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Faux anorexia, prearranged sex dates, "opting out" gets a new name and more!

Published October 2, 2006 10:49PM (EDT)

The New Yorker: Ian Frazier spoofs body dysmorphia by "believing" he suffers from anorexia when he is in fact rather portly. Funny? Not funny? You decide.

Wired News: Face-to-face couples should take a cue from Internet relationships and schedule sex. Sizzling!

Feministing: Male Harvard grad seeks help in "opting out."

ABC News: Speaking of "opting," ABC coins a cutesy synonym: "taking the off-ramp." What's next, "riding the primary-caregiver express"? Send us your suggestions!

HealthDay News: Premature birth may play a bigger part in infant death than doctors previously believed.

New York Times: Mining the Pirro scandal for fluff potential, the Times asks women whether a little snooping is OK. Meanwhile, Women's eNews reports that actual stalking is growing increasingly high-tech, affording stalkers more information and putting victims at greater risk.

Also from Women's eNews: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the U.S. -- and awareness seems to be something we need a lot more of. A study commissioned by Liz Claiborne Inc. asked participants to list behaviors that constitute domestic abuse; two out of five did not list hitting, slapping or punching, and over 90 percent did not include "repeated emotional and verbal abuse, sexual abuse or controlling behaviors."

By Page Rockwell

Page Rockwell is Salon's editorial project manager.

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