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Trekkies Have Heavy Flow Days Too

Always seems to be after a rather niche demographic with this print ad for their maxi pads with wings — “Star Trek” fans. Because nothing takes the fun out of a Trekkie convention than waiting in line for the bathroom to change a leaky pad. [Copyranter] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: My Secret To Weight Loss? High Cholesterol!

I knew that I had gained some weight in the past few years. While I wasn’t 100 percent happy with my extra pudge, I didn’t feel motivated enough to lose it. Ten pounds wasn’t really that much. My boyfriend accepted me no matter what, and even my mother couldn’t tell I wasn’t as skinny as I once was. Besides, maybe I could find security somewhere besides my appearance, and as long as I was healthy, who cared about my chunky arms, the extra roll on my belly, and my bulbous hips and thighs?

Then I went for a check-up. “I need to talk to you,” my doctor said, “about your cholesterol.”

My breath caught. A shadow seemed to fall over us. Keep reading »

Could Mattel’s Japanese Barbie And Ken Be Any More Stereotypical?

A geisha girl and a samurai warrior: these are the stereotypes Mattel used for Japanese Ken and Barbie dolls. Barbie is dressed as a geisha with lotus blossoms in her hair, a gold fan, and some gladiator heels which are badass-looking, but I’m thinking not particularly Japanese. Ken is dressed as a bare-chested samurai warrior with a small ponytail and a long sword. An ex-boyfriend who went to grad school in Japan called the Japanese Ken doll, quote, “pure Fu Manchu stereotype” — minus that nefarious mustache, of course. Surprise, surprise, Mattel has a long history of representing their Japanese Barbies as geishas. Keep reading »

What Your Sex Life Had Been Missing: A Love Rug!

This is what is wrong with society today. Just a few decades ago, people had the opportunity to have a sensual carpet experience that promised a threesome-like result. Now, all we have is a glorified backwards robe. I suppose you could cut the sleeves off your Snuggie and try doing the dirty on it, but something tells me you wouldn’t get many takers. Therefore, I demand a return of the Love Rug! Keep reading »

Women Sue Goldman Sachs for “Male Corporate Culture”

Three women are suing mega-investment firm Goldman Sachs over what they call “unchecked gender bias that pervades Goldman Sachs’s corporate culture.” Former vice president Cristina Chen-Oster, former managing director Lisa Parisi, and an associate, Shanna Orlich, claim that the firm underpaid them, and failed to promote women. Keep reading »

Carla Bruni Sells Out Michelle Obama

French first lady Carla Bruni was supposedly extremely unhappy with the unauthorized biography Carla: A Secret Life, which claimed that she had extensive plastic surgery and was a man eater who still flirts to make hubby Nicolas Sarkozy jealous. So she decided to participate in another biography, Carla and the Ambitious, by Michael Darmon and Yves Derai. But it seems to me that many of the claims in this new book are just as inflammatory. It claims that her husband would be happy to serve just one term—which should go over well with voters?—and similarly describes Carla as a “femme fatale.”

But perhaps the most interesting tidbit in the book? When she totally sells out Michelle Obama. Keep reading »

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