Miss Fat and Beautiful

A 1960s Pathe newsreel: “A comfortable woman, with the sort of statistics an old Dutch painter would have loved.” “A woman can still be attractive long after any man has taken her on his knee.” We wish our fatties were that thin. At least they still had ankles. Hell, knees.

Categories: Entertainment

The Most Hated Woman In Tech

I love this: Tech Crunch – Stop Telling Women To Do Startups, by Penelope Trunk Apparently everybody’s hating on her. But I was whooping and doing air-punches with every paragraph. Read the whole thing so I don’t have to quote the whole thing. Because you know I will.

Categories: Business & Media

One of the 45 Most Powerful Images of 2011

This: The 45 Most Powerful Images of 2011 is okay. I feel like there were better photos, and the tsunami in Japan should have proportionally more than a dust storm in Arizona, for heaven’s sakes, but whatever. However! I draw your attention to #35! A WOMAN! In Libya! …Shooting an AK-47 into the air. But […]

Categories: People and Current Events


Peter and I went up to the city today to see the Maharaja exhibit at the Asian Art Museum. I had never been to the Asian Art Museum and had no idea it was right across the street from City Hall. It’s really lovely. Totally by accident we ended up doing the whole thing backwards […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXV

RC2 is making me laugh: Wheat & Weeds – At Random Come for the Neiman Marcus joke. Stay for the exercise punch line.

Categories: Food

The Emmy’s: I’m Not That Into Red, Girls

Scrolling down this Daily Mail article (by popular demand): The article begins with a line about the A-List. I have no flipping clue who Lea Michele is. But I like her dress. It’s a lovely shade of red. Kate Winslet should’ve gone for something with sleeves. And an extra half an inch around. Who is […]

Categories: Entertainment

Finally: Nadine

I ignored this whole story (the bill submitted in the UK by Nadine Dorries to fiddle with who provides counseling for women seeking abortions) up till I read the following, but mostly because everything I saw was a reaction to the original story. But this sums things up quite nicely, and makes some excellent points. […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Pink Stink

I agree with this: Wheat & Weeds – Another Reason To Hate Pink I also don’t buy pink branded stuff because I absolutely refuse to buy into a “lifestyle” when I’m just looking for [a handbag, a plant, a box of cereal, whatever]. I don’t buy Martha Stewart furniture (yes I actually like her furniture […]

Categories: Business & Media

Tiger Wives!

I love this: Vanity Fair – This Year’s Model: The Trophy Wife vs. the Tiger Wife Especially the “Envious of:” column, which really made me laugh.

Categories: People and Current Events

$5.6 Million For a Certain White Dress

Apparently the price I saw last week was short a full million bucks. In the comments of that post, Brett McS linked to this Virginia Postrel piece: Hollywood Auction Ends Myth of Zaftig Marilyn The auction’s top-ticket item was Monroe’s famous white halter dress from “The Seven Year Itch,” the one that billowed up as […]

Categories: Entertainment

I Don’t Think This Is a Burqa

I think it’s a Saudi niqab. But anyway: The Corner – Mark Steyn: Dance of the Post-Modern Veils Basically, a woman gets 6 months for lying that a policeman did something racist and Islamophobic to her (ripping off her veil). Bad enough. But now the charges have been dismissed because no one can prove it […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Female Drivers (For Freedom)

This is quite good (£): The TImes – The freedom of the road is a feminist issue, by Janice Turner

Categories: People and Current Events

“Symbolic Annihilation of Women” and the Chauvinistic Male Heroism of Piglet

Line of the day: Young children of either sex aren’t aware of the crushing fist of the patriarchy as exemplified by Wibbly Pig, unless they have exceptionally tiresome parents. From The Times (£): Sweetie, we don’t care if Winnie is a sexist Pooh, by India Knight

Categories: Art and Literature

Wafa Sultan Rides Again

I think we all remember this lady: Curtsy: Wheat & Weeds, who helpfully transcribes the important bit: Don’t take anything for granted. I don’t. I enjoy every single moment of my American life. Just walking down the street by myself without being accused of being a whore is a bliss for me. Just chatting with […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Two Articles On the Congo

Purely by accident. The first one I got via Twitter and couldn’t bear to get very far into, but here it is if anyone else can handle it: Guardian – City of Joy: New hope for Congo’s brutalised women Eastern Congo is the rape capital of the world and the worst place on earth to […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs