“As a teenager, my relationship to naked men could best be described as “bystander,” not “active participant.” While my male peers were getting together to flip through Playboy magazines and, later, shoot porn videos to each other over AOL Instant Messenger, I was cut off from those male networks of sexual imagery. The pathway for discovering and consuming female nudity was ingrained in the adolescent male experience, but girls had no such network for viewing sexy images. When we did see them, we were positioned to think about ourselves in front of the camera, not behind it; when we watched porn, men watched us. In the just-released Titanic, Jack drew Rose in the nude, not the other way around.”
— I wrote about growing up in an age before Tumblr porn.
1:16 pm • 21 June 2013
“I find the ladymags’ defensiveness about this as disheartening as the trend itself. “Serious journalism” also requires a serious conversation about how to get better.”
— Megan Greenwell
(Source: Slate, via megangreenwell)
5:41 pm • 20 June 2013
“The women’s magazine problem is not just a perception issue. “Serious journalism” defies definition, but a publication’s investment in storytelling—the time, money, and pages it devotes to narrative—is measurable. I’m not privy to the budget breakdowns of these magazines, but it’s not difficult to discern the editorial investment in a story just by reading it. And even the pieces that have been heralded this week as “the very best” of women’s magazines could invest a lot more.”
— Why women’s magazines are not as “serious” as they could be.
10:34 am • 20 June 2013
“A female reader once sent in this giant collage starring Cathy, from the comic strip.”
— A former Playgirl editor on the strangest mail she ever got.
2:55 pm • 16 June 2013
“You’d think that “leader” would be a defining characteristic for any politician, but only 39 percent of people described female politicians with that term; 93 percent of them described male politicians that way. Women in politics were, however, more likely to be described as “uptight” and “dictatorial.””
— The strange stereotypes we hold about women in politics.
11:41 am • 15 June 2013
“Everyone’s different. That sounds obvious, but I think we sometimes forget that when it comes to sex. What one person might consider hot, another might not. Sex and dating and attraction are very unpredictable, especially when we think we know what’s going to happen”
— I talked with Rachel Kramer Bussel about what she learned editing hundreds of anonymous sex diaries for New York Magazine.
3:06 pm • 12 June 2013
Turns out a lack of creative culture and vibrant nightlife leaves space for all of this.
11:38 pm • 6 June 2013
The Management strikes again.
6:30 pm • 6 June 2013
Not sure which is better: Ann Friedman’s fascinating piece on the social barriers afflicting the modern horny lady, or the photoset of Super Serious Boning Animals that accompanies it.
5:48 pm • 6 June 2013