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So In Lurve With Gap’s New Pierre Hardy Wedges

Oh, if only we had $200 for shoes we don’t need. Gap‘s latest collaboration with Pierre Hardy brings us these fierce black suede peep-toe wedges trimmed with leather. The latest Gap/Pierre Hardy collab is just one of many the store has put out lately, including Vena Cava, Stella McCartney, Keds and the (alleged) Valentino collab yet to come. Retail price on these bad boys, $195, is a tad high even for a high/low collaboration, but they’re versatile enough in the fall and winter months to make it worth it. I’d wear these with black tights and a brightly colored dress. And you? [Style.com] Keep reading »

Hold That Latte, Lady! Extra Pounds Could Chop $13K Off Your Salary (But Dudes, Go Right Ahead)

You know you’ll get penalized at work if you stumble in every day of the week at 11 a.m. hungover. Who knew your salary would be penalized for binging on those Mallomars in your desk, too? An analysis of two studies, one tracking over 11,000 Germans and one tracking almost 12,000 Americans, found women who clocked in at 25 lbs. less than the group norm pulled in over an average of $15,000 more per year more than women of average weight, while women who weighed 25 lbs. more than the group norm earned an average of $13,000 less than women of average weight. Boys, the opposite is true for you: thin men earn less, but a guy actually rakes in more dough as he packs on the pounds, up until the point he becomes obese. Ah, the joys of sexism. Keep reading »

Krystal Ball: Enough With The Sexy Photos, Let’s Get Back To Business

Krystal Ball, the Virginia Congressional candidate whose sexy photos were posted by a right-wing smear blog attempting to discredit her campaign, never intended to steal the 24-hour news cycle away from Christine “I Am Not A Witch” O’Donnell. But 28-year-old Ball has no desire to feed tabloid fodder. She spent a week giving media interviews and even released a brilliant statement on how she would not let dirty politics humiliate her. But this morning, Ball announced she is back to focusing on her campaign. In a statement released the morning, provided to us by Krystal Ball For Congress, she said:

“I felt it was important to speak out on this issue and I have done so. I believe that I was treated fairly by the media and able to answer to the voters of Virginia. Now they deserve a discussion regarding issues such as reforming government, getting people back to work and improving our education system. I feel deeply blessed to be interviewing for the job of Congresswoman in front of the citizen’s of the first district of Virginia. I will not be granting any additional interviews on this issue for the remainder of the campaign.”

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Today’s Lady News: Rachel Maddow Narrates Documentary On Abortion Provider’s Murder

  • MSNBC will air a new documentary called “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller,” narrated by cable talk show host Rachel Maddow, on Monday, October 25, at 9 p.m. (EST), Maddow announced last night. Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider, was shot dead in his family’s church in Wichita, Kansas in May 2009 by anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder. Work on the documentary has been “a long time coming,” Maddow said. We’ll be sure to watch. [MSNBC].
  • The Washington Post‘s website allowed Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, which is against homosexuality, to write a blog post about the bullying of gay students on National Coming Out Day. His post mentioned compassion and not casting the first stone. But it also said “homosexual conduct” is associated with more sexual promiscuity, drug use, and mental illness. Really, Washington Post, you published his allegation that the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is “exploiting” the recent gay suicides for its own “agenda” ON FREAKIN’ NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY? Tactless. Tasteless. Shameful. [Washington Post]

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It’s The Slanket Armchair, AKA The Slarmchair

The Snuggie armchair: it appears to be an actual thing. Or is it a Slanket armchair? The website that sells this atrocity is in French, so we will defer to our Parisian correspondent Leonora’s translation. But my hunch is that the copy reads, “You stupid Americans, why would you buy a Snuggie armchair when you could just sit in your Snuggie on a chair?! Or get in bed?! Fools!” [LikeCool.com via Superette] Keep reading »

Estonian Weight Loss Clinic Uses Fat Girl And Skinny Girl As “Before” And “After” Models

An Estonian weight loss clinic used two pretty blond women — one large and one skinny — to advertise its techniques by having them walk around wearing T-shirts that read “Before” and “After.” Clever gimmick, I’ll admit. But it’s degrading for the bigger girl to walk around all day being fat-shamed as the “before” chick. No amount of money she was paid is worth being exploited for that nastiness. [The Daily Wh.at] Keep reading »

Aaron Sorkin Responds To Critiques Of Misogyny In “The Social Network”

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“The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin is just like you—when he is pissed off about a blog post, he takes to the comments section! Sorkin, who wrote “The Social Network,” left a long comment on a blog post written by TV writer Ken Levine, who reviewed the movie. Another commenter, calling themselves Tarazza, posted a comment which said she loved the Facebook movie except for “the lack of a decent portrayal of women.” With the exception of Rashida Jones‘ character, Tarazza wrote, the women in the movie “were basically sex objects/stupid groupies,” adding “kinda makes me think that Aaron Sorkin (though I love his writing) failed the women in this script. Kind of a shame considering he’s written great women characters like C.J. Gregg!” (The female communications director on “The West Wing.”)

Sorkin then took to Ken Levine’s blog himself. Keep reading »

NYC Considers Making “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” Come Clean About Anti-Choice Stance

At some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a billboard which said something like “Pregnant? Scared? Call us!” You may have thought nothing of it, because you weren’t pregnant or even sexually active yet. In New York City, home to over 8 million people, signs like these depict a young, concerned-looking women under the words “Free abortion alternatives.” They advertise the 12 various E.M.C. FrontLine Pregnancy Centers around the city which are “crisis pregnancy centers”; the city also has four other CPCs.

Indeed, they offer “abortion alternatives,” if you could even call them that. “Crisis pregnancy centers” are actually anti-abortion organizations, often run by pro-life groups, and do not actually provide a full range of reproductive health services for women. They sometimes offer sonograms for pregnant women. However, they are not necessarily staffed by licensed medical professionals and do not provide family planning (like birth control pills) or referrals for abortions. Keep reading »

Vikings QB Brett Favre Accused Of Sending Lewd Texts To Women

I’m a little slow on the uptick here because I couldn’t care less about football players and their weenies. But! Some of you may have heard that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, a married man, might have been a naughty boy. Two years ago, when he played for the New York Jets, Favre allegedly sent photos of his penis to a former Jets sideline reporter and model/actress named Jenn Sterger, after contacting her through MySpace and leaving her voice mails asking to come to her hotel.

Jenn Sterger, who is no longer with the Jets either, has not spoken publicly about the alleged incidents. In fact, voicemails and pictures from Favre were made public by a third party, which the sports blog Deadspin.com purchased. Sterger has not filed a formal sexual harassment complaint — yet. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Happy National Coming Out Day!

  • Happy National Coming Out Day to our gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual readers! In honor of this special day, our friends at Marie Claire have this fantastic essay by a lesbian named Stephanie Fairyington, who at 28 decided to come out to her beauty queen mom. [Marie Claire]
  • New York City’s mayor is blasting a paid-sick leave bill which would require businesses to provide up to nine days of paid sick leave per year, saying it will hurt small businesses. But women’s rights activists in New York say that pregnant women, especially, are crunched for time for doctors appointments and should not have to use vacation days, if they even get them. [New York Observer, Wall Street Journal]
  • Two lesbians say they were kicked out of a Baltimore Ravens game on Sept. 26 for kissing in the concessions stand line, for which they were warned by a security guard to “stop making a scene” and asked to show their drivers’ licenses and receipts for their purchases. The stadium claims they kicked these heathens out because they “stole” a plastic cup to pour ketchup into. So stupid. [Queerty]

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