New UK Bill to Let Women Inherit Titles Named After Downton Abbey

Let this serve as the end of the debate over whether life imitates art or art imitates life (it's the former, but you're entitled to your entirely incorrect opinion): a new bill snaking its way through the UK's House of Lords would change a 400-year-old system of agnatic primogeniture and allow baronets to pass their… » 12/29/13 12:00pm 12/29/13 12:00pm

Ashley Wagner Wins Her Second-Straight National Figure Skating Title…

While you were galavanting about on Saturday night instead of patriotically watching the American women figure skate all over Omaha, ice skater and bejewelled costumed wearer Ashley Wagner became the first woman since Michelle Kwan back in 2005 to win back-to-back national titles, despite taking not one, but two nasty… » 1/27/13 1:45pm 1/27/13 1:45pm

Guy Wins Homecoming Queen Crown, Wears It Well

Francis Shervinski, a Columbia College freshman, has been elected homecoming queen. Says Shervinski, "I will take a stance on a lot of issues concerning gender, race, class, and sexuality. I don't plan to be passive at all. I'm willing to fight for who I am and hopefully be an inspiration to not only the LGBT… » 4/11/11 1:20pm 4/11/11 1:20pm

Le Mot Juste

"[In France], referring to myself as madame immediately commands more respect, especially at work and even more so when I introduce myself on the phone...People take me seriously, which isn't always the case when I use mademoiselle." [TheFWord] » 1/25/10 4:20pm 1/25/10 4:20pm

She's Not Just A Girl

"Could you say 'senator' instead of 'ma'am?' It's just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title. I'd appreciate it." -Senator Barbara Boxer after being called "ma'am" by Brigadier General Michael Walsh earlier today. [Politics Daily] » 6/18/09 4:20pm 6/18/09 4:20pm