Two women made history at the 2012 Olympics for being the first-ever female Saudi Arabians to compete in the Games.
But one of those young women, Wojdan Shakerkai, who competed in judo (and lost), has paid dearly for being a trailblazer: the 16-year-old girl has been lambasted as a “prostitute” by misogynists back home. Keep reading »
18 Again: it’s not a sequel to the Zac Efron romantic comedy “17 Again.” It’s a vaginal tightening gel and lubricant available in India. In this commercial set in a family’s home, a woman dances with her lover to a song that sounds likes Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” while hinting at him that she is — wink wink nudge nudge — “18 again” down there. Keep reading »
Too cute! Wonder Womanatee and her superhero manatee pals are the brainchild of artist Joel Micah Harris, who is selling his quirky crime-fighting sea creatures on T-shirts and stickers. God bless you, Tumblr, for the random shit that comes across my dashboard. [TheAtlantic.Tumblr.com]
When I was in college, I was obsessed with this one guy. OB-SESSED. He had a girlfriend, but he was just so dreamy, and I had concocted this fantasy that he would break up with her and be with me. (Shut up. I was 18.) I was messed up in the head over this fool for the longest time, convinced he would fall in love with me if he just knew me well enough.
That did not happen.
What did happen was that I used to walk past the retail store where he worked just so I could catch a momentary glimpse of him and then scuttle away like a cockroach. My friends yelled at me for doing this. I was in a miserable and unhealthy place in my life: many, many years away from getting control of the anxiety and depression that shredded up my late teens and early 20s. I was in no place to realize — as I later would — that if a man doesn’t want you, he doesn’t want you. Keep reading »
Good news! The Presidential Debate Commission announced today that Candy Crowley of CNN will be the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years. Crowley is CNN’s chief political correspondent and anchors the hour-long show “State Of The Union.” She’ll moderate the second town hall meeting-style debate on October 16 at Hofstra Univeristy in NJ. Crowley will join Jim Lehrer of PBS and Bob Schieffer of CBS in moderating one of three presidential debates; she’ll be the first woman to do so since Carole Simpson of ABC moderated a presidential debate in 1992. Another woman, Martha Raddatz of ABC, will moderate the vice presidential debate; Gwen Ifill of PBS moderated the VP debates in both 2004 and 2008.
I hope the Presidential Debate Commission was influenced by the three New Jersey 16-year-olds who started a Change.org petition – which collected 130,000 signatures — to hire a female moderate. Congratulations, ladies! [Washington Post; Poynter.org]
Driven to outbursts of “%&@#!” and “@#$*!” when you look at the prices on Kate Spade’s goodies? Me, too, sadly. But their new “Pardon My French” T-shirt will apologize for you in advance with trademark Gallic politesse. Parlez-vous “adorable” is more like it! [$58, Kate Spade]