The Proteus effect, the influence of virtual and digital identities over offline behavior, has been studied mostly in boys: “Does video game violence encourage boys to be more aggressive in real life?” But Stanford University just published a new study in Computers and Human Behavior that examines the effects of online role-playing and avatars on girls, and it turns out that virtual representations of women can be harmful to young women’s ... Read More
Lena Dunham, a lady known for her touching comedy and on-screen lack of clothing, is penning a new comedy based on a woman who dresses people for a living. Betty Halbreich, Bergdorf Goodman’s personal shopper, is 85 years old and has been working with the most applauded fashionistas for decades. The women joined one another in a panel at the New Yorker Festival last Sunday, and their chemistry is undeniable. They joke about everything from girdles to jeans ... Read More
Lulu's proud mom
Lulu has openly identified as female since the age of four, and now at six, she has her paperwork in her corner. Her native Argentina passed a law last year allowing legal documents to reflect preferred gender pronouns without doctor and judge approval, and she is the first Argentinian minor to have changed her legal gender identity from "male" to “female.”
Her birth certificate bears the name ... Read More
When I was a preteen, I was busy riding my pony and studying geometry. Thirteen-year-old Sushma Verma has a very different early teenage life. The girl, living in Lucknow, India, just earned her undergraduate degree and is enrolled in a master’s program for microbiology.
Her story gets even more amazing. Her family is relatively impoverished, and she lives with her parents and three siblings in a one-room apartment. The do not have a ... Read More
Australian Surfer Stephanie Gilmore in Roxy Promo
The surf clothing brand Roxy recently released a promotional video starring female surfer Stephanie Gilmore. Instead of the expected shots of wave-riding and mind-blowing athleticism, the ad features Gilmore rolling around in bed in a pair of navy undies, showering, and getting dressed. It even includes a shot that focuses only the athlete’s breasts. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Cori ... Read More
"The Hottest Styles Are Here"... Not
Abercrombie and Fitch is having a “meltdown,” reports Buzzfeed. Why? Because girls aren’t buying the whole “cool kids wear Abercrombie” thing anymore. Women’s clothing sales have dropped 30% in the last quarter, contributing greatly to an overall 10% decline in business.
Company CEO Mike Jeffries isn’t revealing much about the drop (don’t let 'em see you sweat, ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in Boob Tube on Sep 16, 2013 |
Remember how there were never any black people on Girls? Remember how Lena Dunham was all “But I am white so I can’t understand what a black girl’s life would be like? Remember that lame-ass attempt to address the issue with the inclusion of Sandy (played by Donald Glover) as Dunham's love interest for a measly 1.5 episodes?
Well it looks like we might finally get to kick these memories to the curb! In a recent interview with Ebony ... Read More
This sounds like something from an episode of The Twilight Zone to me, but ABC News recently reported that schools all over the country (in nineteen states!) have added an annual weigh-in to their programs. Children will be weighed at school, and their BMIs will be measured. They will then be asked to take a letter home to their parents with the results.
This new trend is meant to help prevent childhood obesity, but obviously a simple ... Read More
Let’s face it: middle school dances are terrifying. In my youth, I spent my first dance alone in the corner of the cafeteria wearing my mom’s lipstick and a clip-in french twist hairpiece, hoping that the cool girls dancing in their cool circle would come talk to me. They didn’t, and a part of me has always regretted not getting up and dancing with them (I was and still am a horrible dancer, but who cares?). School dances offer a ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in General on Sep 09, 2013 |
What happens when two of the world's smartest and sassiest funnypeople come together for a meeting of the minds? It would appear we are about to find out. Lena Dunham and David Sedaris have just announced a joint show--"Alone Together at Last"--to take place at Carnegie Hall on November 19th. Go ahead, I'll wait right here while you do a little dance.
According to the press release, the performance will consist of readings from Dunham's upcoming memoir ... Read More