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The Electric Charge Of A Symbiotic Power Friendship

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I’m reading this book called Joe Cinque’s Consolation, which tells the true story of a real life trial of two women –  Anu Singh, who injected her boyfriend Joe Cinque with heroin and watched him die, and Mandhavi Rao, Anu’s best friend who might have assisted her in the process. The story is complicated, of course, by mental illness and dependence and all kinds of other things, and you should read the book by Helen Garner if you get the chance. But what I want to talk about is Garner’s spot-on assessment of Singh and Rao’s relationship, one that she calls a “symbiotic power arrangement,” because I think we’ve all had one of these at one time or another (even if it didn’t lead to murder).

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The Gorgeous Wives Of Fela Kuti

The other day, I watched “Fela Kuti: Music Is The Weapon,” a 1980s’ documentary about Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti. Kuti’s life has been turned into a hit Broadway play called Fela (see it if you can), and his songs of revolution, strife and struggles of everyday life in Nigeria still resonate today. “Music Is The Weapon” chronicles Kuti’s 1983 failed run for president of Nigeria, and the intimidation and torture he and his family endured at the hands of police. Kuti’s family was rather, um, nontraditional; in the ’70s, he married 27 women — members of his extended band and dancers for his performances — in one large Yoruba ceremony. He called them his “queens,” and apparently he only kept 12 wives on tap in his commune  (dubbed the Kalakuta Republic) at any given time, rotating them in and out of matrimonial service. After police pressure on the Kuti compound increased, many of his wives deserted him.

After a stint in prison in 1985 he divorced all of his wives, claiming that he no longer believed in marriage. The women featured in “Music Is The Weapon” were some of Kuti’s closest companions and advisers, the mothers of his children and followers of his belief in radical change for Nigeria. They also had incredible style — as these shots of the women in full performance makeup — prove.

Women Don’t Suck At Parking — In Fact, We’re Kinda Good At It

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German mayor helpfully allocates parking spaces just for dudes. Read More »
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I’m sure many women were experiencing road rage last week when word broke out that a German mayor designated various parking spots for only men, and others for only women. Mayor Gallus Strobel of Triberg, Germany presented a new 220-spot parking lot, with more difficult spots designated for males, because, “men are, as a rule, a little better at such challenges,” he said. Riiiiight.

Strobel’s comment is not only sexist, it’s also not completely true: a study conducted by National Car Parks, the U.K.’s largest parking lot operator, tested 2,500 men and women’s “parking coefficients” by scoring their performance on seven parking behaviors. And guess what, haters? We’re actually pretty good at it. Keep reading »

What’s Happening To The Women Of Juarez?

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The border city of Juarez, Mexico — found just across the river from El Paso — has a woman problem. Women disappear, are sexually abused, and they often — way too often — wind up dead.  The women are young and hopeful — some of Juarez’s victims are as young as 13. And their discarded bodies are often found dumped in dried up river gullies and empty lots, hastily buried in mass desert graves and abandoned buildings. Keep reading »

Cannes Film Festival Spurs Controversy And Disruptive Protest In Light Of A Lack Of Female Nominees

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While we’ve been covering all of the fashion at Cannes, there seems to be a more unsavory undercurrent on the scene: in the 64 years of the festival, just one woman has claimed the most esteemed Palme d’Or award, and this year’s total lack of female directors in the awards’ lineup has sparked international backlash among feminists. Whether Cannes has provided warranted grounds for contention is still up in the air. A petition hosted on Change.org entitled “Cannes Film Festival: Where Are The Women Directors?” has garnered over 2,000 signees, with feminist icon Gloria Steinem, “The Vagina Monologues” playwright Eve Ensler, and award-winning Australian director Gillian Armstrong among them. However, last year’s nominations for the top prize featured four movies by women, while last month’s Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan had a heavy female presence, with many of the event’s 90 films both focusing on female protagonists and directed by women. At the time, Daryl Wein, the director of “Lola Versus” starring Greta Gerwig, said, “It’s a moment happening now for women in film.” Keep reading »

Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number: Women At Every Age

Wellllll okay. We don’t have women at every age, but we do have women from 20 to 41 — in an attempt to show the variety of ways that women age. I’ve always been terrible at guessing how old people really are, and I’m betting I’m not the only one. Twenty-five can look totally different on two people, depending on diet, skincare, heredity and sun exposure (hello, Lindsay Lohan), and so can 40. But whatever your age, I think it’s important not to take it too seriously — you’re only as old as you feel, after all.

Think About Food Or Sex, Get Fat Or Laid

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A new study done at Dartmouth confirmed what we already knew: Focus on food and you will probably get fat, think about sex and you are more likely to get laid. Forty-eight females were given brain scans while being shown pictures of food, animals nature scenes and people engaging in sexual and nonsexual activities. Researchers found that women who responded more often to the pictures of food were more likely to gain weight in the next six months, while the women who had a greater response to sexual images showed an increase in sexual desire and activity in the next six months. Scientists are excited because it means they can make predictions about our behavior based on our brain activity. I’m excited because I can choose to think less about Girl Scout cookies, more about sex. If only there weren 12  hot guys instead of 12 boxes of Thin Mints in our office right now, it would be a lot easier. [NY Times]

Samantha Brick Still Doesn’t Understand The Real Reason Women Don’t Like Her

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The Brit thinks other women hate her because she's beautiful. Read More »
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Since Samantha Brick exploded (maybe imploded?) onto the scene earlier this week with her Daily Mail article on the vagaries of being a beautiful woman, she’s been making the media rounds. Yesterday, Brick appeared on the UK show “ITV This Morning,” going head-to-head with the show’s hosts and psychologist Emma Kelly. Despite their best efforts, though, Samantha Brick still doesn’t get it — she still thinks that women don’t like her because she’s beautiful. But actually, that’s got nothing to do with it, Sam. Keep reading »

French Photographer Predicts Women’s Jobs Of The Future — In 1902

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In 1902, photographer A. Bergertet shot a series of images imaging the bizarre jobs that women of the future might have. Women working? HOW WILD! Bergertet came up with a total of 20 possible professions and shot adorable and slightly risque postcards depicting how women might look in various fields. See more of the photos after the jump! [Longstreet]

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20 Ways To Celebrate International Women’s Day

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Happy International Women’s Day! Politicians are currently busy waging war on women, but I have to say, I’ve never felt more proud to be female. We may have a rough road ahead of us, but this is our time to band together and show the world our power. Let’s start today. Here are 20 ways–big and small, personal and political–to celebrate this important day! Keep reading »

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