Who is your role model and why?
The American writer Betty Friedan — she fought for gender equality and wrote the great book “The Feminine Mystique” which sparked the beginning of a second-wave feminism.
So do you consider yourself a feminist?
Sure. I believe in equal rights for men and women.
Color me just a little surprised at this one: Leighton Meester is a feminist and actually cites second-wave feminist activist Betty Friedan as her role model. Friedan was the author of The Feminine Mystique, a 1963 book that that captured the unhappy, stilted lives that middle-class, mostly white women felt after marriage and children, feeling as if there weren’t other opportunities open to them. Friedan was initially prompted to write after interviewing her former Smith College classmates, when she learned how unhappy these well-educated women were as suburban housewives. The book catalyzed many women to join the feminist movement and led to an increased awareness to the restriction of expected gender roles in American society. Keep reading »
“There was a luncheon today for the film, and Liza Minnelli hosted it. You know what she said to me? She said, ‘I haven’t felt this way since I saw “On the Waterfront.”’ And she stood up in front of everybody and said, ‘Jared, when I was watching your performance, I felt the way that I do when a friend is going through the hardest time of their life. I felt like I knew you and that I cared for you in the way I would a dear friend.’”
–Jared Leto talks about Liza Minnelli’s response to his performance in “Dallas Buyers Club” with LA Confidential Magazine. I mean, it’s not every day that Liza Minnelli compares you to Marlon Brando circa 1954. That must count as an endorsement for him to win the Oscar, right? [LA Confidential]
“She wanted to go get an abortion. … Then I turned to her and I just said, ‘We don’t believe in that. That’s a real person inside of you and we don’t believe in killing. That’s not going to happen.’”
There are all kinds of examples of why some of the parents on “16 & Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” are awful people. But if Farrah Abraham had the abortion she apparently wanted to have, as her mother Debra Danielson revealed on “Couples Therapy”? That wouldn’t have been one of those reasons. A pregnant 16-year-old Farrah apparently wanted to terminate a surprise pregnancy and her mother told her “That’s not going to happen.” While it isn’t clear whether Danielson physically prevented her daughter from getting an abortion — Iowa state law stipulates that a parent or guardian must be notified 48 hours before an abortion — it’s obvious that Farrah’s mother exerted pressure in other ways that took the decision out of Farrah’s hands. She didn’t have much of a choice in parenthood. As Jezebel blogger Tracie Egan Morrissey writes about this “Couples Therapy” clip, you actually feel really sympathetic towards Farrah. In all honesty, I find Farrah’s mom truly scary for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is because Danielson doesn’t believe in “killing” a fetus but is A-OK with hitting her daughter in the presence of her infant grandchild. [Jezebel]
“The kind of clothes that I’ve found I like to wear over the past year and six months have all been things that make me feel powerful and strong. I wear a lot of pants. I wear a lot of long, structured dresses.”
In a chat with Vogue for their March 2014 issue, Lorde shared some of her fashion philosophies. The singer looks up to people “who have such a sense of themselves” within their style, like Grace Jones and David Bowie. Lorde is about the most self-actualized high schooler I know of, and that certainly comes across in her sartorial choices. She’s mentioned that her favorite designers are Comme des Garcons, Miu Miu, Moschino and Simone Rocha, but the singer also has a dog named Jimmy Choo — another favorite brand perhaps? In the past, she’s explained to Vogue how important clothes are to her musicality: Keep reading »
“I love her so much it kills me. The truth is, and this is corny, I fall more in love with Portia all the time. I really do. She surprises me all the time. It’s what anyone experiences when you find that person that gets you, wants to take care of you, wants the best for you. We’re really lucky because we know how rare it is.”
–Ellen Degeneres tells People magazine that despite some recent tabloid headlines, behind the scenes, she and Portia de Rossi’s seemingly perfect relationship is, well, pretty perfect. Ugh, I love these two so much. Glad that at least one of my celeb relationship role model couples are still together and going strong! [People]
“I think what gave me confidence in myself was meeting the other [Spice] Girls. We always said we were all like rejects in our own way. We had to work hard, and they helped me accept me for who I was.”
– Victoria Beckham, this month’s Allure cover girl, tells the mag that after being bullied mercilessly in school (“I really wouldn’t wish it on any kid, because it’s horrible.”), joining the Spice Girls helped her find her inner Girl Power. Coincidentally, lip syncing “Wannabe” at the top of my lungs in my parents’ living room helped me find mine. Spice Girls 4EVER! [Grazia]
“He sat down and we talked about the meaning of the script and the commercialization of music and movies. And that’s where we bonded a bit. When he drove to the office, he’d seen a director on a billboard doing an endorsement for a product. So he referenced that as “the line is blurry now.” In the time of the script, musicians didn’t do commercials. The lines were clearly drawn. And he was very interested in exploring what that line was.”
Director Cameron Crowe spoke to Rolling Stone about Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Almost Famous,” in which he played the cranky rock music journalist Lester Bangs. He detailed Hoffman’s ability to pick up on so many nuances of Lester’s personality and discussed that much-loved scene when he and Patrick Fugit’s character bond over how uncool they are: Keep reading »
“Of course I’m a feminist … if you’re not for the equal treatment of men and women, then you’re a fascist.”
Yup, what Jessica Paré said. See, I knew there was a reason I loved Canadians. (Also, those earrings are insane.) [Fashion Magazine]
“I have lots of crushes, I love having crushes. But lately I think it’s Christian Bale. I just watched ‘American Psycho,’ where he looks really good. And then I watched his new movie, ‘American Hustle,’ where he looks really bad. He had to get a potbelly for ‘American Hustle,’ so that would have been a good time for him to eat at my house … I don’t think eating is exactly what I want to do with Christian Bale.”
– Martha Stewart revealed her celeb crush during a recent appearance on “Today,” and apparently the Queen of Domesticity wants to do dirty things with Patrick Bateman himself! Didn’t see that one coming, did you? Martha is slowly becoming America’s bawdy great aunt, and I am so into it. [Huffington Post]
“In your marriage there will be times you’re going to be very exhausted. Your hubby comes home after a hard day’s work, you get the baby to bed, and he is going to be looking forward to that time with you … Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls.”
– Michelle Duggar shared her number one, most important “romance” tip — to say yes to sex even when you’re tired –on “The Today Show”‘s website. In addition to having sex when you’re sleep deprived and don’t feel like it, the mom of 19 recommends abstaining from period sex because “when you’ve missed it for seven days, you look forward to it even more.” She also suggests denying yourself sex for 80 days after giving birth to a girl and 40 days after having a boy, in accordance with Old Testament traditions. Let me just write this all down so I don’t forget. Thanks, Michelle Duggar! [TODAY]