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]
Say it ain’t so! TLC member T-Boz, one of the ladies who just a few years ago sang about wanting “No Scrubs,” filed for bankruptcy today. T-Boz — real name Tionne Watkins — owes more than $768,000 to creditors, most of which is related to her $1.2 million home. Ms. Boz does have money coming in – she makes around $11,700 a month in income and spends around $8,800 — but she hasn’t been able to make any headway on her nearly million dollars of debt. She’s also claiming that a portion of her outstanding debt is related to unpaid child support bills, totaling somewhere around $250,000. [TMZ]
Of course, T-Boz is hardly the only celeb to file for bankruptcy After the jump, some other celebs who blew their fortunes.
Designer Christian Dior helped revolutionize fashion with his “New Look,” which refined women’s dressing after World War II, ushering in an era of luxurious refinement. A new collection from Rizzoli gathers around 100 of Dior’s signature styles and gives us a historical tour through the designer’s ample closets. Shot by Patrick Demarchelier, Dior Couture re-positions the collection’s classic elements in modern photographs. Check out a sampling of the shots. [$115, Rizzoli]
Sunday afternoon PSA! If you haven’t yet seen the movie “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” YOU MUST. It is one of the best films I’ve seen all year. It stars the absolutely divine Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a young woman who escapes a cult and goes to live with her sister and her brother-in-law. The movie shows Martha as she tries to assimilate back into “normal” life alongside flashbacks that reveal how she was indoctrinated into the cult, came to be known as “Marcy May,” and the horrors she endured under their control. (John Hawkes, who was in “Winter’s Bone,” is seriously creepy great as the cult leader, Patrick.) The film’s ending is one that has either been loved or hated by viewers and critics, but one thing everyone who’s seen the movie agrees on is that Olsen is superb.
So, after you’ve bought your tickets to see the movie on Fandango and have a couple hours to kill before you head to the theater, click through this slideshow to see 10 examples of this breakout star also killing it in the style department.
It’s holiday time, which means the airports are at their busiest. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of a celebrity in first class or unpacking their laptop in security. If you do, take note of what they’re wearing: Boots that are hard to remove and hold up the rest of the line? An outfit more expensive than your entire wardrobe? Or a look that could have come out of your own closet? Click through this slideshow of 15 celebs flying in style…
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Q: What do you do when someone bites it right before your eyes? A: Laugh. Obviously. I fully condone this behavior and I have every right to considering that I am usually the one tripping and falling. I am a proud klutz and I love it when people support my accidents with hearty laughter. It makes the aftermath less embarrassing.
For example, Antonio Banderas is totally not handling Salma Hayek’s fall correctly. If he’s not going to help her, he should at least have a giggle! Instead he’s looking away. How he manages, I don’t know — the look on her face is just so expressive! It’s okay, I had a hearty laugh on his behalf (once I found out that Salma was fine, of course). Keep clicking for some more celebs biting it. It’s OK to laugh. I promise.
It’s almost that time of year again: you know, the time when you’re obligated to blow a good chunk of your hard-earned money on your family and friends. If your inner circle is anything like mine, they sure as hell expect something nice. Oven mitts just aren’t going to fly for my mom anymore, and my dad balks in the face of an Office Max fountain pen. I’m not going to lie, buying and giving gifts is hard, mostly because you can’t guarantee that someone will like something unless they’ve explicitly said what they’d want… and where’s the fun in that? For my people, my foolproof gift-buying agenda is to delve into Sephora and not emerge until a) my debit card cracks in half or b) I’ve got something for everyone (whichever comes first). Seriously, male or female, there’s not a single person I know who will deny a body butter in their favorite scent or a luxurious herbal bubble bath. My holiday gift guide stays true to that and regardless of age, gender, or skin type, everybody will be smelling good and feeling even better.
There are few experiences more delightful than sipping espresso from a cute little espresso cup. Even if you don’t have an espresso machine, cute little espresso cups can be used for all kinds of fun things: holding candles or q-tips, as prep bowls for baking, or even as teeny tiny flower vases. Here are six artsy espresso cups to brighten up your kitchen (or bathroom, or bedroom, wherever)…
It’s that time of year … time to sit around the dinner table with our loved ones, carve some turkey, and give thanks for the celebs who made our lives better this year.
Sarah over at Totally Severe really knows how to make embroidery happen. But she doesn’t do your standard hearts and flowers kind of stuff. Oh no, she does whimsical, pop culture-laden designs that will make you laugh and probably scratch your head. As she explains it, “These are the products of idle hands and a disturbed mind.” They’re available for sale on her site, and they’re going fast, so act now if you want your very own embroidered version of Kenneth the Page and Tracy Jordan as Raphaelite angels. Click through to see some of her other awesome creations!