You heard what Chynna Phillips said: Douching twice a year helps create better flora in your vaginal cavity. But she only brought up the topic of douching to get you to pay attention to the trio’s new reality show aptly titled “Wilson Phillips Still Holding On.” When you use a random risqué topic to shamelessly promote your new TV series, it’s heretofore known as “douching.” It’s like shooting the show up the public’s vagina so that we’re sterile and ready for it. So, yeah, Wilson Phillips is hardcore douching their new show. And yes, of course I plan to watch. [Buzzfeed]
This video spoof from Funny or Die, starring Kate Beckinsale, Judy Greer, and Andrea Savage as Republican women who want government out of their banks and schools, but in their vaginas, is, frankly, hilariously sad because of how true it is. [Funny Or Die]
It looks like animals can be just as musically inclined as humans are. I’m now a fan of Shanthi, the world’s most musical elephant. She’s not touring right now, but you can catch one of her harmonica ditties if you go visit Washington D.C.’s National Zoo, where she lives. Or you can wait for her music to become available on Spotify. Imagine how good she’d be if she had lessons. [Buzzfeed]
“Something I wanted to avoid was tokenism in casting. If I had one of the four girls, if, for example, she was African-American, I feel like — not that the experience of an African-American girl and a white girl are drastically different, but there has to be specificity to that experience [that] I wasn’t able to speak to. I really wrote the show from a gut-level place, and each character was a piece of me or based on someone close to me. And only later did I realize that it was four white girls. As much as I can say it was an accident, it was only later as the criticism came out, I thought, ‘I hear this and I want to respond to it.’ And this is a hard issue to speak to because all I want to do is sound sensitive and not say anything that will horrify anyone or make them feel more isolated, but I did write something that was super-specific to my experience, and I always want to avoid rendering an experience I can’t speak to accurately.”
– Lena Dunham, speaking with NPR’s Fresh Air about the backlash towards “Girls,” in particular the frustration from some critics that all of the main characters are all white. I found Dunham’s “explanation,” for lack of a better word, to be honest and humble and I, for one, appreciate her candor and sensitivity. Love “Girls,” love her. You can listen to the full interview at the link. [NPR]
50 Shades Of Grey may well be one of the worst-written books ever. But being a blight on the face of literature isn’t the reason Brevard County Public Library in Florida pulled the BDSM erotica novel from shelves: they called 50 Shades ”pornography.” But Brevard County is not consistent in what they consider “pornographic” and what they consider simply “erotic”; The New York Times found other sexy books on the shelves, like The Complete Kama Sutra and Lolita. A spokesman for the county government said the latter books were acceptable because they had “become part of the societal mainstream.” Here’s hoping this is the work of overzealous local government officials, not librarians themselves. In any case, is this a plus-one in the Florida column for keeping such terrible writing away from readers? Or a minus-one for censorship? I’m not even sure. [NY Times]
I’m happy to report that despite the early backlash, “Girls” just keeps getting better and better. Last night’s episode started with Hannah being texted a photo of Adam’s penis — only to have him text her again to apologize … because it wasn’t meant for her. Then, at her new job, Hannah is expected to put up with an excessively handsy boss, and is it any wonder she does find herself getting used to it, given how crappy she allows Adam to treat her? What follows is this incredible scene, in which Hannah very vulnerably tells Adam what she wants. Not a boyfriend, but someone “who wants to hang out all the time, and thinks I’m the best person in the world, and wants to have sex with only me.” I actually find the vibe between Adam and Hannah to be more complicated than meets the eye and it really comes through in this scene. Clip above!