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Would Your Boyfriend Wear Your Skirt?

The New York Times style section proclaimed today that ” … urban Americans, mostly in their 20s — are revising standard notions of gender-appropriate dressing, tweaking codes, upending conventions and making hash of ancient norms.” To a certain extent this is true. As they say, Adam Lambert is giving out eyeliner tutorials, gender-tweaky Johnny Depp has once again been declared the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People, and women are still wearing pants. I’m not so sure I’m prepared to buy into the idea of a cross-dressing sartorial revolution. Keep reading »

Travel Diary: The Peruvian Meat-On-A-Stick Adventure

Last week, when The Frisky held its fancy party, one of the snacks was lamb served on a stick, which got me thinking about the last time I ate interestingly stabbed meat. It started with a bang the day I arrived in Peru — I passed out onto my face. I woke up on the hotel bathroom floor, surrounded by and smeared with blood. Then I was revived, mysteriously back in bed, and staring at the ceiling, which I thought was breathing. My adventure had begun. Keep reading »

Caster Semenya Will Keep Her Gold Medal

Caster Semenya, the South African 800-meter runner who got hell for looking “manish,” will get to keep her gold medal. If you remember back to August, her gender came under extreme scrutiny after she won the World Championship race and she was forced to submit to gender testing—and the leaked results alleged that she is intersexed, possessing both male and female anatomy. Which sparked a media maelstrom, letting fly accusations of racism, bigotry, and fairness. But in a decision that does little to answer the questions or quell the ongoing debate, the International Association of Athletics Federation declared today that Semenya’s win stands. Meanwhile, they’re suspending South Africa’s Olympic Board for not disclosing their knowledge of her gender identity, and keeping Semenya’s test results under wraps. I really wish the whole issue had stayed that way—I mean, even athletes who’ve voluntarily changed sexes are allowed to compete. Semenya was born with that body and triumphed in last summer’s race, and she is now suffering for it. Which just doesn’t sit well with me. [AP, Vancouver Sun] Keep reading »

The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For November 14-15th 2009

Saturday

  • “The Royal Tanenbaums” on Starz at 10:05 a.m.
  • “Practical Magic” on Lifetime at 11:00 a.m.
  • “Ancients Behaving Badly” on History at 12:00 p.m.

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Quickies: Amy Winehouse Craves Butt Implants & UK’s Noisy Sex Lady Remains Convicted

  • Amy Winehouse told some friends she’s interested in butt implants, and they told The Sun. Apparently, she’d like to regain her curves and achieve the perfect pin-up body. [Celebitchy] — Oh honey, just eat a sandwich.
  • The Addams Family Musical is happening! Vanity Fair gives us a behind-the-scenes exclusive look at the fab cast including Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane. [Vanity Fair] — Oh my goodness. So happy.
  • John Travolta says that starring in a remake of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” with Tom Cruise is a good idea. [Popeater] — It is not.

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Veterans Day Art Memorializes The Daily Experience Of War

Today is Veterans Day. Even as we’re embroiled in two wars in the Middle East, it’s easy to forget. For most of us, our daily experiences are uninterrupted, and today is simply hump day. Today, NYTimes.com is running a beautifully melancholy op-art piece by Andrea Ventura, which illustrates her grandmother’s childhood memories of WWl in the Italian Alps. That was the Great War, the war that was supposed to end all wars, the one that inspired this country to remember its veterans. Keep reading »

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