Zergnet: Simply Irresistible
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To be sure, the young politics bloggers interviewed are all precociously talented and their success at a young age is impressive. Brian Beutler, 28, is a reporter for the online publication Talking Points Memo. David Weigel, 29, is a political reporter for Slate.com and a contributor to MSNBC. Ezra Klein, 26, wrote for The American Prospect and now The Washington Post. Matt Yglesias, 29, is a blogger for Think Progress, the blog for the Center for American Progress.
The problem with the piece, though, is the complete exclusion of female politics bloggers and reporters. They definitely exist … so why exclude them? Why was it necessary to report the “story” — and yes, “story” belongs in quotes — with only young male bloggers? Does that make any sense whatsoever? It comes off as needlessly clubby … almost like a … what’s that word again? A boys’ club. Oh yes, it comes off like a boys’ club. And a boys’ club is perpetuated by many factors, in particular the opportunities afforded to some privileged members over others. Opportunities, like, say, NY Times’ profiles.
The thing is, journalism and blogging in 2011, as far as I’ve seen from my six or so years working in those disciplines, are not total boys’ clubs. There are female politics bloggers and writers in Washington, D.C., and New York City, and anywhere else you go looking for them. The more you look for, the more you find. Why The NY Times either chose not to look, or chose not to include, any women at all other than mentioning in passing that Annie Lowrey is a 26-year-old reporter for Slate, is shameful.
So, I’ll try to be helpful, NY Times, and give you some names of female politics bloggers and/or reporters who perhaps eluded your gaze when you’re wearing those douchey spectacles of sexist trend pieces:
- Rebecca Traister, Salon.com
- Jennifer Senior, New York
- Ariel Levy, The New Yorker
- Suzy Khimm, Mother Jones
- Kate Shepperd, Mother Jones
- Monica Potts, The American Prospect
- Kathryn Joyce, freelance writer
- Megan Carpentier, formerly at Jezebel and now at Raw Story
- Irin Carmon, Jezebel
And that’s just to start (although, it’s admittedly a predominantly white list). I could go on and on and on.
Also, I love this parody piece written by Ann Friedman, a former editor at Feministing and The American Prospect, that sends up the stupid New York Times article. Definitely check it out here and be sure to check out Ann’s Tumblr called Lady Journos that curates the work of “journalists who happen to be women.” Because, you know, sometimes they’re just so hard to find. Or something.
Guilt-inducing anti-abortion tactics know no bounds. A Life Always billboard in Chicago being unveiled tomorrow will depict Barack Obama‘s face and the warning, “Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted.” Ladies, carry to term the pregnancy you don’t want/can’t afford/will be irreparably harmed by because your future child might be the next president! (No doubt this ad is trying to appeal to black women, whom are relentlessly targeted with billboards claiming abortion is some kind of black genocide perpetuated by pro-choice racists, or something.) Alas, by that rock solid logic, you could also be aborting the next Adolf Hitler. Or Josef Stalin. Or Pol Pot. Or Trujillo. Or … well, you get the idea. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Over the weekend, Reese Witherspoon tied the knot for the second time, marrying agent Jim Toth in front of family and friends. The bride wore Monique Lhuillier, who has quickly become the go-to designer for celebrity brides who don’t want to wear Wang (that would be Vera). Reese seems like a pretty private person, so I’m not sure that we’ll ever get a good look at her wedding dress, but while I hold out hope she’ll do a big ol’ spread in People, here are 10 other celebrity brides who donned Monique Lhuillier on their big day. (Perk of doing this slideshow — I finally feel confident that I can spell Lhuillier’s name from memory.)
Whoa. Katy Perry‘s look in the video for “ET” is even more convincingly alien than we’d originally thought. We won’t get to see the full vid until the 31st, but Katy posted this image—plus the two after the jump—on Facebook to give us a taste of her turquoise contacts, pink veiny forehead, and space-age fingernails. I’m kind of loving it. What do you think? Keep reading »
I’m always a little skeptical of 2-in-1 products; shampoos that are also conditioners rarely do either thing well — and leave hair feeling oily and tangled — so I didn’t have high hopes for Philip B’s lavender hair and body shampoo. But it turns out that even though it’s sodium lauryl sulfate- (SLS) free, the shampoo really lathers up nicely as both a body wash and a gentle shampoo. Why should you care if there’s SLS in your shampoos and body washes? SLS has been found to be an irritant to skin and has been known to cause problems for people with skin sensitivity, so it’s good to avoid it if you can. Plus, buying one product instead of two cuts down on environmental waste, and the pleasant and calming lavender scent doesn’t hurt, either. I might just have to learn to love the 2-in-1 thing a little more. [Philip B, $30] Keep reading »