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Illinois Middle School Says Girls Can’t Wear Leggings. What’s Next? Burkas?

Geezus.  For real?  In 2014?  In the United States of America?

Middle-school girls in Evanston, Ill., are picketing for the right to wear leggings. Sophie Hasty, 13, told the Evanston Review that teachers at Haven Middle School informed female students this month that leggings are “too distracting to boys” to be fit for the classroom.


The lesson to be taught here is to boys, not girls.

What’s next?  Burkas?  The Taliban forces women to wear burkas for exactly the same reason…boys and men just can’t control themselves when they look at the female body…even if it’s covered in leggings.  Males can be so weak when it comes down to it but, natch, women and girls pay the price because men wield the power.  They’ve got the guns.

Burkas via Nitin Madhav (USAID)  Wikimedia Commons

(Image Nitin Madhav (USAID) via Wikimedia Commons)

You go Sophie!

March 24, 2014 at 5:36 PM 1 comment

Kohl’s Selling Real Rabbit Fur Accessories Marked “Faux”

Check out this press release from the Humane Society of the United States:

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Independent laboratory testing confirms accessories being sold on and promoted as “faux-fur” are actually made with real rabbit fur. The Humane Society of the United States is issuing a consumer warning about the falsely advertised products on Cyber Monday – one of the biggest online shopping days of the year.

HSUS investigators purchased several different styles of Nicole Lee Fabiola brand handbags, which were prominently advertised as having “faux-fur” trimming, from in October and November.  However, upon examination, the handbags were found to be trimmed with animal fur, and laboratory testing determined the fur to be from a rabbit.

Selling animal fur as “faux fur” on a handbag is a violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act, which prohibits “unfair or deceptive acts or practices” in commerce and carries a civil penalty of up to $16,000 per violation.

Pierre Grzybowski, research and enforcement manager for the Fur-Free Campaign of The HSUS, said: “Consumers should be aware that animal fur is still being sold as ‘faux’ by major retailers – in this case Kohl’s. We’re calling on Kohl’s to adopt a fur-free policy and more robust quality control program, and urging consumers to learn how to tell animal fur from fake fur so they can shop with confidence.”

More than 75 million animals, including rabbits, raccoon dogs, mink, bobcats, foxes and even domestic dogs and cats, are killed annually to make unnecessary fur products.


So is real fur cheaper than faux fur?  I mean, why would Kohls use real fur instead of faux fur if it wasn’t?

My grandmother had what I guess would be called a scarf or a shoulder wrap made out of a dead fox.  The head was still attached and the clasp operated by opening and closing the dead fox’s mouth.  I’ll never forget it. I was 9, 10 and 11-years-old back then and the sight of that scarf horrified me.  The poor thing had little orange and brown glass eyes.  Having the head attached kind of brings home how the garment is made, if you know what I mean.  If we’re going to slaughter 75 million animals (!) to use as fur “products,” maybe we should leave the heads on and see if people still think wearing real fur is cool.

December 3, 2013 at 5:10 PM Leave a comment

Oh No, That Guy Wore The Same Suit Last Month!

Tell me if you think we’d ever see an article like this about a guy.  Or, this is how sexist and petty the D.C. media is:

Somebody Spot Janet Yellen Some New Threads

Whether Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama’s latest pick to head the Federal Reserve, proves to be the financial genius our sputtering economy so desperately needs, remains to be seen.

At least we know her mind won’t be preoccupied with haute couture.

Here’s the black-on-black ensemble she sported last month when President Barack Obama officially nominated her:

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And then the bored-out-of-his-mind moron who thinks this is important news goes on to show a photo of Yellen in the same outfit today when she appeared on Capitol Hill for her confirmation hearing.

Imagine someone saying the same thing about a guy wearing the same suit during two appearances a month apart.  It would never happen.

If this isn’t clear evidence that the “liberal media” will pick at anything, ANYTHING, having to do with the Obama administration, I don’t know what is.

Not only that, Yellen is arguably going to be one of the most powerful people on the planet if she’s confirmed.  Is nitpicking about her clothes what immediately comes to mind here?  Really?

Yes America.  You’re being dumbed down big time.

November 14, 2013 at 6:18 PM Leave a comment

Sexist Guy Learns About Victim Blaming

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LOVE this:

omg i just witnessed a horribly hilarious thing

i’m in a mixed group with some students, discussing sexual assault. i asked if anyone feels like assault is the victim’s fault, to raise their hand. one boy raised his hand and started to explain that girls who wear revealing clothing, or get excessively drunk should be held responsible for whatever happens. he was about to say something else when one girl got up AND DECKED HIM SO HARD HE BLACKED OUT FOR TWO MINUTES

when he came to, he’s all, “why’d the fuck you hit me?!”

“if you weren’t just standing there when i decided to start swinging wildly, you wouldn’t have gotten hit. it’s your own fault. see how victim blaming works?”




October 15, 2013 at 7:01 PM Leave a comment

The 2013 Fall Fashion Colors are UGLY

I’ve had my eye on this vest from LandsEnd for a year.  It’s on sale so when I was cruising around today I thought hum, maybe I’ll spring for it.  I love the color; the Tanzanite blue.

While wasting time (I’m always kind of lethargic after spending the morning at the food bank), I remembered that there are people who decide what colors we’re supposedly going to want to buy during the next “fashion season” and I decided to do the Google for Pantone, the folks who make that decision for the cosmos.

Check out the U-G-L-Y colors Pantone wants us to love come September:

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I decided to buy that Tanzenite blue vest before it’s disappeared in deference to the drab colors above.  The “emerald” might be good if it were more on the turquoise side and the “carafe” is ah, meh, but other than that, LET ME OUT OF HERE!  Oh, and I hate the “Miykonos Blue.” So depressing.



August 2, 2013 at 7:12 PM 2 comments

Women’s Shoe Designers Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank

Seriously? How in the world is a human being supposed to walk in these things without breaking their ankle(s) or their leg(s) or their hip(s)?

$447 (not counting the medical bills):

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July 4, 2013 at 5:37 PM 1 comment

What “Fashion Statement” is Justin Bieber Trying to Make Here?

Will someone please explain this “fashion” to me?

Is it some sort of anti-establishment statement to have your pants hanging down below your underwear?  Are the pants the next thing to go?

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Justin Bieber

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March 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM Leave a comment

Michelle Obama’s Dress

The dress Michelle Obama wore tonight:

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The dress she wore in 2009:

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Love 2009.

January 21, 2013 at 9:48 PM Leave a comment

Kanye West Wears Dead Animal to Paris Fashion Show

It’s amazing to me that there are pockets of society left where wearing a dead animals is still acceptable:

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Known as ‘The Louis Vuitton Don’ it would of course only make sense for Kanye West to be at the French fashion house’s Menswear Fall/Winter Collection for 2013/14 show on Thursday.


Holding his head up high, the Watch The Throne genius wore a black T-shirt with a pair of slim fitting black jeans teamed with black trainers.

Wrapping a red and black checked shirt around his waist, West accessorised with a large gold linked chain and a gold grill worn on the bottom row of his teeth.

Standing out from the crowd – as he would have wanted it – Kanye wore a khaki jacket which was beautified with fur lining and a fur large hood.
Sickening.  And what’s a “gold grill worn on the bottom row of his teeth?”
I presume it’s something like this row of gold and diamonds Kanye wore on over his bottom teeth on the Ellen show in 2010.
When I see this kind of gross consumption all I can think of are the folks at the food bank where I volunteer on Friday’s who are so thrilled when we have toothpaste or shampoo or cheese.


January 17, 2013 at 5:19 PM 7 comments

Moisturizing Jeans With Olive Extract?

I can’t imagine anything more uncomfortable-sounding than these.  And the thought of being massaged by chemicals all day — what’s “special formula Smooth Legs?” — ah, I don’t think so:

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Wrangler Denim Spa Molly Skinny Jeans With Olive Extract

Molly skinny jeans by Wrangler
  • - Made from stretch denim
    – Stretch added for comfort and fit
    – Innovative olive coating to interior for moisturising effect
    – Shaped yoke for a flattering fit
    – Natural fading and whiskering
    – Low-rise waist

    An exciting innovation, Denim Spa from Wrangler is a collection of great fitting jeans infused with cosmetic ingredients that will provide treatments for your legs as you wear them, keeping them silky smooth throughout the day. Favourite skinny styles Courtney, Corynn and Molly jeans, are infused with one of three soothing ingredients: Aloe Vera, Olive Extract or special formula Smooth Legs.


January 17, 2013 at 12:06 PM 1 comment

This. Takes. Guts.

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Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT., wore her Sunday Best to the Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi-sponsored photo opportunity with the Democratic women of the House to highlight the historic diversity of the House Democratic Caucus in the 113th Congress and celebrate the increased number of women joining the Democratic Caucus on January 3, 2013.

I’m not sure if this is high fashion or low fashion but whatever it is, I think it’s wonderful that DeLauro has the guts to step out in what I presume she thinks is a fabulous outfit, no matter what anyone thinks.  Bravo to her for her guts.  And look at that hair!

She bucks the stereotype of what a woman who is almost 70 “should” wear.

The more I think about it the more I love it.

January 3, 2013 at 6:40 PM 1 comment

Israel Bans the Use of Underweight Models and Stealth Photoshopping

I LOVE this — more sanity from around the globe — as in legislators passing laws that benefit the citizenry instead of the corporatocracy:

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[A] law that bans the use of underweight models in advertising went into effect in Israel [on Tuesday]. The law also requires that any ad digitally altered to make a model look thinner must say so in the advertisement.

According to the law, models with a Body Mass Index below 18.5 would be prohibited from appearing in advertisements.


I’m happy for all the girls and women in Israel who will at least be somewhat shielded from the outrageously unrealistic body image the fashion media would have us all strive for.  Oh, if only we could relax about that.

January 2, 2013 at 7:28 PM 4 comments

Shoes Gone Wild

Yes, this is a real shoe. $188.95 at Nordstrom’s.

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It’s called the “Gazelle.”

Can you imagine running like a gazelle in that?

December 24, 2012 at 8:13 PM Leave a comment

Buy, Buy, Buy

16+ million people follow Kim Kardashian on Twitter.  Kim tweets about having and buying things:

Kim Kardashian is reportedly paid an unimaginable $10,000 per tweet (and here).  Talk about the 1%!

Think about the (mostly young) women who follow her.  Life is all about moccasins, loafers, being blond and bikinis.


October 6, 2012 at 7:28 PM Leave a comment

Oops! Gerald Rivera in a Hoodie — Look Out

Uh oh, here’s Geraldo Rivera in a hoodie.  Yikes:


For more photos here, and if you don’t get it, go here.

March 23, 2012 at 4:16 PM 3 comments

The Miami Heat Wear Hoodies in Support of Trayvon Martin

A tweet and a photo from LeBron James of the Miami Heat.  Notice the hashtags in the tweet:

This is what you get when you follow the link in the tweet:

Photo via LeBron James

TAKE THAT GERALDO and bravo to the Miami Heat and LeBron James.

March 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM 1 comment

J.Jill — $60 for a T-Shirt?

They are so ripping us off:

Easy luxe with a silken touch. Scoop neckline. Mid-hip length. Modal rayon and polyester. Machine wash. Imported. [As in:  Made in China.]


This is outrageous.  Show me a Savers and I’ll show you a soft 100% cotton boyfriend-style top for $2.00.

March 22, 2012 at 4:06 AM Leave a comment

Boulder Passes Anti-Corporate Personhood Referendum

Well, the votes are in and as of last night, my town, Boulder, Colorado, passed — by a “wide margin” — a referendum rejecting the notion that corporations are people.

A Boulder measure that counters the idea that corporations and unions have the same First Amendment rights as individuals — a concept referred to as “corporate personhood” — scored an easy win Tuesday night.

Question 2H, which pushes for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would guarantee that only people are entitled to constitutional rights, won the vote by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. According to the final 12:55 a.m. tally, 18,392 voted in favor and 6,556 voted against.

The non-binding measure also favors limits to campaign donations and expenditures by enshrining in the Constitution the idea that money does not equal speech.


Bravo!  I am so proud to live in a town that has, at least figuratively, rejected this anti-democratic, cockamamie notion.

November 2, 2011 at 9:19 AM Leave a comment

Kourtney Kardashian Wears a Dead Animal Over Her Shoulders

This would be Kourtney Kardashian in NYC today.  (Note the woman in the striped shirt — and animal skin — behind her.)

Photo: Daily Mail / Splash

I thought killing animals so rich women could feel richer than the rest of us went out of fashion 15 years ago.

October 15, 2011 at 9:04 PM Leave a comment

Poor, Poor Kim Kardashian

This would be Kim Kardashian at an aquarium in Connecticut the other day.

Does she ever — ever — relax?

INF Photo

Tell me those shoes are comfortable.

Ugh.  What a “life.”

September 30, 2011 at 8:36 PM 2 comments

Important Stuff

OMG.  Say it ain’t so already.  This is news?

Are hipster glasses over? How they went from geek to chic to weak.


September 16, 2011 at 7:48 PM Leave a comment


I watched a bit of the royal wedding today —  enough to catch some of the hats the female guests wore to the service — and when this one passed by,

I was speechless.

This would be Princess Beatrice, the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.

Forget the fashion police.  This thing should be confiscated by the fashion army and destroyed.  Immediately.

April 29, 2011 at 10:49 AM Leave a comment

The Ugliest Shoe Ever

This has got to be the ugliest shoe I’ve ever seen:

April 20, 2011 at 4:58 PM Leave a comment

HSN: A $250.00 Razor?

High school kids were standing outside my local grocery store the other day asking people to pick-up simple items poor and homeless people do without. One of the items was disposable razors.

As a food bank volunteer I know razors are coveted but scarce so I forked over six bucks for a 12-pack.

Three days later I see this:

$249.50 for a “Hair Removal Kit?”

Are you kidding me?

That would be — in essence — $250.00 for a cordless razor.

Go here people:


Donate $250.00 to yourself or to your local homeless shelter.


Amazing what people will buy.

April 19, 2011 at 10:05 PM Leave a comment

America the Fat

Now they’re designing clothes to fit our fat.  This from HSN tonight — designed to hide that fat butt and those fat hips:


Notice how cheaply it’s made?  No buttons.  No zippers.  No hooks-and-eyes.

They’re loving that we have a whole new need for ah, fashion.


March 25, 2011 at 9:01 PM Leave a comment

Who Has Skin Like This?

Thank God for airbrushing huh?

It’s deplorable that the fashion industry implies that there are people out there who actually look like this.  Look at the neckline of the woman in the middle in the second picture.  That is so doctored.  And the hands.  No “wrinkles” at the knuckles.

Google anti-wrinkle cream for teens — teens! — and you get almost 800,000 hits.

Sad.  Cruel.  Almost abusive.

February 22, 2011 at 6:03 PM 2 comments

The “Liberal Media” and Rihanna’s Dress, etc.

Miss this stuff?

Tea Party darling Paul Ryan (R-OH) calls for a $600 million cut in border security.  I think we should go after employers who hire undocumented immigrants so hey, fine by me, but why aren’t the Tea Partiers rioting in the streets?  This is a huge betrayal of one of their core issues.

–  Alaska’s warming at three times the rate of the lower 48 states.

China overtakes Japan as world’s 2nd largest economy (Woah — China — that was fast!):

Japan ceded its spot as the world’s second biggest economy to China in 2010, following a contraction in the fourth quarter as the strong yen contributed to an export slump, the end of auto subsidies depressed car purchases and a new tobacco tax hit cigarette sales. The Japanese economy’s fall from its 42-year reign in the No. 2 spot behind the U.S. on an annual basis…

–  The “liberal media” (that myth is, unbelievably, still alive) couldn’t find any Democrats to appear on today’s Sunday morning talk shows.  At one point during the Bush years I heard someone explain spin/justify that so many Republicans were on the “liberalcorporate media” because they were in power.  They were in office.  They were making the news.  Ah, yeah.  So what’s the excuse now?

– I can’t help myself here but the dress Rihanna wore to the Grammy’s tonight

reminds me of the Michelin man:

Meow. I know.


February 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM Leave a comment

What’s Wrong With What Michelle Obama Wore on Oprah Today?

I’m watching Michelle Obama on Oprah.  She looks good.  She’s dressed very conservatively — a pinkish/purple sleeveless dress, blue/gray “kitten” heel pumps, “diamond” stud earrings (I don’t know if they’re real, of course) and a mesh-like silver necklace with five or six grayish stones:

I’m trying to figure out what the righties will say is “wrong” with her look.  They always find something, as in the commie red dress she wore last week to the state dinner honoring the President of China.

I’ll keep you posted.  If Sarah Palin can turn Obama’s “winning the future” theme from the State of the Union into WTF (what the fuck), they’re capable of anything.

January 27, 2011 at 7:21 PM Leave a comment

Michelle Obama’s “Commie” Red Dress

If there was ever a right-wing attack that was so over-the-top-stupid it would offend even right-wingers, this has got to be it:

The right-wing media attacked First Lady Michelle Obama for wearing a red dress to the White House State Dinner, suggesting she did so to honor “Commie Red China.”

Some winger headlines (links at the link above):

Doug Powers: “Michelle Obama Appropriately Enough Wore A Red Dress” While “Musical Rendition Of ‘If My Friends Could See Me Mao'” Played;

Hoft: Michelle Obama’s Dress Slips Off At Commie Red China Obama State Dinner.

Dude, it was designed that way.  It’s an off-the-shoulder dress.

Fox Nation: “Did First Lady’s Dress Send A Political Message?”

Also at the link above, this insanity:

Pam Geller Accuses Obama Of “Flying The Gangsta Colors At The White House” For Supposedly Wearing A Purple Tie.

January 20, 2011 at 2:15 PM 3 comments

The HOH8 Campaign

Miss this?  The NOHh8 campaign?

On November 4, 2008 Proposition 8 passed in California, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The defeat provoked a groundswell of initiative within the GLBT community at a grassroots level, with many new political and protest organizations being formed in response.

The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8″ painted on one cheek in protest.

Two years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to over 8,000 faces and continues to grow at an exponential rate. The campaign began with portraits of everyday Californians from all walks of life and soon rose to include politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more.

What? The “liberal media” hasn’t covered this?

January 11, 2011 at 11:58 PM 2 comments

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