Jessica Valenti was on “The Today Show” this morning to promote her new book The Purity Myth. Instead of discussing her book in depth, the producers pitted her against abstinence education champion Lakita Garth in a debate moderated by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, who always looks slightly perplexed. The result was that Garth got way more speaking time, although Valenti held her own as best she could, and Kathie Lee positioned herself on the issue of virginity loud and clear. “It’s much easier to give it away than keep it, right?!” Keep reading »
Oprah may be responsible for “vajayjay” — slang for “vagina,” for those of you living under a rock — entering the English lexicon, but she doesn’t own the trademark. That explains why VJJ Enterprises — which has filed a trademarking application — was able to manufacture the first product ever featuring the term. The best part? It’s a visor. For your vagina. Marketed as similar to a jock strap, the Vaj-j Visor is described as a “protective vaginal shield designed to help protect a woman’s inner vulva area inner labia, clitoris, and vaginal opening.” For sports? Actually, the Vaj-j Visor is supposed to be used during grooming activities, like Brazilian and bikini waxing, depilatories and shaving, hair coloring, tanning or spa treatments. Your vaginal muscles help keep the visor in place. All this contact with your naughty bits means that each visor needs to be tossed out after use. Visit the company’s website to find out how to buy it wholesale. [Vaj-J Visor via Mother Jones] Keep reading »
It’s raining again, New York City. Didn’t someone call the rain gods and tell them Beyonce was coming?! [New York City, 4/22/09] Keep reading »
The Daily Mail is hardly a bastion of great journalism, and their coverage of women’s issues is usually pretty terrible. So, it should come as no surprise that they devoted an entire column comparing the looks of Nicole Kidman to those of her sister Antonia. Antonia, you see, is three years younger than Nicole, but the rag thinks she has such a severe case of old face that she looks way more mature than her super famous sister.
“…what a world of difference the Hollywood lifestyle appears to make. Looking at these pictures of Nicole and Antonia Kidman, you could be forgiven for mistaking which was the older sibling… Smiling, the skin around her eyes and mouth bore the laughter lines typical of a woman nearing 40. How galling that her older sister has passed that age milestone, but still looks younger.”
Maybe because she (allegedly) has a face full of Botox? Seriously, Daily Mail, you paid someone to write this? Someone so clearly ashamed of their assignment that they wouldn’t even put their byline on it? [Daily Mail U.K.] Keep reading »
Happy Earth Day! In honor of our dear Mother Earth, here are a bunch of hot guys who not only work tirelessly to save her from the ravaging effects of global warming and pollution, but look good doing it. We’d gladly go hiking and eat granola bars with them, so long as they left the Birkenstocks at home.
“There is a moral panic in America over young women’s sexuality — and it’s entirely misplaced. Girls “going wild” aren’t damaging a generation of women, the myth of sexual purity is. The lie of virginity — the idea that such a thing even exists — is ensuring that young women’s perception of themselves is inextricable from their bodies, and that their ability to be moral actors is absolutely dependent on their sexuality. It’s time to teach our daughters that their ability to be good people depends on their being good people, not on whether or not they’re sexually active.” — Jessica Valenti, “The Purity Myth”
I love Jessica Valenti. Can I just make that clear? The founder and editor of Feministing.com and author of Full Frontal Feminism has a new book out this month: The Purity Myth. It’s about the confusing and dangerous messages sent to women and girls about their sexuality. Namely, if a girl has sex before she’s married, she’s a whore, but those same “whores” are the ones celebrated by the mainstream media for making money and attracting men. Keep reading »
Yeah, I know it was, like, 90 degrees in L.A. this week but side boobs are kind of grotesque. Even she looks embarrassed! [Los Angeles, 4/21/09] Keep reading »
Five months after eloping in Mexico—post-pitchers of margaritas, natch—Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt of “The Hills” are making their marriage official in a ceremony in Pasadena on Saturday. [People] — As a present for the infamously douchey duo, let’s look back at the times they broke up. Keep reading »
Actually that’s mean and untrue. She’s launching a hideous handbag line called RI2K & NICA’s, which counts as working. [London, U.K., 4/21/09] Keep reading »
Marie Claire‘s Diana Vilibert has something crazy to admit: “Give me his name and 30 minutes, and I’ll give you his life story as told through Google, from the name of his childhood pet to a comprehensive collage of ex-girlfriends. I’m all for exhaustively Googling dates and digging up what’s out there.” And she’s not alone. Nearly every one of my female friends has Googled a potential date. Some have taken it to the extreme (background info on past GF’s maybe?), while most stick to the basics. What’s his favorite music? How funny is he? Most of what we want to find out about someone can be dug up on Facebook, but for the pesky dudes who makes their profiles private, Google offers a backup plan. Of course, you may end up finding out more than you bargained for. To be honest, I worry about potential dates Googling me. What I reveal on this site alone could scare off men. But do guys Google-stalk women before dates? Find out after the jump. Keep reading »