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Analysis Released On Status Of Women Of Color In The U.S.

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  • The Center For American Progress has released an analysis on the status of women of color in the United States, which had some disconcerting findings, such as that WOC are more likely to occupy lower-paying jobs than women of other races, which leads to $434,000 in lost wages over a lifetime. Also, WOC make up 53 percent of the medically uninsured. [Madame Noire]
  • Female troops who were sexually assaulted at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, have taken the stand this week. [Washington Post]
  • The Mississippi Department of Health has inspected the state’s lone operating abortion clinic. It now has 10 days to issue findings that will determine if the clinic is allowed to stay open. [CBS News] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Why I’m Disappointed That Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Doesn’t Call Herself A Feminist

Meet Marissa Mayer
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Former Google VP Marissa Mayer is now Yahoo's new CEO. Read More »
On Feminist Judgement
What's feminist about judging other women's choices? Read More »
Diablo Cody On Feminists
The "Juno" writer/director has some choice words for her haters. Read More »
Marissa Mayer: Not A Feminist

Last week we learned that Marissa Mayer, former VP of Google, would be heading to Yahoo as its new CEO. She’s be the company’s first female CEO and probably the first-ever pregnant CEO of a Fortune 500 tech company. Even if you couldn’t care less about Yahoo, you probably thought to yourself “yay for the ladies!” even just a smidge.

Interestingly, now a statement that Mayer made while participating in PBS’s “Makers” series have come under scrutiny: how she does not label herself a feminist in part because she implies the term means a “militant drive” and a “chip on the shoulder.” Keep reading »

Tavi Is Meh About “Seventeen”‘s No Photoshop Pledge

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Julie Gerstein fan-girled out when she met Tavi at Fashion Week. Read More »
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“I think it’s great that these girls are taking action. I don’t know, however, that Photoshop makes a huge difference with the kind of models they use, or that there aren’t other parts of the magazine that contribute to the same issue. I’m sure most people don’t think as obsessively about stuff like the wording of a headline as I do, but the effects of headlines under the “health” section about your back-to-school body are still there. It took me a little bit once middle school started to realize that if I didn’t read Seventeen, I didn’t feel obligated to watch what I eat. Language is powerful, along with photos. …  [T]t’s not just about Photoshop — all kinds of components of a magazine help contribute to the feelings that might leave a reader with a negative body image.”

– Racked called up Tavi Gevinson of Rookie Mag to chat about Seventeen and how the mag’s website has seemingly stole Rookie’s “Ask A Grown Man” idea with a not-even-trying-to-be-different feature, “Ask An A-Lister.” Tavi ended up talking about Seventeen‘s recent pledge, following a petition with 84,000 signatures, to stop using Photoshop. (Teen Vogue followed suit soon after.) I’m somewhat less cynical than Tavi about Seventeen‘s Body Peace Treaty, but I also think she makes a fantastic point that images are only part of the problem. Language matters, too, and the way that magazines and other media outlets tell stories pertaining to women/girls and body image are equally important. Elsewhere in the interview Tavi says, “ Sometimes [Seventeen's] ‘embarrassing’ stories are literally about boys finding out that you have your period. I’m just tired of stigmatizing totally normal body stuff like that, which is already a little scary and weird to some girls.” Co-sign times 1000! [Racked]

Be My Boyfriend: Guy Who Sings Lullabies To Polar Bears

Be My BF: Turtleman
Why Julie loves the "Call of the Wildman" star. Read More »
Be My BF: Cat Singer
This guy sang "Kiss From A Rose" to his pet cat. Read More »
Be My BF: Zebra Drunk
This guy took his zebra and parrot to the bar with him, natch. Read More »
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Twinkle, Twinkle, Please Don't Eat Me

Dear Russian Bear Patrol Officer Vladilen Kavriy Who Sings Lullabies To Polar Bears,

First of all, can we talk about how rad it is that your job title is “Bear Patrol Officer”? Does it say that on your business cards? Do you have anyone to give business cards to in places where polar bears live? Anyway, I thought being a blogger was cool, but your job sounds way better.

Second of all, I think I’m in love with you. Keep reading »

Justin Bieber Is Hot, Ready And Legal — Plus, Halle Berry Injured On Set!

Biebs A Butt Man
Justin Bieber extols the wonders of Nicki Minaj's badonkadonk. Read More »
Justin's Pap Brawl
The singer lost his cool on a paparazzo outside an L.A. mall. Read More »
Named His Penis
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Justin Bieber's penis actually has its own name. Read More »
"Boyfriend" Video!
We might be a wee bit obsessed with Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" video. Read More »
  • Justin Bieber is on the cover of Rolling Stone and his “Hot Ready Legal” cover line is the exact same one used back in 2004 for Lindsay Lohan. Hopefully those three words are not cursed. [Gosisp Cop]
  • Halle Berry was rushed to the hospital last night after suffering a head injury on the set of her new film, “The Hive,” but later released.  [TMZ]
  • Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibberd will release his first solo album called “Former Lives.” [Celebrity Cafe]
  • Kim Kardashian’s soon-to-be-ex Kris Humphries is snark-tweeting her new boyfriend Kanye West, like the mature adult that he is. [PopCrush]
  • Dita Von Teese has pretty good taste in cars. [Jalopnik] Keep reading »

“Jane Eyre,” “Pride & Prejudice” Are About To Get Sexy

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  • I just read Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, and it had zero sex. I mean zero. But an adult fiction company, Clandestine Classics, is republishing books like Eyre, Pride And Prejudice and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea with sexy rewrites. Hey, if Pride can get rewritten with zombies, I don’t see why Jane Eyre can’t get written with Mr. Rochester as a cunning linguist. [ONTD]
  • New couple alert! Emma Roberts is dating Evan Peters, who played the creepy gimp suit boyfriend/ghost on “American Horror Story.” [US Weekly]
  • Casper Smart, J.Lo’s 25-year-old backup dancer boyfriend, says Jennifer is “the boss” of their relationship. Uh, we knew that already. [PopCrush]
  • Kathie Lee Gifford and her big mouth strike again: this time KLG said that young kids don’t know Aretha Franklin, who expressed interest in being an “American Idol” judge, and the show should appeal to someone with a younger demographic. [Uptown Magazine]
  • I love this Pomplamoose mashup of “Call Me Maybe” and “Somebody That I Used To Know” more than my mother. [The FW] Keep reading »
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