Does Hooters Hurt Women?

Cardiff, Wales, is the center of a raging battle over sexism, feminism and the right to wear flesh-toned shiny panty hose. It seems the Hooters chain of delightfully tacky short-shorts-wearing waitresses and wings wants to open a new location in the Welsh town, and feminists are enraged. They say that having a Hooters will “will contribute to sexual harassment of women in the city” and have begun a petition to prevent the chain from opening there.

So far, around 231 have signed a Facebook petition to “Say No to Hooters in Cardiff.” Founder Sally Hughes says, “Hooters brands itself as a sports themed bar, but what it actually is resembles a strip club more closely and has been called a ‘breastaurant’ by the media.” Hughes is part of the Cardiff Feminist Network that believes that a Hooters will increase the overall objectification of women and increase sexual harassment in the city. Keep reading »

Latest Round Of Diesel Ads As Stupid As Advertised

In a way, Diesel’s “Be Stupid” ad campaign (you’re looking at one from the latest round here) is genius, because even if you say, “Wow, these ads are totally stupid,” the folks at Diesel can be like, “Yeah, that’s why it’s the ‘Be Stupid’ campaign.” Still, the ads are just dumb. They’re not cute or fun or frolicky, or whatever it was they were after. They’re boorish and weak and would probably bore even the most puerile frat boy. As usual, I’m left to wonder how much money, how many meetings, and how many ad men/women it took to come up with, “Ha-ha, let’s have a guy biting a girl’s butt and then it says, ‘You’ll eat better’!” Really, Diesel, can’t you do better? [Copyranter] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Babies Can Wait Until After My College Reunion

A few years ago, I jokingly declared that I would refrain from reproducing until after my 10-year college reunion. That way, I said (again, facetiously, although of course I’d be lying if there weren’t a tiny grain of vain truth to all this hilarious jokery), I wouldn’t have to worry about losing baby weight or having to remain sober as the Georgetown Class of 2001 reconvened. It wouldn’t be a concern whether some liquor might damage Junior, or Junior’s breast milk supply, and my 100 percent hot, completely flawless body would remain pristine until that date and, obviously, if everything went according to my imaginary plan, everyone would say, “Oh there’s Claire — she looks so great!” (Anyone who’s seen “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion” knows this is Goal #1, with actual success to brag about being Goal #2, and perhaps having fun and seeing people you like being a distant #3.) Keep reading »

Furry Fever: Man Becomes The Dog He Never Had


Meet Gary Matthews — or, as he likes to be called, Boomer the Dog. Matthews, it seems, developed an affinity for a canine on the ’80s TV show “Boomer the Dog” when he was just a little kid, and has shaped his entire life around the fictional sheep dog. He dresses like a human sometimes, but prefers to go out on the town decked in his custom-made Boomer suit. Matthews loves his doggie persona so much that he’s actually petitioned the courts to legally change his name to Boomer. Not surprisingly, Gary/Boomer is unemployed. Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: I Hate Foursquare

I remember the first time I saw a Foursquare update pop up on my Facebook homepage. “Dick* has just checked into the Seaside Inn.” My heart dropped into my stomach. I DID NOT want to know that my ex-boyfriend Dick had just checked into a hotel with his new girlfriend. Screw you, Dick, for being a dick. And screw you, Foursquare, for adding yet another layer of complication to my electronic life. Keep reading »

16 Undeniably Fugly Items You Can Buy — On Sale! — On ShopBop

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Last night, I decided to get a jump on fall window shopping by checking out some of the sales online in search of pieces that I could wear now but transition into cooler weather. ShopBop has always been one of my favorite sites to shop online because they have a big ol’ sale section that’s easy to navigate; a few of my favorite pieces were bought on ShopBop after one of their major markdowns. However, last night I was appalled by how much FUGS was overwhelming their sale section from a whole plethora of designers. Is ugly suddenly in? Keep clicking to see just a small fraction of the utter hideousness on sale right now. Full-price or totally free, these wares are an abomination.
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