Guy Talk: How Men’s Rights Activists Get Feminism Wrong

When I was getting clean and sober in a Twelve Step program many years ago, there was one phrase from the literature that always resonated with me. We addicts have been, the book said, the “architects of our own adversity.” Yes, I thought the first time I read that. It’s time to stop blaming others for my own pain. It’s time to take responsibility.

That same phrase comes to mind when I think about Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs). I’ve been crossing verbal swords with the MRAs for many years, particularly since 2004 when I began to develop a public presence as a male feminist writer and professor. I learned quickly that not all MRAs were the same; some offered thoughtful criticism while others offered only nasty invective. (Look up “Hugo Schwyzer Mangina” if you need evidence of the latter.) Keep reading »

Quench Your Hair’s Thirst

Winter weather can leave hair dry, cracked and desperate for moisture. And so, we recommend you sass up your hair routine with a little Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme oil. You can use this magic serum as a pre-shampoo step, to add extra moisture to your scalp, or put a dab in your hair and use as a shine-enhancing styling product. Either way, this oil adds a touch of luxury to your follicle routine. And since you only need a bit of it, a bottle will last you a long, long time.

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Pregnant Commuter Kept Track Of How Much You Suck At Giving Up Your Seat

Most of us would like to think that if we saw a pregnant, elderly or handicapped person on the train or subway, we would offer up our seat in a jiffy. But a nifty social experiment done on the New York City subway by Elizabeth Carey Smith of Brooklyn, New York, during her recent pregnancy found that while she was offered a seat the majority of the time, good manners were not guaranteed. Keep reading »

Inspiration Board: Mallory Keaton From “Family Ties”

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The other day, I was thinking about some of my favorite fashion icons from 1980′s TV, and I remembered how much I loved the style of Mallory Keaton from “Family Ties.” She gave her suburban print sweaters and leggings and sweater dress sets an urban edginess with her rolled sleeves, cinched waists, and classic ’80s hairstyles. Let’s not forget Mallory was also the brave Keaton to date Nick, the garbage artist, who at times wore pink and purple belts at the same time. The following three looks were inspired by Mallory’s ’80s fashions, but would be completely chic today. And check out this blog, Mallory’s Clothes, which gives a rundown on Mallory’s style throughout the seven seasons.

Julie Taymor No Longer Directing “Spider-Man: The Musical”

Making fun of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”—the musical version of the classic comic book tale that, at $65 million, is the most expensive production in Broadway history—has become something of a blood sport here in New York. And this week brings the news that the play—which has injured multiple cast members and been almost universally panned by test audiences—is shutting down for several weeks for a major overhaul. Apparently, visionary director Julie Taymor is no longer sitting in the director’s chair. It’s unclear whether she quit in protest or was fired. “Taymor is out. She’s left the building,” a source said. Keep reading »

Gwen Stefani’s Galliano Gown Is In A Museum

Well, whoops! In this month’s British Elle, Gwen Stefani gushes about her Christian Dior wedding dress, designed by none other than the infamous John Galliano. “When I got engaged and someone told me that John said he would make my dress, I was like, really?” the star told the magazine. “I said I wanted it to be over the top, but not traditional — I wanted it to be everything. But how do you tell this genius over the phone? He was, like, OK, and sent me these drawings of this unbelievable, perfect dress. It’s going into the V&A [Victoria & Albert Museum] now. I didn’t want to send it because I was scared it would get ruined. But it’s a work of art, it needed to be seen.” Of course, this was all before the big anti-Semitic scandal broke out, but still, we imagine it’s gotta make Gwen squirm just a little. [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »

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