Does this woman sleep ever? Ever? Beyoncé has written an essay for The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From The Brink, an investigation by journalist Maria Shriver in conjunction with the Center For American Progress, on the status of women in America today. Beyoncé’s essay, “Gender Equality Is A Myth,” can be read in the full report, which can be downloaded for free here.
After the jump, though, you can read an excerpt posted online.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger gave an exclusive interview to “60 Minutes,” in an episode airing last night, to promote his new memoir, Total Recall (clever!). Leslie Stahl needled the former California governor about the many sordid personal details revealed in the book, including his longtime affair with he and wife Maria Shriver’s housekeeper, which resulted in a child. He also discussed the fact that he’d actually cheated many, many times over the years, and that Maria was aware of his infidelities. “I’m not perfect,” Schwarzenegger said dully. No. Shit. Two clips above!
“At first, it was such a gigantic mistake from a career point of view that I really regretted it. I’d just begun to be taken seriously as a freelance writer, but after the Playboy article, I mostly got requests to go underground in some other semi-sexual way. It was so bad that I returned an advance to turn the Playboy article into a paperback, even though I had to borrow the money. Even now, people ask why I was a Bunny, right-wingers still describe me only as a former Bunny, and you’re still asking me about it — almost a half-century later. But feminism did make me realize that I was glad I did it — because I identified with all the women who ended up an underpaid waitress in too-high heels and a costume that was too tight to breathe in. Most were just trying to make a living and had no other way of doing it. I’d made up a background as a secretary, and the woman who interviewed me asked, ‘Honey, if you can type, why would you want to work here?’ In the sense that we’re all identified too much by our outsides instead of our insides and are mostly in underpaid service jobs, I realized we’re all Bunnies — so yes, I’m glad I did it.”
—Gloria Steinem, 77, reminisces to Maria Shriver in Interview about her famous exposé on the Playboy Bunny Club. In 1963, Steinem went undercover as a Bunny for Show magazine and reported firsthand how the Bunnies were badly treated. (This was during the “Mad Men” era, you have to remember, when job listings were segregated as “Help Wanted: Male” and “Help Wanted: Female.”) The article helped Gloria become a household name and further inspired people to join the women’s movement of the 1960s.
After the jump, Steinem talks about her reputation as the “pretty feminist.” Keep reading »
It was only a matter of time before Mildred “Patty” Baena, the woman suspected of carrying Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s love child, talked to the press. She has given her first interview to an unusual source, the UK’s Hello magazine. In the article, Mildred explains that she didn’t know right off the bat that her 13-year-old son, Joseph, was Arnold’s son. “It was as Joseph grew and I started to see the resemblance that I wondered. It became more apparent as time went on,” she said.
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Say cheese! Apparently Arnold Schwarzenegger took great joy in getting the entire family together for photo ops — the wife, the kids, the mistress, and the love child. That takes some giant balls right there. I’m wondering if Maria Shriver found this at all strange? Awkward family photo, indeed. [TMZ] Keep reading »
Curiouser and curiouser! TMZ claims that Maria Shriver was the one who leaked the news that Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child with a housekeeper because she was angry at the Austrian love guv. Shriver allegedly learned her husband had a child with Mildred Baena in late-April or early-May and was so “hysterical” that she wanted to throw a press conference and publicly shame him. Her pals apparently talked her down from that idea and instead leaked the details to TMZ and The Los Angeles Times. Keep reading »