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Top 10 Women Under 40 Who Push Back

December 5, 2012


This article originally appeared on SundanceChannel.com

Inspired by the Sundance Channel’s docu-series PUSH GIRLS, about¬†four outspoken young women in wheelchairs — AMC Networks just announced that they’ve started filming a second season — we decided to write about ten women under 40 who push back in their own way.¬†To help us narrow down the list (and not totally lose our minds), we kept the list contemporary, which is why you won’t find Joan of Arc, Anne Frank, or Rosa Parks below. Even still, it was near impossible to choose just ten young women who embody empowerment. Who else should have been on this list? Let us know in the comments section below!

10. Esraa Abdel Fattah (33)
Most Americans can’t remember her name, let alone how to spell it, but as “Facebook Girl,”¬†Esraa Abdel Fattah will go down in history. She is the online activist and blogger who helped organize and then live-blogged the 2011 protest in Tahrir Square in Egypt — a revolt which toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak. Abdel Fattah got her nickname back in 2008, when she started a Facebook group to support a textile workers’ strike and was subsequently jailed for two weeks. Her next step? She runs a non-profit which trains women to become political leaders, and she wants to run for parliament herself. So…what have¬†you¬†done with your Facebook account lately?

9. Beth Ditto (31)
Beth Ditto doesn’t give a shit about how record labels think female rock stars should look and act. She’s best known for singing with the indie rock band Gossip (their hit, “Standing in the Way of Control,” lambasted Republican opposition to same-sex marriage) — and also for refusing to wear deodorant, shave her legs, or starve herself into oblivion. The self-professed “fat dyke from Arkansas”¬†is this generation’s riot grrl, and whether she’s dishing body image advice in a column for the¬†Guardian¬†newspaper or posing naked on the cover of¬†N.M.E.¬†magazine, she’s helping us all collectively recover from the car wreck that is Britney Spears.

8. Caster Semenya (21)
This South African runner won a gold medal in the women’s 800 meters at the 2009 World Championships, in the midst of a global controversy about her “gender verification tests.” After she won, she was¬†subjected to an even more brutal trial-by-press; she was only 18 at the time. But her trial was our gain, as her struggle to be allowed to compete inspired a global discussion on gender, race, and feminism. Semenya — who says she’s been a tomboy her entire life — has since been cleared to compete and won silver medals at both the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Summer Olympics, both in the 800 meters.

7. Kathryn Gray (11)
In 2011, a ten-year-old Canadian girl named Kathryn Gray became the youngest person in history to discover a supernova. A supernova is the explosion and death of stars millions of light years away (we didn’t know that — we had to Google it); Gray spotted this one by looking through her telescope and comparing the night sky to some images her father had taken earlier. Now that’s a show-and-tell project!

6. Maya Nussbaum (34)
Fourteen years ago, not long after she graduated college, Nussbaum founded a group called Girls Write Now; it has since grown into a massive volunteer-supported organization whose mission is¬†”to provide guidance, support, and opportunities for at-risk and underserved girls¬†from¬†New York City‚Äôs public high schools to develop their creative, independent voices,¬†explore careers in professional writing, and learn how to make healthy school, career¬†and life choices.” It was the first organization in the U.S. — and is still the only one on the East coast — to combine mentoring and writing instruction in an all-girl program.

5. Chelsea Clinton (32)
Those early teen years are rough on any girl with bad skin and a mediocre hair cut. But try living out those years in the White House, where your hairstyle is a national joke (not to mention your father’s extra-curriculars). Clinton rose above it all without seeming to act out once, and pretty much stayed out of the public eye until 2007, when she joined her mom’s campaign for president. She is now a correspondent for NBC news, while also getting a doctoral degree at the University of Oxford.

4. Venus Williams (31)
Williams was never subjected to gender testing like Caster Semenya, but she has suffered years of mean-girl talk about her “manly” looks and playing style. When Em was at Wimbledon a few years back to watch her play Maria Sharapova, the crowd erupted in wolf-whistles when Sharapova took off her jacket — and when Williams followed suit, one guy threw out a polite “Yeah!” Embarrassed British laughter rippled through the crowd. But Williams gets the last laugh: her 127 mph serve took women’s tennis to a new level — putting the power in empowerment — and in 2002 she became the first black woman player in the open era to become number one in the world.

3. Sandra Fluke (30)
We hesitated to include Fluke in this list — we feel a little bad that this Georgetown Law student will always be remembered as the woman Rush Limbaugh called a “slut.” But Fluke was not cowed by his attacks — in fact, she was ardent and articulate in her responses. After Limbaugh apologized (or, rather, “apologized”), Fluke went on¬†The View¬†to say, “I¬†think any woman who has ever been called these types of names is [shocked] at first. But then I tried to see this for what it is, and I believe that what it is, is an attempt to silence me, to silence the millions of women and the men who support them who have been speaking out about this issue and conveying that contraception is an¬†important healthcare need that they need to have met in an affordable, accessible way.”

2. Jessica Valenti (33)
Eight years ago, Valenti — then 25 — founded the blog¬†Feministing.com¬†to provide a platform for younger feminists. Her online activism inspired a new generation of feminists and kicked off an entire community of like-minded blogs; the Guardian newspaper said that she “dragged feminism into the 21st century.” Along the way — while she was spear-heading discussions on everything from gender identity to sexual assault — she was put through the ringer: she received rape and death threats and was the subject of a spiteful debate in the blogosphere about the size of her boobs.¬†She is the author of three books,¬†Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman‚Äôs Guide to Why¬†Feminism Matters;¬†He‚Äôs a Stud, She‚Äôs a Slut‚Ķand 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know; and¬†The Purity Myth: How America‚Äôs Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting¬†Young Women, which has been made into a documentary. Not a bad platform.

1. Rachel Maddow (39)
How is it possible that Maddow is not even forty yet?! We feel like serious under-achievers. Maddow is the only¬†openly gay American to host a primetime news show — and it’s a kick-ass liberal politics show, naturally.¬†She keeps her hair Flowbee short and wears as little makeup as the producers will let her get away with. This in an industry that basically requires every female personality to don 6-inch heels, blonde highlights and globs of glossy lipstick just to tell us what’s going on in Afghanistan. She doesn’t care what you think about how she looks, she never dumbs it down, and she’s always happy to dork out — in other words, she’s completely herself on air, which is a huge accomplishment, a huge push back against an industry not known for authenticity. We have a mad crush on Maddow: see also¬†here, and here, and here.


10 Reasons Why the First Marriage Still Rocks Our World

October 18, 2012


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Three years ago, inspired by an article in the New York Times Magazine, we wrote a post about how we found the First Marriage both inspiring¬†and a little chastening ‚ÄĒ let‚Äôs see you be President or First Lady and still rock hot monogamy like that. The marriage is also a little terrifying ‚ÄĒ how would we ever recover from an Obama divorce? We‚Äôd lose faith in the very institution of marriage! Three years on, despite being occasionally a little disappointed in Obama, we continue to be wowed by the First Marriage. Here’s a reminder of why. Please, Mr. and Mrs. Obama, hang in there, for us.

1. They don‚Äôt think it‚Äôs dorky to arrange date nights. (Since when did it become uncool to use the term ‚Äúdate night,‚ÄĚ anyway? We‚Äôre standing by it proudly.) Speaking of date nights, he once upgraded dinner-and-a-movie to dinner-and-a-Broadway-show, which would be torture for most straight guys we know. And yes, we know that he had to skip their wedding anniversary for a Presidential Debate, but that’s not exactly deadbeat husband material (see #10 below) — and we’d bet on the fact that he rocked it the next night.

2. When they dance they still look as in love as if it were the first dance at their wedding ‚ÄĒ except that it‚Äôs newly-wed bliss mixed with the kind of wise, knowing, deep love that you get ‚ÄĒ if you‚Äôre truly lucky ‚ÄĒ after seventeen years of marriage and two kids.

3. Which is not to say that they’re above a little buddy-buddy fist-bumping.

4. They work out together and took up tennis together after moving into the White House. ‚ÄúHe wins,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúFor now,‚ÄĚ he added. Which we‚Äôre convinced improves their sex life. Whatever it is, you can tell they‚Äôre still hot for each other.

5. Also, they play Scrabble together.

6. During the the Group of 20 Summit in Pittsburgh, according to the Times article, ‚Äúas they waited to greet a long, slow procession of foreign dignitaries and their spouses …¬†the first lady whispered in her husband‚Äôs ear about things ‚Äėthat I probably shouldn‚Äôt repeat,‚Äô he said.‚ÄĚ Oh man, we so badly want to believe that was dirty talk! You know what? We‚Äôre just going to pretend it was.

7. They’re not afraid of a little PDA. Apparently friends visiting the White House will often turn a corner to find them mid-embrace. And they’re always kissing, touching, and flirting and public. Fortunately, theirs is not the kind of PDA that gives you the awkward heebie-jeebies (yes, we’re talking to you, the former Mr. & Mrs Gore).

8. They don‚Äôt try to act like their marriage is perfect ‚ÄĒ they openly admit to going through really tough times. The image of a flawless relationship is ‚Äúthe last thing that we want to project,‚ÄĚ the first lady says. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs unfair to the institution of marriage, and it‚Äôs unfair for young people who are trying to build something, to project this perfection that doesn‚Äôt exist.‚ÄĚ Someone give this woman an advice column!

9. They fell in love not just because they’re both smart and funny and ridiculously good-looking but because they get equally worked up about social injustice.

10.¬†Finally, they understand that equality in a relationship doesn‚Äôt have to be calibrated on a second-by-second basis when you‚Äôre in it for the long haul together ‚ÄĒ equality might be measured over a period of years or even decades. Meaning, he may be President of the U.S.A. right now (there’s that Presidential Debate on their anniversary again!) but that title is neither permanent nor applicable at the breakfast table (or, we have a feeling, in the bedroom). Swoon.


This post originally appeared on SundanceChannel.com

Olivia Wilde’s Vaginalogue

October 11, 2012

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Olivia Wilde is one of those actresses we are completely familiar with (thanks Us Weekly!) without having a clue about her career. We’re assuming she plays exotic queens in far off lands from long, long ago whose beauty knights kill for? And apparently she was in some TV show? Suffice it to say, she’s no Meryl Streep‚ÄĒor Lena Dunham, for that matter. So we were surprised to hear that she dished some seriously deep thoughts about her vagina in a recent appearance. The event was “These Girls,” a night of monologues hosted by¬†Glamour¬†magazine at Joe‚Äôs Pub in New York City earlier this week. She told the audience (which¬†included her current boyfriend, SNL’s Jason Sudeikis) that when her previous marriage ended, “I felt like my vagina died. Turned off. Lights out. … And you can lie to your relatives at Christmas dinner and tell them everything on the home front is just peachy. But you cannot lie to your vagina.”

In an interview with NY mag’s Vulture after the show, she elaborated, explaining that you need to listen to your vagina if you want to know if a relationship is right: “Sometimes your vagina dies. Then you know it‚Äôs time to go. There‚Äôs no reason to sacrifice your womanhood and femininity for some sort of weird feeling of responsibility to something that may not be right. I feel like far too many women do that. … [Men] are not allowed to be the only ones thinking with their genitals. We think with our pussies.”

She’s currently listening to her vagina and it’s telling her that she’s very happy with beau Jason Sudeikis:. “We¬†have sex like Kenyan marathon runners,” she said. Buckets of sweat and zero body fat sounds kind of gross and unappealing, but we get where she was going with that.

So we’ve got to give mad props to Wilde for publicly promoting the idea that women want and need good sex, for admitting that we women do in fact all have vaginas, and for using the term unreservedly (yes, “vagina” is not a four-letter word, many thanks¬†for not referring to it as a “va-jay-jay”).¬†And we totally support the idea of getting out of a bad marriage if you are not happy or satisfied.

On the other hand, we do have to wonder if Wilde might just have been suffering the usual ebb of lust that naturally occurs in all long-term relationships. It’s easy to have marathon sex with someone you’ve been dating less than a year; much harder to sustain that with someone you’ve been married to for almost eight years — especially someone you married at the age of 19 before you had a chance to sow your wild oats (or should we say “Wilde” oats?), before your acting career totally took off and sent you to the epicenter of Hollywood glamour and celebrity. No wonder your vagina died in that youthful indiscretion of a marriage!

Now, we are not saying that all marriages have to last a life time — if you prefer serial marriages to simple serial monogamy, fine. If you try it once and realize it’s not for you, cool. But for any traditionalists out there, who believe in making a real go of the whole “til death do us part” thing, we would say the above justifies our long-standing advice:

  • Don’t get married young.
  • Play the field before you get married, safely and respectfully.
  • Don’t get married quickly, before you have a chance to figure out if you’re not only compatible sexually, but compatible after some of that new sexual passion fades.


Top 10 Pop-Culture Gender-Benders

October 5, 2012


We’re not going to focus on the negative portrayals of transsexuality, like in PSYCHO and SILENCE OF THE¬†LAMBS and last year’s thankfully cancelled WORK IT television sitcom. And we’re not focusing on the history of¬†transitioning stories that takes us all the way back to the 1930s when an intersexed, Bohemia-born¬†Zdenka Koubkova¬†went from female running/jumping¬†champion¬†to male cabaret performer. Nor are we going to look at transgender¬†issues in the news, like when the Girls Scouts of Colorado let their first transgender girl into the organization last year or when, two years ago, a¬†federal court ruled in favor of a woman who was fired from her job after coming out as trangender. Nope. We’re simply looking at the top ten positively positive, purely¬†pop-culture gender-bending movies,¬†moments¬†and movers & shakers of the past few decades:

10. “Lola” by the Kinks
Considered one of “the greatest 500 songs of all time” by Rolling Stone magazine, 1970′s¬†”Lola” dealt with a straight man falling for a transgendered woman without jokes or judgment: “Girls will be boys and¬†boys will be girls / It’s a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world except for Lola / Lo-lo-lo-lo-Lola.”

9. RuPaul 
Perhaps it was RuPaul’s loveableness that made 1990s America embrace him with both arms. There’s¬†a seamlessness, a naturalness to his drag-queenness that has kept him in the pop culture limelight for twenty-years, with five albums, two hosted TV shows, countless movie and TV appearances, and even a MAC modeling¬†contract under his bedazzled belt.

And he didn’t care if you referred to him as¬†he¬†or¬†she.¬†As he wrote in his autobiography:¬†”You can call me¬†he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee;¬†I don’t care! Just as long as you call¬†me.”

Runner-up: Amanda Lepore.

8. The movie “Boys Don’t Cry”
There are a ton of decent movies which involve issues of transsexuality — probably a lot more than you think, but¬†frankly still not enough. Many of them involve men in drag and focus on the straight characters’ points of view, which¬†unfortunately keeps the transgendered person squarely in the detached and alienated category of “other.”One of the most successful, almost mainstream movies to really get inside the head (and body) of its transgendered¬†character was 1999′s BOYS DON’T CRY, based on the real life of Brandon Teena, an intersexed teen who¬†identified and lived as a man until he was beaten, raped and killed by male acquaintances after they learned of Teena’s¬†female¬†anatomy. The film got critical acclaim,¬†won 43 awards (including Oscar’s Best Actress for Hilary Swank’s portrayal of¬†Teena), and was nominated for 27 others (including Oscar’s Best Supporting Actress for Choe Sevigny’s portrayal¬†of Teena’s girlfriend).

By telling a heartfelt star-crossed love story that people related to on a human level, it made a convincing case for¬†wider acceptance and tolerance of sexual diversity — in an intimate way no film had before.

Runner-up: The Crying Game (stay tuned for our Top 10 list of Transgender Films)

7. Ellen DeGeneres 
It’s not just that she’s a successful lesbian celebrity. It’s that she’s America’s sweetheart¬†and she runs a media empire that almost rivals Oprah and she’s legally married to a typically¬†femininely gorgeous Hollywood actress and she dresses in androgynous clothing with extremely sensible¬†shoes (this last point being the most significant and impressive).

6. Buck Angel 
You know a cultural issue has become accepted and mainstream (or at least is on its way to¬†becoming accepted and mainstream) when it gets its own successful porn star. Buck Angel, a.k.a. “The Man with¬†the Pussy,” is a transsexual adult film producer and performer, the only FTM one who’s ever won AVN’s¬†Transsexual Performer of the Year Award.

5. Gender-bending super models 
Maybe it was inevitable that the fashion industry would be a safe haven for¬†gender-benders, since 90-pound female models are inescapably androgynous (look ma, no boobs!) Recent and¬†notable models include the androgynous Andrej Pejic, the transexual Lea T, and the lesbian Jenny Shimizu (who’s¬†had relationships with Madonna, Angelina Jolie, and Ione Skye) — all of whom appeared in the fabulous gender-bending promo for last year’s “Fashion Forward” fundraiser for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. ¬†As RuPaul would say,¬†they workit.

Read items 4 through 1 on The Sundance Channel

Top 10 American Sex Scandals

August 14, 2012


Sex scandals are as American as (sticking your wiener in an) apple pie. (Or should we say your Anthony Weiner?) The really unforgettable scandals leave us with a particular phrase or image burned into our brains. We could be a hundred years old and senile and we will still be able to recall Lorena Bobbitt tossing her husband’s penis out the car window; Clarence Thomas asking Anita Hill about a pubic hair on a coke can; and an astronaut driving hundreds of miles in a diaper to confront the lover who spurned her. Here are our nominations for the top ten sex scandals in this nation’s history, organized by the categories in which these events most often seem to occur. God bless (or should we say God save) America!

10. SPORTS: The Yankee Swap

In 1973, two star Yankee players, Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich, held a press conference during spring training to announce they were swapping lives. It started as a joke during a double-date with their wives (hey, it was the seventies) and suddenly they were agreeing to a full-on wife-swap. Initially they just knocked boots for an evening… but eventually they decide to swap permanently — including kids, pets, the lot. Mike didn’t last long with Fritz’s former wife, but Fritz and Mike’s wife are still married today with four children of their own. Guess that Yankee doodle diddling was dandy.

Sports runners-up: Duke Lacrosse; Jerry Sandusky (we feel queasy just typing his name); and Tiger Woods (enduring image: a reporter from the National Enquirer secretly stealing the bloody tampon that one of Tiger’s mistresses removed and tossed in a parking lot in order to have a quickie with the golf legend).


(a) The (Hypocritical) Democrat Edition: Eliot Spitzer
This New York governor was trapped by the very measures he put in place to crack down on corruption! Oh Client 9, is their no limit to your hubris? We’re extra pissed at Spitzer because we always thought he’d make a pretty fine U.S. president one day. Then again, second acts seem to be increasingly common in this country…

Runner-up: Anthony Weiner’s wiener. Tweeted.

(b) The (Hypocritical) Republican Edition: Larry Craig
Three words for you: wide-legged stance. And therein lies the most ridiculous defense of sexual behavior in the entire history of this nation, so far as we are concerned. The Idaho senator with a record of anti-gay legislation was charged with trolling for gay sex in an airport men’s room. It must be tough being gay when you’re a homophobe.


We’re not sure which cost North Carolina Senator John Edwards more potential presidential votes: the fact that he impregnated his mistress (and then used campaign funds to try to hush the matter up and also had a campaign aide falsely claim to the be father) while his wife was suffering from breast cancer — or the fact that he regularly spent $500 on his haircuts.

Runners-up: Gary “Monkey Business” Hart and Jerry Springer. (Did you know that back in the seventies, before he conquered daytime television, Springer had a bright and shining career in politics? He had to resign from his Cinncinati city council seat after getting busted for writing a personal check to a prostitute. A personal check, dude — seriously?)

7. HOLLYWOOD: Heidi Fleiss, Hollywood Madam

By 27, Heidi Fleiss was running an infamous prostitution ring in Hollwood with a seriously A-list group of clients. She made millions a year until she was busted and sentenced to seven years in prison (though she only served two months in prison, then three years in a halfway house). But she never named names — saying, “That’s not my style” — and to this day, so far as we know, the only celebrity confirmed in her little black book is Charlie Sheen (and we’re pretty sure he announced that himself).

Runners-up: Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian’s sex tapes; also, Ingrid Bergman, who may not have been born in the U.S., but was called “an instrument of evil” on the floor of the U.S. senate after cheating on her husband with (and getting pregnant by) director Roberto Rossellini in 1950.

6. RELIGION: Jimmy Swaggart Calls the Kettle Black

Back in 1986, TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart used his screen time to attack fellow televangelists, Marvin Gorman and Jim Bakker, for having affairs. Gorman then hired a private investigator (oh, those forgiving evangelists!) to uncover Swaggart’s own dalliances with a prostitute.

Swaggart teared up on TV, saying, “I have sinned against you, my Lord, and I would ask that your precious blood would wash and cleanse every stain until it is in the seas of God’s forgiveness.” Three years later, he was busted with another prostitute. We hope those seas of God’s forgiveness run real deep.

Runners-up: Ted Haggard (preached against gay marriage to millions while paying for gay sex and crystal meth); also the Catholic Church’s cover-up of child rape by priests (which would be more than a runner-up except for the fact that the U.S. doesn’t have a monopoly on this sex scandal).

Read the next five entries at SUNfiltered

The Secret Sex Life of Tennis

July 9, 2012


Okay, so maybe it’s not the first sport you think of when you think of sex appeal. But look a little closer and you’d be surprised to see how much sex there is in tennis. (Though will someone please tell Nadal that biting trophies doesn’t make anyone think of sex, and actually just makes us all a little bit uncomfortable.)

  • Roger Federer’s Cardigan: The world champion basically gave the cardigan¬†its sex appeal back — which had been missing ever since Mr. Rogers first donned a cardigan. We happen to think this is a good thing.
  • Mixed Doubles: Hello, best euphemism ever for swinging! Also, we can’t think of a better way to segue into a little casual spouse-swapping with the neighbors. It’s sweaty foreplay.
  • The Grunters: If you close your eyes during a match amongst players like ¬†Serena and Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, or Rafael Nadal, you could swear you were watching a porno. We’re pretty sure that at least one person out there on the Internet gets off on doing this.
  • The Housewife’s Tennis Coach: The tan young tennis coach clad in all-white is eternally appealing to rich housewives the world over, if you believe the hundreds of novels, movies, and TV shows that have used this cliche as a plot device.
  • Love Means Nothing: In a game where “love” literally means nothing… then sex has to mean everything, right?
  • Justin Timberlake’s Booty Call Metaphor: “[Sex is] a physical act, like playing tennis” Justin Timberlake said in FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (2011). “Two people should be able to have sex like they’re playing tennis.” Mila Kunis responds, “Yeah! I mean, no one wants to go away for the weekend after they play tennis.” Justin: “It’s just a game. You shake hands, you get on with your shit.” From this point on in the movie, “Wanna play tennis?” is their code for a booty call.
  • Ball Boys and Ball Girls: It just sounds dirty, okay? And that’s as far as we’re willing to go, given that most of them are underage.
  • Boris Becker in the Broom Closet: Who could forget how the German champion impregnated a waitress during a quickie in a broom closet in a London restaurant? (Though we’d like to forget that this happened while his pregnant wife was in the hospital with early contractions.)

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25, a New Erotic-Fashion Mag

July 5, 2012


Model Anja Rubik’s new editorial endeavor just launched:¬†25 Magazine¬†is a high-end fashion magazine, out biannually, that’s dedicated to the erotic perspective of women. In an¬†interview with New York magazine, Rubik explained¬†the sex concept:

It was bothering me how the world is nowadays ‚Äď how we approach nudity and sexuality and beauty. I thought it was really, really wrong, and I wanted to create something that goes back to the erotica of the seventies. I was searching for inspiration, and I looked at this magazine Viva, from the late sixties and early seventies, that inspired me. It was a Penthouse publication for women. I thought it was so beautiful and innocent, and very sensual and erotic, but all in very good taste. What happened to all of that? Nowadays, sex and nudity is either so vulgar or so prude. So I wanted to create something inspiring, and beautiful, and sensual, to get people to think in a different way.

The debut was shot exclusively by female photographers: Annie Leibovitz, Ellen Von Unwerth, Paola Kudacki, Emma Summerton, Corinne Day, Camilla √Ökrans… But don’t you dare call it feminist: Rubik says “I would hate anyone to say that the magazine is feminist. I would hope that a man can enjoy it as well.” Because anything “feminist” could never be enjoyed by men. Ugh.

The website features a few video teasers for the magazine, some behind the scenes images and the NSFW Kanye West video promoting the magazine, which sex-tech guru Violet Blue has a pretty awesome take-down of:

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The Final Word on Vajazzling?

June 21, 2012

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When Jennifer Love Hewitt went on Conan recently, he asked her about vajazzling — the act of adorning one’s genitals with crystals — and she responded,¬†¬†”It makes you feel saucy, and I don’t know, it’s kind of fun to walk around and just think that nobody has any idea how shiny it is down there!”

Here’s the thing, J.Love: You invented the freakin’ term vajazzling (yes, we’re a little jealous). And you talk about it all the time. (Yes, we know that’s because annoying celebrity interviewers keep bringing it up.) Which means that everybody knows exactly how shiny it is down there.

Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep on adorning your bad self. But we just thought you should know.

Top 10 Celebrities with the Best Porn Star Names, Round 2

May 30, 2012


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In response to our post “Top 10 Celebrities with Awesome Porn Names,” we got enough great additional ideas to warrant round two!

1) January Jones (thx to Sofia)

2) Whitney Cummings (thx to ThisGuy)

3) Cobie Smulders (thx to Sage)

the next 4 thx to sr123:

4) Dick Armey (ed note: after all, the guy is a total dick)

5) Andy Dick

6) Tom Cruise

7) Pretty much the entire ’88 Bears, namely:¬†Dick Butkus

and the rest are from us, we couldn’t resist:

8) D.L. Hugely (in this case, the “g” would not be silent)

9) The Bush Twins

10) Magic Johnson (of course)

The Best Commencement Speech of 2012

May 29, 2012


Commencement season is wrapping up and everyone’s coming out with their “Best Commencement Speeches of 2012″ lists — all with the usual suspects, of course: Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Mitt Romney, Michael Bloomberg, Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Oprah Winfrey… yeah, yeah, yeah, a few jokes, some heartfelt platitudes, lots of security.¬†Yawn.¬†But our hands-down absolute favorite of 2012 — and one you won’t find on most of these lists — is comedian¬†Eugene Mirman speaking at his old alma mater Hampshire College, that flaming liberal hipster college that let’s you choose your own major. He chose to major in comedy. This speech proves it actually worked. And how can you¬†not¬†adore a keynote commencement address that includes the phrase “fuck that”?

Read the next part, in which Lo unsuccessfully tries to gain some celebrity by dropping names