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Hmm, Do You Think Your Reproductive Rights “Don’t Need Defending”?

Hey, Newsweek subscribers, brace yourselves for a really annoying article in the upcoming April 26th issue: We young folks are “lukewarm” on reproductive rights and “don’t think abortion rights need defending.” Keep reading »

Newsweek Waves Goodbye To The ’00s With “The Decade In 7 Minutes”


Do you remember November 1999? No, neither can I. But I do remember that we were all going crazy getting ready for the approach of the year 2000. Sure, that was the end of the millennium, and this is only the end of the decade—but why is no one talking about how we’re about the say goodbye to the good old aughts? Newsweek is on the ball, though. They put together this history of the decade in seven minutes. Take a peep—it’s pretty entertaining. What would you have included that they didn’t? Anything you’d take out? [Newsweek] Keep reading »

Newsweek Continues Its Tradition Of Bizarro Sarah Palin Covers

If you happened by a newsstand this morning, you no doubt saw the new issue of Newsweek featuring Sarah Palin on the cover. In the pic, Sarah stands in a beauty queen pose wearing a red sweatshirt and short shorts, her legs shiny and her hair perfectly coifed. My first thought looking at it was: Could she have really posed for this? I mean, she did don the red sweatshirt on her book cover. But, nope. Mystery solved. The image came from the August issue of Runner’s World magazine, where she posed for several images in jogging gear—some with Trigg, some without—and gave such deep quotes as, “It doesn’t matter your background, your demographics, your race, your political affiliation, [running is] such a uniting, healthy, fun, awesome activity. It cracks me up going to some running event and seeing some dude who campaigned so hard against me, or a lady who’s been blogging some mean comments about me. But we’re all there together.”

Sarah, of course, is thoroughly nonplussed with the cover. It doesn’t help that the cover line reads, “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sarah Palin? She’s Bad News For The GOP—And For Everybody Else, Too.” Wonder what she would have said about that on “Oprah” yesterday. Keep reading »

Is It Dangerous to Have a Skinny Fat Mindset?

In her Newsweek blog “Confessions of a Skinny Fat Person: Let the Fat Wars Begin,” Kate Dailey reveals her annoying skinny fat mindset about weight and its relationship to health. For those of you that don’t know what a “skinny fat” is, it’s a person who is skinny on the outside and fat on the inside. You know…that person with great genes who looks great in their jeans no matter how many bags of Doritos they eat. Because Kate appears to be skinny (she tells us more than once that her ass looks good), that has somehow qualified her to write about obesity and health for Newsweek. After reading “Lessons From the Fat-O-Sphere,” being introduced to the fat acceptance movement, and discovering that her body fat was 30% (critically high), she felt like a fraud. And the true question finally dawned on her “is it about weight or about health?” Duh. It’s about health. And then she realized how much this country hates fat people. Again…duh. Keep reading »

Some People Find Sarah Palin’s Pores Offensive

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 »

Hot Girl Nerds Are Not New

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 »

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