This coming academic year, 36 universities in Iran have announced that 77 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences courses will now be “single gender” and therefore only available to men. With women outnumbering men by three to two in passing this year’s university entrance exam, The Daily Beast theorizes Iranian leaders are becoming “concerned about the social side-effects of rising educational standards among women” — as in, women are becoming too educated at the (scare quotes!) “expense” of men.
This is scary stuff. Keep reading »
Every girl with aspirations of high fashion and even higher heels has their sights set on Condé Nast, and why shouldn’t they? It’s the stuff of “The Devil Wears Prada” dreams, a promised land where Wintour rules as supreme overlord and the streets are paved with, well, pavé. In light of the complaints filed by former interns who speak of slave labor and the long-running rumors that the job isn’t all it’s cracked up to be (on the contrary, it will make you crack), it’s getting harder and harder to secure a seat on Vogue‘s Byline Express. The Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design may sound like a fever dream I had when I was 16, but come January, such a school will be brick-and-mortar reality in central London. It vows to “establish itself as an important starting point for those who want to be tomorrow’s stars of the fashion industry,” which sounds pretty ambitious to me. Keep reading »
A student has filed a lawsuit against the professor of a human sexuality class in Western Nevada College because he required students to keep sex journals for class in which they had to detail their masturbation habits, sexual habits, and past sexual abuse. Karen Royce said professor Tom Kubistant and the department chairman and college president, who are also being sued, dismissed her complaints that the assignments were “sexual harassment.” Keep reading »
Earlier this week, the tabloid New York Post put out the headline every paper dreams of:
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE! TEACHER’S PET! Caught in action with student
The photo exclusive showed a 26-year-old teacher named Julie Warning amorously smooching her 18-year-old student, Eric Arty.
Of course, the Manhattan Theater Lab High School teacher was in the wrong here. Arty is over the age of consent, but Warning is still his teacher at his school. She deserves to be fired. But what isn’t getting enough attention is the fact that Eric Arty and four of his classmates each put in $100 on a bet to see who could hook up with “Miss Warning” first.
Eric, the winner, walked away with a $500 prize — as well as a gold seal of douchebaggery from moi. Keep reading »
Ladies, put down those books and pick up … well, don’t pick anything up. Just lay down. A recent study by a German lifestyle website found that smart chicks are less likely to enjoy sex! Sixty-two percent of women with university or higher education degrees reported difficulties achieving orgasm, compared with just 34 percent of non-degree holding women. Darn it! Had I known my path to a great sex life would be blocked by those damn literary classics and huge texts books, I would’ve just gotten my GED and called it a day. Keep reading »
So much WTFery in one little flier: an elementary school class in Waxhaw, North Carolina, sent home this grammatically incorrect flier with students asking them to dress in “African American attire” for Black History Day on February 28. What exactly is “African American attire”? Well, that part isn’t clear. A Flava Flav grill, perhaps? Fur-lined Kanye West booties? (Something tells me it this teacher didn’t mean the J.Crew cardigan worn by First Lady Michelle Obama, a noted black person.) However, if students don’t have any “African-American attire” in their closet, the flier helpfully suggests kids come to school in animal print clothing or shirts with animals native to Africa like “zebras, giraffes, lions and elephants.” Nothing says Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did not die in vain quite like a leopard-print dress or a shirt with a zebra on it, right? Keep reading »
When I initially began the college application process, I had absolutely no interest in attending a single sex institution. In fact, I knew exactly what I wanted in a school. I wanted to go to a small liberal arts college in New York City that was full of intelligent, impassioned and driven students; dedicated professors who would take a personal interest in their students rather than put them on the backburner in favor of their own research or hand them over to TAs; an amazing alumni network with plentiful internship opportunities; an excellent women’s studies department; and an emphasis on writing across the board. And that school is Barnard College — a school that also happens to be single sex. Keep reading »
You know that part in “There’s Something About Mary” where Matt Dillon’s character says he wants to “slow things down, read more books, see more movies”? I have that same thought a lot, usually when guilty pleasures have been hogging up my available brainspace. Where does all the time go? Will I ever finish that pile of books next to my bed? Why do I watch so many “Chelsea Lately” reruns instead?
I don’t have the answers to these questions. But I do have a bunch of great suggestions of blogs and podcasts to check out to eke a little more culture into your life to balance all that “Jersey Shore” viewing. No, the half-an-episode the gang spent sight-seeing around Italy doesn’t count. Keep reading »