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The Purity Myth: How It’s Damaging Teen Girls

“There is a moral panic in America over young women’s sexuality — and it’s entirely misplaced. Girls “going wild” aren’t damaging a generation of women, the myth of sexual purity is. The lie of virginity — the idea that such a thing even exists — is ensuring that young women’s perception of themselves is inextricable from their bodies, and that their ability to be moral actors is absolutely dependent on their sexuality. It’s time to teach our daughters that their ability to be good people depends on their being good people, not on whether or not they’re sexually active.” — Jessica Valenti, “The Purity Myth”

I love Jessica Valenti. Can I just make that clear? The founder and editor of Feministing.com and author of Full Frontal Feminism has a new book out this month: The Purity Myth. It’s about the confusing and dangerous messages sent to women and girls about their sexuality. Namely, if a girl has sex before she’s married, she’s a whore, but those same “whores” are the ones celebrated by the mainstream media for making money and attracting men. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Your Butt Will Feel At Home In This Chair

Sometimes, it seems as if furniture designers don’t keep our bums in mind when they create chairs. Italian architect Fabio Novembre certainly did. His butt-shaped chair appears at the Milan Furniture Fair in Italy this week. [Milan, Italy, 4/21/09] Keep reading »

Quickies!: Poor Little “Slumdog” Girl

  • The mother and stepmother of Rubina Ali from “Slumdog Millionaire” got into a very public fistfight after reports surfaced that Rubina’s father tried to sell her. [Pop Eater] — It’s safe to say this little girl needs a new set of parents. I hear Madonna is in the market for a little girl.
  • Susan Boyle doesn’t need a makeover because her appearance has nothing to do with her talent. [Shine]
  • Tired of all that spice-up-your-love-life mumbo jumbo that starts to sound the same after a while? Check out these nontraditional ways to get in the mood. [Your Tango]
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    Modern Love, From Newspaper Column To TV Show

    The New York TimesModern Love column is something many simply adore — and others love to hate. Each week, readers learn intimate details about someone else’s relationship, and sometimes learn lessons about human nature, relationships, and love. The column has helped several writers launch their careers by way of book deals; now it may help The New York Times‘ wallet. Former “Sex and the City” writer Jenny Bicks is working on a pilot script for a TV show based on Modern Love — not a specific column, the whole shebang.

    The show will revolve around a fictionalized male editor’s life, which includes a messy divorce, a rocky relationship with a teenage daughter, and a reentry into the dating scene. Stories and people from the newspaper column will be woven into the show’s storylines. Even though BermanBraun optioned the rights to the column from The Times last year, Bicks isn’t sure whether she’ll be able to set the series at the paper, or if it will become a fictional news organization.

    Meanwhile, the real editor of Modern Love, Daniel Jones, lives in Massachusetts with his family. No word on how he feels about having his life made into a TV show. [Variety] Keep reading »

    Earth Week Field Guide: The Locavore

    This week, we’re saying, “Thank you, Earth, for giving us life, and a home, and stuff,” by celebrating folks trying hard to save the planet. Yesterday, we looked at freegans, people who dig their food out of the trash. Today, let’s learn about Locavores, who live by the mantra: “Think globally, eat Locally.” Not to mention deliciously. Keep reading »

    Can You Tweet A Secret?

    If you’re to believe the hype, Twitter can help you with everything from finding a job to keeping abreast of surprise sample sales. Now, Twitter can even assist you in unloading the burden of your deepest secrets. Secret Tweet, the latest “craze within a craze,” is a cyber-confessional where users can anonymously post secrets, from the hilarious and weird to the poignant and creepy. If you think this sounds exactly like PostSecret, the site that skyrocketed to Internet popularity shortly after it was launched in 2007, you’re wrong. See, PostSecret is all about the postcard, the detail of the artwork, and Secret Tweet is — well, it’s about 134 characters or less (yes, even fewer than normal tweets). Secret Tweet was started by 21-year-old graphic designer Kevin Smith as a way for him and his friends to “amuse themselves.” Eve though he doesn’t make a profit off it, he says he’ll continue the project as long as he finds “personal happiness.” After the jump, a few of the Secret Tweets that amuse Kevin and make him personally happy. Keep reading »

    Recapping “Gossip Girl”: Seder Anything

    After an excruciating hiatus, “Gossip Girl” is back! On last night’s episode, Passover was in the air, and Blair’s Jewish stepdad was back onscreen for Seder in the latest installment of your favorite meaningless teen dramedy. Also, other things happened. Keep reading »

    100 “Single Ladies” In London

    We’re not tired of listening to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” after however many months, and we still possess a not-so-secret desire to learn the choreography. So, we were fascinated by this video featuring 100 single ladies dancing in Picadilly Circus to promote Trident Unwrapped‘s Beyonce “I Am” concert contest. Someday, we’ll have the guts to put on a leotard and heels and show off our moves. [Trident Unwrapped via E! Online] Keep reading »

    Perez Hilton & Miss California Face Off

    Perez Hilton and Miss California, Carrie Prejean, were on “The Today Show” this morning, talking about the controversy surrounding the beauty queen’s response to Hilton’s gay marriage question at Sunday’s Miss USA Pageant. On the show, Hilton was extremely well-spoken and made the argument that Miss California alienated many Americans with her anti-gay marriage response. Because Miss USA is supposed to represent all Americans, it cost her the crown. I’m not sure that I look to a beauty queen to represent me or my views to the world, but I get his point. When it was Prejean’s turn to speak, she said she spoke from her heart, and she stands by what she says, as it reflects her religious beliefs. I can kind of respect the woman for answering honestly, even though I personally disagree. But what about the fact that her response was poorly delivered? I mean, “opposite marriage”? As Hilton said, Miss California should have been better prepared for that question and had a coherent, if unpopular, answer ready to go. Keep reading »

    Quick Pic: Wrinkles Are Beautiful

    At yesterday’s Beautiful Bulldog Contest at Drake University, Porterhouse (left) took home the top prize for his gorgeous loose folds of skin. Maxxis was runner-up. [4/20/09, Des Moines, IA] Keep reading »

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