Culture

“Feminist” Products Worn by Lena Dunham and Others Made by Female Sweatshop Workers

By on 11.2.14 | 6:58PM

Lately, celebrities and celebrity politicians have been showing up in Elle Magazine UK and elsewhere sporting "This is What a Feminist Looks Like" scrawled across their chests and handbags to showcase their noble commitment to the cause of female equality worldwide. Everyone from noted spokesperson for all women Lena Dunham to my former imaginary boyfriend Benedict Cumberbatch to UK Labour Party leader Ed Milliband has turned up with the branded products which support The Fawcett Society, an "equality campaigning group" that ostensibly supports the plight of women worldwide.

For a mere $75, anyone can assuage their first world guilt and pay lip service to the organization's stated political goals, without having to ever get hands on for the cause. 

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All that Golf Hasn’t Helped Obama’s Golf Game, Says Michael Jordan

By on 10.30.14 | 4:44PM

Michael Jordan has never played golf with Barack Obama, but when Ahmad Rashad asked him who his dream foursome would be, Jordan left out the President. His reason? Despite the cool 200 rounds of golf the President has played during his term in office, his game hasn't improved enough to pose a challenge

Michael Jordan was not subtle on that point, at least.

Michael Jordan was interviewed by Ahmad Rashad recently. Rashad asked Jordan who his dream foursome would include, and Jordan said President Barack Obama isn't getting an invite.

"I've never played with Obama but I would," said Jordan. "But no, that's okay, I'd take him out. He's a hack, it would be all day playing with him.

"Do you really want to say that to the president of the United States?" asks Rashad.

"Don't worry about it," said Jordan. "I never said he wasn't a great politician, I'm just saying he's a sh---- golfer."

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Cosmo’s Male Models Will Escort You to the Polls

By on 10.30.14 | 11:37AM

Cosmopolitan, clearly NOT content to keep their #CosmoVotes initiative squarely within the two-dimensional realm, has expanded their Get Out the Vote campaign to include a party bus full of shirtless male models who, because there is clearly nothing less insulting to the female intelligence, will escort North Carolina's women voters to the polls

Because, obviously.

Women’s magazine Cosmopolitan is sending a “party bus” with models to North Carolina State University next week to take students to and from the polls on Election Day.

The bus is part of a contest won by the university, and the latest in Cosmo’s foray into political coverage. This year, the magazine endorsed candidates in 10 races — all Democrats — based on their views on abortion, contraception, and equal pay.

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Kim Jong Un Executed 10 People for Watching Soap Operas

By on 10.29.14 | 4:32PM

Kim Jong Un has returned from his short absence (intelligence authorities now believe he had a substitute dictator as he recovered from had ankle surgery), and those who flouted his authority while he was unable to properly discipline them are paying the price. Ten North Korean officials have reportedly been executed because they tuned in to some South Korean soap operas to pass the time. 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seeking to erase the remaining influence of his dead uncle, executing about 10 senior Workers’ Party officials on charges from graft to watching South Korean soap operas, according to an aide to a South Korean lawmaker.

The deaths by shooting are part of Kim’s latest round of purges, said Lim Dae Sung, a secretary to ruling Saenuri Party lawmaker Lee Cheol Woo who attended a briefing at the National Intelligence Service yesterday in Seoul.

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Cosmo Empowers Women to Vote With Shirtless Male Rapper Video

By on 10.29.14 | 12:12PM

Back in August, Cosmopolitan, the magazine women can count on to deliver their monthly, non-ironic quota of self-esteem cracking diet tips alongside endless articles about how the culture pressures women to be skinny and perfect, decided that it was going to make a foray into politics. After all, if there was anything women needed to help them break into the Patriarchical political system, it was a tome partially devoted to instructing women on how to perform bizarre and humiliating sex acts (MAJOR content warning on that link, obviously). Of course, as Cosmo told Politico, their audience of low-information female voters have to get their political advice from somewhere, so it may as well be from the magazine they read in the hour or so it takes for their hair color to set.

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Marvel Has New Movies, DC Has Sen. Debbie Stabenow In Batman v. Superman

By on 10.28.14 | 3:12PM

This is probably the greatest day of my little nerdy life. As a Marvel fan since birth and a proud, card-carrying nerd, today's #MarvelEvent was nothing short of miraculous. According to Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige, who staged a super-secret press conference today to make the announcements, comic movie fans can look forward to Doctor StrangeBlack Panther, and Captain Marvel (all of which were hinted at in the last Captain America movie) as well as Captain America 3: Civil War (OMG), Guardians of the Galaxy 2Thor 3: Ragnarok, and the two-instalmen Avengers: Infinity Wars. AND to top it all off, a 2019 Inhumans movie. And they even showed a clip of Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet. *swoon*

I'm already starting to work on my Carol Danvers costume. 

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Rob Ford Gets Elected to Something Yet Again

By on 10.28.14 | 1:27PM

Before we analyze the results of Toronto's elections last night, let's just briefly consider that, aside from their obvious political shortcomings, Canada has made notable contributions to global culture. They may have been responsible for Nickelback, Avril Lavigne and Justin Bieber, but they also invented poutine, ice hockey, ears with flaps and Alan Thicke. And even though they've somehow managed to return Rob Ford to an elected office, as least they didn't elect his brother mayor.

Right?

Doug Ford, the almost equally colorful brother of blustery, crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, lost his bid to succeed his brother in the city's top job Monday night — but the scandal-ridden mayor was elected to the City Council.

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Re: Everyone’s Kidney Stones

By on 10.28.14 | 1:02PM

...I feel kind of left out, in the sense that I've never been lucky enough to have an experience with kidney stones. It's a club that, from the looks of things, I hope to never join. I have also never birthed children. As such, my only contribution to this discussion is that one time I accidentally got into the middle of a barfight (at my husband's tenth high school reunion), and while I went one way, my 4-inch-heel-clad ankle went another. I'm just going to take that experience, extrapolate it by, like, 100, imagine it happening in my lower back and say I have an intense amount of respect for my fellow bloggers.

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Culture Vultures

Bristol Palin Meets the Liberal Superiority Complex

By 10.28.14

By now the clip of CNN’s Carol Costello mocking Bristol Palin has gone everywhere. Palin is heard on audio tape describing to police how she was physically assaulted. Costello found the moment vastly amusing. Now comes a written apology from Costello — but not an on-air apology, at least as yet.

Before time moves along, let’s stop a moment and understand what America just witnessed here.

Costello’s demeanor, not to mention her words, said everything. The CNN anchor dripped contempt for Palin. She was condescending, smirking, absolutely reveling in the physical assault of this particular young woman, broadcasting live and in living color Costello’s own decidedly imagined sense of superiority.

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CNN’s Carol Costello is Sorry She Laughed at Bristol Palin (Sort Of)

By on 10.27.14 | 6:09PM

Okay, I admit it. When I first heard about the Palin Family Brawl, as it were, I was pretty enthusiastic. After all, is there any other public figure in history - aside from possibly Andrew Jackson - who could land herself in an all-out drunken wildnerss melee and come out relatively unscathed after (allegedly) beating the crap out of her neighbors, all while wearing platform American flag shoes? No. No, there isn't. Sarah Palin is the only modern politico that I can picture taking a right hook to a lumberjack and living to tell about it.

And to that end, the whole thing was pretty funny. And it would have continued to be funny except that last week, the police who took the call released an audio tape of Bristol Palin, Sarah's daughter, who described being beaten, dragged and sworn at. Which is decidedly not funny, particularly when you consider that Bristol sustained injuries in the altercation. In this war-on-women world, Bristol Palin actually has a story from the front lines. And, like other recent female victims of violence, you'd expect luminary CNN hosts to come to her defense. 

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