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On Sexist Media Coverage of Hillary Clinton

Posted April 27, 2008 | 20:13:00 (EST)

Espousing feminist viewpoints is so often really not cool -- in fact, feminists even have our own joke about how humorless we are:

JOKE: How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?
PUNCHLINE: That's not funny.

(And that's the clean punchline.)

Whether they call themselves a...

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Why Aren't Americans Sophisticated?

Posted April 16, 2008 | 23:37:00 (EST)

I was delighted to see a front page article in the New York Observer this week about Carla Bruni. You remember -- the statue-esque, born-rich, singing, modeling, former-rock-star-bedding, new wife of potty-mouthed divorcee French President Nicholas Sarkozy. She's like a new Jackie O.!, the article trilled. Or maybe...

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New York Magazine's 'This Is New York' Issue Cover: Very White, Lots of Dudes

Posted April 10, 2008 | 03:13:00 (EST)

I love New York magazine. I read it every week, I interned there in college, I factchecked at the web site out of college, I want to be Ariel Levy or Emily Nussbaum when I grow up. It deserves every award it gets. But I...

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Head of Estate

Posted April 9, 2008 | 23:50:00 (EST)

It's hard to find good vintage. If you head to your local hip second-hand store, you'll be frustrated by how they mark up "special" items to Banana Republic prices. If you troll eBay, you'll probably keep getting outbid by VintageGrrl84. Or maybe you're lucky enough to have a mom or...

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Eulogy for Dead Trees

Posted April 4, 2008 | 03:10:00 (EST)

The most crushing disappointment of my life was when Elle magazine didn't hire me as an editorial assistant.

A coveted job, of course, and surely the competition was stiff. And to his great credit, the Elle editor who turned me down couldn't have been sweeter or more ego-salvaging. He assured...

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Miss Bimbo Off Her Diet Pills

3 Comments | Posted March 29, 2008 | 20:19:00 (EST)

Did outrage over a video game promoting sexist stereotypes about women prompt a reaction from the game's founders?

MissBimbo.com attracted a lot of media attention last week because it's super-preposterous. The game goes like this: a player creates a young female avatar and is given "bimbo dollars" to go...

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My Pet Bimbo

7 Comments | Posted March 26, 2008 | 22:47:00 (EST)

I saw the words "Miss Bimbo" emblazoned across the TV screen, a cartoon image of a woman shaped like a paper doll, and stock video of young girls. The text running across the bottom of a TV screen read something like, "New game encourages young girls to starve themselves and...

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A Victory for Peeping Toms

Posted March 15, 2008 | 17:17:00 (EST)

It's "open season for peeping Toms," says an Oklaholma Court of Criminal Appeals judge -- the lone dissenting voice on a 4-to-1 decision in favor of a 34-year-old perv who stuck his camera underneath a 16-year-old girl's skirt and flashed.

Ew. And I thought these things...

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Attention, New York Daily News: 7-Year-Olds Don't "Have Sex"

Posted March 10, 2008 | 20:00:00 (EST)

Caught this New York Daily News headline in my RSS feed over the weekend about the Nixzmary Brown case (a little girl in NYC who died at the hands of her parents' torture) and immediately felt physically ill:

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Uh, excuse me?...

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Who Wears the Pants in This Media Outlet?

Posted March 5, 2008 | 00:12:00 (EST)

We watch a lot of FoxNews here at the Huffington Post.

Not because some of us want to, but because we need to in order to do our jobs. Thus, all day long, our remotes switch back and forth between the mainstream news networks -- CNN, MSNBC, and Fox. Oh,...

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You Can't Say That on Television: Jane Fonda and the C-Word

Posted February 17, 2008 | 21:41:00 (EST)

It was a nutty week for women's "down there" parts.

First, it became legal to buy "obscene devices" in Texas.

Then, Mark Halperin from Time magazine said that John Edwards thinks Barack Obama is a "pussy."

Then, Jane Fonda, while talking up The Vagina Monologues, alongside badass...

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On Cloverfield and 9/11

Posted January 21, 2008 | 18:18:00 (EST)

A few months after 9/11, I responded to a study at NYU, my alma mater, about our memories of that day. This survey asked us what times the first and second planes hit the World Trade Center, where did they take off from, where did they crash, what time did...

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Ms. Magazine: Not Dead Yet

Posted November 12, 2007 | 22:17:56 (EST)

Remember Ms.? The feminist magazine? That relic from the '70s? Is that thing still around??

It sure is! What began as a one-time-only insert in New York magazine is now owned by the Feminist Majority Foundation -- and it just turned 35 years old. But if...

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The Next Graphic Novel You Have to Read: Shooting War

Posted November 4, 2007 | 19:34:42 (EST)

I get mailed a lot of books here at The Huffington Post. Most of them are historical biographies or Bush-is-bad books that I don't have the stomach to read -- so I was positively giddy when a graphic novel came across my desk. I'm usually bored movies or books about...

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No Boys Allowed?

Posted October 17, 2007 | 23:30:38 (EST)

I don't know what to make of Slate.com's new women-writing-on-politics blog, The XX Factor ("Slate's no-boys-allowed political blog!").

It's not as if the ladies are being herded up and ghettoized in some Slate Lite section to seethe progesterone away from the men: presumably Slate's marquee name writers -- Dalia...

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The Slut on Gossip Girl

Posted October 9, 2007 | 23:30:49 (EST)

Gossip Girl, like all wildly unrealistic prime-time soaps for teens, makes for a fat punching bag. Here's my personal grievance with the show: again... and again... and again... and again... viewers are reminded of what a big slut the lead character Serena is.

The plot line, for those who...

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