Is This Dove Ad Racist?

Look at this advertisement for Dove’s new VisibleCare line. Notice anything “off” about it? I didn’t at first — until rants began appearing around the web claiming that Dove’s model placement seemed suspect. At issue: the African-American model is placed on the “before” side of the ad to signify, say some, that dark skin can be scrubbed into a pleasant white “after” shade. What do you think? Is the model placement merely a coincidence, or do you think Dove’s advertising team needs an attitude adjustment? [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

On Losing A Pet

On Monday, my parents put to sleep our 14-year-old Wheaton terrier, Timmy. This photo is exactly what Timmy looked like — i.e., sooo cute. My mom is really the one broken up by Timmy’s death; with all her kids moved out of the house, he became like another child (albeit one who never aged past being an impatient, demanding toddler!). I feel a twinge of sadness about Timmy’s death, because I hate to think of animals suffering in pain. But I know he was spoiled rotten during his 14 years in the Wakeman family and had a good life. Keep reading »

World’s Worst Mother: “16 And Pregnant” Teen’s Mom Takes The Cake


We’ve grown used to seeing irresponsible teens and bad parenting on the MTV show “16 And Pregnant,” and that’s part of what makes it such a compelling and powerful watch. It teaches cocky adolescents that having a baby is more than just dressing infants in cute clothes and parading a kid around in a stroller at the park. But on last night’s special 1.5-hour long episode of the show, featuring anorexic pregnant teen Kayla, Kayla’s mother Deb was the truly horrific parent.

Kayla’s anorexia and struggle with her eating disorder made her pregnancy doubly difficult. Her complex and uncomfortable feelings about her body had her skipping meals and unwilling and unable to eat food, even though she knew taking in nutrients was absolutely necessary for the health of her child. But despite several close calls, and a complete lack of support from her mother, Kayla gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Over and over, we see Kayla express — in an articulate and nuanced way — how her eating disorder has skewed her brain’s ability to do what’s right for her baby. But then, just weeks after giving birth, and knowing that her daughter had long-struggled with anorexia, Deb asks her daughter to go on a diet with her. Keep reading »

Lady Gaga Rocks Bleached Eyebrows On The Cover Of Rolling Stone

For a Lady Gaga magazine cover, the image that fronts the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone is pretty simple—there’s no bubbles, machine gun bras, or excessive diamonte. However, Gaga still looks so … strange. It took me a few minutes of staring to figure out what seems so off here, but it finally hit me: Gaga has bleached her eyebrows to match her skin color. To me, this is an argument for how important eyebrows are in framing your face. But what do you think—are you liking the eyebrowless look? Keep reading »

Mind Of Man: Notes On A Wedding

I have never really enjoyed weddings. I usually think of weddings as funerals with dancing. I used to think weddings had better food, but then I went to a funeral that had the most divine smoked salmon platter. I once explained to a girlfriend that weddings were the last meals served to death row inmates. That once upon a time, women were nothing more than property and marriages were contractual agreements between two wealthy landowners. The wedding itself was a way of softening this truth to the bride. In exchange for a life of servitude, she’d get a big fancy wedding where she’d be treated like a princess for a day. One last hurrah before the inevitable. If I were on death row — probably because I bore an uncanny resemblance to a political prisoner who was the love of a woman I didn’t deserve and then switched places with him so he could be with her and I could kneel before the guillotine — you can bet I’d order a huge ice cream sundae served in a mop bucket. Keep reading »

Why Is Everyone So Concerned About My Anus?

It has recently come to my attention that perhaps I am not as concerned about the cleanliness of my anus as I should be. See, in the last few weeks, I feel like the universe has been trying to tell me that keeping my chocolate starfish pristine should be higher on my list of priorities. It’s giving me a complex. Keep reading »

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