Various things to check out this fine Tuesday:
-Barbie has cankles: Christian Louboutin is the latest designer to create a signature Barbie, but he’s redesigning her feet because he says her ankles are too fat. Yes, Barbie is now too fat for the fashion mainstream.
-Outsourcing Pregnancy: Doree Shafrir covers the issue for the Daily Beast, and Arlie Hochschild offers a must-read, in-depth take in the American Prospect.
-Domestic Abuse and Insurance: Kaiser Health News does some great investigating into domestic violence survivors being denied health care coverage.
-The Edge of Edgy: Toddlers in fetish wear? For real?
-Femimint Hygiene: Never thought I would get to type this phrase, but: Vagina Mints. Ladies, here’s a good rule of thumb: If you’re with someone who doesn’t want to come near your vagina unless you pump Lysol up it, spray flower-scented perfume on it, or stick a mint in it, they probably don’t deserve to be near your bits in the first place. Vagina mints are, under no circumstances, a good idea.
-Pre-Existing Stupidy: An insurance company denies coverage to a breastfeeding baby because he has the pre-existing condition of obesity. I say that baby is just fat because he’s lazy, and this denial will probably shake some sense into him and make him go on a diet. God bless America.
-Pepsi is Disgusting: And it’s not just the taste that’s offensive (although seriously, who are you Pepsi drinkers? Yuck). The company now has a phone app that helps you “score” with chicks — by breaking them down into 24 different stereotypes, and helping you keep a “Brag List” about girls you’ve banged, which you can send to all your friends via Twitter.
-Any Given Sunday: Is there such a difference between football and dogfighting? And, perhaps a more loaded question, but is it irresponsible for parents to allow or even push their kids to play football?
-Against Meat: I’m a former pescatarian (I didn’t eat any meat except fish for 11 years) turned unapologetic foodie. This piece by Jonathan Safran Foer about vegetarianism, ethical and environmental responsibility, culture and what we give up when we give up meat (and the trade-off for what we gain) really struck me. His honesty about food was refreshing — while a vegetarian diet can be rich and enjoyable, it just isn’t as rich as a diet that includes meat; giving up meat isn’t just about giving up taste, but for some of us feels like a severing of memories — and he still makes the case that vegetarianism is worth it.
Anyone else read anything good this week?