I was absentmindedly flipping through the massive October issue of InStyle magazine over the weekend when I paused on a page in the “Beauty At Any Age” section. Titled, “Pucker Up! Secrets To Full, Smooth Lips,” the page included recommendations for skincare products and lip gloss for women of different ages. Pretty standard fashion magazine fodder. But down at the bottom of the page was something that wasn’t so standard: recommendations for plastic surgery procedures. “Lusting after lush, pillowy lips and a dramatically smoother smile?” the text read. “All it may take is a few quick shots.”
Say whaaaaaat?! Keep reading »
Today is the 12th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001. AT&T posted this advertisement, featuring a hand holding a smartphone with an image of the memorial lights for the Twin Towers against the NYC horizon, to their Twitter page, writing, “Never Forget.” Hmm, using a national tragedy to essentially advertise your products/services? Crappy business move, in my opinion. What do you guys think? Tacky, tasteless and offensive, or is this no biggie? [Twitter]
We all agree that it’s lovely when mothers and daughters can maintain a close relationship, but we disagree when it comes to how close it should be — both as girls and adult women. There are some mothers and daughters who proudly call themselves “best friends,” others who always stay within their “parent” and “child” roles, and some mother/daughter relationships are so complicated they can’t even be labeled. Hey, whatever works for you! After the jump, we asked some women to share their thoughts about being best friends with mom: is it a heartwarming bond or just a major lack of boundaries? Weigh in with your opinion in the comments! Keep reading »
Columbia University’s blog, Bwog, makes it a tradition to ask graduating seniors if they’d rather give up cheese or oral sex. I don’t know why this is a question of interest, but it is. I chuckled as I read the headline, thinking to myself, Who in the world would choose cheese over oral sex?
Apparently, 42 percent of graduating seniors from 2006 to 2013 prefer cheese. An anonymous senior with the handle “Fromage 13″ did a breakdown of the archives of oral vs. cheese responses and found that the Columbia student body had a predominantly “fromage-centric attitude.” I laughed again. Pshaw, those silly kids must not be doing it right. Keep reading »
A mini-explosion occurred on the Internet this week when Bishop Larry Trotter, pastor of a Chicago mega-church, posted a picture of himself in the bathtub with his four-year-old granddaughter. Trotter sat in the tub smiling beside the little girl, whose face has been blurred out; both are covered in bubbles, so it’s impossible to tell whether he or she is naked (or wearing swimwear, or otherwise clothed).
Quite understandably, people got very concerned. Keep reading »
Local news in my adopted state of Massachusetts is all abuzz lately with controversy over prisoner Michelle Kosilek, currently incarcerated for the 1990 murder of her spouse, and who has, after years of legal struggles, been awarded a court order mandating that she receive the surgery she so desperately needs, on the taxpayers’ dime.
The catch — and of course there’s a catch — is that Michelle Kosilek is transgender, and the court-ordered surgery is sex reassignment surgery. She was convicted of murdering her wife by strangling her with a wire (and, apparently, nearly decapitating her in the process), when her name was Robert Kosilek, and is now serving a life sentence for that crime. Kosilek began transitioning the same year as the murder, and has brought numerous lawsuits fighting for her right to trans-specific medical care, from hormone therapy to electrolysis treatments. Keep reading »