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“I feel like there’s this weird thing that as a feminist band you get put in this role as ambassadors. Certain people are like ‘Oh, here come the Feminazis!’ You end up acting 10 times nicer than you even need to be, to be the opposite of the stereotype like ‘You’re the man haters!’ We’re always bending over backwards being extra nice. And I don’t know if being nice is my legacy. Johanna [Fateman, my Le Tigre bandmate] and I talked about it a lot. Both of us wish that we would have broken out of the mold sometimes and just be jerks more often.”
—Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre on giving interviews as a feminist musician. While I’m not sure I’d ever condone being a “jerk” — the world has enough jerks! — I can also relate to feeling responsible for ‘making feminism look good,’ so to speak. The “feminazi” stereotype is so pervasive that lots of people don’t understand what feminism actually is. Thanks a pantsful, Rush Limbaugh. But proving that we don’t hate men — which is completely untrue, obviously — is a waste of our valuable time and energy. [Spinner] Keep reading »
Normally, I get sad when I hear about pets dying. But something about the news that Leona Helmsley’s beloved Maltese, Trouble, had kicked the doggy bucket made me happy. Maybe now they’ll be reunited in the afterlife?
Trouble, is of course, the dog that real estate magnate Leona Helmsley left a boatload of money to when she passed away in 2007. To be exact, Leona willed $12 million to Trouble, though a judge later reduced the amount to $2 million. Keep reading »
My girlfriends always seem to know exactly what to do when I’m having a crap day. They’ll offer me words of wisdom, send me a ridiculous GIF, or take me to my favorite bar for a cocktail. The men in my life, not as much. Guys have the instinct to try to fix things and if they can’t, they get confused about what to do. While I love that about men, some things just aren’t meant to be fixed. Life can be sucky at moments and you’ve just got to soldier through. Sometimes all I need is to be cheered up. There is an art to it. Last week, I was feeling pretty down about an ill family member and the guy I’m dating brought me a bag of my favorite coffee beans. It lifted my spirits above and beyond. Gold star for him for figuring out how to snap me out of my funk in a millisecond. After the jump, some more foolproof funk-busters. Keep reading »
Who needs a wedding band when you have more than 6,000 rings on your body? Elaine Davidson, the most pierced woman in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records, let her non-pierced groom slip one more ring on her finger yesterday. She walked down the aisle wearing all 6,005 of her external piercings and 1,500 of her internal piercings. (Huh? You can get pierced inside?) The former nurse-turned-shop-owner wore a white gown, pink flowers in her wig, a veil of butterfly wings, and war paint on her face. There are so many things I want to say, so many questions I have to ask, but instead, I’ll just stick to a simple, “Congratulations.” [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »