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Quotable: Christian Louboutin Says His Clients Are “Tarts”

“Half of my women want a shoe to make them look a little tarty and the other half are big tarts who want a shoe that looks classy.”

— Shoe designer Christian Louboutin, who might need a better publicist [Vanity Fair] Keep reading »

What Is “Penazzling”? It’s Vajazzling For Him, Duh!

Let’s get this straight: “vajazzling” — blinging out one’s ladyparts with pretty crystals (I guess so a guy doesn’t have to look at your icky pubic hair during sex?) — gets Jennifer Love Hewitt as an enthusiastic ambassador. But the first macho man to undergo a “penazzling” procedure gets his face blurred on the internet, sex victim-style, and he doesn’t even have crystals glued onto his penis?!?! Keep reading »

Quotable: Carey Mulligan Should Have Married A Banker?

“‘Pride & Prejudice’ was my first job. I was at boarding school and I met [actor] Julian Fellowes. He came to give a talk. I told him I wanted be an actress and he said, ‘Well, that’s silly. Marry a banker.’”

— Actress Carey Mulligan of “An Education” and, humorously enough, “Wall Street 2.” Hey, I bet Shia LaBeouf hears this all the time. [Wonderland Magazine] Keep reading »

NJ Parents Freak Over Boys’ “Crossdressing” Fashion Show At Elementary School

It’s never too early to reinforce gender roles!

Wilkins Elementary School in Maple Shade Township has canceled its third grade class’ Women’s History Month fashion show after (wait for it … ) a parent complained that the boys and girls were both asked to create an outfit from a period of women’s history, like the ’20s or the ’70s. Teacher Tonya Uibel sent home a packet for parents (which included photos of style icons like Madonna and Twiggy) and said kids should create an outfit to better understand how women’s fashion and women’s roles have changed over time. Keep reading »

Your Complete Guide To “Jersey Shore” Knockoff Shows

Why didn’t anyone think of this brilliant idea sooner?! Infiltrate a group of youngsters with similar lineages, ply them with alcohol, and sit back while they exploit the worst stereotypes of their ethnicity/social class/cultural group. Can you blame producers for looking at the success of “Jersey Shore” and seeing dollar signs? (Well, yes, you can. But that’s another post entirely.)

It seems like there are new “Jersey Shore” knockoff shows appearing every week—so many that we can’t keep ‘em all straight. After the jump, we fill you in on next year’s crop of D-list celebs. Keep reading »

Would You Let Kim Kardashian Pick Out Shoes For You?

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 »

Tina Fey: Not Feminist Enough?

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 »

Today’s Lady News: Nebraska To Require Mental Health Screening For Abortion

  • 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]

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“Pretty Wild,” Pretty Stupid: It’s Gabby’s Party And She’ll Pitch A Fit If She Wants To


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!”

Methinks this girl is going to make some guy very, very happy someday. [E! Online] Keep reading »

Who Is Potential Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan, Anyway?

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 »

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