I couldn’t care less about Apple‘s BIG! EXCITING! ANNOUNCEMENT! today, since I can still barely operate my iPhone. But it has come to my attention that Apple’s new gadget’s name — the iPad — is the most period-y sounding product name in history. (All right, maybe not as period-y as the iTampon. Don’t give them any ideas!) To 50 percent of the population, a pad is something you stick in your panties and bleed over before you toss it in the trash. In reaction, Twitter is abuzz with cracks about the iPad’s name, including my fave, “I hope the iPad has wings for extra nighttime protection.” Women who work at Apple, couldn’t you have talked Steve Jobs out of this grave sanitary napkin error? [CNN] Keep reading »
Good news! The online dating website eHarmony will finally become more inclusive to gays and lesbians. After duking it out over a class-action lawsuit in California for two and a half years, eHarmony has agreed to be more “welcoming” to homosexuals on its site. Keep reading »
Lots of our beloved magazines have been flushed down the tubes. Au revoir, Gourmet! Goodbye, Modern Bride! We’ll never forget you, Domino! But it’s not all dark clouds at the newsstand. Juicy, the first celebrity, hair and beauty magazine just for African-American women (from the same folks who publish XXL), will launch in May. (You can also check out their site, JuicyMagOnline.com, shortly before the May launch.) Will Juicy be able to hold up next to the gajillion other gossip rags like In Touch and US Weekly? If all the dramz in Rihanna, Kanye and Usher‘s lives are any indication, Juicy won’t have a problem. Keep reading »
You’ve probably heard by now that Tim Tebow, a former quarterback for the University of Florida and a vocal Christian, will be starring in an anti-abortion advertisement with his mother, Pam Tebow, during the Super Bowl. The Tebows’ 30-second spot was paid for by a conservative Christian organization called Focus on the Family and tells the story of how, in 1987, Pam had been advised by doctors to have an abortion because of medical complications in her pregnancy. Pam refused, and later gave birth to Tim, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy (and, admittedly, looked sort of hot in a jock-ish way). Unsurprisingly, women’s organizations have joined together asking CBS not to run Focus on the Family’s commercial.
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“To be honest, I don’t f**king care. I didn’t get into this to be a role model. So I’m sorry if I’m influencing your kids in a way that you don’t like, but I can’t be responsible for their actions. I don’t care.”
— Taylor Momsen from “Gossip Girl” when asked about being a role model. Annoying as she may be, she has a point. [E! Online] Keep reading »
Sultry enough, yes, but Scarlett‘s new ads for Mango’s 2010 spring/summer collection neglected to show off her lovely Johanssons. Keep reading »
Porn: whether you love it, hate it, or feel indifferent, you can’t deny it influences people just like any other form of media. Generally, “Think of the children!” hand-wringing is something I ignore because I think it can get really overblown. But a recent report on how exposure to porn affects young boys is a brash wake-up call that not worrying about their exposure is to their, and our, detriment. Keep reading »
The other day I caught up with a guy friend over instant messenger. We hadn’t talked in a while, so he had to be filled in on my wonderful boyfriend of nine months. “I just wish I had met him when I was younger, like 18,” I enthused. “It seems like such a waste of time that I didn’t meet him until I was 25.”
“Aww, so you would have had more time together? That’s so romantic,” my friend said.
“Well, yes … but that’s not exactly what I meant. I wish I hadn’t bothered dating other guys,” I explained. “Really, what was the point?” Keep reading »
Researchers do all kinds of dumb studies but the latest dumb study gets kind of meta: it’s about why men tell “dumb blonde” jokes. According to the journal Society, men crack wise about “dumb blondes” because they’re intimidated by their perceived sexiness. You know, all those mystical, magical sexy-powers blondes keep in their hair!
Pardon me for sounding like a blonde here, but … like, duh. Keep reading »