“I’m not going to mislead anybody. Politics is really hard. And it is harder for women. There’s a double standard, and you can’t complain about it. You just have to accept it, and be smart enough to navigate it. And you have to have a pretty tough skin. To paraphrase a favorite quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: If a woman wants to be in politics, she has to have the skin of a rhinoceros. Most men who go into politics just think they’re great. They believe they can do anything. Most young women, not only in politics but in most areas, are more cautious and more likely to say, ‘Could I really do this? Am I good enough?’ I was talking to a friend and very successful businessman the other day, and he said, ‘The thing that still annoys me more than anything is that I see all these young women who are so much more capable than they allow themselves to believe. And I see so many young men who are so much less capable but who believe they are God’s gift to the world.’ I would just say to women: Try it! Put your foot in the pond and see if you want to swim.”
—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took a Glamour reporter along while traveling in Africa and trying to empower women through the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program. I admire Clinton for what she’s accomplished and for her realistic outlook on how women should get ahead. Here, she is echoing Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, who implored young women to think they’re as awesome as young men do. You’re God’s gift to the world, too, ladies! [Glamour] Keep reading »
Lady Gaga has promised us that her 1,000th tweet will be the fourth single off Born This Way, “Yoü and I.” And since we are only eight tweets away, over the weekend Gaga posted the cover art for the single along with the message, “You will never find what you are looking for in love, if you don’t love yourself.” The image is, of course, Gaga herself as her male alter-ego, Joe Calderone. I gotta say—Gaga is a much prettier lady than she is a dude. Also, is the umlaut in “Yoü and I” and ode to Lüc Carl? [NY Mag] Keep reading »
“Live your life like you’re 80 looking back on your teenage years. You know if your dad calls you at eight in the morning and asks if you want to go to breakfast? As a teenager you’re like no, I want to sleep. As an 80-year-old looking back, you have that breakfast with your dad. It’s just little things like that that helped me when I was a teenager in terms of making the choices you won’t regret later.”
—Taylor Swift tells PopSugar the best life advice she ever got. Wow, perhaps this explains how she is so darn composed at the age of 21. I mean, if I was as mature as she was when I hit legal drinking age, I would have taken over the world by now. [PopSugar] Keep reading »
Last night’s episode of “True Blood,” felt a little like soft-core porn. Was it just me or did the cast go above and beyond in the sex scene department? (If you haven’t watched yet, SPOILER ALERT.) First, we had Sookie and Eric’s mega sex montage—we see them in the woods, in the entry way of Sookie’s house, and in bed, twice. The camera lingers on them in multiple positions— him on top, her on top, him behind. Later in the episode, we Alcide and Debbie going at in multiple directions, though far less successfully. And then there were those flashbacks to Jason’s sex dream of Jessica. So much!
After the jump, the good, the bad, and the WTF moments of “Cold Grey Light of Dawn.” Keep reading »
When I think of how many hours I sunk into playing Super Mario Land on my Nintendo Game Boy, and what other, more productive things I could have been doing with those hours, I feel a little ill. (And that was only a few years ago, when I toted the game to Italy with me and played it at night before bed instead of having sex with my boyfriend!) I’ve since lost my Game Boy and the guy, but occasionally I get a little nostalgic and wish I could get sucked down pipes into other worlds, where I stomp mushrooms and avoid nasty piranha plants. But because I am an adult, I think I will just wear these earrings and go about my business.