We are obsessed with this brilliant commercial by toy company Goldie Blox, which aims to inspire and educate future female engineers. Their goal is to “disrupt the pink aisle,” as little girls are interested in lots of cool toys but primarily targeted with princess dresses and pop star dreams. The company’s creator, Debbie Sterling, is a Stanford engineering graduate disappointed with how few female classmates she had. Only 11 percent of engineers are female and Sterling believes that encouraging girls to be inventive at an early age with construction toys that come from “a female perspective” is a step in the right direction. The video takes the notoriously sexist “Girls” by the Beastie Boys and revamps it as something of a feminist anthem as the girls in the commercial get creative with household items — and those silly feather boas and tea sets they’re “supposed” to be sashaying around in. Anyone else want to adopt these three? [GoldieBlox]
“With ‘Girls,’ after I saw the pilot, I was like, ‘There’s no way I can watch the rest of this series, especially if it continues to go on,’ because I feel like there’s an impulse to try to make it look better or neater or more perfect, and when I watch theater, television, movies, it’s always the imperfection I’m always more attracted to. And I feel like with the things I’m in that I have watched, I go into a spiral and obsess about all the mistakes I made. Even with the pilot — there are so many mistakes I wish I would have changed, but you know, you just can’t. I’ll drive myself crazy and the people around me crazy for months, just thinking about it.”
Here’s a surprise: Adam Driver doesn’t watch himself on “Girls.” I mean, hey, his character does do some pretty bizarre stuff and I don’t know that I’d want to watch myself act that out on camera either. Fortunately the rest of us can still watch “Girls” without wanting to obsess over every little thing. Set your DVR for the January 12 premiere! [NYMag.com] [Photo: Splash News]
… and it’s kinda meh. The NSFW blog Fleshbot posted a trailer for “This Ain’t Girls” and, well, it’s clear that everything we like about “Girls” doesn’t translate to porn. Not even the girls. Is the acting in porn always this bad? Don’t answer that. Keep reading »
Who’s excited for the third season of “Girls”?! I am, especially after seeing this new promo which indicates the show is finally getting a dose of real diversity. Hannah has a new roommate — and she’s from Albania! Surely nothing will make whiny twentysomethings Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna and Jessa realize how good they have it like hearing the sad story behind Blerta’s rubber hand. Right?
Sadly, HBO’s new teaser trailer for “Girls” season three, made up of a bunch of Instagram-style photos from the set, tells us just about nothing in the way of plot points. Well, that’s not entirely true; we know that Hannah and Adam will hug and that the whole gang will go to the beach. I think I’ll have to watch this six or seven more times in slow mo to see if I can Nancy Drew anything else. At least I have something to do until the new season premieres next year. [NYMag.com]
God bless, Adam Driver. He’s elevated High Fashion Magazine Donkey Riding to an artform. Here, posed atop said donkey with supermodel Daria Werbowy in the latest issue of Vogue, the “Girls” star’s steely gaze conveys a heady dedication to the task at hand. I will ride this donkey over the crest of this mountain and into the cusp of an uncertain future, he seems to be thinking. Follow us, follow us, follow us. Oh, and don’t step on the donkey poop. [Styleite]
It’s no secret that fewer girls than boys go into the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). But Jean MacDonald, the founder of App Camp For Girls, is doing something great to start to change that. Inspired by Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, App Camp aims to make women currently involved with designing iPhone and iPad apps into mentors for girls interested in technology fields.
MacDonald got the idea for creating this non-profit while she was at a software conference and realized that she could not even see another woman in the room from where she was sitting. The goal of the program is to begin to shift the gender imbalance in the software field so that more women are involved. The camp is a great way for girls 12-14 to gain self-esteem, interest, and knowledge while having fun. Keep reading »
As popular and critically acclaimed as HBO’s “Girls” may be, chances are we won’t get to see Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna and Jessa doing whatever it is they’d be doing in their golden years. But, say, what do you think they would be doing? This video does a pretty good job imagining what season 38 of the show would be like — exactly the same, but with more bunions. [YouTube]