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Jessica Valenti Braves “The Today Show”

Jessica Valenti was on “The Today Show” this morning to promote her new book The Purity Myth. Instead of discussing her book in depth, the producers pitted her against abstinence education champion Lakita Garth in a debate moderated by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, who always looks slightly perplexed. The result was that Garth got way more speaking time, although Valenti held her own as best she could, and Kathie Lee positioned herself on the issue of virginity loud and clear. “It’s much easier to give it away than keep it, right?!” Keep reading »

Quickies!: TMZ Wants You To Think Sasha Fierce Isn’t The Best Singer

  • TMZ says audio of Beyonce singing really badly on “The Today Show” was doctored. The jokes on … who? [Perez Hilton]
  • Sean Penn admires President Obama for his pearly-whites? [Très Sugar]
  • Foreign relations offer a welcome reprieve for one writer. But is a no-strings-attached relationship worth it? [Lemondrop]
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    Earth Week Field Guide: The Righteous Recycler

    Big ups for Earth Day! On Monday, we gave you the skinny on Freegans, and yesterday we profiled Locavores. Today, we’re loving on the Righteous Recycler. You know, that friend who picks your Diet Coke can out of the trash and keeps it until you pass a recycling bin, unplugs all electronics, and composts foodthings in her kitchen. Keep reading »

    “The Real Housewives Of New York City”: Financial Lessons From Jill Zarin

    This week on the “Real Housewives of New York City,” the BBC interviewed our very own Jill Zarin about the state of the economy. It seemed like a set up, like having the Countess talk to inner city kids about self esteem. After Jill asked the BBC folks how she looked (during a radio interview), she went on to give spending advice. Here are some of her gems, some from last night and some from other episodes. Keep reading »

    There’s More To Helen Gurley Brown Than Sex

    The first biography of Helen Gurley Brown, who was Cosmopolitan‘s editor-in-chief for three decades, hits stores today, and we’ll be snapping up a copy after work. Written by Jennifer Scanlon, a professor of gender and women’s studies at Bowdoin College, Bad Girls Go Everywhere looks at Helen’s life from her start in an Arkansas town in the Ozarks to her rise from secretary to advertising copywriter to editor-in-chief. Scanlon compares Brown to feminist figures like Betty Friedan. Brown believed sex was a “powerful weapon” for single women and changed the Cosmo format so it addressed real women’s lives — sex and all. (However, she omitted certain realities from the magazine, including children and AIDS.) While Brown cared about looking put-together and slept with her bosses, she didn’t let those things replace any of her substance. To her, hard work was always the most important thing in getting what you wanted — making the most of your features and getting your dream job. Keep reading »

    See Where The Gossip Girls Live And Shop

    It was only a matter of time before people started trying to make money off of “Gossip Girl.” A New York City company that hosts “Sex and the City” bus tours has added a “Gossip Girl” outing to its offerings. For $40, you can visit the Palace Hotel, see the mansion where Lily and Bart got married, shop at Bendel’s, and get “spotted by that most ubiquitous blogger.” A complete list of locations isn’t included, but it doesn’t look like the tour visits Rufus’s Williamsburg gallery or Vanessa’s coffee shop. Just like on the show, Brooklyn gets marginalized. How authentic! [via Cityfile] Keep reading »

    Reach Out And Beam Someone

    For long distance couples who rely on ancient technology like telephones and webcams to keep the spark alive across the miles, there’s a new device that might make reaching out and touching each other a little more fulfilling. A Scotland-based technology lab has created a prototype of a device they’re calling Mutsugoto, which “allows couples, who are separated by distance, to draw in light on each other’s bodies or beds.” Designed to give couples an “alternative to text and e-mail massaging,” couples lie on their beds, miles away from each other, and wear touch-activated rings visible to a camera mounted above their beds. A computer inside the camera tracks the movements of their rings, then transmits and projects those strokes as beams of light onto their partner’s body. So, if you want to stroke your partner between the legs, you’d have to stroke yourself between your legs in order for the light to be transmitted and projected onto your partner where you want it. The creators of Mutsugoto (what’s with that name, anyway?) are looking for three long-distance couples located in Scotland to try out the prototype. So, if that’s you, and the idea of strategically-flashed beams of light stroking your body turns you on, give them a ring. [BBC.co.uk] Keep reading »

    The “Craigslist Killer” and Other Reasons To Fear Preppies

    Police have arrested the alleged “Craigslist Killer,” who terrorized at least two women in Boston in the last 10 days, leaving one of them dead. This computer-age Jack the Ripper suspect is 23-year-old Philip Markoff, a second-year med student at Boston University. The clean-cut creepster is accused of trolling for “massages” via the interweb, then tying up said masseuses and torturing them in fancy hotels. [AP via Yahoo!] Keep reading »

    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 »

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