Apparently the cute photos of kittens and dresses and recipes on Pinterest made men who wanted to share photos of knives and guns and meat feel unwelcome. Because now we have Manterest, for the manteresting things of virtual life!
Women quickly colonized Pinterest, which allows users to “pin” images they like and share them with friends, probably because we’ve been trained so well by our women’s magazines to covet beautiful products. But the predominately female demographic must have made some man somewhere uncomfortable and thus unable to “pin” his fave golf club photos on the social networking site. Surely he will feel better “nailing” and “bumping” those instead, as Manterest allows him to do. That’s how you know it’s for men! That, and the black, wood grain background.
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For the record, this is just as ridiculous — and insulting to men — as those ill-fated attempts to make tablets and pens just for women. You know, the ones that use "feminine" color schemes (that’s pink and purple to you) and, in the case of the tablets, come preloaded with apps someone has decided you will like if you have a vagina — like calorie trackers and yoga programs and shopping lists and recipes. (Ugh.) These things sound like jokes, but all signs point to them being earnest enterprises.
Some things — actually, most things — don’t need to hew to the gender binary. And while these things seem superficial and silly, they make a difference: The more we make the world boys-versus-girls when it need not be, the more we imply there’s only one right way to be masculine, one right way to be feminine, and nowhere in between. Guys, you can bring your fishing rod photos, or whatever, over to Pinterest. They’ll look just fine next to the cupcake photos, and who knows — maybe even a lady or two will “like” them.
Hollywood.com correspondent Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the author of Sexy Feminism, available now, and Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted, a history of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, due out in May. For more information visit JenniferKArmstrong.com.
Follow Jennifer on Twitter @jmkarmstrong
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The media focused so much on Michelle Obama’s looks for yesterday’s inauguration that The Daily Show correspondents spent an entire segment wearing bobs-with-bangs wigs. Yes, we all got a little too excited this week about Michelle Obama’s spectacular new bangs. Even I, a longtime bang advocate, found myself particularly surprised by how flattering they looked on the First Lady.
And yes, I’m totally fine with having that thought.
One could make the argument that we are being superficial and ignoring the real issues by spending time on Michelle Obama’s shocking aesthetic decisions — not just bangs, but a Jason Wu gown for the second inauguration in a row! But one can also be pretty sure that the same air time and publication space used to discuss such matters would not automatically be turned over to incisive analyses of geopolitics. If anything, they’d be in danger of occupation by a Kardashian or Real Housewifian sartorial choice. Wouldn’t you rather see Michelle Obama there?
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That’s why we can all feel good about our obsession with Michelle’s bangs and gowns and sweaters and eyelashes, especially on Inauguration Day, which is basically like prom for presidents.
This obsession may carry a whiff of sexism, in the most basic sense: No, we’re not quite as interested in men’s fashion choices, though Jay-Z also looked spectacular. Oh, and you, too, Mr. President. But the president is the one who is president. The fact that we haven’t had a female president is sexism. The fact that we pay more attention to the president’s words — you know, the historic invocation of Stonewall and call for gay rights, the plea for better gun control — than to his outfit is common sense.
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It’s deeply sexist when we degrade and dismiss a woman in politics based on her looks, as so many have done to Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and probably every other female politician ever. It’s sexist when we focus on Sarah Palin’s sex appeal while ignoring her politics, for better or worse.
But on a day when pageantry is paramount, and the First Lady looks stunning, there’s nothing wrong with stopping to admire her. She’s a particularly important public figure for women, based, to some extent, on the way she looks — she is a woman of color who wears both designer and off-the-rack mall staples like J. Crew. She also has the kind of figure we don’t necessarily have to starve ourselves to aspire to (though we will need our hand weights). That’s no small thing.
Now, how many of you are getting bangs this week?
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Hollywood.com correspondent Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the author of two forthcoming books, Sexy Feminism (due out in March) and Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted, a history of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (due out in May). For more information visit JenniferKArmstrong.com.
Follow Jennifer on Twitter @jmkarmstrong
The star passed away on Saturday (11Sep10) at the Motion Picture and Television retirement community in Woodland Hills, California, his spokeswoman Jaime Larkin has confirmed.
In a career spanning almost 50 years, Gould starred in over 300 TV shows and a string of movies, including 1973's The Sting, in which he portrayed Kid Twist, and more recent hits Patch Adams and Freaky Friday.
But he was perhaps best known for his role as Betty White's boyfriend on The Golden Girls and as Valerie Harper's father, Martin Morgenstern, on hit 1970s sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off Rhoda.
Paying tribute to her former TV co-star, Betty White tells the Los Angeles Times, "He was such a fine actor and such a lovely man. He will be sorely missed."
Meanwhile, his TV daughter Harper told the publication, "Harold brought an extraordinary humour, class, grace and a twinkle to create the character of Martin Morgenstern. He was a friend as well as a co-worker.
He was one of the loveliest gentlemen - and so funny and so good at what he did."
Gould's last TV job saw him join the cast of Nip/Tuck for one episode, while the former drama teacher was also known for his extensive theatre career.
He was also cast as Howard Cunningham in Love & Happy Days, the show that was to become beloved sitcom Happy Days, but was forced to quit the show due to a scheduling conflict..
The star, who earned five Emmy Award nominations throughout his lifetime, is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lea, and his children Deborah, Joshua and Lowell.