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Super-Couple Jon Hamm & Jennifer Westfeldt Might Be On The Outs

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  • Nooooo! They. Cannot. Break. Up. Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt reportedly had a big fight about getting married: she wants to make their longtime relationship official, he doesn’t, and he supposedly told her to go find someone else who wants to settle down if that’s what she really wants. I refuse to believe this is any more than a vicious rumor, since he has called her “the love of my life” before. Although, Jon, if you do need a shoulder to cry on … [Stupid Celebrities]
  • “Downtown Abbey” actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays Anna the maid, has married someone in real life who isn’t Mr. Bates. [Celebrity Cafe]
  • Be afraid of this giant eyeball found on a Florida beach. Be very afraid. [The FW]

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Argentina Allows Woman Trapped In Sex Slavery To Have Abortion

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  • Argentina has allowed a woman who was forced into sex slavery to have an abortion. The 32-year-old woman had been kidnapped and forced into a prostitution ring, which got her impregnated. A judge had initially refused to allow her an abortion because he said there was no proof she had been raped. (In the predominantly Catholic country, abortion is illegal except in cases of rape or to save a woman’s life.) The abortion was finally done today after the ruling was overturned. [BBC]
  • Reddit’s general manager explains why he won’t ban creepiness in the form of “creepshots” and “jailbait.” [BuzzFeed]
  • On how women of color and low-income women are collateral damage in the war on women. [ColorLines]
  • Philadelphia police are throwing a fundraising party for a cop who was fired for punching a woman. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Alexa Chung On Body Image & How Naturally Thin Girls Can’t Win Either

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“I think it’s about time people stopped judging women on their appearance and more on their intellect. Like you can appreciate my style without having to appreciate my weight. It’s not actually mutually inclusive. I just get frustrated because, just because I exist in this shape, doesn’t mean that I’m like advocating it and being like, ‘I look great.’ How do you know I’m not looking in the mirror and going ‘I wish I could gain ten pounds?’ Which is actually quite often the case. But if you say that you sound like you’re bragging that you’re naturally thin, and you’re not allowed to do that because even though it’s not the ideal weight, it kind of is as well. So it’s really fucked up. And how people that are bigger can be on the front covers of magazines being like ‘I’m really happy with my shape.’ But if I was to do that, I’d be compeltely criticized and ridiculed. But why can’t I be happy with how I look? …  I’m just a bit sick of it. I just think that whole culture of hatred, and also feeling like it’s your right to judge people when you don’t know them is really fucked up.”

– This is Alexa Chung talking to Fashionista about the controversy that erupted awhile back when she posted a picture of herself looking quite thin on Instagram. Chung was derided by commenters on the site for being “thinspiration” for women with eating disorders. The whole interview is quite good and I recommend you read the entire thing. She says some very smart things about how naturally thin and skinny women are not immune to body scrutiny and, while it doesn’t compare equally to larger-sized women, it’s still body-policing. As a naturally skinny person, Chung is on the receiving end of insinuations and comments that she must have an eating disorder. Larger women can’t win and skinnier women can’t win, either. Alexa is right: it’s time we stopped judging all women on their appearance.  [Fashionista]

This Woman Lost All Four Limbs Because Of Shady “Butt Injections”

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Apryl Michelle Brown in Essence

This picture you see before you is Apryl Michelle Brown, who lost all four of her limbs from infections caused by unlicensed butt injections she received from a “pumper.”  ”Pumpers” — who sometimes claim to be doctors — take advantage of oftentimes low-income women who are looking for cheaper plastic surgery by pumping their posteriors with materials which they claim are similar to what you’d get in a plastic surgeon’s office for a fraction of the price. In reality, “pumpers” use Krazy Glue, sealant and cement and have sent numerous customers to the hospitals. Keep reading »

Karl Lagerfeld Says It’s “Ridiculous” To Suggest Anorexic Girls In Fashion Industry Are A Problem

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“I’m sorry to say that it’s a subject I consider ridiculous for several reasons; the story with the anorexic girls — nobody works with anorexic girls, that’s nothing to do with fashion. People who have that [anorexia] have problems to do with family and things like that. … There are less than 1 per cent of anorexic girls, but there more than 30 percent of girls in France — I don’t know about England — that are much, much overweight. And it is much more dangerous and very bad for the health … So I think today with the junk food in front of the TV it’s something dangerous for the health of the girl.”

Here’s the thing with Karl Lagerfeld‘s denial-is-not-just-a-river-in-Egypt comments on Britain’s Channel 4 News. He’s right that anorexia is a mental illness which cannot be attributed to just one factor. He’s also correct that unhealthy eating is also bad. And he’s even got a point, sort of, about the fashion industry not wanting to work with anorexic “girls.” The fashion industry isn’t necessarily employing “normal-sized” women who are anorexic; they are employing women who are rail-thin with androgynous, boyish frames as well as young teen/tween girls whose bodies are practically prepubescent. There is a reason why there has been a huge controversy with the CFDA regarding designers who employ models under the age of 16. So, in a sense, Lagerfeld does have a valid point that can be teased out of this quote. But his snotty comments about Adele being “fat” and overall dismissiveness/lack of responsibility towards eating disorders in his industry is enraging. Choupette, I’ll always love, but I am officially done with Karl Lagerfeld. [Telegraph UK]

Pippa Cancels U.S. Book Tour Over Kate Middleton’s Nude Pics

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  • Pippa Middleton has cancelled her U.S. tour for Celebrate, a party-planning book being published at the end of the month, over concerns it will just draw more attention to Kate Middleton’s nude pics scandal. “If Pippa is quizzed about Kate’s topless pictures, then whatever answer she gives will generate more news about the matter, and upset Will and Kate,” a source told The New York Daily News. [TIME]
  • Struggling actress Lindsay Lohan said she is voting for Mitt Romney because “employment is really important right now.” Most of what LiLo knows about unemployment comes from being under house arrest. [E! Online]
  • Also, LiLo is “done,” again, with Michael Lohan after he called 911 on his family and gave audiotape of her panicked Tuesday morning phone call to him — in which she said mom Dina Lohan was on cocaine — to the gossip blog TMZ. [Stupid Celebrities]
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