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- Conan O’Brien is the subject of pissy Tweets by plus-sized actresses Kirstie Alley and Star Jones after cracking jokes about Alley’s size. Example? A recent earthquake drill in California might have just been a response to Alley jazzercising. [New York Daily News]—Ah, fat jokes: the province of lazy comedians. Maybe he could mix up his repertoire and do ugly jokes, too? And for her part, maybe Alley could practice what she preaches and stop drawing so much attention to her own weight.
- An analysis by George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services found that the Stupak-Pitts Amendment to Obama’s health care reform bill would “produce industry-wide effects, leading to the elimination of health plan coverage for nearly all medically indicated abortions.” The GW study arrived at this conclusion after examining how “the health benefits services industry adjusts its products over time to conform to the regulatory environment in which it operates.” [George Washington University Medical Center]
It’s not to hang their nice suit jackets, that’s for sure! Here’s some straight-to-the-point activism: a cell phone company, CREDO Mobile, is mailing coat hangers to all the democratic members of the House of Representatives who voted in support of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment in Obama’s health care reform bill. (CREDO must have read our piece, “How The Health Care Reform Bill Is Screwing Over Women With An Abortion Amendment”! Right?) The coat hangers are definitely a gruesome, but clear, reminder of what some women will do when their access to abortions is restricted. So far, over 116,000 have been sent.
But how come all of the 240 politicians who voted for Stupak-Pitts didn’t receive a coat hanger in the mail? After all, democrats aren’t the only ones who voted in favor of this amendment, just to pass the health care reform bill. [CREDO Action] Keep reading »
“Vampirella was so hot I used to buy every comic I could get my hands on. The fact she didn’t exist didn’t bother me because we have these quintessential female images in our mind, and in the case of the male mind, they’re grossly distorted. When you see something that reflects your id, it works for you…Most of men’s problems with women probably have to do with realizing women are real and most of them don’t look or act like Vampirella. A big recalibration happens when we’re forced to deal with real women, and there’s a certain geek population that would much rather deal with fantasy women than real women. Let’s face it: Real women are complicated. You can try your whole life and not understand them.”
Alexandra Kerry, 36, the eldest daughter of Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, was arrested last night for allegedly driving drunk. The LAPD said Kerry was stopped on a Hollywood street at 12:40 a.m., failed a sobriety test and was charged with a DUI. [AP] Come on, Alexandra Kerry! Even the Bush twins didn’t get themselves arrested. Well, if this turns out to be true, maybe Alexandra will come around and be glad she got busted before she got behind the wheel and killed someone. Keep reading »
Boys, if you’re going to propose “in public,” there’s a couple things you want to stay away from. Jumbotrons. Clowns. Twitter. Oh, for the love of all things holy, don’t propose over Twitter. Just take your romance 2.0 cues from this guy, Justin, who proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Marissa, over Tumblr and made strangers like me uncontrollably bawl. It’s a three-hanky performance. [justin.tumblr.com] Keep reading »
- Jaycee Dugard’s family has spoken out against adult filmmaker Shane Ryan, who is at work on a pornographic film called “Abducted Girl: An American Sex Slave,” based on Dugard’s ordeal. In a statement, the Dugards’ spokeswoman called the film “exploitive, hurtful and breathtakingly unkind.” [New York Daily News]
- Poor women in developing countries will be most negatively affected by global warming, according to a new report by the United Nations Population Fund. Weather-related natural disasters are likely to affect how they get their food, water and energy. [BBC]
Oh, for crying out loud. Hillary Clinton is the Secretary of State, a big and important job in which the president actually listens to what she has to say. So why, then, is the entire first paragraph of a recent Vogue article about Clinton dedicated to the color of her pantsuit at the U.N. General Assembly meeting recently (red, in case you were wondering)?
In the next paragraph, we learn that one day at the State Department Clinton was “wearing no makeup” and looked “tired and cranky.” Fret not, though, because her deputy chief of staff handed her a cosmetics bag and Clinton applied her own mascara, lipstick, blush and powder.
Really, Vogue? I don’t care that Clinton does her own makeup and (still) wears brightly colored pantsuits. Keep reading »