There’s no question that the birth control pill has given us modern women an undeniable amount of freedom that our grandmothers didn’t have — both sexual and cultural — since its introduction to the free market 50 years ago. But what it’s costing our generation is an increased likelihood of infertility, or so says New York magazine’s cover story this week, “Waking Up From The Pill.” While it’s not news to link the birth control pill to women waiting later in life to have children, and thus infertility, because of their diminished egg supplies as they age, writer Vanessa Grigoriadis does have a new perspective on why this is so. She claims it’s because taking the Pill makes women either forget altogether about their biology until it’s too late or to think of it as something controllable by modern medicine.
“For women who have spent so much of their lives pressing the off button on their bodies while on the Pill, it’s upsetting to learn that there’s no magic pill that causes instant impregnation,” she writes. Keep reading »
Prodigy’s 1997 video for “Smack My B**** Up” was banned in several countries due to nudity and depictions of drug use. The video, which was directed by Jonas Akerlund, gives the first-person perspective of someone doing drugs, going to a club, violently harassing strangers, and then shtupping a stripper.
This past weekend, I got to visit the Emily Dickinson museum, which is basically just the house she was born and died in Amherst, MA. I’ve always been a fan of Emily, but walking through her house and hearing more of the personal details of her life made me appreciate her more. Perhaps what struck me the most was her little, white house dress that was on display. It was a perfectly tailored white button-down frock, the kind of thing that women wore to sleep in or to do chores around the house. But what was interesting about it was that Emily wore it out in public, which was grounds for ridicule back in the late 1800s. Keep reading »
“There’s always going to be somebody younger or sexier. That’s why I like to say, and it’s become my famous line, ‘Funny doesn’t sag.’ I think as a woman, you get older, you feel more confident in your sexuality. You’re not as intimidated by it, not as embarrassed by it. Sexuality and femininity is an accumulation of age and wisdom and comfort in your own skin. I feel better — so much better now than I ever did in my twenties. I am calmer; I know who I am. And as a result, I feel much sexier.”
—Reese Witherspoon talks to Glamour about aging. Well, her funny certainly is not sagging. But fortunately for her, neither is anything else. [PopEater] Keep reading »