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October 31, 2009

Dress Like Ashley Tisdale!

Today I was home in bed with a bad cold, which means drinking lots of tea, watching lots of bad TV, and wasting lots of time online. (Because of course we hate those things at other times.) So I was doing some online window shopping, and I was looking at this site shopdcd.com. It's one of those 'dress like the celebrities!' type sites, so it's full of leggings and skinny jeans and maxi dresses and whatever else the cast of The Hills has been wearing this year.

This particular site is so into the celebrity angle that they have lots of pictures of celebrities wearing the stuff that they sell, so you know that you're getting the authentic Lohan/Hilton/Richie shopping experience. I admit that I did look at some of the Ashley Tisdale stuff, because the whole ESC thinks she's just generally funny and adorable.

This picture of her in a Gypsy 05 mini-dress kinda made me laugh, because it's such a random candid shot - it looks like she's walking through a parking lot, not down a runway. (But I guess she should probably be glad that they didn't catch her wheeling her shopping cart out of the grocery store like they did to Vanessa Hudgens.) Hey, at least she looks cute, right?

Some of the prices of these super hip and trendy fashions also made me laugh, but at least they've got a section with stuff on sale too, so you can still try to look like Ashley even if you're on a budget.

After my shopping trip, I decided to do something more productive, so naturally I started reading Perez Hilton. (I'm sick, don't judge me.) And Perez had something to say about our girl Ashley too - apparently she had lunch with Zac Efron, which of course is huge breaking news. He included a picture of Zac and the super fashionable and stylish Ashley on their way out of the restaurant:

Hmm, suddenly I'm having second thoughts about this whole idea. But maybe it's just me.

October 29, 2009

An Elle Reader Makes Me Defend Jennifer Aniston

I'm not a huge Jennifer Aniston fan, so I didn't read the profile of her in the September issue of Elle, but one of the letters about it in the most recent issue caught my eye.

I'm so tired of seeing Jennifer Aniston on the cover of every magazine. I think she's a good actress but not great! Her personal life overpowers her acting career, which is her own fault. What does she think is going to happen when she gets involved with every male costar she works with?! I have no sympathy for her. Maybe it's the media's fault, but with all the relationships she's in and out of, I just can't see her as an independent woman.
Molly, Atlanta
It's interesting that she says "maybe it's the media's fault" in the middle of stating that Aniston has had so many relationships and gets involved with every one of her costars, but doesn't really acknowledge the role of the media in fueling those perceptions that she's stating as fact. A lot of Aniston's alleged hookups are most likely overhyped, exaggerated, or completely invented by the tabloids and gossip sites. That's just what they do, and Jennifer Aniston certainly isn't the only celebrity that they make up rumors about, but she is a favorite target. I wouldn't necessarily argue that the way she handles her personal life in the media is perfect or above criticism, but I think it's a stretch to say that the over-the-top coverage of her love life is entirely her own fault.

And even if we accepted that she does date around a lot and sometimes gets involved with costars...so what? You can't be an independent woman and have an active dating life? It's certainly not like she's the only actor ever to get involved with a costar or two, or the only person ever to have some hookups happen at work. You can say that she's not the best actress or criticize some of her life choices, but I think it's a tough sell to argue that she's not independent based on the number of guys that she's dated. To me that borders on slut-shaming.

Jennifer Aniston
is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress who was on one of the most popular and successful sitcoms ever. She's been working steadily in movies since Friends ended, she has her own production company, and she's repeatedly popped up on lists like the Forbes Celebrity 100 and the Richest 20 Women in Entertainment. She has millions of dollars - not because of an inheritance, a trust fund, or a rich husband, but because she earned it in her chosen career. She also happens to be a single woman who should be able to do whatever she wants. But because she's dated (or been the subject of rumors about) too many men for Molly the Elle reader's taste, that's enough to pronounce that she's not an independent woman. Sorry Molly, but based on this letter I just can't see you as anything but a judgmental woman.

October 28, 2009

National Comprehensive Sex Ed Call-In Day

We just wanted to take a quick minute to let everyone know that today is "National Comprehensive Sex Education Call-In Day".

Various organizations have teamed up to make October 2009 Sex Ed Month of Action, that is, an entire month of advocacy and organizing for comprehensive sex education. Today activists are joining together to tell Congress to get rid of abstinence-only programs that don't work and fund comprehensive sexuality education instead.

We just wanted to let everyone out there know about this campaign and how you can all join in the fight! Participate in the call-in, sign a petition for the Real Act (to authorize funding for comprehensive sex ed) or get involved with some of the groups behind today's event:
Thanks to Feministing.com for the scoop.

October 27, 2009

It's not too early to book your New York Hotels for Blogher'10!

Is it too early to get psyched for Blogher'10? Probably... but we can't help it. We may have already mentioned (several times) in our Blogher'09 recap that we are really really really excited about next year's event being held in New York City!

Since Blogher 2010 will be on our turf, we have to come correct and represent NYC right this upcoming August!

We will be posting the bulk of our pre-Blogher information a little closer to the event, but we know in this lovely economic times everyone is always looking for the best deals. We're lucky enough that we won't have to pay for travel or hotels this time around, but unfortunately you can't stay with us... so we thought we'd give you all an early reminder so you can get the best deals on flights and cheap hotels in New York City.

(The conference will take place at the Hilton New York, but if you do your research now you can probably find a load of cheaper NYC hotels that are still convenient and fun!)

For those of you who are coming to New York for the first time, we definitely recommend tagging on a few extra days to your trip so you can fully experience Manhattan. (Well, okay you can never fully experience Manhattan in just a few days, but you can at least make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps!)

Go to a museum or concert or Broadway play - we recommend Rock of Ages of course. You can find great discounts on show tickets and we can also recommend some cheap Time Square NY hotels. Definitely take a moment to have some authentic New York pizza or a Nathan's hotdog from Coney Island. Walk around Central Park or stop in at a dive bar.

In fact, you can even take inspiration from Chiquita's recent trip to New York or check out some NYC guides and more local info. It's never too early to find the best deals! See you in August!

New York City - Hotels - Hotel Deals

October 26, 2009

Managing the ESC Photo Library

Earlier today we were talking about how it sucks that we can't post pictures of some of our ESC adventures because of that whole pesky "anonymous bloggers" thing. But we think we've found a solution...we're going to get Visual Watermark Software and create our own watermarks that we can put on all of our pictures to obscure our mysterious identities.

We were thinking of something like this:

They're even running a discount special right now, so we could get the personal version for $19.95 (down from $29.95) or the business version for $39.95 (down from $59.95). It's a deal!

Okay, we know. We have issues. But it would be funny.

*Today's ridiculous idea for the betterment of the ESC Empire is brought to you by Visual Watermark Software.

Monster Jam!!?

So a friend of mine is obsessed with Monster Jam so I decided to look it up and see what the heck it's all about.

I drive a very small car (and I drive it very nervously), so the idea of anyone being able to drive around in a big monster truck is scary enough to me... Definitely doesn't sound like something I'd call "entertainment", but I gave it a shot and looked up a few videos on YouTube. Wow. That is some crazy shit right there.

I still wouldn't consider myself a fan, but I do have a new found respect for those drivers. And as a fairly artistic person, I do think that those trucks look pretty cool. (And the names are kinda cute, almost like Roller Derby names.)

But then there's the darker side of Monster Jam... This past January, at an event in Tacoma, WA a 6-year-old spectator was killed when he was hit by a piece of debris. The driver was quoted There have only been seven fatal incidents over the past 35 years (the last before this being almost 17 years ago) but it's still creepy and scary to think about it.

And I have to wonder what kind of an environmental impact these sorts of events have... Monster trucks probably leave monster "footprints", no?

I probably won't have the guts to go see any live competitions, so I think I'll just stay home and watch the monster truck episode of Phineas and Ferb with my kid and pretend I'm there. But for those of you who are interested in checking out some tire-spinning, gear-grinding, clutch-burning, back-firing, paint-trading, red-lining, over-heating, throttle-stomping truck driving fun... here ya go!
11/13 - 11/14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico: Tingley Coliseum Tickets
1/9 in Atlanta, Georgia: Georgia Dome Tickets
1/15 - 1/16 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Bradley Center Tickets
1/29 - 1/30 in Greenville, South Carolina: Bi-Lo Center Tickets
2/6 in Tampa, Florida: Raymond James Stadium Tickets
2/19 - 2/21 in Worcester, Massachusetts DCU Center Tickets
3/27 in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sam Boyd Stadium Tickets

(The above is partial list, go here for more dates.)
Correction: There aren't any Tsongas Arena tickets for Monster Jam. I have no idea how I did that. I suck at life. The only Massachusetts shows are actually at the DCU Center in Worcester. Sorry for any inconvenience! But I don't know... if you had your heart set on going to Lowell, MA the closet thing you can get is a ticket to see Dashboard Confessional. That's almost the same thing right? Heh.

October 24, 2009

Rush Limbaugh Helps Women See The Light

I listened to a few minutes of Rush Limbaugh's show yesterday. (Sometimes I like to torture myself by seeing what the "other side" is up to.) I happened to hear this call from a woman named Renee who was thanking Rush for helping her to change her opinions, and since the transcript of the call is featured prominently on Limbaugh's website right now, I get to share it with all of you. (Emphasis mine.)

RUSH: Renee in Orland, Maine. I'm glad you called. Welcome to the EIB Network.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. This is so great to talk to you. I'm a little nervous so just bear with me.

RUSH: Sure.

CALLER: I really just want to thank you. I've listened for two years, and with help from my husband and from you I have learned so much. And I want to admit today on air that I had some liberal views that I am just totally ashamed of, looking back on my career as health teacher in Massachusetts. And I really just want to send a message out today that teachers, you know, we're responsible for the kids in the schools a lot of times and what we're teaching them;and, you know, pushing a liberal agenda on children is shameful. I've learned so much about conservatism from you that looking back, I just can't believe some of the things that I was teaching my students, and also encouraging them with the liberal agenda.

RUSH: You must have a tremendous amount of guilt.

CALLER: I do. (giggles)

RUSH: Given what you now think versus what you thought back then. When did you first discover this program?

CALLER: Well, my husband and I moved to Maine two years ago and they have you right on an FM station and I just was floating around one day and I said, "Hey, Steve, have you listened to Rush?" and he's like, "Yeah, I've listened to him before." My husband's in the military so we just love you. (giggles)

RUSH: Well, thank you very much. It's a great call.

CALLER: Oh, thanks. One other thing to let you know. In January this year we had our first Rush Baby, and my husband is probably going to kill me right now because no one else knows but except for him and I that we're expecting our second Rush Baby. So this is big news.

RUSH: So you are making a national announcement that only your husband knows. Your husband does know the baby is coming?

CALLER: Yes, he found out yesterday.

RUSH: And now the nation knows that Renee in Orland, Maine, is having her second Rush Baby.


RUSH: What a way to announce it.

CALLER: Thanks. My mom's going to kill me. (giggling)

RUSH: (laughing)

CALLER: But I had to tell you first.

Ditching your own views in favor of the ones that your husband and Rush Limbaugh want you to have...can you think of any better path to success for a woman? And you've got to love the fact that Rush's first reaction to Renee's "confession" was to jump into condescending mode and tell her how much guilt she should feel for her past liberal sins.

Since Renee says that she was a health teacher, I guess we can assume that the 'shameful liberal agenda' that she now regrets pushing on her students has something to do with sex education. Personally, I'd feel more guilty if I had to teach some kind of abstinence-only program and I knew that I was denying my students the kind of comprehensive and medically accurate information that could help them make better choices about their health and sexuality. But I don't listen to Rush Limbaugh, so don't go by me. I wonder how Renee can even sleep at night thinking about all of the students who didn't get pregnant and protected themselves from STDs thanks to her shameful health class.

Now, we need to talk about this "Rush babies" thing. I mean, really? I already knew that a lot of Limbaugh fans call themselves "dittoheads" (as in, ditto to all of Rush's opinions and everything that he says), but there are actually people out there who are so into him that they refer to their children as Rush babies? Unless maybe this is just some show lingo that I don't know about, and it means babies that were conceived while their parents were listening to Rush Limbaugh's...ew, okay, I can't even think about that anymore, moving on. (And never mind that "Rush Baby On Board!" graphic, which makes it seem like it means babies fathered by Rush himself.) The whole idea is just creepy. And it was funny because just a few minutes before taking the call from Renee, Rush was complaining about school children being "indoctrinated" with "Obama chants". Let's just pause for a minute and imagine the massive fit that Rush would throw if liberals were going around talking about being pregnant with "Obama babies" or, for that matter, "Olbermann babies" or "Maddow babies".

So, in conclusion, Rush Limbaugh can still suck it.

Stupid Sexist Swiffer!

We've all seen those annoying Swiffer commercials in which a mop or broom or duster just can't get over being replaced by a Swiffer product...

So here's a mini-guest blog from my 9-year-old daughter. (The title was her idea.) She really doesn't like those commercials...

Dear Swiffer,

I think your commercials are totally sexist. There is no good reason why in all your commercials there is a girl cleaning the house with Swiffer. Why are there only women doing the cleaning? It makes just as much sense that a man would be doing the cleaning of the house. Yes, some women do housecleaning, but some women don't. And it's not the only thing that women can do.

In your next commercial I think you should have a man doing the cleaning. The mop or broom can sing the song "Come Back To Me" by Vanessa Hudgens. (I'm not saying that you should actually do that song, because they might not be able to get permission to use it.) It would just be nice to see the genders reversed and have a girl mop singing to a guy using a Swiffer.

It's also pretty creepy that the joke of the commercials is that your mop or broom are following you around. They're kind of stalking you. Why would anybody want that? Imagine if it was your ex-boyfriend or girlfriend doing that? Would you want that to happen? I dont think so. It's not funny, it's scary. It happens to real people and it's not good to make a joke about something serious that happens to real people, just so you can sell a stupid Swiffer.

Her very first guest blog about sexism in the media... I'm so proud!

Australia's Energy Efficient Homes Package

So this is kind of cool... Australia basically gave people money to make their homes warmer and more environmentally sound.

insulation battsThe Australian Government is giving homeowners up to $1600 as part of their Energy Efficient Homes Package. Their Home Insulation Program will help households reduce their energy use (and cut their energy bills in the process) by paying to have insulation batts installed in their homes.

This insulation rebate from the government will be available to eligible owner-occupiers, landlords and tenants. As part of Australia's largest energy efficiency program ever, this will not only make Australian homes more energy efficient (and you know, warmer) but it also boosts the economy and creates jobs. (Someone has to install those insulation batts!) Site inspections are currently being undertaken to confirm that the insulation has been installed effectively and the appropriate records have been provided to and retained by the homeowner.

They're also offering a "hot water" rebate option ($1,600 to install a solar hot water system or $1,000 to install a heat pump hot water system) as part of their Energy Efficient Homes Package.

The U.S. had a similar economic stimulus as well as some renewable energy tax credits, but this was the first we had heard about the grants in Australia. We think it's so great that various countries have taken steps to help the environment and hope that other countries will follow suit.
For our many many readers in Australia, here's some more info on how to get the hook up: Insulation Batts Sydney Melbourne Brisbane

Home Improvements. Building materials, Insulation Grant, Australia.

October 23, 2009

Green Intentions

This is why I can never get anything done. I recently read a really cool blog post about how certain types of houseplants can eliminate toxic compounds called Volatile Organic Compounds from the air.

If you’re asking yourself, “what are these toxin-fighting champions of the houseplant world?”, I invite you to check out How To Grow Fresh Air by Dr. B.C. Wolverton. It lists 50 plants known for their VOC-removal properties. Carry the book to your local nursery, like I did, and use it as a shopping guide for picking out some plants. They needn’t be large. It is suggested to use between 15-18 plants to clean the air in an 1,800 sq.ft. home, so, if you’re in a studio apartment in Brooklyn, simply halve that number. It’s also advisable to use terra cotta or ceramic pots, as plastic vessels simply reintroduce a number of the same chemicals you’re trying to remove. Plus, you’ll have a totally legitimate excuse for tricking out your place in cool pots, catered to your design aesthetic, be that Mid-Century Modern, Diva Glam, or California Rustic (like me!).

So after reading that I think to myself hey, this is a good idea, I should totally do this in my house...and then I start the whole project from totally the wrong end and get distracted by shopping for cool planters before I've even started researching what types of plants I'm supposed to get to fill them with. I can get to that minor detail later, right?

And then ten minutes later I'm totally off track, looking at a window box planter and thinking about different types of flowers and herbs and doing this whole elaborate fantasy garden makeover in my head (because of course in my head I'm an expert gardener who can successfully grow whatever she wants), totally forgetting that the original plan was supposed to be about improving the quality of the air inside the house with house plants in indoor planters, not starring in my own personal remake of The Secret Garden.

I know myself well enough to be able to figure out how this is probably going to go. I'm going to end up with a bunch of really cool decorative planters sitting around filled with paper clips, M&Ms, old issues of Cosmo, and other random junk while I procrastinate on actually filling them with the plants that could help me breathe cleaner, toxin-free air, which would certainly make me healthier and happy and improve my productivity as a blogger. But at least my intentions are green.

October 22, 2009

Pro-Life Pumpkins?

The American Life League has a Halloween decorating idea for all of us - pro-life pumpkin carving!

Here's what they suggest:

There are many opportunities to be a voice for the voiceless, and most of those opportunities require us to go to a public place. But, on the eve of All Saints Day, the public comes to us!

So, make a pro-life jack-o-lantern and send your photos to us. Be sure to include your name, age and address in the e-mail, and we'll post the best ones on our home page!

It doesn't have to be anything fancy. It could be as intricate as the design here or as simple as the word "Pro-Life." Whatever your skill level, be creative and tell the world about the personhood of preborn babies!

Send your pro-life jack-o-lantern pictures to prolifepumpkin@all.org.

If you would like to duplicate this one, simply download the .pdf stencil and print it out. Tape the stencil to your pumpkin and, with a pointed object, like a small screwdriver, poke shallow holes along the perimeter of the image. With a paring knife, carefully cut out the areas shaded in black.

Well, it is a genuinely creepy idea, I'll give them that much. The instructions remind me a little bit of the Cupcakes for Life directions to "have lots of fun" making "wild" and "crazy looking life cakes" even if "decorating cupcakes is harder than it looks". I guess we have to give the anti-choice movement credit for challenging themselves to produce artistic renderings of the fetus using new and unique mediums. I know that if I tried to carve a fetus image into a pumpkin, it would probably turn out looking...well, even more like some kind of evil demon spawn than the ALL's pumpkin.

I do think it's interesting that we're talking about some of the same people who complain about seeing a gay couple kissing (or any other public demonstration of gayness) because it might force them to discuss the "gay lifestyle" with their impressionable children. Apparently they're fine with a prominently displayed fetus pumpkin designed to promote an anti-choice message on a day when a bunch of people from the neighborhood are probably going to visit their home with their impressionable children while celebrating "the eve of All Saints Day". I'm pro-choice, but I'm not going to put a hollowed out pumpkin full of condoms on the porch while a bunch of little trick-or-treaters are out roaming the streets.

Delightful anti-choice activist Jill Stanek posted about the pro-life pumpkin idea on her blog. This was my favorite of the comments:
Heaven forbid pro-aborts decide to counter this with pro-choice pumpkins. What the hell would THEY look like? Genitals? Sex toys? Contraception? They have not one image to move a person toward their side that doesn't assault one's sensibilities.
Putting aside the hilarity and hypocrisy of an anti-choice person claiming that the pro-choice side is the one that relies on images that assault the sensibilities, I think this commenter is onto something. So who wants to come to our Evil Slutty Pumpkin Carving Party? We'll even serve pro-choice cupcakes.

October 20, 2009

Think Before You Pink this October

So you might have noticed that we didn't "go pink for October" this year. It's not that we don't care about breast cancer, because we obviously do. It's just that the more we thought about the whole thing, the more we realized that it's important to care about breast cancer every month, not just in October. It's equally important not to get so caught up in the whole "pink ribbon" mania that you forget to think before you pink.

Breast Cancer Action has compiled a list of critical questions to ask before buying any of those pink products that are supposed to benefit breast cancer research on the website ThinkBeforeYouPink.org:

1. How much money from your purchase actually goes toward breast cancer?

2. What is the maximum amount that will be donated?

3. How are the funds being raised?

4. To what breast cancer organization does the money go, and what types of programs does it support?

5. What is the company doing to assure that its products are not actually contributing to the breast cancer epidemic?

Let's take a look at some of the current "pink ribbon" campaigns and see how they stand up against these questions. (We're just giving quick summaries here and not actually advocating any of these particular campaigns. We trust that you will do your own thorough research and make your own decisions before making any purchases or donations.)

The Hershey's Bliss brand will donate $300,000 to the Young Survival Coalition (but it isn't tied to actual purchases of their Bliss chocolates.) The Hershey's website is profiling the survivor stories of five women and documenting their training for the Hershey's Tour de Pink. 100% of the proceeds from the Tour de Pink and additional donations go directly to the YSC.

Throughout October, some players, coaches, and referees in pink apparel to raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of annual screenings. All of the apparel (as well as special balls, coins, etc.) will be auctioned off at NFL Auction with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society. (We do think this campaign is pretty cool, if only because it actually acknowledges the fact that some women actually watch football!)

Herr's is selling ribbon-shaped Whole Grain Pretzels with Flax Seed & Honey in a special pink bag and donate 25-cents per bag sold to the Linda Creed Foundation. According to Daily Finance, they've capped their donation at $15,000. (They're also giving away pretzel samples at the LCF's breast cancer screenings.)

Penn has created a line of pink tennis balls to promote breast cancer awareness and will donate 15 cents per can of their pink felt tennis balls "to benefit breast cancer research". (It doesn't say how their money will benefit breast cancer or which organizations it will be donated to or what kind of research it will support.)

For every pink product purchased, KitchenAid will make a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, but each product must be registered at CookfortheCure.com in order for the donation to be generated. (The amount donated varies based on the price of the item: e.g., $50 donation for a $349.99 mixer, $25 for a $199.99 food processor, $15 for a $129.99 blender, $5 for a $19.95 pink ribbon apron, etc.) During 2009 they will donate a minimum of $500,000.
Ford has sponsored the Komen Race for the Cure for 15 years and to date has dedicated over $100 million. Also more than 50,000 Ford employees have participated in the race and thousands of their dealers support it in their areas. Ford also sells "Warrior gear" and donates 100% of the net proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. And every time you test-drive a Ford vehicle (up until December 31, 2009) they also donate $20 to the Komen Affiliate in the city of your choice. The only catch: car exhaust contains toxic chemicals that are linked to breast cancer. Ford is working on creating cleaner cars, like their new hybrids but you still have to ask yourself if this is a case of pinkwashing or not.
Yoplait donates 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for every pink lid sent in (until December 31, 2009). They have guaranteed a donation of at least $500,000. In the past Breast Cancer Action considered them a "pinkwasher" because their yogurt was made with dairy stimulated with the hormone rBGH (which has been linked to cancer). However, after a successful BCA-campaign "Put a Lid On It"... Yoplait is now rBGH free!

There are a lot of pink products out there right now. It may make you feel like your purchases are helping people when you buy them and in some cases maybe they are... but in many cases your money would be better spent just being donated directly to the organizations themselves. We ask that this October you inform yourself about the companies you're going to support. Maybe you just really really want that pink blender or ribbon-shaped pretzels and that's okay, as long as you're realistic about where your money is actually going and who your purchase is actually helping.

Here is a random sampling of some organizations that you can support directly, although we're not actually going to endorse any of them specifically. We think you should look into what kind of work the organization does first before you donate (and by "look into" we don't mean just reading the very brief summary we've given - which may or may not be totally accurate - we mean actually look at the website). You can decide if you'd rather your money go towards a group that funds medical research, prevention, holistic treatment, patient and survivors support groups, etc. Do you want to support a large, global organization or a smaller, local one? Or maybe you want to volunteer your time instead of your money.

  • American Cancer Society - Nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. [Donate]
  • Annie Appleseed Project - Non-profit corporation, provides information, education, advocacy, and awareness for people with cancer and their family and friends who are interested in complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) and natural therapies from a patient's perspective. [Donate]
  • Breast Cancer Action - National education and activist organization that challenges assumptions and inspires change to end the breast cancer epidemic. Advocates for policy changes in treatment, environment, and inequities. [Donate]
  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation - Mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health. A minimum of 85 cents of every dollar goes to research and awareness programs. [Donate]
  • Breastcancer.org - Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer. [Donate]
  • Gerson Institute - Non-profit organization dedicated to the alternative, non-toxic treatment of disease, using the Gerson Therapy. [Donate]
  • Gilda's Club - Creates welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer along with their families and friends. Provides networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities. [Donate]
  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer - National education and support organization with the goal of improve women's quality of life and helping them take an active role in your ongoing recovery or management of the disease. [Donate]
  • National Breast Cancer Coalition - Grassroots advocacy organization working toward increased federal funding for breast cancer research and collaborating with the scientific community to implement new models of research, improving access to high-quality health care and clinical trials, and expanding the influence of breast cancer advocates. [Donate]
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation - Increases awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need. [Donate]
  • Network of Strength - Resource of information for patients (they explain in plain language the information patients are likely to get). [Donate]
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure - The world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world (has invested more than $1 billion since inception in 1982). Dedicated to education and research about causes, treatment, and the search for a cure. [Donate]
  • Young Survival Coalition - Non-profit organization oriented to support and education about breast cancer in younger women. [Donate]

For more organizations you can research and then possibly support: Breast Cancer Organizations

October 17, 2009

Cosmo Quickies for November

Don't think we were letting Cosmo off the hook completely just because of that one useful tip. November 2009 is the Bad Girl Issue ("For Sexy Bitches Only"). Let's just take a moment to laugh at that before moving onto the quickies...
  • Really Late on the Trends
In the "Hot Sheet" Cosmo described six "trends on the rise right now" that are... not at all on the rise, but in fact really old. For example, vampires. OMG, vampires? Really Cosmo? We had no idea that vampires were popular... maybe we'll have to write a book about it. Other super hot trends? Twitter and "wishful thinking". Man, Cosmo sure has their fingers on the pulse don't they?
  • Jessica Simpson = News?
The "Cosmo News" section devoted an entire page to Jessica Simpson's post-Romo body language. No really.
  • Body Language Cheat Sheets
Cosmo's guide "Size Him Up in a Single Glance" not only gives ridiculous generalizing tips to understanding a guy's body language (example: if he gives the middle finger, he's probably upset) but actually has tear-out cards for you to carry around. Can you imagine the looks you'd get at the bar if you whipped out your "Decode How He Handles His Drink" card?
  • Cosmo Invents More New Words
Apparently your guy's shopping habits can say something about your relationship. Is he a maximizer or a satisficer? Yes, "satisficer".
  • Introducing a New Guy to Your Friends
Cosmo gives a few tips on how - and when - to introduce a new guy to your friends. Some of them make sense (don't double date with a friend and her guy that you already know, he may feel like the odd man out). But Cosmo doesn't give any reason for why you shouldn't let a guy meet your new guy until the two of you are dating exclusively. This seems like really bad advice to us. Don't you want to see how your friends get along with your new guy before things get serious?
  • Cosmo's Thinks Highly of Itself
"The Six Worst Things You Can Say to a Guy" was paired with "Sentences He'd Be Psyched to Hear"... In addition to "nothing helps me wind down after a long day at work like giving you a blow-job" and "it makes me so hot when you explain the intricacies of baseball's infield-fly rule" Cosmo actually thinks that men want to hear "Here's an issue of Cosmo - why don't you look through it and mark everything you want us to try." We're sure he'll turn directly to that makeup brush trick.
  • It's All About Compromises
Cosmo solves the Toilet-Seat Feud. He leaves the seat up. You don't like hitting cold porcelain at midnight. Their solution: "A padded seat cover makes it virtually impossible for the seat to stay up." (Which makes it virtually impossible for him to avoid peeing on the seat when he tries to go to the bathroom and the seat won't stay up.)
  • Foreplay Men Crave
No, it's not a blowjob. Cosmo may have a point about some overlooked erogenous zones like the "ultrasenstive border around the lips" or "that sexy dip where neck meets chest" but they're kidding themselves if they think that is what men crave.
  • Women Are Feeling "Stuck"... In the Couch

This is the photo from the "Ways to Make a Fresh Start" article:

Yeah, it creeped us out too. Unfortunately the tips were too boring to even be creepy. Toss slices of peeled orange in a salad, switch your laptop to another room, or put your hair in a ponytail instead of wearing it down, woohoo! Dream big!

  • Save $15 to $20, Risk Terrible Haircut
Cosmo sugggests saving the drying fee for your next haircut by letting the stylist leave it wet. Um, they dry your hair for a reason - so you can tell if you like the haircut or not. Duh.
  • Cosmo Doesn't Understand Irony
"The painful irony about alcohol is that being a light or inexperienced drinker can actually raise your risk [of suffering alcohol poisoning]". That's ironic? If you're not used to drinking a lot and then you... drink a lot... it's not "ironic" if it hits you even harder than a buddy who is more used to binge drinking. Cosmo knows less about irony than Alanis Morissette does.
  • More Common Sense Information
Apparently it's dangerous to text while driving. No, really? I know plenty of people are idiots who do this anyway, but not because they don't know they're being idiots.
  • Bad Girls You Gotta Love?
You didn't forget that this is the Bad Girl issue did you!? Some of their favorite celebrity "bad girls" are Carla Bruni, praised for... breaking up someone else's relationship, Kate Moss for using drugs, and Lil' Kim for going to jail. Sounds like the kind of "bad" that Cosmo would criticize in any other issue of their magazine. But then they rehash some old stupid stereotypes about being "bad" like Megan Fox having tattoos (sorry, it's 2009, even the good girls have tattoos now) or Diablo Cody being a former stripper. Seriously, are we still going on about that? Get over it already.
  • Cosmo's Bad Girl Bible
Cosmo continues the celebration of bad girls by giving the rest of us "nice" girls tips on how to be badder. Some of this advice includes tips on how to lie, ditch a date, and wear leather pants. Are they serious? To us, being "bad" means not following the "rules" or doing what "good girls do". It's not a fashion statement and it certainly doesn't mean being dishonest or malicious or dangerous. Cosmo just doesn't get it.
  • Why Guys Love "Badass Chicks"
"Bad girls typically wear sexier shoes." I don't think we need to further elaborate on this one do we? I think that says it all.
  • Don't Try This at Home
And then Cosmo reminds us that we don't really want to be too bad. The Top 10 reasons not to make a sex tape are... all variations on the same reason: Because everyone might see it!

  • Cosmo Goes Vampire Crazy
Any magazine that writes a beauty article called "Twilight Beauty" has to acknowledge that they're working on attracting a teenage demographic. Since vampires are so hot right now, Cosmo thinks that women all want to look like them. (Of course, they're mixing up the trend a little bit... in all of the popular vamp shows and films right now it's a romance between a vampire dude and a human woman, but I digress.) Apparently looking like a vampire means wearing black nail polish and red lipstick.
  • Better Understanding of the Word "Cheap"
Cosmo thinks that going to see a film is a "cheap, easygoing way to have some fun". For real? Cheap? Last time we went to a movie, we shelled out more than $10 each just for a ticket, not to mention the overpriced cost of the popcorn and candy. A cheaper, more easygoing way to have some fun would be renting a movie and buying snacks at the grocery store.
  • Fun Fearless Way to Meet a Guy

Remember that receipt trick from October 2009? Pfft. This one's even better. Cosmo suggests you order the same drink as a cute guy in front of you at a coffee shop and then take his by "accident" for "'Oh, this is yours? We're coffee soul mates!' moment". Coffee soulmates?

October 16, 2009

Megan McCain Has Breasts - Get Over It

Just a quick note on the whole Meghan McCain Twitter "incident". Now it's no secret that we don't always see eye-to-eye with Meghan McCain, or well, anyone named McCain... but at the same time we get pissed off when people attack any women for pretty much just being women.

Apparently McCain posted a candid photo to her Twitter account and everyone freaked out OMGZ she has breasts! What a slut! Ugh. (We're not going to repost the photo here, but you can find it on the link to the story.) She didn't flash the camera, she just showed a little cleavage. Plenty of women have shown way more skin and not been called sluts (and they wouldn't deserve it either). She's got bigger boobs than we realized, but that doesn't make her a slut. She's not a Playboy model and she's not a politician. We finally got past the whole Laura Ingraham bullshit about McCain's weight... and now we have to hear that she's a slut because she doesn't dress like a nun every single second of her life?

It's really fucking annoying that in 2009 people are still throwing that word around as an insult. We obviously have some pretty strong feelings about the word slut. It shouldn't be used in a derogatory way and it definitely shouldn't be thrown around on women who just dare to be women. Meghan McCain has breasts. Get over it already. She shouldn't have to apologize for it! Why are we still slut shaming women for their behavior or their bodies?

At the same time, it's annoying that women are still so offended and hurt by the term. We're not annoyed at women like McCain for being upset by it. That word has had negative connotations for so long that we understand why everyone's not ready to reclaim it like we have. And even then, when someone throws a word at you in a derogatory way, you almost can't help but feel bad about it. What we're pissed about is the fact that the word "slut" still holds so much power to hurt and offend.

McCain has responded to the "incident" both on Twitter and on her blog at The Daily Beast.

October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day: Climate Change

Today is Blog Action Day! This year's topic is climate change, so we decided we'd take a look at why climate change is a feminist issue. Obviously climate change affects everyone, but we thought it was important to look at how it affects women and how we as women can help avoid making it worse. So we have compiled some of our favorite links, articles, etc. on the subject:

  • Oxfam's Sisters on the Planet - A series of short films on how climate change is already having a disproportionate impact on people in developing countries and is hitting women hardest.

  • Climate Change is a feminist issue within India by Dr DK Giri and Patrick Koohafkan - Addresses how the fact that Indian women living in traditional communities are frequently pressured to into reproduction is both a women's rights issue and an environmental issue.

  • Women and Global Warming by Elizabeth Switaj - Global warming not only disproportionately affects women, but the same pollutants that cause global warming harm women before they reach the atmosphere.

October 14, 2009

Well Played, Cosmo.

Okay, so Cosmo finally did it. They finally printed something that was informative and helpful! We had no idea about this little tid bit of information and our lives are ultimately better now that we do.
Buy your booze at club stores. No membership? No problem. A loophole in liquor laws requires that retailers sell alcohol to everyone without membership restrictions. You can pick up Grey Goose for 16 percent less than at the liquor store.
Definitely better advice than their cheap dating tips. Good for you Cosmo. Every now and then you surprise us. That doesn't mean everything is totally cool between us just yet, but we got to give you credit for this one.

(November 2009 issue)

October 13, 2009

Concerned Women Against Women on Submarines

The Navy is considering a policy change that would allow women to serve on submarines, and this has the Concerned Women for America...well, concerned.

Let's compare the actual story...

The nation's top military officer has called for lifting the ban on women serving aboard submarines, in a significant step toward reducing the barriers to women in combat. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he seeks the change to broaden opportunities for women in the military. "One policy I would like to see changed is the one barring their service aboard submarines," Mullen wrote in answers to questions from Congress before his Senate reconfirmation hearing last week.

Lifting the ban would allow women for the first time to serve as officers and enlisted personnel aboard the strategic fleet of fast-attack and other submarines where sailors live and work in cramped quarters at sea for six months at a time. After combat- exclusion rules were lifted in the early 1990s, women in the Navy were allowed to serve on surface combat ships and in combat aircraft, but the ban on their employment in submarines remained.

The Navy has for years been exploring how best to bring women into its submarine force. In a statement this week, Adm. Gary Roughead, the chief of naval operations, said he is "very comfortable addressing integrating women" into the force, but added, "There are some particular issues . . . we must work through."

One issue, he said, is living space. Packed with specialized gear, spare parts, and food and other supplies to operate independently for three months, a submarine is extremely cramped...The submarines would have to be modified to provide adequate privacy for enlisted women and men, senior officers said.

Of greater concern, officers said, is the rate of retention for women in the Navy -- about 15 percent, compared with more than 30 percent for men -- and the possibility that the integration of women could lead to gaps in the relatively small submarine force. Women often leave in their late 20s to start families, although to improve retention the Navy in 2007 lengthened to one year the period that female sailors can remain ashore after childbirth...

...Once the ban is lifted, it would take a few years to integrate women successfully, both by training female Navy officers and enlisted personnel at all levels to move into the force and by designing a program to ensure a steady flow of women into jobs, the officials said. Integration would start with a small pilot program, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record.

One reason the Navy seeks to integrate women on submarines is that they make up a growing percentage of college graduates, including engineers. "There is a vast pool of talent that we are neglecting in our recruiting efforts," a senior official said. [The Washington Post]

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said Thursday that allowing women to serve on submarines is "an idea whose time has come" - and he said he sees no big hurdles to making it happen...he said he and other top officials believe "women should have the ability to serve throughout the Navy," and he sees no major impediments to their becoming submariners. [Forbes.com]

...with the press release that Concerned Women for America put out in response to this news.

Navy Considers Endangering Women to Appease Feminists
May lift ban on women on submarines

"National security is the Navy's primary mission, not advancing women's careers."

Contact: Demi Bardsley, Concerned Women for America (CWA), 202-266-4820

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /Christian Newswire/ -- Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation's largest public policy women's organization, is disappointed in recent statements by Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus indicating their wish to lift the ban on women serving aboard submarines. Admiral Mullen advocated the policy change in written congressional testimony on Friday. Navy Secretary Mabus said he was "moving out aggressively on this."

"Unlike any other assignment in the U.S. Navy, the submarine service is a hazardous environment for women of child-bearing age," noted CWA President Wendy Wright. "No other assignment exposes women to a constantly recycled atmosphere of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and more than 200 potentially toxic chemicals. Those contaminants remain even with filtering. While normal adults can adjust to this environment, a developing child in the first trimester cannot, and the levels of carbon dioxide that crewmembers are exposed to can be linked to birth defects. Also, no study has been done to determine the impact of this environment on a woman's fertility."

"Another serious consideration is the threat to the life and health of the women assigned to submarine crews should an ectopic pregnancy occur. These cases, about four out of every 1,000 women per year, can be life-threatening situations that demand evacuation," Wright said. "For a great many women, the acute symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy are their first indication that they are even pregnant. Pre-deployment pregnancy testing is not a silver bullet either, since tests may not give a positive reading in the earliest stages of pregnancy."

"Along with the medical issues, there are very real social and psychological difficulties posed by mixing the sexes in the 'Silent Service,'" Wright added. "Military readiness and cohesiveness will be affected, and commanders will have the added difficulties of harassment and fraternization to deal with, which are inevitable in this situation of confined quarters with extremely little privacy. National security is the Navy's primary mission, not advancing women's careers." [Christian News Wire via Right Wing Watch. Emphasis mine.]

From this I think we can learn a few things about the way things work in the CWA's world:

1. The CWA knows what's best for the Navy better than the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of the Navy, and other senior military officials.

2. The CWA doesn't trust the women who are actually in the Navy to weigh the risks and benefits of serving aboard a submarine and decide for themselves. If your priorities aren't the same as the Concerned Women's priorities...you're wrong.

3. The CWA has never considered that a man might
have a potentially serious medical issue that they're not aware of, and that routine pre-deployment medical testing wouldn't necessarily reveal. They're also unconcerned with any potential health risks for women that aren't related to pregnancy or fertility.

4. In the CWA's world, woman=mother, or potential mother. No exceptions. If you're not pregnant, you're pre-pregnant. Lesbians, infertile women, women who don't want kids...they just don't exist (or shouldn't exist). And since that's the case, we should always be prioritizing that role over all else. If there's even the tiniest, remotest chance that you could be pregnant with a miracle baby capable of hiding from all pre-deployment pregnancy tests, or that your fertility could be affected (although there's apparently no evidence to suggest that it would be), well then why are you even considering getting on a submarine? What kind of woman are you?

4a. Of course, for all of their pregnancy talk, the CWA glosses over the actual problem of rape in the military, which is the one point that they could have raised that might have made their overreaction about the pregnancy issue seem a little more reasonable. Unfortunately, I suspect that their idea of a solution to that problem would be for women to wise up and realize that they don't belong in the military in the first place.

5. The CWA can't grasp the idea that maybe it hurts national security to exclude smart and talented and dedicated women from activities that they're perfectly capable of doing just because they're women. I'm guessing they also have trouble comprehending the fact that it's a bad idea to dismiss people with critical skills from the military just because they're gay, which happens to women at a disproportionate rate and is something that's actually worth being "concerned" about.

6. The CWA apparently thinks that top military officials devote a lot of time to thinking up new ways to make feminists happy.

So, based on this little exercise, I think we can safely conclude that there is no resemblance whatsoever between our world and CWA World.

October 11, 2009

Cupcakes for Life

I was at a family get-together yesterday where we baked and decorated some Halloween cookies, which made me think about the very special day that I just learned about from a post on feministing: Pro-Life Cupcake Day. This year's PLCD was Friday, so I was thinking that I had missed my chance to share this wonderful project with you, but there's good news! I checked out the Cupcakes for Life site and it turns out that they've declared a whole Pro-Life Cupcake Week, and they say that you can make pro-life cupcakes any day of the year. So let's go ahead and check out the site so that we can all be well prepared for next year.

The feministing post points out this great Q & A from the FAQ page:

Q.) What if I run into a pro-choicer and they smash the cupcakes in my face?

A.) Wipe the cake off your face and share the rest of them with someone less angry inside. Go with courage and go with love, the unborn need you to be their voice.

Okay, who told them that we planned a Cupcake Smash Counterattack? It's hard to believe that this is really a frequently asked question or that this is seriously how the Cupcakes for Life crew envisions the majority of pro-choice people behaving. It seems to me like it would have been more productive to give some actual tips on how to engage with pro-choice people, but I guess that's too much to ask from cupcake-centered activism.

There are some other gems in this FAQ section:

Q.) Do I have to give out Pro-Life Cup cakes on National Pro-Life Cupcake day?

A.) YES, but you can make pro-life cup cakes any other day of the year as well! This is just one special day for cupcakes! Also the week of October 9th is National Pro-Life Cupcake week so anytime that week would be extra special!

Yes, YOU HAVE TO. No excuses, people.

Q.) Do I have to purchase an official National Pro-Life Cupcake day t-shirt to be involved with Cupcakes for life?

A.) No but having one would make the experience all the more fun!

It's amazing how much more fun this will be for us you after you give us a bunch of money for some of our fabulous shirts.

Q.) What should I say about abortion when I hand out my cupcakes?

A.) We really want to give you the freedom to say whatever you want but make sure you say something! If you don't know why you are pro-life do a little research online. The website: Abort73.com is a great place to start. The point of this entire project is to not remain silent about abortion so as long as you say something and pass out cupcakes you have accomplished your mission!

Between this weak answer and the whole cupcake smashing thing, I'm getting the impression that the Cupcakes for Life people just don't know what to tell you to say to people. And you've really gotta love 'if you don't know why you're pro-life, just research it online'. Is that for the people who just love cupcakes so much that they'll use any excuse to make some? If you don't know why you're pro-life...you probably shouldn't be whipping up a bunch of baked goods to try to convert people to your point of view.

Q.) What if my school won't allow me to bring in cup cakes?

A1.) Give them out before or after school!
A2.) Do it anyway and be quick about it! Also be very apologetic and kind if you get caught.
A3.) Ask for permission to bring in pre-packaged cupcakes from a bakery!
A4.) Just pass out flyers and make cupcakes after school and hand them out to your neighbors in the name of life. Whatever you do, don't give up when confronted by opposition!
A5.) Just hand them out somewhere besides school.
A6.) Ask to set up a table at your local grocery store.

Of course Answer 2 is my favorite here, but I guess it is Cupcakes for Life, not Cupcakes for Honesty. I think I'd actually have more respect for this if the answer was to openly disregard school rules as a civil disobedience sort of thing because you believe so much in the cause, rather than 'do what you want but if you get caught you should play dumb and apologize your way out of it so you don't get into any trouble'.

Q.) How do I decorate cupcakes?

A.) Decorating cupcakes is harder than it looks, if you're not good at it find someone who is. However, making crazy looking life-cakes is half the fun. Make sure to have lots of fun decorating cupcakes! We spent the entire time laughing and joking when we made ours. If you come up with some wild cakes please send them to us on our myspace.

Crazy looking? Wild? I see where you're going with this, Cupcakes for Life people. Do you know how hard it is to pipe an icing fetus onto a cupcake? I wonder which pastry tip Martha Stewart would recommend for that.

After reading about this campaign, there's one thing that I'm sure of...I really want a cupcake right now. When's Pro-Choice Cupcake Day?

Jennifer's Body

We were very excited to go see the much hyped movie Jennifer's Body because we think Diablo Cody is pretty damn cool and believe it or not, we dig Megan Fox. We weren't sure what to expect from Jennifer's Body because we had heard a lot of mixed commentary on the film before it came out.

There was, of course, the required Diablo Cody hype over the film. Will it live up to Juno? Will it be funny or sexy or stupid or... feminist? Bitch magazine wrote an interesting feminist or anti-feminist pro/con list. They raise some interesting points: the film is written and directed by women (Cody and Karyn Kusama, respectively) and features two strong female lead characters, played by Fox and Amanda Seyfried. And some have argued that perhaps the story of a sexy woman using supernatural powers to destroy young men may have some overtones of female empowerment. Maybe.

On the other hand, it portrays the two leads as stereotypes - Needy, the nerdy blonde and Jennifer, the sexy brunette - as best friends turned rivals (ala Betty and Veronica) - and has a (gasp!) faux-lesbian kiss, so clearly some people were against Jennifer's Body from the start. We were certainly interested in finding out what this movie was really all about.

Oh and before we start the actual review, we just wanted to share the fact that we were actually carded to get into this movie. Yes. Someone questioned whether we were over 18. Really. This has nothing to do with the film itself, but it definitely helped make our movie-going experience even better. Even if they were just humoring us, it still felt good. Our movie-going experience was further enhanced by the fact that instead of the typical popcorn, we were munching on leftover bacon from our drunken brunch. Because bacon is delicious.

Okay, back to the movie... It was gory and funny and sexy at the same time; always a great combination. It wasn't exactly the next great feminist horror movie that some people were hoping for, but you know what, neither Cody nor Kusama ever suggested that they were trying to create the next great feminist horror movie. I think they were just trying to make a funny, fun, clever, kick ass movie and in that respect, they have succeeded.

Yes, Cody has been quoted as saying that she and Kusama, "wanted to subvert the classic horror model of women being terrorized" but that doesn't mean that the film has to meet some impossible feminist standard. From a recent interview with The Frisky:

...here’s a problem that is holding back feminism and you see it on the blogs. We all hold each other up to an incredibly high standard in a way that men do not. Let’s say a woman directs a movie that’s not very good—everybody piles up on her. It’s, like, “No! You’re representing us! It has to be perfect!” And that’s not how it works! Women should be allowed to make bad movies. Good movies. Porno movies. Terrible made-for-TV movies. Women just need to be out there directing as many movies as men do. We don’t all have to be the model woman—what we need is to be more visible. We really, really are tough on each other."

Of course, that's not to say that there aren't some intentional feminist elements added to the film...

So, I’m curious, when you’re writing roles for women, do you purposely try to write a feminist message?

My feminist hat is permanently welded to my head—I definitely can’t take it off! It’s so important for me to write things from the female perspective and in service of women and in the right roles for women. That’s usually what I’m thinking going into it. Obviously, the story goes first. But then my next priority is how am I going to sneak my subversive feminist message into this?

Do you always think the female perspective is the feminist perspective, though?

No, not always. But I think representation is obviously the first step to equality, so if women aren’t being represented in a diverse way in movies, they’re going to remain marginalized.

Some have criticized the movie for being anti-feminist, claiming that Fox's character is objectified and damned basically for being a slut. While I definitely don't think this was Cody's intended message, the fact that Fox's character is referred to as an "impure sacrifice" and cursed to demonhood simply because she wasn't a virgin could feel a little bit slut-shamey on the surface. Although, in reality, she would have died had she actually been a virgin (instead of being able to live on, albeit as a demon). So if anything, the film can be looked at as slut-empowering! Jennifer isn't just sexy, she's sexy... with super powers!

And without stepping further into "objectification" mode, we do have to admit that Megan Fox really is super sexy. Even while eating some dead guy, covered in blood, she still looks kinda hot. You gotta respect that. It's really the true test... if you can still look hot while drinking someone's blood, then you are super hot. (Another good example of this phenomenon is Alexander Skarsgaard as Eric from True Blood.)

One main part of the film that we didn't like was the really annoying fact that the dumbasses from Low Shoulder had a book on witchcraft mixed in with the books about Satanism and the occult in their van. Witches don't worship Satan! They don't even believe in Satan, let alone worship or make sacrifices to him. Witches/Wiccans and Satanists aren't remotely the same thing. I know that this movie isn't exactly supposed to be 100% factual, but can we please get past this offensive misconception already!?

One thing they did get right was the sometimes awesome, sometimes totally messed up dynamic of being a high school girl. "Hell is a teenaged girl." Amidst all the blood and gore and folklore, it's the real life stuff that is spot on. Needy and Jennifer, despite seeming so different, are BFFs since childhood. However it soon becomes clear that Jennifer walks all over Needy, while Needy turns a blind eye to Jennifer's actions for way too long before finally standing up to her. It takes actual bloody violence for Needy to recognize that maybe Jennifer's sort of a bitch.

Needy: You're a terrible best friend. You stole my toys when we were little. You poured lemonade on my bed.

Jennifer: And now I'm eating your boyfriend. At least I'm consistent.

So many critics have referred to this movie as a revenge story and it is, but they're wrong on who the revenge is on. This is not a story of a girl punishing the jerky guys who treated her bad. The guys she goes after are not bad guys. (She'd be better off going after the devil-worshiping indie band that tried to kill her in the first place.) No, this is Mean Girls with a demonic twist. In the same way that people were thrilled to see Queen Bee Regina George get taken down a notch or two, there is a sick satisfaction in seeing Needy take on the evil Jennifer. And that's "actually evil. Not high school evil." We're not really into those stereotypes about female jealousy or rivalry, but the fact is that many of us did know - and were quite possibly terrorized by - a girl like Jennifer.

Since it seems like everyone on Earth has weighed in on the film at this point, we thought we'd round up a few of our favorite quotes from reviews and blog posts:

The fact of the matter is, this film is so radically and refreshingly both funny and scary from a female perspective, the boys simply don’t know what to do with it. Exploring the bloody aftermath of a demonic possession that befalls a small town cheerleader, this film delivers the kind of snarky, brutal, bored, awesome teen banter that made Heathers a cult classic. And while the violence is adequately gorey, the real terror in the plot lies in its metaphorical exploration of obsessive friendship between girls, and how volatile, aggressive, and explosive these bonds can become when children mature into women with more adult urges. In Megan Fox’s Jennifer, women of all ages get the cathartic experience of seeing our own high school’s queen bee challenged by a brainy everygirl who (poignantly portrayed by Amanda Seyfried) actually has a fighting chance of stopping her reign of terror. And topped off with fearless, visually audacious directing by Girlfight’s Karyn Kusama, this singular story, written, directed, starring, and clearly made for women every step of the way, not only is destined to have a class dedicated to it one day at Smith College, but is also downright entertaining enough to be the main attraction at many sleepovers to come. [Bust.com]

It’s a campy, women centric look at the atrocities of being a teenage girl...on the whole the film is not particularly scary. But as a fan of Cody’s work I love how she takes expectations and messes with them. I also love the pop culture laden language and while Cody has talked about the feminism as being subversive, I found it to be very present and overt. [Women and Hollywood]

The press on Diablo Cody, Karyn Kusama and especially Megan Fox has been pretty negative even from some feminists. I’m not saying feminists all need to march to the same drummer, and I know Fox flaunts her looks and has created a persona that can be a big turn off to feminists, but they need to be appreciated by feminists because they are all outspoken women in Hollywood and that rankles feathers. [Women and Hollywood]

In sum, this movie has some refreshing, feministy elements to it…and some annoying parts, too, like the implication that Jennifer needs to literally “feed” off guys in order to stay beautiful, glowing, and healthy. But fuck if I’m going to let feminists tear Diablo Cody to shreds over something like this movie. I find this to be a particularly irritating case of unproductive feminist navelgazing. Horror films are supposed to be built on fantasy–sexual fantasy, murderous fantasy, and everything in between. They’re often silly and usually throwaway* when evaluated in the context of a serious screenwriter’s career. I have to agree with Cody when she says that “we don’t all have to be the model woman–what we need is to be more visible.” And I’m not implying that women should get off easy–just that they shouldn’t be written off after 31 years on earth and a meager two screenplays. Maybe Cody just wanted to have some campy, squeal-inducing fun. I’d argue that she succeeded, without exploiting young women or killing them off in rapid succession. Considering the sizeable chick carnage of other recent teen girl horror movies, that’s actually pretty radical. [Feministe]

And why don’t [some reviewers] understand the film? Because it’s one of the very few honest-to-goodness feminist films out there — and more so then being feminist, it’s one of the few films that views things from a female lens. Boys are there, and make up the majority of the victims in this body horror film, but they’re not a concern. For once we have a story with female main characters who aren’t obsessing about, fighting over, or bitching about boys every five minutes. Jennifer’s Body is about women and how they relate to each other, the horror moments are there for style and allegory, but at its heart the movie is about two girls whose own toxic friendship is eating them both alive. [I Went There]

As a horror movie, Jennifer's Body doesn't fully deliver. But as a comic allegory of what it's like to be an adolescent girl who comes into sexual and social power that she doesn't know what the heck to do with, it is a minor classic...As the movie progresses, Jennifer emerges as the Jessica Rabbit of horror - she's not bad, she's just drawn that way. [Philly.com]

I could not recommend this film for anyone from a Biblical perspective and am struggling to find any true value emerging from any sound critical analyses. Had I not been writing a review on the film, I would have walked after about the first couple of scenes. From its tightly framed graphic scenes to its porn-bred innuendo throughout, the mind reels trying to comprehend how this film can be justified as entertainment which is not subversive to the Christian ethic. Even getting into the movie is an uncomfortable situation. “I’d like to see Jennifer’s Body.” Or how about, “Two for Jennifer’s Body, please.” It’s awkward, at best. [ChristianAnswers.net] [Okay, just kidding about this one.] [But you should totally read the whole "review", it's a laugh riot.] [For someone who claims to be so offended and disgusted by the sexual elements of the film, she sure does take a lot of time to describe all of them in great detail.] [I'll stop with the bracket thing now.]

Overall, we enjoyed Jennifer's Body. It was funny, gory, sexy, clever, and thoroughly entertaining. It might not be as Oscar-worthy as Juno, but not every film has to be. This movie was fun and we would definitely recommend it (not as feminists, not as women, but just as people who like movies). Don't decide not to see it because you've heard that it's not feminist enough, or too feminist, or whatever. If you want to see what all of the fuss is about, or you want to show your support for a "mainstream" movie written and directed by women, or you just think it looks cool, go see it. At the end of the day, it's just a horror movie.