Yesterday afternoon, the news broke that Jill Abramson, the executive editor of The New York Times and the first-ever woman to hold that position, was leaving her position. Managing editor Dean Baquet would be replacing her, making him the first-ever African-American executive editor at the Times.
Jill Abramson had been managing editor at the Times (the number two position) since 2003 and before that was the Washington, D.C. bureau chief and an investigative reporter. She was appointed executive editor at the Times back in June 2011. If you don’t give a shit about the NYC media scene, the news may have simply looked like a personnel issue, indistinguishable from any other revolving door news item. But details about Abramson’s tenure and exit point to something bigger — shedding light on how the Times may have mistreated its first female executive editor and illustrating what it still means today to be a woman in power. Keep reading »
Here’s a poorly kept secret: Men are also from Venus. That’s what I’ve learned after six years of writing for The New York Times wedding section—also known as the Ladies’ Sports Pages.
Sure, a few thousand years’ history of raping and pillaging suggests otherwise, but beneath the stubble and the Sportscenter addiction, most men are as confused, vulnerable and romantic as women when it comes to falling in love.
Did I mention I’m also one of those men? Keep reading »
Fresh off their discovery that people breathe air and women enjoy staring at Ryan Gosling’s abs, the New York Times style section has apparently uncovered that women love to wear dresses when it’s “soupy” out. In fact! They love dresses so much! They like, wear them all the time! The Times interviewed dozens of cutting edge females who confessed to not putting on pants during the warm summer months because dresses are so much FREER and less confining to their sweaty vaginas. As one lovely lass, Bettina May–who confers with a woman named Hazel Honeysuckle (that cannot be a real effing name)–explains, “dresses are almost always looser and less constricting than pants or a skirt. When it’s this hot, I don’t wear anything else.” Ms. May, thank you kindly for explaining the ways of the world to me. I was evah so befuddled! Here I was, a-sittin’ in mah parka and mah Uggs boots, wonderin’ why I was gettin’ the vapors! Keep reading »
Plain old gold and silver are simply not bright enough for product designer Alison Lewis. She prefers that her jewelry has a near-blinding quality to it and, thus, she relies on LED lights. We were a bit skeptical about the uber-light that adorns most of Alison’s work, from paintings to pillows and pretty much everything in between. But her glowing LED necklace is definitely growing on us. It satisfies our dual interest in cool accessories and semi-closeted dorkiness, which can be a big challenge. Few and far between are the crafty ladies who dig tech and fashion. For being one of them, we salute you, Alison. [The New York Times] Keep reading »
After a few weeks of lusting over it, I’ve finally decided to acknowledge that this Valentino bag will not be mine. Even though my computer would look so cute in there and I’m a relatively nice person. Grr. But even during my points of deepest obsession, a Valentino shopping bag never seemed like a reasonable substitute. I get the idea behind carrying designer shopping bags: looking like you can shop at stores that would really eat an entire month’s paycheck in one go. But I don’t get the allure.
The New York Times just wrote about this designer shopping bag “trend” sweeping Japan and focused mostly on the adorable aspects. Like a teenage girl who says carrying a bag from a popular designer store reminds her of the fun times she has shopping. On the other hand, could it also be the ultimate form of label whoring, more intense in its desperation level than carrying fakes? Keep reading »
Shamu, the talented killer whale, can stun audiences daily by jumping through mid-air. Itâ€™s an impressive show that takes a lot of training. Although most wives arenâ€™t looking for athletic feats from their husbands, author Amy Sutherland was determined to find out if the same techniques they use to make animals jump on command would work on her spouse. After spending a year in animal-trainer school, Ms. Sutherland was ready to try out her tricks. While it may seem like a plot line for a sci-fi villain — a seductive woman trains men to bow to her will — the tips she learned worked like a charm on her partner. As if an obedient husband wasnâ€™t enough of a pat on the back, her article on her experiences, published in The New York Times in 2006, received the most email response of any article all year! Now sheâ€™s sharing her secrets in new book released this week entitled, What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage and a movie is in the works. Her husband, who nowadays can always find his keys and doesnâ€™t hover over her while sheâ€™s cooking, is onto her game and even uses the same techniques himself. In fact, “Shamu” has become a verb in their dialogue — as in, â€œAre you shamuing me?â€ [Newsweek and Amazon] Keep reading »