Women Protest Idiotic Aussie Mayor, Play Right Into His Fame Whorey Hands

Remember the Mayor of Jerktown » 8/20/08 9:30am 8/20/08 9:30am, er, Mount Isa, Australia, who tried to entice "beauty disadvantaged" women to his mostly-male town? Well, the women of Mount Isa (though Mayor John Molony probably wants them to - zing!). According to the local , angry citizens protested outside the City Council forecourt last night;…

Is The Relationship Between Male Artist And Female Subject Always A Destructive One?

Lucien Freud's painting of Sue Tilley, called "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping," has sold for £17.2 million — reportedly the highest payday for a living artist in history. For Kira Cochrane at the Guardian, the portrait brings up a bunch of issues about the relationship of artist to subject, specifically when the artist… » 5/23/08 1:00pm 5/23/08 1:00pm

Woman Who Hates Weight-Loss Industry Decides To Diet

British writer Kira Cochrane, who has a new column in Guardian, loathes the diet industry. She finds it "utterly depressing" that a woman's thinness is often treated as a "major achievement" given that "we live in a society in which women are, on average, paid 17% less than men, make up only a fifth of Members of… » 2/12/08 1:00pm 2/12/08 1:00pm