In yet another sexist survey, researchers ''found'' that the average woman has slept with eight men, and has been under the influence when partnering up with at least five.  A slew of articles have already begun popping up on news websites, most claiming that women need alcohol to feel confident during sex.  Okay, sure, alcohol does smooth things over a bit, but come on now: surely women aren't wetting their whistles alone.  It takes two, ... Read More
Pictured above is Hayley Morley, a UK size 12 model who spurred controversy when she brought some realism to the runway.  Hayley and two other ''curvy'' women appeared alongside stick-figure thin models in Mark Fast's London Fashion Week show last Saturday.  The biggest shocker is that their inclusion prompted Fast's stylist and creative designer to walk out over ''creative differences.'' Luckily, two freelancers stepped in to help with the ... Read More
  My mom likes to call her walk-in closet ''the archives,'' and for good reason: the wardrobe filed away inside is a repository of fashion history.  Swearing that ''fashion is cyclic,'' she has stowed artifacts from every fashion craze since the sixties.  Double-breasted blazers, polyester frocks, and an impressive collection of spandex stirrup pants are all hoarded in her vault-of-vogue.  Sometimes she can explore the depths and resurface a ... Read More

Ladies, Let's Get Lit!

BY Libby Zay in General

When I found out one of my fav childhood authors, Judy Blume, would be reading at this year's National Book Festival, I was beyond tickled.  As if I needed more convincing, I found that President Obama and first lady Michelle will be co-hosting the event! Now in it's 9th year, the fest will also feature Newbury Medal winner Lois Lowry, author of The Giver.  Latina writer Julia Alvarez will read to the masses, as well as Kay Ryan, who is in her second ... Read More

Countdown to Cougar Con

BY Libby Zay in General

Cougars and the young cubs who love them have just a few days to get glammed up for the first ever National Single Cougars Convention this Friday. Set at a hotel in Palo Alto, the coug-a-thon is a classy, coat and tie affair.  The shebang will kick-off with a keynote address by Kama Sutra specialist, author, and internet radio host Francesca Gentille and her partner, who is 14 years her younger.  Next comes the grand ''cougar ball,'' where I imagine ... Read More
What happens when you smoke your nearest rival in the 800-meter dash by 2.45 seconds?  If you're a woman, your gender comes into question. Long teased for her ''boyish'' looks, South African runner Caster Semenya has heard comments about her appearance her entire life.  After winning a gold medal at the world athletics championships, the slim hipped, broad shoulder, muscular athlete is now being forced to take a ''gender verification test.''  The ... Read More

Hooked On Ponyo

BY Libby Zay in General

At the movies this past weekend, Ponyo had me completely submerged.  A treat for viewers of any age, the under-the-sea themed animated film made my heart swell with admiration for the spunky, red-haired, female protagonist.  My ears were perked, too: with voices lent from Tina Fey and Betty White, what's not-to-love? Breathtaking visuals and all-star vocal cast aside, the master storyteller behind the fairy tale, Hayao Miyazaki, deserves some serious ... Read More
 Do your favorite art forms get downgraded to ''craft''?  From sewing to horror flicks, many of our beloved pursuits are condemned by the masses as passe or campy.  Comics are no exception to this rule of kitsch; often mixed with romance novels and Ring Pops in the grocery store checkout lane--a catchall for our culture's most ''tacky'' items--only the daring pore over their contents in the public eye. An exhibit in Columbus, Ohio titled ''This Is ... Read More
Who says big girls don't cry?  A recently-released--not to mention pointless--poll estimates that women who live to age 78 will cry for 16 months of their life.  That's 12,000 hours of your precious time wasted sobbing away! Okay, okay... I'm a pretty sensitive lady.  I'm not ashamed to admit that I was more than a little bleary eyed during my last break up, and I'm always sure to have Kleenex handy when Homeward Bound is replayed on TV (come on, ... Read More

The Name Game

BY Libby Zay in General

What's in a name?  Apparently, a lot more people get heated up about the issue than you might think.  Although far from a new debate, a recent study reports that 71% of Americans think women should take their spouses name after marriage.  Half of the respondents said the act should be a legal requirement.  Um, does the idea of individual choice apply to our individuality? The study, by the Center for Survey Research at Indiana ... Read More
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