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Speaking of horrifying TV shows, on my way out of the subway this morning I passed an ad for The Cougar. The premise? It's a dating show where a middle-aged woman selects her favorite from a group of much younger men. It's being hosted by Vivica A Fox. I hate the whole ''cougar'' label to begin with. Why is it worthy of a title when a woman dates a much younger man but not when the opposite happens? Why is Demi Moore open to more scrutiny than Harrison Ford? There's also the whole notion of these Bachelor-style shows that's a problem.
To follow-up on yesterday's blog about the outrageousness of Prime Minister of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai (pictured) rushing the bill of legalizing spousal rape and severely limiting women's rights, it's no surprise that he's been getting some serious international heat about the controversial bill. And thank goodness! According to a handful of international sources such as UPI.com , MalasiaSun.
When I heard the TV show Drop Dead Diva had been picked up by Lifetime Television, I was uber excited to hear that someone, anyone, was planning to air it, because the always fabulous Margaret Cho co-stars in it. Creator Josh Berman originally sold it to FOX, but it fell by the wayside during the WGA strike. It's now set to hit Lifetime this summer.
It seems like every female, and fashion-forward male, in New York is buzzing about Topshop's grand opening tomorrow. I even have some friends from CT coming to stay with me tonight so they can be there bright and early in the morning. All this TS frenzy is blowing my mind; I just don't get it. When those doors open, it's going to be like a running of the bulls in SoHo. But I will say, Topshop has been doing quite a good job promoting, 'possibly the best store-opening promotion ever' according to NY Magazine.
To follow up on a post from the other day, in response to the Pope's ridiculous anti-condom allegations, legions of people are planning to mail condoms to the Vatican in protest. Some sources are estimating that he could receive close to 5 million rubber jackets . It all started as a humble little 60,000 person campaign through an Italian Facebook page . But then the idea spread like - well, like a condom-induced epidemic, I suppose - across Europe and the rest of the world.
Women have always been an imperative part of the urban art scene, with legends like Claw Money and Fafi making their mark on cities around the world. And although cities are making it more and more difficult for artists to put up their work in public places, they've still found ways to stay relevant and continue creating compelling art.
This is Ruby, my favorite neighborhood pup. I'm not sure what breed she is, but I'm pretty certain that it's some kind of Ewok Terrier mix. Every time I see her I am reduced to a puddle of squeals and yelps.
Last night my friend (and perennial concert companion) asked me if I've seen the newly released All Points West festival line-up . I hadn't, so I checked it out. It's pretty fantastic. Day 1 includes the Beastie Boys, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes, the National and Ra Ra Riot. The last time the Beasties played in the NYC area the tickets were $75 a pop for just them. A one-day pass to All Points West is just under $100 for about 20 bands. Day 2 has My Bloody Valentine, Gogol Bordello, Neko Case, the Ting Tings, Arctic Monkeys, Kool Keith and Tool. Yes, that Tool.
Earlier this month, President Obama signed an Executive Order, creating the White House Council on Women and Girls. The Council was created 'to provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls, and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families, 'according to the press release from the Office of the Press Secretary of the White House. What's great about the creation of this Council, for one, is that it's long overdue.
Photograph: Ahmad Masood/REUTERS Want to read something mortifying? The Guardian just released an article stating that Hamid Karzai, Prime Minister of Afghanistan just rushed a bill through the Afghan parliament which will legalize marital rape. 'The final document has not been published, but the law is believed to contain articles that rule women cannot leave the house without their husbands' permission, that they can only seek work, education or visit the doctor with their husbands' permission, and that they cannot refuse their husband sex.