Campus Confidential: My Freshman Year, I Vow To Major In “Unafraid”

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I wouldn’t say that I was a nerd in high school. Although I have adopted the art of procrastination as ardently and with as much love as if it were a tiny puppy alone on the side of the road in a rainstorm, I did in fact manage to get some studying in. But despite grades and test scores that were high enough to award me admittance to one of the best schools in the country, I’d never call myself geeky. “Loner” probably isn’t the right word, either. I wasn’t exactly in the running for prom queen (real talk: I didn’t even go to prom my junior year, gasp) but I had a particularly close group of best friends who were like my sisters. I never felt alone, but rather constantly surrounded by people who loved me. No, the only thing I can definitively say to describe who I was in high school is that I was there. Keep reading »

Italian Vogue Thinks Slavery Is So Hot Right Now

Vogue Italia may be on the cutting edge of couture fashion, but cultural politics, not so much. Which is why the fashion mag’s website is catching flak for posting a fashion editorial on earrings with the caption “Slave Earrings.” Slavery! So hot right now! After consumers lobbed protests, the site took down the offending label and replaced it with “Ethnic Earrings,” which is almost a double affront. After all, to be ethnic and to be a slave must be somewhat interchangeable then. The massively ignorant editors failed to change the original copy in the piece, which notes that “If the [Slave Earrings] bring to the mind the decorative traditions of the women of colour who were brought to the southern Unites States during the late 18th century, the latest interpretation is pure freedom.” Are Vogue’s editors so out of the loop/out of their minds, that they have no conception of how utterly offensive and ignorant ascribing “slave” as an adjective is? If so, we think they should spend a little less time in the Fashion Week tents and a bit more time with their noses in a history book. [Fashionista] Keep reading »

“Maggie Goes On A Diet,” Children’s Diet Book, Criticized For Hurting Body Image

Add this to your fall reading list (or book burning pile): Maggie Goes On A Diet, a children’s book for elementary schoolers, about an obese 14-year-old girl named Maggie who loses weight and becomes the school soccer star. As you can imagine, quite a few people are not happy with this. Bitch Magazine called it “douchy.” A Huffington Post blogger called it “disturbing.” The UK’s Guardian questioned whether this book was “the worst idea ever.”

Everyone, just stick a donut in your mouth and shut up for a second. Keep reading »

Girl On Girl: What Goes Down At A Lesbian Bachelorette Party

I feel like I’ve been writing about weddings a lot, but I guess it’s just that time of year. I had my first experience buying bachelorette accessories for a lesbian wedding this month, as the first one I attended was my own, so I didn’t buy anything for myself. But for my best friend, I had to find the funniest stuff I could. This would have been easy if she were into penises, as they are all over the bachelorette schwag that sex stores sell. Keep reading »

Hounding For Houndstooth

I’ve never been a huge fan of houndstooth — it always seemed really conservative and dull. But a see-through chiffon houndstooth shirt? Yes, please! This little number from Equipment manages to be both party and business, all in one. How sexy is that?

[$216.00 Farfetch]

Anne Hathaway’s Cheeseball First Commercial

Wow, Anne Hathaway‘s acting has improved 900 percent in the past 15 years. Movieline recently posted this video of Anne’s first commercial, for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, which was shot in 1997. Apparently, it was Anne’s first time on camera and it sure shows between those crocodile tears and overly-hopeful looks. Still, at least it’s a funny commercial. This could have been far more embarrassing.

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