Etsy seller Moneyworth snapped a screen shot of one of Kanye West’s amazing tweets — and put on a T-shirt. The tweet in question — Kanye helpfully explaining to us that his baby mama Kim Kardashian doesn’t appreciate him enough — deftly encapsulates Yeezy’s rather lofty impression of himself. Sadly, the shirt sold out 10 days ago (boo!), but the arrogant sentiment lives on. “Kim doesn’t understand what a blessing I am to her.” That really says it all, doesn’t it? [Etsy]
In a moving op-ed in today’s New York Times, Angelina Jolie revealed her choice to have a preventative double mastectomy. The media coverage has been immediate—as has the troubling, sexist public conversation (#RIP Angelina’s boobs!) about Jolie’s decision.
Jolie’s mother died of cancer at age 56. Jolie herself, after discovering she carries the BRCA1 gene, which increases the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer (In Jolie’s case, 87% chance of developing breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer), decided to undergo a preventative double mastectomy. She underwent the procedure beginning in February and announced her decision in an op-ed today.
People on Twitter had a lot to say about Angelina Jolie’s decision to remove her breasts in order to lessen her risk of breast cancer and prolong her life. Read more on The Gloss…
Why, Chris O’Dowd, why? The “Bridesmaids” actor and his wife Dawn O’Porter, a writer/documentarian, are hands-down my favorite celebrity couple. Which is why I was bummed to see O’Dowd tweet what basically reads like a date rape joke. “Drop the hand” is Irish slang for fingering or groping someone, which means he tweeted that he was going to “sneak” amaretto in her food on date night so he could finger her.
First of all, that’s a dumb joke. It doesn’t make sense. Who puts amaretto in food? Second of all, even though it was a joke (these two tweet all the time about both sex and getting drunk, which is why I like them), cracks about sneaking liquor into someone so you can get sex out of them are date rapey and not cool. It’s not “naughty” or “mischievous”; it’s gross. [Twitter.com/BigBoyler]
Last week, a woman named Hillary Bowman-Smart, of Melbourne, Australia, began the hashtag #SafetyTipsForWomen on Twitter in response to an article about victim-blaming on Australian website The Punch called “Advocating Risk Management Is Not Victim Blaming.” Since then the #hashtag has gone viral and continues to stir up some hilarious “tips” for women days after the original tweet. Her Tumblr blog explains:
How about we recognise that being drunk, being ‘sexy’, being out having fun, being loud, being trans, being queer, being sexually active – none of it causes rape, because rapists cause rape? How about we stop pretending that if women follow some stupid, byzantine set of ‘rules’ we’ll be safe?
The hashtag has spread beyond Down Under and to elsewhere around the world. After the jump are some of the best tweets… Keep reading »
Feminist Kate Harding was fed up with constantly hearing about whether women could “have it all.” The scourge of mass media articles questioning women’s place in the home and in the office had reached a fever pitch. She began asking herself, What would happen if we replaced female pronouns for male pronouns? How ridiculous would these stories begin to sound. “Are men fit to lead? Can men have it all? Are men too competitive with each other? Are men their own worst enemies?” she tweeted. See how crazy it sounds?
And yet, we’re constantly bombarded by stories that question, basically, the validity of our existences. So Hardy, author of the forthcoming book Asking For It, created the #edgyheadlines hashtag, a place where Twitterers could turn the gender paradigm on its head. Stuff like: “Silicon Valley CEO says there would be more men in tech if they asserted themselves more” and “MALE PILOTS: How do their hormonal cycles affect their performance?”
Check out the trending hashtag after the jump, and share your own on Twitter, too. Keep reading »
Tara Reid is taking a hiatus from drunken days and nights on the beaches of Saint Tropez. She’s packing up her bikinis and leaving her BFFs Jedward behind because, folks, she got a job. The queen of embarrassing moments tweeted this picture of herself dressed as Effie Trinket from “The Hunger Games” with the caption “Today at work shooting my new untitled film produced by Jamie Kennedy. It’s gonna be super cool!” Yeah, I don’t get it either. How Tara Reid of her. [NY Daily News]
Amid her legal troubles and moving from LA to NYC (to start, um, a ‘career in fashion design’), one-time child star Amanda Bynes has also been busy creating and deleting Twitter accounts and tweeting plenty of water-cooler fodder along the way.
And while the account from which she tweeted President Obama asking him to fire the police officer who arrested her for a DUI last year is no longer with us, her most recent account—created at the end of January—has made quite an impact for only having 64 tweets. Between selfies of her startling makeover, which includes various crazy-long blonde wigs, cheek piercings and excessively heavy-handed makeup, and random (and often crazy sounding) tweets, she’s doing little to make the public forget about her legal issues (a DUI, hitting a police car with her car, a hit and run, you know). Read more…
There’s a new Twitter hashtag #IAskedPolitely chronicling all the times that women have spoken up about sexual harassment/sexual situations in the workplace and not a single thing changed. It’s come about following “Donglegate,” the incident I wrote about earlier this week in which former SendGrid developer evangelist Adria Richards tweeted a picture of a guy who was cracking sexualized jokes at a recent tech conference. The incident has spurred a huge debate about sexism in tech, privacy, and professionalism — both sides convinced the other is just being butthurt. I won’t wade too deeply into the critiques, although I linked to some in Today’s Lady News on Friday. But I did want to point out the #IAskedPolitely hashtag, which is turning into a list of all the awful things that have been said to women who’ve spoken up about sexism in the workplace. You have no sense of humor! It must be your period! You’re overreacting! Of course that’s the reason. No, no, no, it couldn’t be that sexist culture is f**ked up. [Twitter.com #IAskedPolitely]
I don’t what Amanda Bynes has in mind for Drake to do to her vagina. But in my world, vagina killers are a bad thing. #novaginakillers [DListed]