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Is The Secret To “Mad Men”‘s Success The (Mostly) Female Writing Team?

After “Gilmore Girls” and “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” went off the air, us smart ladies looking for strong female characters flipped through the boob tube channels, alone, confused, and bleating for someone, anyone to come to our rescue. (Sorry, but Liz Lemon on 30 Rock never fails to piss us off for always coming around to see her boss’ point-of-view by the end of the episode.)

Female leads we could identify with—um, no you, Kate Gosselin, are not what anyone would expect to find on a show about the boozy, womanizing, frat boy culture of a 1960′s Madison Ave ad agency. But the nail polished fingerprints of the seven women who comprise “Mad Men”‘s nine-person-strong writing team are all over every episode. [Wall Street Journal] Keep reading »

“Asian Trophy Wives”: A Label We Could Do Without

See that older white man over there with the younger Asian woman on his arm? That might not be love—that might be an Asian lady fetish. Author Ying Chu suspects as much, a subject she explores via an uncomfortable trend piece in Marie Claire about rich men like Rupert Murdoch and Woody Allen and the ladies she suspects are their “Asian trophy wives.”

“…[A]fter two or three failed attempts at domestic bliss with women of like background and age, these heavy hitters sought out something different. Something they had likely fetishized.”

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Female Iraqi Wrestlers Face Hardcore Opposition

Girls on Iraq’s first all-female wrestling team in Diwaniya are being threatened and ostracized because people believe their participation in this sport is a “transgression” and could lead to promiscuity, loss of femininity or worse. Four girls have already quit out of fear, and I’m not surprised. One sexist tribesman said those who continue to wrestle should be “slaughtered.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Ghostface Killah Is Definite Boyfriend Material

  • Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan appeared on Angela Yee’s satellite radio show and said some pretty appallingly misogynist stuff. He criticized some woman who apparently said she screws a new dude each month. “For a female, that’s not nice.” When Angela pointed out the double standard there, Killah said, “That’s what’s wrong with our people and shit. They put our women equal to men. We’re not equal.” Then he continued to criticize Karrine Steffans, who wrote Confessions Of A Video Vixen. “I would never wife that. She had so many d***s in her mouth…I ain’t never made one of those my partner,” he said. “If I f***ed a bitch and it was like that, then I just f***ed her and that was that.” [Salon Broadsheet] — Charming fellow, that one.

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Today’s Lady News: Lady Gaga Says She’s Not A Feminist

  • Lady Gaga told an interviewer she is not a feminist because, “I hail men, I love men. I celebrate American male culture, and beer, and bars and muscle cars.” [Daily Beast]—Dang, Gaga, didn’t you read about that study that found feminists don’t actually hate men?
  • When I was a starry-eyed little girl, I wanted to be a doctor someday. The paint company Dutch Boy has other ideas: their homepage teases girly color selections under a banner reading, “Because she wants to be a princess when she grows up.” [Jezebel]—Oh, princess crapola, when will you die?
  • Police beat protesters outside a Sudanese court today, who had gathered to support Lubna Hussein, a female journalist who is on trial for violating Islamic law for wearing pants in public. Hussein, a former U.N. worker, has already received 10 lashes from police and paid a fine, but is facing 40 additional lashes. [Wall Street Journal]—If you are looking for something to be grateful for today, you’ve found your answer.

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Christina Hendricks Of “Mad Men” Is Surprised, Saddened, By Responses To Joan’s Rape

If there’s one thing Mad Men fans know about the show, it is that nothing happens by accident. So I’m sure creator Matt Weiner intended Joan Holloway‘s rape at the hands of her douche-y doctor fiancé to make a point: in the 1960s, the concept of “date rape” did not exist and people scarcely spoke openly about rape.

But even though it’s 2009 now, Christina Hendricks, the actress who plays Joan, has noticed the point still appears to be lost on people. Hendricks told New York magazine:

“What’s astounding is when people say things like, ‘Well, you know that episode where Joan sort of got raped?’ Or they say rape and use quotation marks with their fingers. ‘I’m like, ‘What is that you are doing? Joan got raped!’ It illustrates how similar people are today, because we’re still questioning whether it’s a rape. It’s almost like, ‘Why didn’t you just say bad date?’ ”

“Sort of got raped”? How does one “sort of” get raped? Is that like being a little pregnant?
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“The Female Gaze” Art Exhibit Looks Pretty Sweet

If you live in New York City, or even if you don’t, we think you should head to Manhattan gallery Cheim & Read and check out “The Female Gaze: Women Look at Women.” This art exhibit tries to get away from the stereotype of women as passive and sexy. The ladies depicted in this art are provocative, confident or just, well, women. The exhibit has over 40 works. Not all of it is recent, but all of it is made by chicks. In fact, the only thing that isn’t totally chick-tastic about this whole thing is the gallery, which is owned buy two dudes. Check out a few cool images from the show after the jump. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »

Cougars, Pumas, And TWITS: Which Ridiculous Female Stereotype Are You?!

If cougars are women over the age of 40 who “prey” upon younger men, and pumas are women just like them, but a tad younger, than what the heck is a TWIT? According to Australia’s Herald Sun, TWIT stands for Teenage Women In Their Thirties.

Just like men with Peter Pan-syndrome who are not ready to grow up, TWITs are putting serious relationships and parenthood on hold, instead choosing to continue partying and enjoying the freedoms they discovered in their teens.

So, in other words, TWITs are just like pumas, only they’re all about having fun and, like, partying over landing a younger man. Why, why, why so many nicknames for women and the lifestyle choices they make that are not so crazy different from men? [News.com.au] Keep reading »

Support Victims Of Domestic Violence With Just A Few Simple Clicks

Last week our own Judy McGuire shared her story of being in an abusive relationship. This week, she emailed me to let me know that Safe Horizons, a NYC-based domestic violence program, is currently in competition for a $100,000 grant. She and I would like to encourage you to vote for them by heading to ClickToEmpower.com and clicking on “Safe Horizons.” There are other wonderful organizations competing against them, so vote for whoever you’d like, but Safe Horizons is our favorite.

In other domestic violence advocacy news, that couple whose wedding procession video became hot s**t on YouTube last week are now using their global fame to raise money to combat domestic violence, in part because the music playing in the video is by Chris Brown, who beat up his girlfriend Rihanna earlier this year. Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz explain on their new website that they want to direct all the viral attention towards a worthy cause. “Due to the circumstances surrounding the song in our wedding video we have chosen the Sheila Wellstone Institute. Sheila Wellstone was an advocate, organizer, and national champion in the effort to end domestic violence in our communities.” It’s awesome to see two people using their sudden fame for good, isn’t it? [Star Tribune] Keep reading »

Are You Offended By The C-Word?

In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, singer Rob Thomas says c**t is his favorite word, explaining, “I say it only around men, but I love it. C**t is in Chaucer, in Shakespeare! I say, Let’s bring it back!”

In “The Great List Of Super Offensive Controversial Words,” c**t is probably in the top five. (Look, I can’t even write it in full here.) In fact, I would venture to say that for many people, it is number one. It’s in my top five, but not on the same list. C**t is one of my favorite swear words ever, though I use it fairly sparingly, and am always aware of my audience. (In other words, not in front of my mom.) I just like the way it sounds. However, my inclination is to be bothered by Thomas’ use, mainly because he’s a man. But why is that a problem? Women call men “dicks” all the time. So what’s the big deal with dudes using the c-word, and is it better or worse to use it only around other guys? I analyze this to death, after the jump… Keep reading »

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