At age 37, while working as an incest writer and researcher, Meredith Maran accused her father of molesting her. Based on a combination of “symptoms” like depression and guilt and disturbing incest dreams, the accusation would ignite an estrangement that kept her children from spending time with their grandfather for the next eight years.
Ten years later, she retracted those claims, confessing that she’d been caught up in the whirlwind of repressed memory fever that overtook the nation in the ’80s and ’90s. These experiences are outlined in her new memoir, My Lie: A True Story of False Memory, released this month. When I received a review copy of the book, which was being called “fearless” and “brave” in the back cover blurbs, I cracked its cover with some trepidation, because I had also recovered a memory of childhood abuse.
The difference is that my memory is true. Keep reading »
We’re so glad this guy’s not our dad: A California police officer staged a fake arrest of his 14-year-old daughter’s 15-year-old boyfriend after finding out the couple had sex.
The father went to the boy’s house in uniform and told him and his parents that he was being arrested on sexual assault charges. The officer is heard on a cell phone video of the incident telling the young boy, “It does not bode well for you. Do you know what that means? No? Not a good thing that the person you had sex with is a cop’s daughter. The district attorney will probably file charges.” He then handcuffed the boy. Keep reading »
Across the pond, a cat that had been dyed pink was found wandering the streets and dubbed “The Pink Panther.” Not long after, the feline’s owner was located, Natasha Gregory, 22. (Headline: “I Dyed My Puss Pink.”) Gregory colored the cat with food dye; when asked why, she said she’d gotten the idea from a US TV show. Since Gregory has pink locks herself, “After I turned her pink, I was like, ‘Oh, she matches my hair.’” Meanwhile, animal services advises folks against dyeing any animal any color, although it’s too late for Oi! Kitty. [The Sun] Keep reading »
People who live in France are laughing and shaking their heads—once again— at Rachida Dati, a former justice minister, who mistakenly said “fellation” (which means fellatio, or oral sex, in French) instead of “inflation” during a televised interview. Dati’s gaffe: “Some demand profitability of 20 to 25 per cent even when there is hardly any fellation.” What might have been a simple mishap for anyone else is instead a huge source of embarrassment for Dati, considering her unfriendly rep in France thanks to tons of tabloid action linking her sexually to Sarkozy, as well as speculation that she spread rumors about Carla Bruni having an affair. Dati has since apologized for her unfortunate wording, although an apology will probably do little to gain ground in her losing popularity contest. [Radio France International] Keep reading »
Manicures are the next thing to go “fantasy.” Here is one of the fierce competitors at the 2010 Nailympics, held in the U.K. Yes, there really is an Olympics for manicurists. That’s quite a jungle on her hand there. Not exactly an everyday look, but still pretty amazing. Just for the record, I’m ready and waiting for the “Nail Battle Spectacular.” [Daily Mail] Keep reading »