Progress! NY Times Wedding Announcement Openly Discusses Abortion

Signs of real social progress are often very subtle. They ought to be, by nature, since real progress is really a process of normalization. When same-sex marriage doesn’t merit the “same-sex” modifier, for instance, in most mainstream news publications, it’s a signal that most members of our society think beyond the… » 9/02/13 2:00pm 9/02/13 2:00pm

Everyone's Obsessed with This Crazy NY Times Wedding Story

The New York Times' wedding story about how professional juggler Lindsay Benner and pyrotechnic sculptor Dan Das Mann met, fell in love, and burned for each other like a brushfire, is pretty epic. What I mean is, if James Cameron and David Lynch were going to co-direct a romantic comedy, they'd buy the rights to the… » 6/23/13 6:00pm 6/23/13 6:00pm

Lest We Forget, Brown Kids Absolutely Deserve More Brown Superheroes

As great as Andrew Garfield was in The Amazing Spider-Man, do you guys remember that major Twitter petition to get Community actor-cum-rapper Childish Gambino Donald Glover in as Peter Parker? Even Stan Lee was down with the idea. Even as the idea of canon superheroes widens to fit more archetypes of girls and women… » 6/15/13 12:30pm 6/15/13 12:30pm

Awful New York Times Obit for Rocket Scientist Rhapsodizes About Her…

Yvonne Brill, a rocket scientist who in the 70s invented a propulsion system to help keep satellites from straying out of their orbits like distracted puppies, died on Wednesday at the age of 88. Brill's system became the industry standard for satellites, and her contribution to the rocket science racket proved so… » 3/31/13 1:00pm 3/31/13 1:00pm

Hollywood Squares Rebooted as Hip-Hop Squares; Ghostface Killah Is the…

Remember the other night when The Game dumped two bottles of $1,400 Ace Of Spades champagne on the street and then bought hot dogs for everyone, and you were like, "I would really enjoy this sort of joie de vivre in a square"? » 4/21/12 12:15pm 4/21/12 12:15pm

Younger Generation Totally Over Sex, Proclaims Someone in Older…

Fear of Flying author Erica Jong argues that this generation of young people have grown bored with sex. She knows this because she hangs out with young female writers sometimes, and they're apparently gazing wistfully to the morals of the 1950's, back before Erica Jong and her ilk made pre- and extra-marital sex fun… » 7/10/11 2:00pm 7/10/11 2:00pm

Jezebel Knows That Ambition Is Not A Dirty Word

This week, Jezebel Bounty features the book Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word, which has been proclaimed by The New York Times as, "A defiant charge to women to ‘reclaim ambition as a virtue.'" This ambitious giveaway will not only include the book, but the entire bundle with private consulting time with author Dr. Debra… » 2/25/11 4:00pm 2/25/11 4:00pm

Couture Week Is Fun; 49-Year-Old Jimmy Choo Wears Three-Inch Heels "To…

Does Wearing Fake Fashion Make You More Dishonest In Daily Life?

In 2008, MIT Professor Dan Ariely got an unexpected thank-you for presenting at a conference: a Prada bag. Carrying the bag made him feel different. Special, even. So he decided to study branding and behavior. » 3/20/09 2:00pm 3/20/09 2:00pm

Lovaah (Oy)

For whatever reason - probably the same reason we cringe at "making love" - learning that Peter Sarsgaard refers to Maggie Gyllenhaal as "lover" is a SNL-like detail we didn't want to know. [NY Times] » 2/09/09 9:20am 2/09/09 9:20am

NY Times Says It Had Designer's Permission To Discuss His Partner

We heard from NY Times Style editor Trip Gabriel overnight, and he says no way did his paper out Jason Wu, inadvertently or otherwise. Full denial after the jump. » 1/28/09 1:20pm 1/28/09 1:20pm

The Pros And Cons Of Girdles

Recently, while looking at retro-inspired dresses online, I stumbled across something called a "corselette" and gasped. Unlike the gossamer demi-cup bras and bare thongs you see in popular lingerie catalogs, the thing was actually sexy. Mysterious, seductive, cheeky. Coincidentally, Daphne Merkin wrote a piece for… » 12/08/08 12:30pm 12/08/08 12:30pm

In yesterday's "Week in Review" section of the NY Times, Anand Giriharadas tackled last week's terrorist attacks in Mumbai and the "personal" turn they took. A few pages later, Op-Ed columnist Nick Kristof inveighed against another type of "personal terrorism", that committed against the large numbers of Pakistani and… » 12/01/08 1:40pm 12/01/08 1:40pm

PETA's Ingrid Newkirk defends her organization's objectification of women in a letter published in today's NY Times. Over at the LA Times, Newkirk weighs in on the head of the Humane Society, Wayne Pacelle, calling him a "very charming man" with a "slower approach." [NY Times, LA Times] » 7/21/08 9:40am 7/21/08 9:40am

The Times Uncovers The "Trend" Of Cutting

Sometimes the New York Times is a little late to the party, so the "Growing Wave Of Teenage Self-Injury" story isn't really "news," per se, but yeah: Cutting is on the rise. Over the weekend I was on a college campus and saw a young lady in a tank top sitting outside of an ice cream parlor. Her hair was pinkish red,… » 5/06/08 1:20pm 5/06/08 1:20pm

Yes, On Our Blog You Will

You probably heard, but the NY Times' 'Sunday Styles' section was chock-full of goodies this weekend. There was that surprisingly-unannoying 'Modern Love' column (gem of a passage: "As we ate, we theorized about the effects of pornography on romantic relationships. Dinner ended; he had to go pack for his trip. I asked… » 5/05/08 1:00pm 5/05/08 1:00pm

Annals Of Anorexia

Virginia Heffernan has a piece called "The Girls Of Thinspo" for The New York Times' 'Medium' blog. She touches on the recently-reported news that France is attempting to ban "inciting thinness." Heffernan viewed some thinspo videos and writes, "It's worth trying to figure out how the tragedy of anorexia got woven… » 5/01/08 10:45am 5/01/08 10:45am

Clitoral Circumcision Will Make This Baby "More Beautiful In The Eyes…

"When a girl is taken — usually by her mother — to a free circumcision event held each spring in Bandung, Indonesia, she is handed over to a small group of women who, swiftly and yet with apparent affection, cut off a small piece of her genitals." » 1/21/08 1:30pm 1/21/08 1:30pm