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Amy Poehler Opens Up About Her Divorce And Past Drug Use In Upcoming Memoir

“Getting a divorce really sucks. Imagine spreading everything you care about on a blanket and then tossing the whole thing up in the air. The process of divorce is about loading that blanket, throwing it up, watching it all spin, and worrying what stuff will break when it lands.”

Amy Poehler‘s upcoming memoir, Yes Please, is sure to be a total riot, but as this quote from an excerpt published on The Mirror proves, it’ll also contain Amy’s refreshingly candid insights about real life problems, including her own. We’ve seen bits of this more serious side of Amy before, particularly in her Ask Amy advice series on YouTube, so I’m looking forward to seeing that fleshed out on the page, whether she’s writing about her own divorce from ex husband Will Arnett, parenting her two adorable sons, Abel and Archie, her road to success in Hollywood or her experiences with drugs. Speaking of which, here’s what Amy writes about what she learned from taking mushrooms: Keep reading »

Gwyneth Paltrow Really Needs To Chill Out With This “I’m A Working Mom” Stuff

Last night, Gwyneth Paltrow hosted a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at her LA home with a guest list that included President Obama, and announced that the issue of equal pay is “very important to me as a working mother.” Here we go again. (She also told Obama that night that he’s “so handsome I can’t speak properly,” but that’s a whole different kind of facepalm for another day). Paltrow, a mother of two who makes $19 million a year being a movie star and “running” GOOP, sees herself as a martyr for the masses of working moms because she seems to believe that her ultra-comfy lifestyle is a prime example of the typical life of a working mother. While I think it’s a great thing that a Hollywood star is attempting to use their influence to advocate for women (and I think she really does have good intentions), her efforts are completely off base. Again.

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Aziz Ansari’s Analogy For Why He’s A Feminist Is Simple And Perfect

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Aziz Ansari's Analogy For Why He's A Feminist Is Simple And Perfect
"It's so weirdly used in our culture."

“If you look up feminism in the dictionary, it just means that men and women have equal rights. And I feel like everyone here believes men and women have equal rights. But I think the reason people don’t clap is that word is so weirdly used in our culture. … People think feminist means like, ‘some woman is gonna start yelling at them. … If you believe that men and women have equal rights, if someone asks if you’re feminist, you have to say yes because that is how words work. You can’t be like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m a doctor that primarily does diseases of the skin.’ Oh, so you’re a dermatologist? ‘Oh no, that’s way too aggressive of a word! No no not at all not at all.’”

While I don’t think feminism needs to be centered around men, I’m certainly happy to see anyone who understands its basic definition embrace the label, including funny dudes like Aziz Ansari. There are definitely more complex aspects to feminism beyond just “men and women should have equal rights,” and feminists disagree with each other plenty, but Ansari’s analogy (shared on last night’s “Late Show with David Letterman”) for why we shouldn’t be scared to use the word or identify as such is spot on. Welcome to the club, Aziz! [Policy Mic]

Meghan Trainor Wants Us To Stop Overanalyzing Her Song Already

“They say the song is about putting skinny girls down or that girls need guys’ approval, but I just wrote a little three-minute pop song about how I felt about my body. I just write the way I talk, and I write about things I’ve experienced….People are always put off by something that’s fresh and new. When I first heard Rihanna I thought, ‘I’m not feeling this,’ and then I listened to her more and was all about it.”

 Meghan Trainor‘s big hit “All About That Bass” sparked some big conversations about body shaming, the male gaze, and self-acceptance, but Meghan told The Daily Beast that she finds all the backlash somewhat ridiculous. For those of you wondering what she really meant to convey about body types in the song, she makes it pretty clear that she never read into it all that much. So there you have it! Now we can finally stop stressing over it, get on with our lives, and blast “All About That Bass” on repeat whenever we please. [The Daily Beast] [Image via Getty]

 

Cheryl Strayed: Reese Witherspoon Is The Real Deal In “Wild”

“There are sentences that I wrote that I can see written on her face…There’s nothing artificial about her. I think that’s what makes her such a spectacular actress and such a relatable movie star, too. Reese is one of us. She’s real people.”

Is there anything more promising about the upcoming film adaptation of Wild than the approval of Cheryl Strayed herself? The author of the memoir-turned-upcoming-movie told Vogue that Reese Witherspoon, who stars in the film and is on the cover of the magazine this month, came to visit her Portland home to prepare for playing Cheryl onscreen. The two talked about “everything from our childhood to our parents and what we were like in high school to our sex lives and our love lives and our romantic histories.” Beneath the surface, it seems, Reese relates to Cheryl’s experiences far more than her fans might realize. Reese, who is on this month’s Vogue cover, explained to the magazine: Keep reading »

Jessica Simpson Is Embracing Body Positivity These Days

“If anything, it empowered me to rise above and stand up for all the women out there that do have trouble losing the weight and it just wasn’t really my priority to please the public and make them feel like I’m supposed to be looking like I did when I was 25.”

These past few years, tabloids have been super cruel to Jessica Simpson over her fluctuating weight. Having two babies changed her shape, and when Matt Lauer talked to her about it on “Today,” he (kind of rudely) asked whether she felt extra pressure to lose baby weight because she “had been known as a sex symbol for so long.” Jessica didn’t see things that way at all: Keep reading »

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