If women did better on "Top 100" lists maybe the list makers would stop doing all those annoying "50 Women to Watch (And boy are we scraping for 45-50)" lists. Right now women are only 16% of the U.S. Senate, and every time Trader Monthly does its list of 100 Masters of the Universe there are only ever like two females to be found. But there's one list category on which the gender that menstruates is approaching equal representation: Fame whores! The annual Forbes list of Powerful Celebs is out, and there are 34 female entries on it, starting with Oprah (1), Madonna (3), Angelina (14) Tyra (61) and, among others, Michelle Wie, Keira Knightley, Hilary Duff, Kate Moss, Barbara Walters, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Simpson, Jessica Alba and Reese Witherspoon. But we bury the lede! Lindsay Lohan, who came in at 53 last year, dropped off the list entirely, and there is no mention of Paris or Nicole. According to a sidebar, bad behavior erodes a celebrity's power! Really? We wonder what their methodology on all this might be!
To generate the list, Forbes analyzes celebrity earnings, plus media metrics like Google hits, press mentions as compiled by Lexis/Nexis, TV/radio mentions from Factiva and the number of times an A-lister appears on the cover of 32 major consumer magazines.
Hmmmmm. If by "analyzes" you mean "wishfully thinks" then we feel you, Forbes. But if we could generate as many hits blogging about Paula Deen as we do with Lindsay and Paris, we'd be the first to agree that "the party's over for Hollywood's bad girls"! The Celebrity 100 [Forbes]