Move over Clark Kent, the comic book character with the most hair gel ever is about to hit the market. Issue #145 of Archie & Friends is Jersey-tastic because the comic’s characters are meeting up with the cast of the reality show “Riverdale Shore.” It looks like they got the spray tan lines right, but is the guido gang a little burned out by now? [The Daily What] Keep reading »
A dominatrix: all of us know what one is. But let’s be honest: few of us actually know a woman who earns her living as one (that we’re aware of, anyway). But you’ll become, ahem, intimately familiar with one after reading the recently published book, Whip Smart: A Memoir, by Melissa Febos.
Febos, who nowadays teaches writing and literature at SUNY Purchase College in New York, was just a college student looking to earn extra cash at a Manhattan dungeon. But surprisingly, something about domme-ing men for money appealed to her. Febos — who was also busy acquiring, and then kicking, a heroin addiction — spat, spanked and insulted her way through clients for a whole four years before she left the dominatrix life for good.
I spoke with Febos about what initially drew her to sex work, how she broke the news to mom and dad that she was a dominatrix (yes, they knew!), and what she did with all those kinky clothes when she finally hung up her whip. Keep reading »
“Last week was a rough week for Gayle. Every day, she’s getting herself more and more worked up about all of my new daddies that are now showing up. New daddies who are saying, ‘Hello, daughter! Call me. I need a new roof!’ This too shall pass.”
—Oprah Winfrey subtly referencing Kitty Kelley’s new book, which makes the claim that Vernon Winfrey isn’t actually the Big O’s papa, at the New York Women in Communications Matrix Awards. [Examiner] Keep reading »
If you had a vagina in the early ’90s, chances are you read the bestselling relationship book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, by John Gray. The book tried to explain the male gender and their supposed inability to talk about emotions based on the concept that men and women are so, so different that we may as well be from from completely different planets! More than a few people — men and women — found this characterization reductive and offensive. But Men Are From Mars went on to sell 50 million copies worldwide, so who really cares, right? Keep reading »
Wouldn’t it be nice if right after you were born, someone handed you a how-to manual telling you everything you’d need to know to get through life? That way you’d understand, from the beginning, that there are many different types of love, failure’s OK, and certain kinds of men should be avoided at all costs. Tania Kindersley and Sarah Vine’s Backwards in High Heels: The Impossible Art of Being Female, a hardback with beautiful doodle-like illustrations, isn’t a self-help book, but it will get you thinking about love, careers, money, sex, and more, and the authors hand down pearls of wisdom for everything from doing your taxes without crying to avoiding late-night chocolate binges like helpful friends. [$15.61, Amazon]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away a copy of Backwards in High Heels, but you have to work if you want it. In the comments, tell us a a piece of wisdom that you learned for yourself by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 22. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner on Friday, April 23. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!
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A is for Anarchy
there’s really no rules,
If you’re a punk rocker
you think this is cool
This is the first page of Never Mind Your P’s and Q’s: Here’s the Punk Alphabet, by Paul McNeil and Barry Divola — it’s an alphabet book where each letter teaches kids about punk rock-ery, like Sid Vicious, the Sex Pistols and mohawks. Hey, I’m totally behind any book that encourages children to think outside the box and cultivate originality! But methinks this “children’s book” will mostly be popular with the very, very large children who buy their reading material at Urban Outfitters. [Soundscreen Design] Keep reading »
This video? It blew my mind. So to speak! Seriously, though. Three women — Carey Goldberg, Beth Jones, and Pamela Ferdinand — find themselves “of a certain age,” childless, and partner-less. Finally, one decides she’s tired of waiting around for Mr. Right. So, she orders herself some sperm from the sperm bank. Right when the order shows up, BAM, she meets a guy and gets pregnant. But then her friend is partner-less and childless. So, the first woman decides to give the second woman her sperm. Before the second woman can use it, BAM, she meets a guy and gets pregnant. But then there’s their third friend, who’s partner-less and childless. So, the second woman gives the third woman the sperm, and — well, you can probably guess the rest. So many happy endings, they wrote a book about it: Three Wishes: A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak, and Astonishing Luck on Our Way to Love and Motherhood. Who’s the dude with the super-sperm? Inquiring minds want to know. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
Screech does porn, AC Slater hosts Miss America pageants, and Jessie Spano writes self-help books. Yes, Elizabeth Berkley is writing a “self-esteem handbook for teen girls.” Penguin Young Readers Group is expected to publish the 37-year-old’s musings next spring. This one’s certainly a head-scratcher! “Saved By The Bell” went off the air in 1993 — like, when today’s current crop of teens came screaming out from between their moms’ legs. OK, maybe Berkley really is a self-help guru. Still, the whole world has seen her nakeybits in the (not particularly well-received) film “Showgirls,” which may, uh, damage her credibility in some circles.
Besides, I’m not totally sure I’d want to take advice from someone whose most famous flick has set an all-time record for Razzie awards. But what do y’all think? [Yahoo] Keep reading »
Author Kitty Kelley has dug up some interesting dirt on the Bush family, Frank Sinatra, and Nancy Reagan, but her most recent tell-all, Oprah: A Biography, apparently doesn’t tell much about the media queen. Kelley conducted more than 850 interviews for her unauthorized biography that hit bookshelves today, and what she learned is that Oprah is extremely driven. Um, I think most people already knew that. Those hoping to get the juicy gossip regarding Oprah and her fiance of more than 17 years, Stedman Graham, have to wait for another biography. In addition, the book doesn’t answer rumors that Oprah is in a gay relationship with best gal pal Gayle King. If anything, Kelley told Reuters that Oprah could be ” ‘asexual’ because she has put all of her sexual energies into her work, into her career, into building her empire and the financial rewards that she has gotten have been enough, really, to sustain her.” But even with out any gossip, I’m sure Oprah: A Biography is an inspiring tale for someone looking to escape their harsh upbringing. [Reuters] Keep reading »