Today In Tips: Powerful Ladies & Gay Cowboys

We tend to see some pretty fascinating stories over at the #tips page, and today is no different. Grinches, scrooges, and fat Santas round out this holiday edition, all brought to you by our eagle-eyed readers.

  • Commenter moonfaerie posted a great slide show of the most powerful women you may not have heard of. While it relies heavily on the Forbes list of most powerful women, there are also some even lesser known faces, like Heidi Miller and Marjorie Scardino, mixed in with Indra Nooyi and Sheila Bair.
  • An Oregon high school has lost their cheerleading time, following a long controversy surrounding the inclusion (and possible behavior issues) of a transgender cheerleader. Penny_esq rightly calls it "one big clusterfuck of gender, race, and privilege issues."
  • rodmanstreet points us toward an article in the L.A. Times about a new series at the Autrey National Center about the history of homosexuals and transgender people in the Wild West. Stephen Aron, executive director at the Autry, points out that "It doesn't just start at Brokeback Mountain" - there have apparently been gay cowboys as long as they have been gays! (Or cowboys).
  • Jaztea sent in an weird little clip about Santa's weight. Public health expert Nathan Grills says he'd like to see Santa Claus trim down a bit, and maybe take up biking (all those cookies and sleigh rides have really done a number on his figure, amiright!?) Fortunately, it sounds like Grills is in on the joke; he also worries that Santa's refusal to wear a helmet during "extreme sports such as roof surfing and chimney jumping" is sending kids the wrong message.
  • In other strange holiday news, missing_piece calls Daily Mail writer Virginia Ironside the "grinch who rejected Christmas" for her scathing article about the problem with charity "gifts." It may be a tad harsh, but Ironside has several good points, especially about the patronizing tone of the donation-gifters. Plus, I can understand a woman who just wants some handmade chocolates, goddamn it.

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