Television producers might be running out of ideas for new shows, because the people over at Lifetime have taken what is essentially the episode of “The Tyra Banks Show” when Tyra dons a fat suit to experience what it’s like to be a larger woman. “Drop Dead Diva” premiered last night.
The premise of the show is that two very different women, Deb and Jane, both die. When Deb, a beautiful, blond wannabe model, gets to Heaven’s gates, something goes awry and she ends up back on earth in the body of Jane, a plus-size lawyer. So, this new woman has Deb’s mind and Jane’s body, and according to Lifetime’s website, “Deb must come to terms with inhabiting Jane’s plus-size frame in the ultimate showdown between brains and beauty.” Keep reading »
This week I was reading an article in the New York Times called “She’s a Director Who’s Just Another Dude.” It’s about Lynn Shelton, who directed a movie called “Humpday,” yet another bromance comedy. The writer spouts off about why Shelton is so cool—citing “masculine” tendencies such as enjoying alcohol, showing confidence, and feeling powerful as reasons why she rocks. The article wasn’t too offensive but it got me thinking: why, for us gals, does being compared to men constitute a compliment? Keep reading »
Over at The Daily Beast, Alison Prato has written a column on“Breakout Blondes,” which asserts that there is some sort of tow-headed backlash against the dumb blonde stereotype going on in pop culture. Prato gave a number of examples of successful blonde women, from Taylor Swift to Dakota Fanning to Agyness Deyn (the range is astounding isn’t it?), maintaining that after a dark reign in which brunettes like Angelina Jolie ruled our collective imaginations, the fair-haired contingent was back and better than ever. There’s a multitude of reasons why this “article” rubbed me the wrong way, but I’ll just address two. Keep reading »
Ever since the video of Susan Boyle singing “I’ve Dreamed A Dream” hopped onto the internet, the world has been talking about her awe-inspiring performance on “Britain’s Got Talent.” This 47-year-old, unmarried, frumpy cat-owner shocked the show’s judges, the studio audience, and YouTube viewers by looking like one thing and sounding like another.
Over the past week or so, people on both sides of the debate have spoken about whether they thought Susan should change her look, and bloggers monitored every little change in her appearance, down to the pruning of her eyebrows. Now, a New York Times article says that snap judgments, like the one we made based on Susan’s looks, are only natural. Keep reading »
A couple countries are trying out a new “living library” concept. At these events, various types of people — nurse, male nanny, vegan, police officer — are “books” available to check out for half-hour time periods. This might sound a little like some sort of dating event, but it’s actually more of an opportunity to learn about different types of people in an environment where stereotypes and other topics that might be off-limits in the real world can be openly discussed. “We work on the principle that extreme violence and aggression happens between people who don’t know each other,” said the Living Library’s founder, Ronni Abergel, “so the Living Library can bring together people who are otherwise unlikely to meet.” [The Times, U.K.] Keep reading »