Last week, I posted about authors Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner and their reactions to fellow writer Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel, Freedom. They weren’t just rankled that Franzen was lauded on the cover of Time magazine as a “Great American Novelist.” Or even that fact that it made headlines when President Obama snagged an advance copy. Picoult and Weiner were upset that The New York Times Book Review had reviewed Freedom twice in one week.
“Is anyone shocked?” Picoult tweeted. “Would love to see the Times write about authors who aren’t white male literary darlings.” There was a hell of a lot of fallout from this, which, frankly, would be quite lengthy explain; I suggest you read NYmag.com’s thorough recap if this whole story interests you. In any case, while I personally shared Picoult and Weiner’s opinion that female writers are revered less in general from the get-go, as of today there is now hard data to back up their complaint against the Times Book Review. Keep reading »
I don’t know how much stock I take in Vanity Fair‘s lists of the most powerful and influential people. There’s no denying someone like Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, or Rupert Murdoch has an enormous ability to influence people. But there’s always people in lists like that who I sense are just getting a blow job from the magazine. Besides, who each of us is influenced by is such a personal thing! I personally find Tina Fey and Ani DiFranco enormously “influential,” but they are never listed on anything. Alas, Vanity Fair‘s 2010 list of the 100 people in “New Establishment” has another reason for you to scoff at its credibility: If my counting skills are to be trusted, of the 114 people on the list, there are only 13 women. That’s nine percent. Nine! Keep reading »
“The girl who eats her feelings” is a new trend-setting clique to emulate, says W magazine’s recent piece on back-to-school style. If they were trying to describe the trend of wearing “curve-enhancing dresses worn with plenty of attitude,” why would they call that dressing like “the girl who eats her feelings”? That’s just … being curvy. Keep reading »
Avid readers of Today’s Lady News have no doubt been following the story of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian woman who has been sentenced to death for adultery. Ashtiani is accused of cheating on her husband and then conspiring to have him killed; she was sentenced to 99 lashes, which she’s received, and death by stoning. After an international outcry that death by stoning was too cruel, Iran changed the sentence to death by hanging. However, her lawyer also fled Iran to Norway in fear when he learned the government planned to arrest him.
Carla Bruni, the First Lady of France and a musician/model/actress who was known for her colorful sexual escapades before she married President Nicolas Sarkozy, has spoken up for Ashtiani and said no one should be murdered for their sexual behavior. Earlier this week, a state-run newspaper in Iran called Bruni a “prostitute” and then said she “deserves to die” for supporting an “adulteress.” Keep reading »
There’s leggings. There’s jeggings. So what the hell are “treggings”? It belies my maturity level when my first guess was “triceratops leggings.” But no, treggings are a cross between leggings and trousers. A hybrid, if you will. Treggings are formfitting from the thighs to the legs, but are more structured on top and often have a zipper. Personally I would just call these “tight pants,” but what do I know?
Anyone else think the cutesy names for various types of leggings are getting silly? [FabSugar] Keep reading »
What do you do if you’re horny but your strict religious faith forbids both premarital sex and looking at porn? You use Photoshop. According to BuzzFeed, one Mormon man has found a loophole where he takes photos of women in bikinis and blocks the sexy parts of a woman’s body, which he calls “bubbling.” After the jump, see the photo pre-bubbling: Keep reading »
All British princesses play the cell in their lingerie, obvi. This Chinese ad for “Diana” underwear isn’t peeing on her grave at all. The company, Jealousy International, wants you to “feel the romance of British royalty.” I know I do. Do you? [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »
Who knew Kelly Osbourne had such deep philosophical ties to Maoism, the teachings of Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong?
Oh, she was just performing with the Pussycat Dolls at L.A.’s Viper Room? Throw her on a pile of rich kids wearing Che Guevara shirts. [Los Angeles, 9/1/10] Keep reading »