Pop Culture In 2007, film reviewer Nathan Rabin coined the phrase “manic pixie dream girl” to describe the “daffy” one-dimensional love interests/spirit guides that predominated in male-driven movies like Elizabethtown and Garden State. He was pretty clear at the time that the figure was a “fundamentally sexist one,” since “it makes women seem less like autonomous, independent entities than appealing props to help mopey, sad white men self-actualize.” To Rabin’s chagrin, in the seven years since he coined the phrase the manic pixie dream girl has become a fixed, cultural cliché and Rabin is now calling for the pixie’s head. Watch out, Zooey Deschanel!
Sex What does your best friend see in that jerk she’s been dating for years? A lot more than you, clearly, and science confirms it. A study by U.S. psychology researcher Sandra Murray found that romantic partners in committed relationships actually perceive their SOs to be more virtuous than those who stand outside of the relationship. Conversely, another study determined that a negative view of one’s partner may be an indicator that things are about to go ka-boom.
Health There’s nothing harder than waking up early to work out. A new fitness tracker aims to change that in a rather… shocking way. The Pavlok Fitness Band, which is set to hit the market sometime next year, will punish users when they don’t achieve their fitness goals with options such as a gentle electric shock or social media shaming. But the band isn’t entirely sadistic. It also rewards users for making their health a priority with incentives that include gift cards and cash.
Fashion Online shopping is wonderful; it’s the complex returns system of some sites that bums us out. That may be about to change as more retailers—including Nordstrom and Guess—are turning to True Fit, software that helps users determine accurate sizing before they place their orders.
Beauty If stylish (and pricey) fitness wear is now the norm, then it’s probably a good idea to update our go-to gym hair—the hasty ponytail—too. Thank you, Harper’s Bazaar for this recent slideshow: Eight Hairstyles for Working Out.