Verne Rupright, otherwise known as the current mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, wasn’t too excited when he heard that Levi Johnston was gunning for his job for the sake of a reality TV show. The mayor chatted with The Daily Beast today to poke a few holes in Levi’s plan. First issue: he’s not even up for reelection until 2011. And he had some choice words for whippersnapper Levi. “My advice would be get your high-school diploma and keep your clothes on, voters like it,” Rupright said. Keep reading »
I’m fascinated by these freakily life-like women sculptures created by artist Carole Feuerman. Most often, these giant-sized ladies wear swimsuits and appear to have just come from a swim. They’re haunting, weird, and simultaneously familiar and disconcerting. [Sprayblog] Keep reading »
A good rule of thumb: never trust a man without pants. On a trip to Epcot Center in 2008, 27-year-old April Magolon stopped to get Donald Duck’s autograph. And after obliging, Donald allegedly grabbed her breast and molested her. April is now suing Disney for $50,000 for negligence, battery, and infliction of emotional distress. Keep reading »
While any professional bodybuilder is a sight to behold, female bodybuilders are undoubtedly even more fascinating than their male counterparts — for how they challenge expectations of gender. They morph their bodies into hyper-masculine, superhero-like proportions, turning the softness that typically characterizes a woman’s curvy body to rock-hard muscle. Their rigorous weight-lifting literally leaves them breast-less. In an exhibit here in NYC this summer, On And Off The Walls: Female Bodybuilders, photographer Martin Schoeller shows us the part of female bodybuilders the camera usually ignores — their faces. Schoeller, who is well-known for taking up-close portraits of celebrities that are not always flattering, shows us how very feminine, pretty, and delicate hard-muscled mamas can be. The juxtaposition of femininity and masculinity in these photographs is kind of amazing, don’t you think? [Hasted Hunt Kraeutler Gallery via The New Yorker] Keep reading »
Yesterday, it seemed like former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater would undoubtedly be fodder for a biopic, or at least a TV movie that seemed like “Office Space” in the air. But today, Steven has given a totally lame ending to his story. He just wants his job back. At a press conference held yesterday outside his home in Queens, New York, Steven’s lawyer explained, “JetBlue is a wonderful airline which [Steven] has loved working for, and wishes to continue working for. He understands the problems, but it has been a fair and understanding airline.” Keep reading »
OK, not really — but with the help of a new high-concept machine from Japanese artist Hiromi Ozaki they can get a sense of what the pain and agony of periods really feel like. The metallic machine is worn around the waist, and contains abdomen stimulating electrodes (synthetic cramps) and a blood dispensing mechanism that supposedly accurately simulates a five-day menstrual cycle. Ozaki demonstrates how the machine works in this deceptively perky J-pop music video.
Says Ozaki, “The machine is not worn only by men, but also by women when menstruation may become obsolete in the future and the biological process has become a mere ritual of identity.” Awesome, equal opportunity pain! Ozaki’s also working on a penis prototype that moves up and down based on her heart rate. [Carnal Nation] Keep reading »