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NY State Senator Ruben Diaz Sensibly Invokes Hitler In Abortion Rights Debate

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“Hitler was pro-choice. He chose to send the Jews to Auschwitz. That was not their choice that was Hitler’s choice. Murderers, assassins and criminals are pro-choice. They choose to put a gun to your head and take your life. That is not your choice. That is their choice.”

— This is New York State Senator Ruben Diaz is a email newsletter, keeping the level of debate rational and not at all racheting up emotions for political gain. Sen. Diaz’s newsletter went out in response to the NY governor’s support of the Reproductive Health Act, which will allow women to get rare late-term abortions if the woman’s health is at risk or if the fetus has a fatal medical issue. Currently, late-term abortions are only legal if the life of the mother is at risk.

Of course, Sen. Diaz isn’t the first politician to invoke the Holocaust on the subject of abortion; slavery is also a popular comparison made by anti-abortion protesters. Alas, that doesn’t make doing so any more tasteful. [PolitickerVillage Voice]

224 Pages Of “Paris Versus New York”

365 Days In Paris
Leonora lived in Paris for a year and brought us along with her. Read More »
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The man behind Lanvin puts pen to paper. Read More »
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This cup is perfect for any Parisian or New Yorker in need of a caffeine fix. Read More »

As both a New Yorker and a bonafide Francophile, I am a madly adoring fan of the brilliant graphic designer Vahram Muratyan’s website, Paris versus New York. He compares the City of Lights to the Big Apple in a way that isn’t snarky, or biased toward one or the other — rather, they read more like romantic odes to both cities. His modern designs and prints have gained something of a following since his blog’s debut in 2010, and last week he released a 224-page book of his contrast-and-compare illustrations. If you’re a fan of Paris vs. NYC, or Paris, or NYC, or all of the above, you must get this book. It’s simple and lovely and makes me want to book a trip to La Ville-Lumière, dès que possible. Equally charming: this Blackbook interview with the artist. [$20, in Anthropologie stores and online]

The No-Pants Dance: The 2012 No Pants Subway Ride

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Selita Ebanks says VS's diamond-covered panties scratched her vag. Read More »
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Last month, New York group Improv Everywhere held the 11th Annual No Pants Subway Ride, a day to ride around mass transportation with your undies waving in the wind. This year, thousands of people in 59 cities across 27 countries participated in the NPSR, sharing their Hello Kitty thongs with the world. Here’s a glimpse of the New York festivities. [YouTube]

 

In Defense Of Katherine Heigl & The “America’s Sweetheart” Problem

Katherine On Katherine
Katherine Heigl says she's "disappointed" in herself. Why? Read More »
All Hail Rom Coms!
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Mindy Kaling defends this disrespected genre. Read More »
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She hates 'em, you hear? Read More »

Let’s get one thing straight: I am not a fan of Katherine Heigl movies and I probably won’t see her new film “One for the Money” unless I’m forced. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think she’s gotten a raw deal in the media. A new article from New York magazine asks, “Is It Over for Katherine Heigl?” and examines the former “Grey’s Anatomy” star’s relative bankability compared to her position a few years ago. What it finds is that Katherine Heigl is guilty of a couple of major things, among them:

  1. Being demanding and high strung — incurring the nickname “Hurricane Heigl.”
  2. Having opinions about the projects she does.

But the real core of Heigl’s problem — and why she’s the object of such grating analysis, is that she’s a woman — a woman who’s done and said some unlikeable things. Call it the “America’s Sweetheart” problem, something Heigl seems acutely aware of. “I’ve never really been America’s sweetheart, but for a minute I think that’s what they wanted me to be,” she told Elle this past December. And I had ‘em for a second thinking maybe I was. And then I opened my mouth and it was clear I wasn’t.”

And none of these things would really matter if she was a man. Keep reading »

Beauty Bar Brings Its Online Store Into The Real World

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The trick to getting lipstick to last. Read More »
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The gross things we do to be beautiful. Read More »

We’ve long loved online beauty and skincare company Beauty Bar for its extensive (extremely extensive) collection of top quality skincare, makeup and beauty brands. Where else can you find Malin + Goetz alongside L’Occitane with a little Bond No. 9 mixed in? Beauty Bar’s one-stop shop carries hundreds of high-end luxury brands and thousands of products — and now they’ve launched a physical shop where lucky locals can partake in their extensive bevy of products, along with a few new extras.

The Beauty Bar flagship store, which launched this week in Manhasset, New York, is a bi-level affair, featuring a treatment room, with a licensed aesthetician, and a blow dry bar. If you’re in the area, you can book a peel, facial or wax — and also stop in for a blowout — while you stock up on all your favorite products. [Beauty Bar, 2034 Northern Blvd, Manhasset, NY]

Dominatrix Suspended From New York Attorney General’s Office

Lawyers in the New York Attorney General’s office are used to cracking down on bad boys. But in Alisha Smith’s case, bad boys may have been paying her top dollar for a public spanking from “Alisha Spark,” her dominatrix alter ego. There are also allegedly photographs of “Alisha Spark” on the internet posing in skintight, latex fetish gear. According to an investigation by The New York Post, the 36-year-old Manhattan lawyer performs at BDSM events for pay — which has caused the AG’s office to suspend her from her job. A source told the Post her employers are concerned she may have been paid for doing this sex work — not just because it could be potentially embarrassing to her employers but because workers are supposed to get approval for any outside work for which they would earn over $1K. Even, uh, kinky work. Keep reading »

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