“I find that men get away with saying a lot in this business and that women get away with saying very little.”
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What had the cool girls muffling their laughter in the cubicle this week? These were the most popular stories of the week on The Frisky—which ones did you miss?
I’d thought purity balls—dances when tween and teen girls pledge to their fathers that they’ll stay virgins until marriage—were paternalistic and super-creepy for the girls. But, apparently, they are equal-opportunity paternalistic and creepy. The Tennessean interviewed parents Julian and Valerie Head, of Franklin, Tennessee, who are hosting a purity ball at their home for their 9- and 6-year-old sons, where the boys will make a virginity pledge with their dad. Yeah, these poor boys are 9 and 6.
There are pretty much three roles for actresses in mainstream movies—the ingenue, the quirky best friend, or the mother—and all other actresses get sent to the glue factory. Some actresses enjoy diverse careers, like Meryl Streep, Judi Dench and Helen Mirren, who’ve always been cast in deep roles regardless of their age. But they are the exception.
In 2009, something highly unusual happened: newcomer Gabby Sidibe, a plus-sized black woman who looks like no one in Hollywood, starred in “Precious”; Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep both starred in multiple hits; and the truly “crazy” part is, several mainstream movies starring female leads grossed more than movies starring male leads. Keep reading »
“Just look at the features in men’s magazines. They’re often much meatier than the fare you find in women’s magazines. What does that tell you? That guys aren’t afraid to spend an hour reading a great piece of writing.”
—Details deputy editor Chris Raymond, whose prestigious magazine has recently offered men meatier fare like “Why It’s OK To Stare At Fat People” and “The Rise Of The Hot Jewish Girl.” Bitch, please! Pick up a copy of Bust or Bitch or even Elle, Marie Claire or Vogue, and then we’ll talk. [NYMag.com]
Burger King in the UK just debuted the creepiest new ad—it’s called “Shower Cam” and it’s a bizarre union of voyeurism and breakfast sandwiches. Any guy who certifies his age as 18+ can watch a sexy young woman disrobe and “shake her bits to the hits,” i.e. take a shower while warbling off-key to a song like “Love Machine.” It’s tag line is “The World’s First Guilt Free Shower Cam”—a rather creepy headline if you consider all the videos that were taped of ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews naked, without her knowledge. The only thing that’s remotely funny about it all is how the woman’s bikini top is shaped like hamburger buns. Keep reading »
It’s “elective,” they say, just like “a boob job.” A typical complaint is “I shouldn’t have to pay for someone’s boob job or someone’s abortion.” Never mind tons of us are paying for things we vehemently don’t support (wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, No Child Left Behind Act, etc.)
Compare choosing an abortion to everything from boob jobs to laser hair removal.
Admittedly, some women with ginormous breasts do go under the knife to get a breast reduction because of back pain—those are about as “medically necessary” as boob jobs get. Otherwise, boob jobs in our culture, rightly or wrongly, are considered the province of vain women who care deeply about indulging themselves in beautification. A boob job generally isn’t considered a necessity, it’s considered indulgent. Caring enough about your tits to go under the knife generally implies you’re self-centered.
Is this really how our culture thinks of women who choose to end a pregnancy? That their choice is an indulgent, self-centered one? Keep reading »