The Soapbox: On Cat Marnell & Rubbernecking Drug Addicts
If you've been hanging out in the ladyblogosphere, you've heard of Cat Marnell. Or maybe you know her as "Cat Marnell, ugh." Cat Marnell was — until last week — the health/beauty editor at xoJane. More pertinently, though, she was an open, unabashed, self-described "pillhead" who frequently wrote about her drug use and abuse online.
The Soapbox: On The 39th Anniversary Of “Roe Vs. Wade”
Yesterday, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I stopped to be grateful. I am grateful that my 22-year-old daughter has the right to her reproductive freedom and access to abortion. I am grateful that I was able to get an abortion when I needed one when having a child was not an option —…
The Soapbox: Why “Ugly” Models Are Bad For Girls
In a scene from "Scouted," the E! reality TV series premiering this evening -- in which model scouts troll the malls, parking lots, and fast food chains of suburbia looking for the next Gisele Bundchen -- a middle-aged woman excitedly approaches a willowy girl in a grocery store. “Have you ever thought about modeling?” she…
Soapbox: Did Kelly Osbourne Really Just Call Christina Aguilera Fat?
"I was never that fat," Kelly Osbourne said of Christina Aguilera's look at the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert. Kelly justified her unkind remarks with this: "She called me fat for so many f**king years … so you know what? F**k you! You're fat too." Oh. No. She. Didn't.
Soapbox: What’s Your Number? Here’s Why I Don’t Care
The previews for the Anna Faris vehicle "What’s Your Number?" couldn’t make me want to see that movie any less if they added "Exorcist"-style projectile vomiting. The premise, if you have magically managed to miss the media blitz, is that Faris’ character realizes her list of sexual partners has one more digit than most of her…
Soapbox: I’m Sick Of Online Stalking
I’m waving the white flag here, Universe; I'm officially burnt out on Internet stalking my crushes. I’m sure his Facebook Timeline is gonna to be bitchin’, but I just can’t summon it in me to give a crap about his pictures, videos, and/or status updates. Sorry, boys!
Soapbox: Plus-Size Model Crystal Renn Is Thinner Now — So What?
No matter that in the real world women come in a bevy of shapes and sizes, in the model world, you're either "regular" or "plus-size." And for the past several years, model Crystal Renn has been at the top of the plus-size game. But Renn has been catching flack lately for a rather surprising reason:…
Soapbox: Celebrate Your Dang Anniversary In Person—Not On Facebook!
If you wish your spouse a happy anniversary in the privacy of your own home, does it count? Apparently not. I’ve noticed an influx of wedding anniversary, humblebrag updates on Facebook lately. Here are a few favorite examples posted in the last month*: “Five years ago this very day, I married the man I love.
Soapbox: You’re Sexy Without The Life-Threatening High Heels
You may have thought the weekend’s biggest news was the hurricane, but there was something even more shocking afoot: People magazine reports that Victoria Beckham had been spotted in flats! Forget telltale signs of climate change via drastic weather patterns; the apocalypse is surely upon us when Posh Spice is willing to be caught o…