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Women Who Rock: Laura Ingalls Wilder

LAURA INGALLS WILDER (1867-1957)

Laura Ingalls Wilder lived a simple life on the prairie, which she captured for millions in her writing (which were our favorite books when we were younger!), telling stories about growing up on the American frontier. She did much of her writing after her only daughter, Rose, had grown and left home, but getting a later start hasn’t had an effect on her books’ reach. “Little House on the Prairie” and her other 10 other books have been translated into more than 40 languages. “I had no idea I was writing history,” she had said, but she was. [She taught me that you should put maple syrup on snow -- yum. -- Catherine]

Further reading:

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life by Pamela Smith Hill
  • The Complete Little House Nine-Book Set
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    “Coco Avant Chanel”: A Worthy Biopic

    The trailer for “Coco Avant Chanel,” a biopic based on Coco Chanel’s early years starring Audrey Tatou, has finally arrived much to our delight. Since the film opens on April 22 in France, the preview is in French, but we can tell from the love, sex, wild parties, and fantastic costumes that this Chanel biopic will be much better than the made-for-Lifetime one starring Shirley MacLaine without a French accent, just a grumpy expression.
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    Women’s Magazines: Who’s Evolving, Us Or Them?

    Women’s History Month should feel different this 2009. We’re living in an epicenter of change and progression. We have powerhouses Nancy Pelosi and Hilary Clinton sitting high in the White House. Tina Fey represents our new wave of venerated cultural icons. And before our new president married our first lady, he was reporting to her in the workplace. Yes, smart is sexy again. Or is it? Keep reading »

    Another “Real Housewives” Arrest And A Few More Rap Sheets

    The talent of “The Real Housewives of New York” seem like the classiest and most sophisticated of the housewives bunch. I mean, LuAnn deLesseps is writing a book on etiquette and Alex McCord’s sons speak like 15 languages. Plus, the women are actually immersed in New York’s high society. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have their legal woes too. Kelly Killoren Bensimon, the newest addition to “The Real Housewives of New York” cast, gives off an air of refinery, but this former model can get down and dirty when she wants. Keep reading »

    Bonnie Sheds New Light On “Bachelor” Drama

    Yesterday afternoon I happened to switch on “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” a program I don’t normally watch (honestly!), just as Bonnie was introducing “The Bachelor”‘s Jason Mesnick and his Bachelorette, Molly Malaney. Last week I was on vacation in Central America, but by some grace of God, my hotel had satellite cable and I was able to catch the finale and both “After The Final Rose” shows (much to my boyfriend’s chagrin). I also might have flipped through the People that featured Jason on the cover while I waited to board my flight back to the States, so I was pretty up on what was going on in “Bachelor”-land despite missing some of the TV interviews last week. Still, there were some juicy revelations in this two part Bonnie Hunt interview — which clocks in at a whopping 17 minutes, 6 seconds, so grab some popcorn and get comfy. Pay particular attention to the little nugget of info shared at the tail-end of part two (clip after the jump, at around 8:50 or so), which sheds some new light on all the drama. Keep reading »

    GPS Is For S-E-X

    GPS may prevent married couples from fighting over directions, but it’s also been helping single people mingle. A few new applications have been sticking the P right in GPS! While these programs might not be designed to help you locate your next sexy time, that certainly hasn’t stopped creative users from hitting it up for a hot spot. Here are three free iPhone and/or Blackberry apps that can sponsor your even freer love…

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    Vatican Newspaper: Washing Machine Biggest Liberator Of Women

    What do we women have to thank for our liberation in the 20th century? You may be thinking the birth control pill or the right to work outside the home or abortion rights. But really, the Vatican newspaper says perhaps we have the washing machine to thank. Yes, the washing machine. The idea was presented in “The Washing Machine and the Liberation of Women — Put in the Detergent, Close the Lid and Relax,” published in l’Osservatore Romano, the semi-official Vatican newspaper, to mark International Women’s Day. This article, which goes on to chronicle the history of the washing machine, may seem like a joke at first because the idea of the washing machine as liberator of women seems so ludicrous. But when we really think about it, we can’t expect anything affiliated with the Vatican and Catholic Church to champion birth control, abortion, or completely equal rights for women. With that said, maybe the article, which was written by a woman, should have focused on the neutral topic of education for women. No one can deny education has liberated women in the 20th century. If you’d like to read more on the accomplishments of women, then check out ourWomen Who Rock” series. [Reuters] Keep reading »

    Quickies!: Shauna Sand Is The Mother Of The Year

  • Witness Shauna Sand, ex-wife of Lorenzo Lamas, ask her nine-year-old daughter if she’d like to be in Playboy. After all, the tyke has been hangin’ at Hef’s mansion since she was a baby! [DListed]
  • A Sweetheart Scammer — aka a person online dating sites hire to sniff out gold diggers and other shady users — dished the dirt. [Nerve.com]
  • Meghan McCain maybe be a blond Republican who has a hard time dating, but that doesn’t mean she likes Ann Coulter. [The Daily Beast]
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    Barbie Was A Naughty Bitch

    Today is Barbie’s OFFICIAL 50th Birthday, after many weeks worth of pre-celebration (she always seemed like a party girl…). There’s always going to be debate over the positive and negative effects that Barbie has on little girls, but I think most women would agree that there is one universal truth when it comes to the doll — Barbie was not nearly as wholesome as Mattel intended for her to be. Sarah Haskins writes about objectifying Barbie in The Washington Post, while Hortense over at Jezebel talks about the decapitation phase she went through with her Barbie, Ken, and Skipper dolls. Personally, I used to strip Barbie, Ken, and friends of their clothes and make them hump in various sexual positions, all the while feeling highly sneaky and naughty. With that in mind, I asked some of our Frisky gals what they did with their Barbies besides dressing them up and playing house… Keep reading »

    Why Is Everyone So Obsessed With Michelle’s Arms?

    Over the weekend, New York Times’ columnist Maureen Dowd wrote an Op-Ed piece in which she made the ridiculous claim: “Let’s face it: The only bracing symbol of American strength right now is the image of Michelle Obama’s sculpted biceps.” Her remark was mostly in response to the recent hoopla over our First Lady’s arms after she dared to bare ‘em at her husband’s address to Congress late last month. Keep reading »

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