The Women Of Gaddafi's World

Muammar Gaddafi isn't just a ruthless dictator who is currently brutally suppressing protests around Libya. He also has a bizarre track record of female bodyguards, lecturing Italian women about converting to Islam, and indirectly financing Beyonce concerts. Read more »

This Week In Tabloids: Rihanna & Ryan Phillippe Play Put The P In The V

Welcome back to Midweek Madness, in which we search for hot, steaming gossip in the pages of the celerity weeklies. That's right, we read In Touch, Star,Us, Life & Style and Ok! So you don't "have" to. This week: Cameron Diaz and Alex Rodriguez are probably about to get engaged since he likes her muscular arms; Miley Cyrus has stopped speaking to her dad; and Rihanna is making Ryan Phillippe say oh na na what's my name. Read more »

How Pink Became A "Girl Color"

Color is everywhere; gender is everywhere; color and gender have a varied, changing, and hard-to-pin-down relationship, which nevertheless creates powerful, explicit and implicit signals by and for both the people who apply colors (to their kids, themselves, their cars) and those who see them (including themselves). Read more »

Judge Says Lindsay "Will Be Going To Jail" If She Accepts Plea Deal

In court today, Judge Keith Schwartz told Lindsay Lohan that she has two weeks to decide if she wants to take a plea deal or go to trial over the alleged theft of a $2,500 necklace. The judge explained that if she accepts a plea bargain, it will definitely involve jail time. "I don't care that you're Lindsay Lohan," he said. Read more »

Christine O'Donnell's Facebook Friends Divided On Her Possible Dancing With The Stars Gig

Failed senatorial candidate and noted non-witch Christine O'Donnellhas announced that she's been invited on Dancing With the Stars. But she's not sure if she should accept - let's see what her Facebook friends have to say. Read more »

Good News: Obama Stops Defending Indefensible "Marriage Act"

The Obama Justice Department has announced it will no longer fight for the Defense of Marriage Act in court. Gay rights advocates had long been infuriated that despite the administration's opposition to it, government lawyers were still defending in court the act that prohibits federal recognition of gay marriage. Read more »

Why Intervention Is Screwed Up

There once was a time in a distant land when I actually enjoyed watching Intervention. The novelty of watching people destroy their lives had not worn off yet, and seeing someone being driven to points of desperation I thought only existed in movies seemed appealing and new. Read more »

Mommy Blogger Makes Headlines — Again And Again And Again

Have you heard of mommy-blogger Heather Armstrong? If you have, it may be because she's been featured in the Times (at least) six times since 2003, most recently in a lengthy magazine profile this week. Let's take a look at Armstrong's much-chronicled life, how it's changed, and how it's stayed the same. Read more »