"Stiletto Stoners": Marie Claire Investigates Shocking New Trend Of Female Potheads

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"They've got killer careers and enviable social lives. They're also major potheads. Why are so many smart successful women lighting up in their off-hours?"


In a absurdly-titled article titled "Stiletto Stoners" in the October issue of Marie Claire, writer Yael Kohen reports some shocking news: Successful, educated women in their late 20s/early 30s, with demanding careers are smoking pot!

I know, right? But wait, not only that, they're also not fat! (Or poor!) According to the piece, one in five female pot smokers lives in a household earning more than $75,000 a year. Or as Marie Claire refers to it: "The Pottery Barn set." This type of woman likes to "kick off her Marc Jacobs pumps" at the end of a long, hard workday, and unwind by smoking a joint as her "3-carat cushion-cut engagement ring catches the light." Also, did I mention that she's not fat? Because the article reminds the reader several times.

These woman are (thin) professionals: "lawyers, editors, insurance agents, TV producers, and financial biggies…nothing like the unemployed out-of-shape schlubsters who are a staple of the Judd Apatow canon." Also, "sugary cocktails" are super high (no pun intended) in calories, so weed is somewhat of a Weight Watchers alternative for getting one's buzz on.

One 28-year-old woman profiled in the piece said she'd been warned of the risks of marijuana—"My mom told me that I'd get hooked and get the munchies and get fat"—but she learned this was "baloney" when she lost 25 pounds despite the fact that she smokes weed regularly.

Her secret: She eats a healthy meal right before she smokes, which seems to curb her appetite. 'The munchies are absolutely something you don't have to get into,' Schwartz maintains. 'Of course, the desire to eat is always there.'


Ummmkay… She also added, "I'll go to the gym for an hour, then come back home and smoke a joint while I listen to jazz and read books—I just finished The Fountainhead."

This morning, Today reported on the magazine's 411 on 420. (They also had a great graphic.)


Wow. Who would've thought that an expensive habit that lends itself well to introspective—albeit retarded—thoughts would popular amongst women with a little spending money and a lot on their minds?

Stiletto Stoners [Marie Claire]



I've been adoringly lurking on Jezebel for months now, nearly commenting several times. I've always refrained, a bit intimidated by the intelligence and wit of this community. But I simply had to say something this time.

(Even now I'm hesitating—I don't want to be slammed for a threadjack—but as this pertains to the writing of this article I think it's legit. Please let me know if it's not and I will direct my concerns elsewhere.)

I don't understand why the word "retarded" needed to be used in this context. Much progress has been made to eradicate the use of "gay" as a derogatory term, yet "retarded" remains, it seems, acceptable. It startled and angered me to see it here, where the level of insight, thoughtfulness, and writing talent is always so high.

Is anyone else bothered by people using this word casually and inappropriately?