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Welcome to the antidote.

Blast from the past: the hilarious/creepy laughing quadruplets October 1, 2008

This is one of my favorite videos of all time, because it just makes me crack up.  It’s also sort of chilren-of-the-corn-ish (not unlike Abby Corn-ish, the ugly home-wrecker).

 

It’s not nearly as creepy as this video of children singing “Hail Obama”, however.  I’m not sure who thought this was going to be determining factor for the (according to CNN today) 8% of undecided voters, but seriously.  Please stop helping. 

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More Lacroix nuttiness.

Ok, so my first thought when I saw this picture was, “Is that Lisa Marie?”

NOT a good sign.

There is WAY too much going on here.

There is WAY too much going on here.

Although maybe it’s more the sulky face that reminds me of Lisa Marie.  If she didn’t scoop this number up, however, I’m sure Cher or Celine Dion would be ON it!

 

Christian Lacroix is being too literal.

Fashion is art, and art should be INSPIRED, not imitative.  I’m not a fan of this ensemble, part of the Christian Lacroix Ready To Wear Spring 2009 collection that was launched today as a part of Paris fashion week.

This is just way too literal, right?

Ech.

Ech.

What actual toreadors (bull fighters) look like in costume:

Escamillo, before he kills Carmen in the opera.

Escamillo, before he kills Carmen in the opera.

 

Oh, Karl Lagerfeld.

It’s good to know the old coot still has a sense of humor.

Part of the Karl Lagerfeld RTW Spring 2009 Collection, at Paris Fashion Week today.

Part of the Karl Lagerfeld RTW Spring 2009 Collection, at Paris Fashion Week today.

This collection is totally Aeon Flux, don’t you think?

Miss Charlize would look sick in this!

Miss Charlize is the only person I can think of who might be able to make this look work. Ready to wear, my ass.

See what I mean?

See what I mean?

 

Only Dita could pull this off…

Gorgeous, glamorous, and totally her own woman, Dita Von Teese rocks the red carpet at the Patrick DeMarchelier Exposition in Paris, France (9/29/08).

The one and only Dita Von Teese.

The one and only Dita Von Teese.

Although you know she had a front-row seat, and was calmly preventing everyone behind her from seeing the show.   Oh well.  I guess that’s your right when you put in that much work being fabulous for the world’s entertainment.

Update: More Dita at Paris’ fashion week.  Here she is at the Gaultier show.

Class act.

What a class act, and I LOVE those shoes. Sexy!

 

Anne Hathaway is so freaking beautiful!

Anne Hathaway appeared on the David Letterman Show in NYC yesterday, looking stunning as always.

Work it girl!

Work it girl!

Looks like she got a little embarassed when Letterman quizzed her about her 30-year old ex-boyfriend, conman Raffaello Follieri.  He was arrested on suspicion of fraud this past June, and pleaded guilty to 14 charges just three months later.

Don't worry baby girl, I'll be your bf! =P

Don't worry baby girl - I'll be your bf!

I’m sure she’ll get a chance to have some cathartic closure this weekend though, when she’ll be hosting Saturday Night Live.  You can bet I’ll be tuning in to THAT!

 

Welcome to “Guyland”. Or – Why your boyfriend’s a douchebag

Michael Kimmel has just written a book called, “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” and from the reviews I’ve read, it sounds right on the money.  Kimmel basically propogates the theory that young men in America aged 16-25 “fiercely defind their right to an extended adolescence” – an extension that is making them entirely miserable.

In the 1950s, over two thirds of American men had, by the age of 30, “completed their educations, left home, started work, married, and fathered at least one child.”  Less than a third of men in the U.S. can make the same claim today.  Basically, Kimmel is saying that all of the social and economic changes of the past half-century have isolated men – pushing them into a defensive & unified position, where they huddle together until the last possible moment.  Feeling backed into a corner by the relatively recent shifts in the power balance between men and women, fighting to regain some of the 17% drop in their wages (for men aged 25-34) since 1971, guys are trying to figure out what their collective “new identity” is.  They no longer feel safe and comfortable in their role as “Top”, “Breadwinner”, “Rock of the family”, etc., so they spend their youth performing their version of strong, masculine heterosexuality for each other.  In other words, according to Kimmel, they spend much of their young lives trying to prove “constantly and repeatedly that [they’re] not gay.”

This group identity crisis has resulted in a lot of dangerous and reprehensible behavior, however, such as binge drinking, gay bashing, and date rape – all under the header “boys will be boys”. There isn’t much recognition of the fact, however, that taking away someone’s right to say “no!” is NEVER an acceptable or appropriate adolescent right of passage.  These guys aren’t only damaging themselves, they’re hurting everyone around them.

I think that, as women, we need to support these guys.  I don’t mean we should support the ridiculous performances and posturing that can lead to violent and disturbing behaviors, but rather we should look towards confirming our guy’s masculinity.  We get so focused on the women’s revolution, and on wanting to overcome centuries of being oppressed – rightly so! – that we lose sight of the need for BALANCE.  The guys need the help and the support just as much as we do, and maybe if we could occassionally confirm that need, we’d see a little less of this craziness.