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Taylor Swift Doesn’t Consider Herself A Feminist

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Taylor Swift appears on 'Good Morning America', NYC

The Daily Beast: Do you consider yourself a feminist?

Taylor Swift: I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life.

Are we surprised that Taylor Swift doesn’t really consider herself a feminist? Not really. But it’s still completely dismaying that “guys versus girls” and that when women don’t succeed it’s because we just didn’t work hard enough is apparently what she thinks feminism is. It’s actually about men and women being equal to each other and deserving the same opportunities; it’s also about women being able to make choices for themselves. Call the Feminism PR Department, we have a pop star to educate! In all seriousness, though, I do suspect feminism within the pop music industry can be hard to come by. At the very least, the messages are complicated — Beyoncé, anyone? Taylor has been pursuing her career since she was about 14 and she’s probably drank the industry Kool-Aid about how she has to be marketed — sweet, innocent, uber-feminine, wearing dresses — to appeal to tweens and teens (and the parents who buy their music for them). Still, she’s 22 now and has been exposed to a lot in these past few years. I do not expect that Taylor Swift would have the politics of Kathleen Hanna, India.Arie, Ani DiFranco or even Alanis Morrissette. But I do wish she could correctly identify what a feminist is — even if she does not want to identify as one. [The Daily Beast]

Victoria On “America’s Next Top Model” And The Scourge Of Faux Concern

Meet Victoria
She's a Liberty University student with mommy issues on "ANTM." Read More »
Tyra Gets Another Show
Tyra Banks
She's sold a scripted sitcom about her early modeling days. Read More »
Tyra's "Muffin Top"
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Victoria Confronted On "ANTM"

Every reality show competition has its oddball and Victoria on “America’s Next Top Model” fits it to a ‘T.’ She was homeschooled, attends online schooling at uber-religious Liberty University, and when she “gets in character” she over-acts during all her photoshoots … like in the most recent episode when she spat at the photographer. Victoria also just so happens to be the girl I want to win; she takes some of the best pictures, and easily has the best work ethic (which is half the battle).

Over the past several episodes of “ANTM,” the other girls have been closing in on Victoria. It started with snotty comments about Victoria being weird — which, sure, she is. Then it exacerbated in the episode before last when, at judging, the girls told Tyra Banks that they think Victoria isn’t eating enough — which, if we can go off the way producers have edited the show, is probably also true. Victoria defended herself and said she doesn’t have an eating disorder, she’s just extremely anxious about the competition and being away from her mom for the first time — which, again, is probably true. Tyra then pronounced she deeply cares about the health and well-being of the girls on her show, threatened that if Victoria restricts her eating she’s out of the competition, and vowed to keep an eye on her.

Then, on Friday night’s episode, all of this hoopla went even further: the remaining girls in the house confronted Victoria, telling her they don’t think she’s  stable enough to continue with the competition. Keep reading »

Adele Gives Birth To Baby Boy!

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  • Adele is a mommy! The British songstress gave birth to a baby boy on Friday, a source has confirmed to People. Adele and her boyfriend Simon Konecki announced their pregnancy in June. Mazel tov, Adele! [People]
  • Britney Spears and fiance Jason Trawick are planning to marry when she’s wrapped filming for ‘The X Factor,” which is supposedly “within weeks.” (This could also be a gossip plant trying to distract us from all those meth-head headlines.) [PopCrush]
  • Another royal wedding! See the pics from Luxembourg this weekend where Prince Guilliame married Countess Stephanie of Lannoy. [Socialite Life]

Feminists Need Cozy Winter Sweaters, Too

… seeing as we don’t have a man to keep us warm at night and all. Click through Flavorwire’s gallery to see them all — one to accessorize with every cat. [Flavorwire]

Feminist Jewelry
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Rosie the Riveter earrings, anyone? Read More »
Feminist Sweater
Tavi's got a sweater with the "f word" on it. Feminist, that is! Read More »
Feminism and Fashion
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Self-expression can be a powerful thing. Read More »

Swiffer Thinks Men Should Get A Damn T-Shirt For Cleaning

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Dudes, this is why ladies think your apartments are gross. Read More »
Sexist Axe Ad
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On Housework
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swiffer man up clean up

Yes, men cleaning. Who’d've thunk, right?!  Just a T-shirt, Swiffer? Not a Boy Scout badge? Or the Nobel Prize, perhaps?  I mean, men cleaning is obviously such a rare and uncommon practice that you think guys deserve a T-shirt bragging “Caution: Men Being Awesome” for wiping a Swiffer across the floor. (Which, as someone who also does not like to clean, I don’t think we can justifiably call “cleaning.”) It’s all part of the world’s dopiest Facebook contest called “Man Up, Clean Up” for men who are “clean, dirty, skilled or clueless” to go to Swiffer’s page and share stories of why it is “worth it” to help with household cleanups. More blowjobs? Not getting roaches? THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS. And just think, when you win that T-shirt, you’ll have something to use as a rag. [BusinessWire]

Fireworks, Andy Samberg, Wine: More Deets On Justin Timberlake And Jessica Biel’s Wedding

They're Married!
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have wed in Italy. Read More »
Crazy Prenups
Jessica gets $500K if Justin cheats on her. How romantic! Read More »
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  • Celebuzz has more deets on Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s wedding earlier today: they wed in front of 45 guests at the Borgo Engazia in Puglia, Italy, amongst friends like Andy Samberg and Biel’s “7th Heaven” co-star Beverly Mitchell. Guests also enjoyed local wine and a 10-minute fireworks display! [Celebuzz]
  • Here’s the inevitable Mitt Romney “Gangnam Style” spoof. [The FW]
  • The election as understood by a five-year-old. [Cracked]
  • Taylor Swift’s first splurge when she started making money? A Lexus SC430. [PopCrush]
  • Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins opens up about the various times he’s contemplated suicide. [StupidCelebrities] Keep reading »
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