Is This Dove Ad Racist?

By: Julie Gerstein / May 25, 2011

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 ca… More »


On Losing A Pet

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 25, 2011

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… More »


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

By: Julie Gerstein / May 25, 2011

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… More »


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:… More »


Mind Of Man: Notes On A Wedding

By: John DeVore / May 25, 2011

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. More »


Why Is Everyone So Concerned About My Anus?

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 25, 2011

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. More »