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Karen Owen: After “Sex Thesis”, What Comes Next?

October 8, 2010

So…what comes next for Karen Owen.

This is probably the question that I’ve been asked most over the past couple of days (except if I know where she is…of course I have no idea).

Speculation is that she will either end up on the talk show circuit, one or more of the national morning news broadcasts or even a book deal.

I’ve heard the full spectrum of responses from “what an absolute whore” to “hey…guys have always done this…why can’t she”.

So…do you have an opinion? Do you expect to see her on TV? Will you read her book? Should she be embarrassed or is should she be proud of her “accomplishment”?

From the Washington Post:

Thanks to the ever-salacious public that have since made her list go viral, Owen may assuage that regret with plenty of cash. Jezebel reports that William Morris agent Ari Golds tried to contact her and HarperCollins is also champing at the bit.

The HarperCollins pitch said, “Even though I’m sure she’s horrified that her, uh, presentation, which was intended for a small group of friends, has gone viral, she’s a very good, funny writer, and I’m wondering if she has any interest in writing a book.”

Owen could join that vaunted legion of women who have cashed out on their sex scandals. After Jessica Cutler was outed from the anonymous sex blog “The Washingtonienne,” she secured a six-figure deal. Eliot Spitzer’s escort Ashley Dupre reportedly managed a $2 million deal, though she never did write the book.

From ABC News:

The 42-page PowerPoint presentation titled, “An Education Beyond the Classroom: Excelling in the Realm of Horizontal Academics,” ranked 13 men Owen was sexually involved with during college, according to their physical attractiveness, athletic ability and talent — in the bedroom.

The thesis was reportedly e-mailed by Owen to only a few of her close friends. But after one of those friends forwarded the document, and then that recipient did the same, the document soon went viral, first appearing on the blog


9-Year-Old Author Writes Book on How to Pick Up Girls

December 4, 2008

Now, this is interesting. A 9-year-old boy named Alec Greven has written a book entitled “How to Talk to Girls,” which was recently published by HarperCollins. Alec is donating part of his royalties to “Stand Up to Cancer” and hopes to be able to raise $100,000 for cancer research.

From NBC:

Alec did his research on-site, hanging out on the playground at recess watching other boys trying to talk to girls, and taking notes. He realized right away that many boys find it difficult to approach the fair sex, and that the road to true love is paved with potholes.

“They were having a lot of trouble getting girls to like them, so I wanted to write a book to kind of help them,” he explained.

His observations are both simple and incisive. For example, in his chapter on crushes, Alec notes, “A crush is like a love disease. It can drive you mad.”

Sitting straight up on the sofa in Studio 1A and speaking like a practiced performer, Alec pointed out that girls don’t like sloppy boys, so ditch the sweat pants and comb your hair if you want to get one. Also, he told Vieira, listen to your mom: After all, “She’s a girl, too.”

When to move on
On the playground, Alec noticed that love is fleeting, and the younger you are, the more fleeting it is.

“Boys, they can’t hold on to girls for a long time,” he told Vieira. “Some boys, they might get the girl to like them at the start of a recess and at the end, the girl dumps them.”

He said boys have to learn to move on when girls dump them.

“Life is hard, move on,” the juvenile love guru said. “You have to get over it. Otherwise everything just crashes down. They’re all depressed. They don’t play. They spend their time locked up in their room. You have to move on.”

Other chapters include “The Facts of Life” (“Life is hard, move on”); “There’s a Girl for Every Boy” (“You are like a magnet and girls are the metal”); “How to Get a Girl’s Attention” (“Most girls don’t like showoffs”); “What to Say to Girls” (“Act calm and don’t be nervous”); and “Success” (“If you do win victory with a girl, don’t cheer in front of her. Go somewhere private, then knock your head off and cheer”).