Kim Kardashian lends her name (and butt) to all kinds of dodginess — QuickTrim, anyone? But we’ve got to say, we’ve poked around her “premier shoe society,” ShoeDazzle, and, well, we’re actually impressed! Keep reading »
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I knew this was going to happen: Tina Fey hosted “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend and yesterday morning, our fellow lady blogs were all abuzz with complain-y posts. Bloggers I read and respect, including Sady Doyle at Feministe, Jessica Grose at Double X, and Irin Carmon at Jezebel, took to their blogs to react to Fey‘s hosting gig. And I understand why women were watching, fingers poised to the keyboard: Whip-smart and witty Fey is a role model for millions of women and girls.
Still, I’ll bet Jude Law didn’t have to deal with being over-analyzed to death the Monday morning after he hosted. Keep reading »
- Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval to a bill today that will require mental health screening for women seeking an abortion. The language of the bill specifies doctors need to ascertain whether a woman has been pressured into ending her pregnancy. The bill is expected to receive Gov. Dave Heineman’s signature soon. [Washington Post]
- Mattel, Inc., the maker of Barbies, says a coordinated effort by adult female computer programmers flooded the Barbie.com vote for the doll’s next career. Little girls voted for Barbie’s next career to be “news anchor.” But a viral campaign from GeekGirlCamp.com that implored adults, “Please help us in getting Barbie to get her Geek on!” helped make “computer engineer” Barbie’s next job. [Wall Street Journal]
- Maternal deaths have dropped in the past 18 years, from half a million per year in 1980 to less than 350,000 in 2008. It’s not all good news, though. More than half of all new moms died in six countries: India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [BBC]
This week on “Pretty Wild,” our “bling ring” buddy Alexis Neiers is planning little sister Gabby‘s Sweet 16 party with her pal, Tess. It’s just your average 16-year-old’s birthday party: a red carpet, a “Gabby-tini,” pole dancing, catered Italian food.
But somebody wants FONDUE instead, damn it. “This is my 16th birthday!” Gabby shrieks. “Not some kind of whore party!”
Ding dong, Justice John Paul Stevens is retiring! Surely you remember when President Obama nominated Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court last summer? Well, gird your loins, kiddies, because it’s time to do it all again.
White House gossips say Obama is considering about 10 possible replacements for Stevens and U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan is thought to be on the short list. (Hillary Clinton‘s name is also being mumbled, but somehow I don’t see girlfriend ditching her Secretary of State post.) Let’s get acquainted with Elena Kagan, shall we? Keep reading »
“Something I do want to celebrate with my fans is that it’s OK to be whomever it is that you want to be. You don’t have to have sex to feel good about yourself, and if you’re not ready, don’t do it. … I remember the cool girls when I was growing up. Everyone started to have sex. But it’s not really cool any more to have sex all the time. It’s cooler to be strong and independent.”
Tina Fey returned to “Saturday Night Live” last night to host with the terrifying musical guest Justin Bieber. She made us long for the days — was it only two years ago? — when “SNL” had Tina every week!
We can’t just pick one a-maz-ing clip from Saturday, so we’re posting three of the best. Here’s Tina in the “Sarah Palin Network” skit and, after the jump, “Brownie Husband” and a “Women’s News” segment from “The Weekend Update.” Enjoy! Keep reading »
- Meet Eri Yoshida, the “Knuckle Princess,” an 18-year-old from Japan. She has accepted an offer to pitch for the Chico Outlaws baseball team in Chico, California, which is a men’s league. Last year Yoshida became the first woman in Japan to play professional baseball with men; she will be the the first to pitch for a U.S. men’s league since the retirement of player Ila Borders in 2000. The Outlaws will provide Yoshida with separate locker room facilities and her own hotel room while traveling. [AFP]
- Transgender and transgender folks camped outside Tribeca Cinemas in New York City on Tuesday to protest the film “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives,” which they said is transphobic and promote violence against trans people. Filmmaker Israel Luna said the flick, which is based on ’70s exploitation films, was intended to raise awareness about violence against the trans community. [New York Times]