Monthly Archives: September 2010

In Briefs: Do Men Notice Women Wearing Heels?

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I refuse to believe that men don’t notice when women are wearing high heels.

http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/09/21/study-men-dont-notice-if-women-wear-high-heels/?iid=nfmostpopular

ZOE RICE: men are dumb. they’re not *that* dumb. They realize, even if subconsciously…or at least I bet they realize when the woman *isn’t* wearing heels and therefore looks slightly dumpier…

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: You walk differently in heels! And you’re taller! And you generally feel either sexier, or in pain, or some combination of both. And all of those things are noticeable. Fie on this study. Continue reading

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Katy Perry’s Breasts and Sesame Street

KATE KOWSH: Admittedly, Katy’s Perries were kind of on display during her recent controversial play date with Elmo. But did it really need to become issue number one on the shit list in the national conversation on decency standards for children? Perry didn’t strap on a pair of letter ‘p’-shaped pasties and straddle the Sesame Street pole. She wore a costume. Yes, it was revealing. But she looked lovely.

HOWARD MEGDAL: While Katy Perry’s attire on Sesame Street couldn’t be considered traditional, I fail to see why it should cause any more consternation than if she arrived on set wearing a funny hat. Continue reading

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Champions League: Round 2, Day 2

MIKE CUMMINGS: I’m away from my TV set for one day – one day! – and what happens? From the looks of things on the ol’ Champions League scoreboard, Wednesday was a heck of a day across Europe. Rubin Kazan got another result against Barcelona. Maurice Edu played well for Rangers and won. Everybody’s favorite legume, Chicharito, scored as Man U beat Valencia. Heck, even Spurs managed to win somehow.

HOWARD MEGDAL: There was plenty to take away from Tottenham Hotspur’s first Champions League home game against FC Twente. Continue reading

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Sharia Law and Extremism on the Right

JEFF MORROW: Anti-Muslim sentiment in American political discourse has grown increasingly mainstream, and it’s one of the few things in politics that we should be comparing to 1930s Germany.

ALLISON REILLY: The direction the discourse is going is a dangerous one. The current one direction is one towards living in fear and scapegoating our problems on innocent parties just so there’s something tangible and visible to blame. This is why those of us who see through all the rhetoric need to speak up and to speak the truth about these ridiculous claims. Continue reading

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The State of Reggie Bush

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: If you had asked me five years ago if I thought I’d ever feel sorry for Reggie Bush, I’d have laughed in your face. The guy seemed like a spoiled showboat, and he played for one of the teams I hate the most in college sports. Then he became the running back version of Matt Leinart, dating hot celebrities and being known almost more for what clubs he went to and what photos he was in than what he did on the field.

ALEX PREWITT:While this whole Reggie Bush saga says much about his desire to keep controversy out of the way and a caring attitude toward his teammates, I believe that this says even more about our collective society and our desire to vindicate individuals. It wasn’t enough to simply accept that the past was the past and that, realistically, what Bush did had no bearing on how good at football he was. That’s not to say that he shouldn’t have taken the money — the NCAA is corrupt enough without stuff like this happening — or shouldn’t have come clean earlier. But the fact that people called for Bush to give back his trophy is staggering and, quite frankly, upsetting. Continue reading

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No Ordinary Family: Season Premiere

ZOË RICE: Origin stories! As a lover of superhero fare, I can easily say few tidbits of storytelling thrill me more. Souped up spiders! Murdered parents and a cave full of bats! Gamma bomb accident; now don’t make him angry! But here’s the key to a good origin story: You gotta love the heroes first. Otherwise…who cares?

EMILY SAIDEL:Pros, Cons, Worth checking out the second episode. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Stuff You Do In/After College

HOWARD MEGDAL: Was any of this cool in college?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liz-oneill/8-things-stop-cool-college_b_731617.html#s142241

JEFF MORROW: Perhaps “8 Things You Imagined Might Be Cool in College Long Before You Ever Went to College That, on Graduating College, You are Now Quite Sure Aren’t Cool and Probably Never Were” didn’t make for a snappy title?

I do steal less now. Then again, I still have my IHOP coffee carafe, the best pilfered good of my college days, and remain at least a little proud of my ability to lift it.

CHRIS PUMMER: In that picture of Denny’s, there was no actual order of Moons Over My Hammy. So this is a complete fraud. Continue reading

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Mad Men: Week 10 in Review

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: I left this week’s episode of “Mad Men” feeling uneasy. The last shot of Don Draper’s secretary, Meagan, applying her lipstick as Draper watches with that infamous look made me cringe. A few shots before, I was reveling in the idea of Draper and Faye Miller being an item. She’s a head strong woman with the perfect garnishes of confidence, class, and care that Draper seems to need right now. They seem to have an adult chemistry to their discourse that contrasts beautifully with Draper’s previous marriage to Betty’s Coca-Cola grin. Episode 10 of Season 4′s “Mad Men” seemed to focus on the couples: Don and Faye, Joan and Roger, Lane and Toni, even Pete and Trudy who emerges so disgustingly in a maternity outfit that bares frightening resemblance to a pimple.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I want the same things for the characters in Mad Men that Sonia does, but I see their reactions quite differently.

Is Don ready to move on from Faye? Well, we have a ton of evidence suggesting that he is ready to let her in like no one before-with the identity information only a small part of that (witness the afternoon of the panic attack, for instance). And the evidence against is that he watched Meagan put on lipstick. Well, my goodness, who wouldn’t? The whole office has noticed her, but Don’s been too wrapped up in solving his own spiral to do so. I took that last moment as Don’s ability to notice beauty again, nothing more. Sonia and my wife both disagree. Continue reading

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New John Legend Album

AKIE BERMISS: Where do we begin? The new John Legend record is called “Wake Up.” The album is basically a collection of covers, all of them (save one original) from the 60s and 70s. There are a lot of good things about this record. The song selection, for starters, is positively excellent. Each song is a classic tune — though many are songs today’s generation have probably never heard before. The combination of the Roots and John Legend is a match I’ve long thought would be a good one. Trouble is: the album just isn’t that good.

DAVE TOMAR: The best thing that I can say about the record is that it aspires to bring these songs to the attention of a new generation of listeners. And should the record be successful, I think this will be a great accomplishment. But I can’t see any reason why I’d want to hear John Legend sing something that I could hear Marvin Gaye or Bill Withers sing. Continue reading

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The Aesthetics of Pledge to America

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: The Wall Street Journal informs me that President Obama will be making a tour shortly “to attempt to dismantle the Republican party’s “Pledge To America” governing platform.” Attempt to dismantle? Either the WSJ has a poor view of our President, or Obama has really lost his edge. Face it, folks; this thing can be dismantled by a hay-fever-ridden twentysomething with an 80s-vintage word processor. Allow me to demonstrate.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Lots of people have commented on the meaning behind the written content of the Pledge to America, but I’d like to talk about the pictures that have been included in the downloadable .pdf document. Does it strike anyone else as odd that 15 of the 48 pages in are devoted to pictures? Is this a doctrine or a children’s book? Continue reading

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