Libya’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi, is going on a Roman holiday. And he’s made a very interesting request for the Italian government—he wants a party with 700 Italian women, including Italy’s Equal Opportunities Minister (and former model) Mara Carfagna, and other female politicians, business women, and cultural movers and shakers. It looks like Italian leaders are going to oblige him, since Italy ruled Libya in the colonial era and lately they’ve been trying to make nice by issuing a formal apology and giving $5 billion in restitution. Even more interesting—this isn’t the first time Gaddafi has made a request like this. Two years ago, when he traveled to Paris, he held a meeting with 1,000 French women, in which he bemoaned the, “tragic conditions of the woman in Europe, forced sometimes to do work which she refuses…I want to save the European woman who is struggling.” Huh?
We’re just not sure if Gaddafi is progressive or pervy. He is credited with liberating the women of Liberia, but then again he has a troop of bodyguards that is women-only. Either way, that’s a lot of Italian ladies in one room. I won’t say anything of their fiery temperament, but I kinda hope they give him lots to think about. [TheTimes] Keep reading »
Yesterday, as I was flipping through People, I came across an advertisement that scared me to death. What was it marketing? Feminine hygiene products, of course. Because, I mean, what could be scarier than a period?! The Always Infinity ad features a dangerous tornado-like whirlpool swirling ominously into a gigantic maxi pad. A pad that, apparently, has the power to absorb ten times its weight— “so your heavy days won’t spin you out of control.” (If you care to see the full, 3-D, moving visual, check it out here.)
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Okay, mon, so this one really blew my mind. There’s this new dance craze in Jamaica called “daggering”—check out a very G-rated version in this Mr. Vegas video so aptly entitled “Daggering.” Basically, imagine a dude using his erect penis as a…er…dagger and trying to stab it into unaccommodating places on a woman’s body (i.e. anything but a hole). Um…basically simulating sex. Some geniuses are taking this craze into the bedroom—same idea only this time, they’re getting injured. Bending the penis when it’s at attention can cause it to fracture. The guys get a sudden, sharp pain and then their thing gets black and blue. Doctors in Jamaica are freaking out because the number of penis fractures in the country has tripled. As a result, government officials have banned any type of media promoting daggering.
Sheesh, until recently — thanks “Grey’s Anatomy”! — I didn’t even know penises could break. Warning dudes: always exercise caution with your dagger. [Newsweek]
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Just how much does gender influence the way a judge makes decisions?
The New York Times tried to tackle this behemoth question—as it pertains to Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court—in one tight little article this weekend. And while we hate to nitpick, the title alone kinda pissed us off: “Debate On Whether Female Judges Decide Differently Arises Anew.”
Of course men and women are different. We have different life experiences, different hormones coursing through our bodies, and different ideas of what constitutes a clean bathtub. But our problem when talking about differences is more of a semantic one: why is being a male considered “normal,” but being a female is considered “different”? We don’t like the implication of phrases like “will Sotomayor decide differently” or “does Ginsberg decide differently?”, as if decisions made by males are status quo and what should be normal. How did being of the less-represented gender equal some kind of bias? Keep reading »
There’s been quite a bit of controversy surrounding Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog,” which, for the first time in Disney’s 70-year history, stars a black princess. First her name was too stereotypically slave-like, so it was changed from Maddie to Tiana. Then the blogosphere was in an uproar because Princess Tiana has a racially-ambiguous love interest who has lighter skin.
Now a not-so new debate has come up about whether little girls should be indoctrinated into the princess culture in the first place. Blogger Monique Fields, who has daughters ages 2 and 4, at The Root questions the impact of princess values and ideals, preferring a healthy dose of reality for young women to counteract this fantasy.
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North Korea’s highest court sentenced American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee today to 12 years in a labor camp for illegal entry into the country and an unspecified “grave crime.” Seoul officials said the decision is final, as the top North Korean court does not allow appeals. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for the country to release Ling and Lee, and word is that despite not having formal diplomatic relations with North Korea, the U.S. will send someone like Al Gore (who owns Current, where the women work) or New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on a mission to get the journalists released. All we can think about is Lee’s four-year-old daughter who, at this point, still thinks her mommy is away for work. [CNN, Korea Times, Liberate Laura & Euna Now] Keep reading »
It’s one thing to write a passive aggressive note. It’s doubly passive for the recipient to then post the note online. And yet it makes for wonderful entertainment, thanks to PassiveAggressiveNotes.com, a blog showcasing the best in annoying, written interactions. Some of the goodies include a letter written on Hello Kitty paper that reads, “Hi neighbors! You smoked us out with your barbeque right under the bedroom window.” That’s fairly pleasant compared to some of the meaner posts, like a note written to office workers: “Attention to whoever is fond of taking my things!!!! Well I don’t remember signing any bond/contract with anyone to have access to my things!!!” Sheesh! [PassiveAggressiveNotes.com] Keep reading »
I was a little skeptical about “The Vampire Diaries” until I watched this teaser. I thought the CW was just trying to capitalize on the vampire resurgence in the cheesy way that only that network can. But I was wrong. This trailer gave me the same excitement I had when I first saw “True Blood” and read the Twilight series. You can bet we’ll cover “The Vampire Diaries” in the fall once it premieres. Will you watch the show? Or are sick of vampires already? Keep reading »
I have a confession. I am a food monster. When left to my own devices, I’ve been known to fry up pancetta and pour it (and the resulting bacon-y grease) over popcorn. I put MSG on everything. My favorite food group is “cheese” and “vehicles for cheese.” Sometimes my roommate walks in and asks, “What are you eating that goat cheese with?” And my answer is, “A spoon.” But none of that prepared me for the Xtreme Eating Awards that the Center of Science compiled to show the public just how unhealthy some meals are at popular chain restaurants. After the jump, some of the scariest. [USAToday] Keep reading »
I was slightly confused when my boyfriend started going on about the bad-ass of the week. I nodded dumbly figuring he was just speaking in boy-talk. But oh no, the continued references to the bad-ass continued so I finally decided to translate his statements into normal human speech. It turns out that he was actually making sense and that I just couldn’t fully comprehend the true awesomeness of the Bad Ass Of The Week website. Keep reading »