Nutty Old Australian Government Memo: Don't Hire 'Spinsters'

Today in old-timey sexism (that wasn't actually all that long ago), we present this jaw-dropping 1963 memo from Australia, in which a faceless bureaucrat named A.R. Taysom lays out his extremely cogent and well-argued reasons why women shouldn't be allowed to serve as trade commissioners, sent to us by an eagle-eyed… » 11/07/14 5:10pm 11/07/14 5:10pm

See Decades Of Little Old Ladies From 130 Years Of Old Maid

The origins of the card game Old Maid trace back to the 17th century, with players trying to form pairs out of all of their cards until someone—the loser—is left with the lonely, unmatched, single old maid. In the past 130 years, retail card decks have been produced specifically for Old Maid, always featuring… » 6/14/11 5:40pm 6/14/11 5:40pm

"The Cats Don't Criticize": A Single Writer's Semi-Sad Celibacy

Kit Naylor says she's "55 years old, a spinster long past my sell-by date, no kids — and I haven't had sex in a decade and a half." In her article on Salon, she writes that she could probably score some casual sex, but she wants to be in love — and historically, she's fallen in love with unavailable men. So for the… » 12/09/08 2:00pm 12/09/08 2:00pm

This Week We Were Drunk On Spinsters And Veeps

Old Maids And Spinsters: The Best Female Role Models A Teen Girl Can…

As a teenager, I was obsessed with spinsters. I modeled myself after Stevie Smith, Marianne Moore and Barbara Pym, was known to sport gloves and vintage hats and, if you're wondering who's the proud owner of the handle "," look no further. I remember relishing the choice of a wholly asexual persona,… » 10/01/08 3:00pm 10/01/08 3:00pm

Mad Men: When Being 30 Is A Single Woman's Darkest Secret

On last night's Mad Men » 8/04/08 5:00pm 8/04/08 5:00pm, we finally saw some of the cracks Joan Holloway's ice-y demeanor when Paul Kinsey — an exec at Sterling Cooper and one of Joan's exes — retaliated against her (on point) bitchiness by photocopying her license and hanging it in the break room so everyone could see her real age. Joan, who…

Broadsides: Despite What Studies Say, French-Kissing Still More…

  • Eating chocolate is more of a turn-on than kissing, says a new study. Bullshit! Everyone remembers their first kiss! Who remembers their first Hersheys? [DailyTelegraph]
  • The Bush Administration's expensive abstinence-only programs were colossal failures. Expensive? Failures? Bush Administration? Definitely a theme…
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