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Is This Spoof Always Ad With Drag Queens Transphobic — Or Revolutionary?

Men aren’t usually in commercials for period products. But this spoof ad — which Proctor & Gamble denied via Twitter is affiliated with Always — has lots of them. Men in bright red lipstick, men in bustiers, men with beehive hairdos that would put Amy Winehouse to shame. The spoof stars drag queens and lots of ‘em; each one is boo-hooing like a three-year-old girl because he’s got man parts down south. “There are some people who would just love to have a period,” the subtitling reads. “Let alone a happy one.” I, a person not usually known for her love of advertisements, think the commercial is actually pretty revolutionary. I mean, drag queens? In a commercial? And it’s not the Super Bowl and they’re not being mocked?

Other bloggers did not quite agree with me, calling the commercial “transphobic.” Keep reading »

Spice Girl Criticizes Rihanna For Being Too Sexual Without A Lick Of Irony

“‘People have to take some responsibility because we’ve got to a point where over-sexualisation of young children has gone too far,’ the Mirror reported. I think music is a big part of that. Women in music, very successful women, are extremely sexual and they have young fans. It is inappropriate. Rihanna has responsibility and although culture’s always changing, it’s changed too much. It needs to be dealt with. It’s reached saturation point, we owe it to our kids to protect them.”

— Ex-Spice Girl Mel C, aka “Sporty Spice” (thrusting her crotch out all the way to the left), criticized the sexualization of female pop stars, Rihanna in particular, in the UK’s Mirror.

First of all, BWAHAHAHA. Pot, meet the kettle. Second of all, Mel C has a point, of course. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Ashton Kutcher Making A Reality Show About The DMV

  • For some reason Ashton Kutcher is developing a reality show about the DMV for truTV . Yes, the Department of Motor Vehicles. The drama! The passion! The intrigue! I can’t wait, truly. [NYmag.com]
  • Russell Brand has spoken out about the rioting in London and he is as thoughtful and biting as usual. [ONTD]
  • Johnny Depp is freaking out about what Kate Moss will say about him in her alleged memoir. [Celebitchy]
  • Check out Kanye West’s ass-plant onstage while singing “All of the Lights.” Somewhere, Taylor Swift is snickering. [BuzzFeed]

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Today’s Lady News: MTV’s New iCondom App Helps You Find Places To Buy Condoms

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  • MTV’s Staying Alive HIV prevention campaign partnered up with iCondom for a new iPhone app that allows users to search via GPS for places to buy condoms. While I commend MTV commitment to promoting safe sex, I also think it’s stupid to make it seem to adolescents that condoms are hard to find. You can get them at nearly every pharmacy, grocery store, big box store, and even gas station. [Clutch Magazine]
  • If you thought my post earlier today about the racial politics of “The Help” movie was interesting, you may also want to read this “Open Letter to Fans of ‘The Help,” from the Association of Black Women Historians. [Clutch Magazine]

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Racist Or Raving: What Critics Are Saying About “The Help”

Unavoidable this week: everybody going coo-coo-bananas about “The Help,” which opened in theaters last night. “The Help” is based on Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same title, which tells the story of Skeeter, a young white woman who gets a job writing for her local newspaper in a small Mississippi town, and Aibileen, a black maid who works for one of Skeeter’s childhood friends. Skeeter returned from college to find all the friends she grew up with are married with children and employers to black “help,” who are second-class citizens in 1960′s Jackson, Mississippi. The story follows Skeeter as she interviews Aibileen and other black maids for a secret book project that exposes the ugly day-to-day racism in Jackson’s domestic life to the rest of the world.

Some critics, both armchair and professional, say the new flick starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Allison Janney is a white-washed, even racist version of the civil rights movement that praises a white woman as the savior of the poor black folks. (Cough “The Blind Side” cough.) They ask why Hollywood makes films about civil rights through the lens of white people, instead of giving due credit to the African-Americans who fought for their rights. And that is certainly a worthy question to ask.
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“When A Woman’s At The Wheel” = The Most Sexist Car Commercial Ever!

You know what’s so confusing and hard? Driving. All those signs! And lights! And potholes! And other cars you have to avoid crashing into! How do you ever wrap your pretty little head around it?

Boy, this Goodyear Polyglass commercial about “when a woman’s at the wheel” is a gem. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Was Pippa Middleton’s Butt Padded At The Royal Wedding?

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  • Vicious gossips say Pippa Middleton’s butt was padded at Kate Middleton’s wedding. Pilates? Feh! [Jezebel]
  • Just in case you thought Ronnie and Sammi might have matured a bit: the previews of tonight’s “Jersey Shore” reveal — surprise! — they’re fighting like (drunk) cats and dogs in Italy as well. [US Weekly]
  • It’s a “Mad Men”-inspired summer reading list! [AMCTV.com]
  • “True Blood”‘s Sam Trammell and his girlfriend, actress Missy Yaeger, gave birth to twin boys earlier this month. Mazel tov! [Celebitchy]

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Mandy Moore Is A Masturbating Swinger In New Sex Comedy

Hello. Here’s a side of Mandy Moore we haven’t seen: raunchy sex comedy star. She stars in the upcoming comedy, “Swinging With The Finkels,” as a wife who suggests she and her husband, played by Martin Freeman (or Dr. Watson on “Sherlock,” for all you BBC nerds), “see another couple” as a way to spice up their marriage. This looks pretty funny. Especially the part where she bonks Jerry Stiller in the crotch with a vibrator. It’s already debuted in England, apparently, so ask your friend who lives in London how it is. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Blake Fielder-Civil, Amy Winehouse’s Ex, May Write A Tell-All Book

  • Blake Fielder-Civil, Amy Winehouse’s jailbird ex-husband, may write a tell-all book in which he reveals never-before-seen photos of the ill-fated star. Let’s hope it’s respectful, not trashy. [Idolator]
  • Gary and Amber continue to suck at parenting on last night’s “Teen Mom” when they both failed to celebrate their daughter’s 2nd birthday, basically, at all. [Jezebel]
  • Will you be signing the online petition asking for Bert and Ernie on “Sesame Street” to become a married couple? [ONTD]

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Today’s Lady News: NYC Public Schools To Require Students Take Sex Ed

  • Beginning this year, New York City’s public middle school and high school students will be required to take sex education classes. Classes include directions on how to use a condom and discussions about STDs and pregnancy. Wait, what, this didn’t already exist? Apparently not. The New York Times reports this is the first time in almost 20 years students are required to take sex ed in this level of detail. [New York Times]
  • The New York Times Magazine has a piece coming up this weekend about “pregnancy reduction,” which is when someone who is pregnant with twins or other multiples aborts some of the fetuses so that they only give birth to one child. [New York Times Magazine]
  • Women only hold one-quarter of jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, which is the same level they did in 2000. [Think Progress]

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