All right, who is the Frisky reader with HBO who will have me over for the five-night series of “Mildred Pierce”? Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood star as a mother and daughter in a remake of an old black-and-white Hollywood film about spoiled children, indulgent parenting, sex, resentment and redemption. I’ve seen the 1945 original and lemme tell you, it’s juicy stuff, so I can’t wait to see what they do in 2010. Not to mention Kate Winslet in a period piece (lots of red lipstick and finger waves) should give Joan Crawford a run for her money. [Women And Hollywood] Keep reading »
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She’s mellllllllting … and she’s the Speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi is the cackling Wicked Witch of the West in a new “Wizard of Oz”-themed campaign commercial by Republican Congressional candidate John Dennis. An actress playing Pelosi flies in on a jet, jabbing Dorothy, Toto and pals with the end of her broom and shrieking that her flying monkey henchmen, the IRS, will come after them. That is, until John Dennis throws a bucket of water in her face. Keep reading »
If you somehow missed Camille Paglia in any gender studies or cultural studies classes, here is a general (but by no means complete) run down: she’s a public intellectual who is extremely critical of mainstream feminists and accuses them of being the P.C. police; she’s pro-pornography and pro-legalized sex work; she believes masculinity and femininity are essential qualities in each of us that should be nurtured; she argues love and sex are supposed to be passionate, even violent; and she is obsessed with both “high culture” and “low culture,” particularly art and literature of the ancient Greeks and Romans and the pop star Madonna. To say Camille Paglia is controversial is putting it mildly; quite a few female writers dismiss her entirely as a publicity whore. Personally, I’ve read a few of her books and old Salon.com columns and find some of Paglia’s ideas interesting to think about.
Some of Paglia’s criticisms are spot-on: indeed, the woman whose birth certificate reads Stephani Germanotta was raised in New York City’s Upper West Side, attended the same private school as the Hilton sisters and attended one year of $40K-a-year NYU, and was financially supported by her parents while she launched her music career. Paglia accuses Gaga of a disingenuous identity, writing:
“There is a monumental disconnect between Gaga’s melodramatic self-portrayal as a lonely, rebellious, marginalised artist and the powerful corporate apparatus that bankrolled her makeover and has steamrollered her songs into heavy rotation on radio stations everywhere.”
Feminism has a lot of PR problems. Millions of people around the world believe men should be the heads of families and companies, women are designed to be their help-mates. The idea that women are better parents than men and men are better bosses than women are pervasive, to say nothing of the notion that the sole purpose of a women’s sexuality is to be a receptacle for male genitalia. Famous people who obviously support a woman’s right to be whatever she wants to be hesitate to label themselves a “feminist” out of fear for negative connotations of the word. And to top it all off, every few years some magazine declares, “Feminism is dead!” Seriously, Marmite gets a better wrap. Keep reading »
Feminism has a lot of PR problems. Millions of people around the world actually believe men should be the heads of families and companies, women are designed to be their help-mates. The beliefs that women are better parents than men and men are better bosses than women are pervasive, to say nothing of the belief that the sole purpose of a women’s sexuality is to be a receptacle for male genitalia. Famous people who obviously are in support of a woman’s right to be whatever she wants to be hesitate to call themselves a “feminist” because of negative connotations of the word. And to top it all off, every few years some magazine declares, “Feminism is dead!” Keep reading »
Before this weekend, perhaps only Miss Universe Pageant fans or sports fans in Mexico had heard of Ines Sainz. But today, we know her as a beautiful sports reporter who was sexually harassed by members and staff of the New York Jets football team. Or wasn’t sexually harassed at all. Or is skeptical about whether to label what happened to her. In any case, Ines Sainz may not call what happened to her “sexual harassment,” but she did say this to The New York Post last night: “I felt very uncomfortable … Women should be treated professionally, and they deserve to be treated with respect.” Keep reading »
- Ines Sainz, a sports reporter for TV Azteca in Mexico, claims players and coaches from the New York Jets catcalled her and used rude language while she was at a practice this weekend to interview Mark Sanchez. Apparently, it got so bad when Sainz was in the locker room that another female reporter spoke up for her and player Kris Jenkins yelled at them both, “This is our locker room.” Roger Goodell, the National Football League boss, launched an investigation of the Jets’ behavior on Sunday night. [New York Daily News]
- To add insult to injury, conservative pundit Tucker Carlson’s web site, The Daily Caller, illustrated their story about Ines Sainz with a slideshow called “Baby Got Back,” featuring photos of her boobs and butt. [The Daily Caller]
- A lesbian couple living in Tennessee had their house torched and the word “queers” spray painted on their garage doors, possibly by their neighbors. [Queerty]
Boobies in 3D. How could bra manufacturers have not thought of this earlier? It seems unreal, but Wonderbra just introduced their first 3D breasts billboard in London. Onlookers require 3DD (get it?) glasses to fully enjoy the Full Effect Wonderbra, which claims to boost your girls up another two cup sizes. For us poor souls without the special spectacles, the WonderBra ad is just a slightly blurry image of Brazilian model Sabraine Banando — not that anyone will complain.
“I said to a girl to look for a wealthy boyfriend. This suggestion is not unrealistic. … [Women favor older men because] he’s old. He dies and I inherit.” — Italy’s prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, speaking at a convention this weekend. Mind you, this particular 72-year-old man’s wife is divorcing him over rumors of call-girl trysts and hanky-panky with an 18-year-old model. Perhaps he’s not the best person to be doling out relationship advice? [AP]