girls Unedited is finally LIVE! Yeah!  Learning how to use WordPress site is definitely going to be technically challenging for me but my wonderful partner Elaine has insisted that it’s as easy as Facebook.  So, please bare with our growing pains.  Its going to be a fun ride!

Valentine’s Day. What does this day mean?

For some it’s a special day they can spend with their partner, for others it’s a day they dread because they’re in a bad relationship. For most singles it’s the Hallmark holiday they try to avoid

If you’re spending today alone, take the time to do something nice for yourself.  We all need some self love.  Buy a new shirt, get a massage, make yourself a nice dinner. Whatever it is you enjoy – go for it!

If you don’t love yourself, it’s going to be hard to love someone else.  Take a few minutes to think about what you want and set a goal for next Valentine’s Day. We have all year to help you be the man women want.

If there’s a girl you’re interested in or you have a good friend who is a girl, there’s nothing wrong with sending a  text saying “Happy Valentine’s Day.”  Whether it’s a birthday, Mothers Day, Thanksgiving, the 4th of July or in this case, Valentine’s Day, it’s a great opportunity to let someone know that you’re thinking about them.  Remember, out of site, out of mind.