- A naked mannequin — female, natch — in Beatrice, Nebraska, caused such a stir that police have taped paper over department store windows while they investigate whether it’s “obscene.” Meanwhile, the store is threatening to sue the police for trespassing, destruction of property, and littering. [Styleite.com]
- The lower house of the French Parliament has approved a ban on women wearing face-covering Muslim veils in public. It will head to the French Senate in September, although legal scholars say it may be unconstitutional if it passes. Critics say the ban is anti-Islamic, but supporters say it is oppressive for a woman to wear a niqub or burqa in public. [AP]
- A federal court in San Francisco will take up a Guatemalan woman’s asylum claim on account of the high murder rate for women in Lesly Yajayra Perdomo’s home country. The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC-SF said over 3,800 women have been murdered in Guatemala and less than two percent of those murders have been solved. The court also required that the Board of Immigration decide whether all women who hail from countries with high rates of gender abuse could qualify for asylum. [AP]
- NFL star Lawrence Taylor has plead not guilty to charges that he raped a 16-year-old girl who was working as a prostitute. [Los Angeles Times]
Profile for Jessica Wakeman
I am no stranger to the existential crisis. I believe no thinking woman is. Therefore, I keep a sense of resilience in my heart and a copy of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow on my bookshelf. Keep reading »
Oh, Johnny Weir. It’s easy to hate a man with a better closet than me. But how could you hate someone in a rockabilly mullet who owns that sequin jacket?
“You’re more faux than the faux fur vest you’re wearing … which, by the way, is gorgeous.” LOL! This PopSugar video of Rachel Zoe meeting a Rachel Zoe impersonator would be funnier without the light saber fight (don’t ask). But you gotta love a celeb who can spoof herself, right? [Fab.PopSugar.TV] Keep reading »
In this latest alleged argument, Mel yells the c-word at his ex-girlfriend/mother of his child, Oksana Grigorieva, tells her “you don’t count,” accuses her of leeching his wallet, and, oh, did I mention he acts like the textbook case of an abuser?
After the jump, I subject my ears to audio #3 of Mel Gibson’s alleged abusive rantings. Keep reading »
I’ve been wanting to buy a pair of TOMS shoes for a while … but not from Target. Browsing the shoe department at Tar-jay this weekend, I noticed a cute pair of navy-and-white striped canvas loafers with a straight cut across the top of the foot. Very nautical, very Connecticut. One problem: they look a hell of a lot like TOMS shoes. As you might know, the majority of TOMS shoes are canvas or linen loafers with a distinctive straight cut.
- Wow, so “Friday Night Lights” did have an abortion on the show. After getting pregnant by one of the boys on the football team, 10th grader Becky decided to terminate the pregnancy. That makes Becky one of the few female TV characters to actually go through with an abortion instead of accidentally miscarrying at the last second. [New York Times, Feministing]
- Sarah Palin endorsed Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel, calling her “a great commonsense conservative woman.” [AP]
- Forever 21 is launching a new maternity line, love21maternity, in Utah, Alaska, Arizona, California, and Texas. The last three states just happen to have some of the highest percentages of teen pregnancy in the country. Maybe that’s just a coincidence, though? [TheGloss.com]
- Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is writing a memoir! [New York Observer]
Hugh Hefner: I think there is no single answer, no single road to Mecca. I have been married twice, and those were not the happiest times of my life. Part of the problem, quite frankly, is that when you get married, the romance disappears and the children arrive and the love is transferred. It shouldn’t be that way, but too often it is transferred to the children.
New York Times: There is more to life than being adored. There are other rewards to marriage.
Hefner:Unfortunately, they come from other women.