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Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry wrote a column in the Guardian about online misogyny. She spoke about the ease in which people feel it’s okay to write messages calling her a slut, threatening to rape her and pick her appearance and intelligence apart due to her gender.
In the piece she states:
“I should note here that I have never said that men – in the public eye or otherwise – do not receive such comments. I can, however, only speak of what I know, which is that the number of offensive messages directed towards me, “the girl singer,” compared to my bandmates is undeniably higher. I should also clarify that this has nothing to do with hating men, as some have suggested. I identify as a feminist but subscribe to the pretty basic definition of a feminist as “someone who seeks equality between the sexes”. I am now, and have always been, in bands with smart, supportive guys, and have many amazing men in my life as family and friends. For that I am incredibly grateful.
“Of my numerous personal failings (perpetual lateness; a tendency towards anxiety; a complete inability to bake anything, ever), naivety is not one. I am often cynical about aspects of the music industry and the media, and was sure from the off that this band would need to avoid doing certain things in order for us to be taken seriously as musicians – myself in particular. We have thus far been lucky enough to do things our own way and make a pretty decent job of our band without conforming to the “push the girl to the front” blueprint often relied upon by labels and management in a tragic attempt to sell records which has little to do with the music itself.”
super-feminist Natalie Portman spoke about feminism with Thor co-star Tom Hiddleston for the November issue of ELLE UK:
“I want every version of a woman and a man to be possible. I want women and men to be able to be full-time parents or full-time working people or any combination of the two. I want both to be able to do whatever they want sexually without being called names. I want them to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad – human, basically. The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a “feminist” story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathise with.”
Laura Dern [Enlightened] in Naeem Khan
Leslie Mann in J. Mendel
Julia Louis-Dreyfus [VEEP] in Monique Lhuillier
Kiernan Shipka [Mad Men] in Delpozo
Michelle Dockery [Downton Abbey] in Prada
Kristen Connelly [House of Cards] in Nicholas Oakwell
January Jones [Mad Men] in Givenchy
Kerry Washington [Scandal] in Marchesa
Mindy Kaling [The Mindy Project] in Edition by Georges Chakra
Ariel Winter [Modern Family] in Lorena Sarbu
Amy Poehler [Parks and Rec] in Basler
Elisabeth Moss [Mad Men, Top of the Lake] in Andrew Gn
Mayam Bialik [Big Bang Theory] in Oliver Tolentino
Jessica Pare [Mad Men] in Oscar de la Renta
Linda Cardellini [Mad Men] in Romona Keveza
Sarah Paulson [American Horror Story] in Carolyn Herrera
Allison Williams [Girls] in Ralph Lauren
he’s amazing in LUTHER and was brilliant in The Wire and RockN’Rolla
“Now that I’ve achieved some of the things that I’ve wanted to achieve, I’m not going to be a slave to it all of a sudden. I respect the artist that lives that way. The people that just go, ‘You’re going to hate me for what I just did, or you’re not going to understand why I made that film or that record or whatever, but what you are watching is someone that’s living their life.’ You know: I’m not watching you; you’re watching me.”
“That really is more about the writing of The Wire than it is the performance. You know, Stringer Bell is a great character that was written. I happened to play him, but it could’ve been anybody playing that role.”
Gisele sent a sexy instagram of her intimates collection with the message:
‘Backstage footage from my Gisele Bündchen Intimates collection http://www.giseleintimates.com. Hope you like it ! :)’
then while her husband Tom Brady was in Buffalo on Sunday doing his thing (winning), she was out biking around Boston in a New England Patriots zipped hoodie with her fingernails painted red. team spirit!
Tommy does UGGS. Gisele sings for H&M.
According to the latest issue of Architectural Digest, 90 percent of the materials in the Bundchen/Brady home are recycled or antique or reclaimed from the ceilings to the floors to the stones in the driveway. More than three-quarters of the construction debris was recycled. They have solar panels and sustainable appliances. There’s also a kitchen garden.
With new Chanel, H&M and David Yurman campaigns, Gisele Bundchen is Forbes’ highest paid model for 2013 with $42 million in earnings. So the finished California estate, along with new Brookline estate and the rumored Cape estate are pocket change.
H&M Fall Campaign:
check out the cute pic of Gisele and Vivian in Boston:
Gisele, Tom and Benjamin at a New England Patriots pre-season pratice:
interesting color choice LiLo. orange? perhaps to show that you’d have looked good in an orange jump suit if you’d have been jailed instead of managed to make it through rehab this time around. And I DO hope that you succeed and stay sober because you’re 27 and that’s around the time when it’s good to start taking charge of yourself and your goals.
She told Oprah: “I feel whole again and I have such a desire to want to keep this feeling and stay this way, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes.”
Oprah asked her if she was on anything and Lindsay said, “Vitamins.”
“You’re not on any prescription drugs?” Oprah asked.
“No, no,” Lohan stressed. “I take Nexium. Because I have acid reflux.” [likely from stressing out her system from doing all those drugs]
Lindsay also admitted: “I don’t blame anyone for my mistakes,” she said. “I don’t blame anyone for (me) driving a car while drinking. I don’t blame anyone for me having to go to court. I did that. I did that, and I’m not proud of it. It’s always such a circus when I go to court,” she said. “It’s just so humiliating. It’s just yet another situation where it just draws the focus back to me being the celebrity that’s troubled. … And I think I just hit a wall. I’m just tired.”
found out sad news this morning that drummer Jon Brookes, 44, of one of my favorite 90s bands The Charlatans died from brain cancer today. I followed The Charlatans from D.C. to Montreal on several tours– 1992 and 1994– and got to know the guys as best one innocent 20-something could. There wasn’t any shagging or snogging but some fun drinking, partying and chit-chatting.
Jon Brookes and me, whereabouts unknown:
me and Jon in New York:
Venus and Serena
Somehow I never knew Venus and Serena Williams grew up in Compton, California. So extra accolades to them for succeeding as they have. The documentary shows early interview and stock footage as well as current interview footage. As with 99% of successful professional athletes the sisters missed out on a lot growing up. But I think they’ve made up for lost time and don’t seem to have missed out on youthful silliness plus they had each other. Their days revolved around tennis and school. It’s also wonderful to see the tight bonds between Venus and Serena as well as with their mom, dad (now divorced) and their sisters and family members. These are remarkable, spirited and giving women who adore tennis and don’t intend to retire any time soon. Venus and Serena are trailblazers for women in sports and African-American women in sports.
70% of women need direct clitoral stimulation to orgasm. A sex shop owner said that many women don’t even know how to find their clitoris. Blame it on a lack of sex education. Big pharmaceutical companies and medical industries developed Viagra for men and now want to capitalize on a fabricated women’s “disease” called female sexual dysfunction (FSD). Women have long been programmed to believe that not achieving an orgasm through intercourse indicates something flawed.
Director Liz Canner exposes this greedy, disruptive and manipulative process in the intelligent and disturbing Orgasm, Inc. The company Vivus, planning to develop an orgasm cream for women, hired Canner to create erotic videos to aid in the clinical trial phase. Canner spent nine years researching the pharmaceutical and medical industries and their relationships to female pleasure. These big pharma companies wanted to be the first to develop products to treat FSD. They would make tons of money but the side-effects and risks outweigh the benefits. Still, many “sex experts” such as Laura Berman, PhD work with pharma companies to publicize their drugs. You know all the drug commercials we’re bombarded with on television and in magazines? Ronald Reagan signed the direct-to-consumer advertising law. Only the United States and New Zealand allow direct-to-consumer advertising by pharmaceutical companies. It’s rather sad if you really contemplate it. People see the commercials and a seed gets planted that something might be wrong with them that can be cured with a pill. It’s just not that simple in our fast-paced, high stress environment. She receives a whopping $75, 000/ day.
Canner approaches the topic in a refreshing manner. She speaks to clinical researchers, sex educators, scholars, activists and a variety of women. Orgasm, Inc. is a compelling and thoroughly researched documentary. It’s a must-see.
Searching for Debra Winger
Rosanna Arquette’s documentary on women in film. Amazing and very honest commentary from stars from Gwyneth Paltrow to Whoopi to Vanessa Redgrave to Selma Hayek to Charlotte Rampling to of course Debra Winger. It’s great that these women feel comfortable with age but sad to see the frustration and that there still is the issue of great roles for women over 30. Instead of the wife, the girlfriend and that women have to make a choice of career or family, many making only one film per year. There’s a discussion by a group of 30somethings including Martha Plimpton and Samantha Mathis that televison roles are actually better these days which is a huge flip from the past, film actors never went to tv and also focusing on the stage. And then sadly they talked about many directors and producers wanting to find the “fuckibility factor.” Patricia Arquette spoke of an inappropriate producer and how she had to do a sex scene for “Human Nature” and asked that he not be there and was told he wasn’t, found out he was and pulled the director aside and told him he had a lot to learn and for a scene like that she needed to feel safe and he blew it.