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What Did You Buy For Black Friday/Cyber Monday?

Black Friday Crime
Sales make some totally people wig out. Read More »
Survival Tips
How to survive Black Friday, the most insane shopping day of the year. Read More »
Shopping Ban
This writer banned herself from buying -- and it backfired. Read More »
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When God was handing out common sense, she skipped over me entirely (but gave me a little extra junk in the trunk to compensate!). I’ve been buying gifts for my nieces all year; I bought my mom’s Christmas present months ago; and two weekends ago I hit up Bloomie’s to buy a little something-something for my dude. Alas, that sound you hear is my debit card whimpering. Sorry, little guy. Keep reading »

What Ad Agencies Created When Asked To “Rebrand Girls”

It’s a sad but true fact that in some parts of the world, especially China, baby boys are favored over baby girls. In fact, boys are so strongly favored in some rural areas of China that girls are aborted after their gender is known and as a result there’s a drastic imbalance in the population.

But even in countries where baby girls are brought into the nursery, parents can have a hard time when they learn they’re decorating it pink instead of blue.  This has a lot to do with existing sexist prejudices that adversely impact females in society — like lack of access to education and employment — that privilege males and incentivize parents to have boys.

So the magazine Fast Company thought up something completely innovative: it asked a half dozen ad agencies to rebrand girls with mock advertisements. Oh, if sexism were only as simple as bad advertising! The agencies primarily focused on targeting parents — er, consumers — in the U.S. and China and several opted to highlight perceived reasons that girls are better than boys, rather than just appreciating girls for their own sakes. For that reason I’m not sure I like all of these, although all the mock ads are certainly creative.

Take a click through and tell me in the comments what you think! [Fast Company]

Today’s Lady News: The Real Girl Belly Project

Today's Lady News
  • I love, love, LOVE xoJane’s “Real Girl Belly Project,” which is publishing 75 photos of real women’s un-Photoshopped bellies. [xoJane]
  • A new book about the actress Hedy Lamarr sheds light on her second career as an inventor who contributed to technology that is now used in Bluetooth, GPS and cellphone networks. Crazy, huh? [NPR]
  • Journalist Kate Bolick, whose Atlantic Monthly piece about how she and many other 30something women may never may, has seen her article optioned for a TV series by the same guy who did “Drop Dead Diva.” [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Anne Hathaway Is Engaged!

Bad News Ex
Anne dumped her Italian boyfriend who turned out to be a fraud. Read More »
Anne On Nudity
Anne Hathaway talks nudity in "Love & Other Drugs." Read More »
  • Anne Hathaway and actor Adam Shulman are engaged after three years together. Congratulations, Anne! [Us Weekly]
  • One of Kim Zolciak’s three wedding looks was a white lace jumpsuit. Hey, it’s probably more comfortable than a scratchy, frou-frou dress and way easier to pee in. [NYmag.com]
  • The former child prostitute who said she was raped by NFL star Lawrence Taylor (who hired her through a pimp when she a teen) has filed a lawsuit against him. Taylor plead guilty to sexual misconduct and patronizing an underage prostitute and six months probation. The victim, Cristine Fierro, said he should have gone to jail for sex trafficking. [TMZ] Keep reading »

“Mad Men”‘s Vincent Kartheiser Thinks Real Ad Men Are “Scumbags”

Pete Is No Rapist
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So says Vincent Kartheiser about his character. Read More »
No Babies For Vincent
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Vincent Kartheiser has made the choice to be childless. Read More »
"Mad Men" Q&A
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An interview with actor Bryan Batt, who plays Sal Romano. Read More »
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“I think it’s funny that so many people are now dressing and acting like these guys [on "Mad Men"], who, in my opinion, are kind of scumbags. These guys who are selling advertising and telling you what to buy and telling you how to consume s**t. To me that’s the downfall of a lot of what’s going on in our world. Their position in life and what they represent is kind of scummy, and now all of a sudden it’s cool?”

Vincent Kartheiser of ”Mad Men” proves he has a Pete Campbell-esque propensity for putting his foot in his mouth. Sorry, Madison Avenue! He kind of has a point, though, about fan worship of the show. I’ve long thought that women who’ve said they wished men were more like Don Draper were momentarily stupefied by his beautiful face. The reality is that most of the guys on “Mad Men” are total asshats (even if they look good in a hat). [Click Liverpool] Keep reading »

Kat Dennings Says If You’re Not A Feminist, You’re Not A Good Person

Dating While Feminist
Amelia sounds off on dating while feminist. Read More »
Teaching Boys Feminism
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How to teach boys to be feminists. Read More »
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“The way I view feminism — and I know there are a lot of different things going on — but, at its purest form, to me, it’s a very positive, supportive, nurturing, empowerment thing. I mean, God, who isn’t a feminist? If you don’t think women are as good as men, you’re not a good person. I like to think that most of the population of people worth being friends with are feminists, if that’s what feminism means.”

Kat Dennings of “Two Broke Girls” might have the best quote about feminism that I’ve ever read. You tell ‘em, girl. [Bust Magazine]

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