Fox News had two women on “America’s Newsroom” to discuss the extreme close-up photograph of Sarah Palin on this week’s cover of Newsweek. Andrea Tantaros, a Republican media consultant, said it is “a clear slap in the face in the face at Sarah Palin. Why? Because it’s unretouched. It highlights every imperfection that every human being has. We’re talking unwanted facial hair, pores, wrinkles.” Julia Piscitelli of the Women and Politics Institute at American University disagreed, saying that it’s nice to see a beautiful woman in her natural state for once. Watching the video segment is painful. At once point, Tantaros starts speaking over Piscitelli: “This is mortifying, Julia! This is mortifying!” What the program didn’t discuss is that the article’s headline is “The Palin Problem,” and magazines actually use photos to convey the message of the accompanying article. The cover photo is reminiscent of a microscope’s close inspection, and the article attempts to investigate Palin in a similar way. Another factor not discussed: News magazines try to stay away from the Frankenstein photo retouching that fashion magazines do on models.
Honestly, Tantaros’ rant only makes me want to go out and buy the issue so I can see what a pretty face like Palin’s looks like with all its imperfections. Keep reading »
This week, Newsweek takes a look at a group of young women known as the Nerd Girls. This Tufts University group, representative of smart, hot women everywhere, is made up of about a dozen female students. They like dressing up and being girly — one is a former cheerleader — but they also like math and building stuff, including a solar car they hope to race next year. The girls are really cute, and it’s wonderful that younger women understand that they can be feminine and smart at the same time, however, being a nerd is easy when you’re attractive, wear the right clothes, and carry around an iPhone. [Newsweek] Keep reading »
Donâ€™t you love ordering in dinner and letting the deliveryman carry all the groceries up for you? But it appears delivery girls, who carry babies, are the ones really cashing in, as surrogacy gets more popular than pizza. And at $20,000 a delivery, the tips are the best in the business! According to a Newsweek article entitled “Wombs For Rent”, advances in science over the past decade have caused the in vitro fertilization success rate to jump to 70-90%, which is an increase of nearly 40%. Although the total count of surrogate births is still debated, in 2007, itâ€™s estimated to have risen at least 30% to possibly 1,000. And if you count movie magic, then add in SNL sisters Tina Faye and Amy Poehler, who are already starring in a spoof of this phenomenon in a film called Baby Mama which will open the Tribeca Film Festival later this month in New York. Check out the trailer above! [Yubanet] Keep reading »