Welcome to Jezebel’s Midweek Madness, where local menace Joan Summers has received a mysterious package in the mail. A strange and anonymous person in a trench coat, fake mustache, and Party City wig delivered it to my front door this morning. Inside the package is a letter that reads: “Don’t print lies. We’ll be watching.” That sounds ominous! And while we’re ignoring my creeping dread that I’ve possibly made an enemy of the Powers That Be: let’s dive in. Advertisement Ok!: As my readers know, I’m never at a loss for rude comments concerning Vogue = cover stars Nick and Priyanka Chopra Jonas. I initially flipped to the “Love & Heartbreak” section of the tabloid to find the blurb shown on the cover above. After scouring the magazine for over 20 minutes, I had yet to find even the slightest mention of the newlyweds. As a last ditch effort, I poured over the directory hoping to find a page number. And then I … [Read more...] about This Week In Tabloids: Priyanka Chopra Jonas Demanded A Retraction Because She’s ‘Very Much In Love’
Welcome to Jezebel’s Midweek Madness, where local menace Joan Summers is recovering from the worst food poisoning experience of her life over the weekend after a harrowing Vanderpump Rules bar crawl. Maybe her fellow Real Housewives of Beverly Hills have made a few accurate points concerning the Queen of Diamonds! Thankfully, weed gummies and the American aviation industry joined forces as I formulated my weekly rude comments on the latest hot gossip. Let’s dive in! Advertisement In Touch: This week’s cover story, concerning the alleged Kimye divorce, is a great example of my wish for the pop culture landscape: a future where the many gossip reporters that litter the surface of our cursed planet acquire even an ounce of anti-capitalist media literacy. But instead of speaking in crypticism for the next paragraph, why not just lay it plainly: there isn’t some grand, overarching conspiracy surrounding the Kardashians that is proof of their implicit … [Read more...] about This Week In Tabloids: Kris Jenner Is Further Proof That the Illuminati Are Capitalists!
Welcome to Jezebel’s Midweek Madness where local menace Joan Summers, shortly after purchasing tickets to Detective Pikachu (premiering May 8th), sat down to write a scathing column on my sworn enemies, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s pantsuits. Preserve might be dead but its memory lives in the hearts and minds of gossip columnists. Let’s dive in! Advertisement In Touch: I almost feel bad that a love triangle is the storyline they’re running with after Stefani Joanne Ally Maine Germanotta’s foray into the Tinseltown Industrial Complex. She burned all those bridges in the name of glamour and intrigue and this is what she gets? Two jawline-deficient somebodies? Sad! I’d rather zero in on the troubling undercurrent of Britney Spears’ latest press. (Do you also feel that unshakeable dread whenever her mental health becomes the fixation of our collective thought process?) Following her recent admittance to a mental health facility, the … [Read more...] about This Week In Tabloids: Remember When Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds Got Married On A Plantation?
Breaking up is not only hard to do, but there’s little precedent for women being able to do it, observes Canadian journalist Kelli María Korducki. In Hard to Do: The Surprising, Feminist History of Breaking Up, Korducki examines the historical shifts that enabled women to end partnerships simply because they want to, but also how that freedom has become commodified and sold back to us through common and arguably oppressive narratives of romantic love. That our romantic lives—often framed as being freer than ever before thanks to social progress—are actually laced with advertisements to buy, buy, buy does misogyny’s bidding: We purchase our way to emotional security through a system that already economically debilitates women and non-binary people. We’re wedded, sometimes literally, to the same societal infrastructure that pays us less and somehow expects us to lean in more. Wage gap and job discrimination aside, the imperative to be coupled filters … [Read more...] about ‘Dump Him’ Is a Feminist Psalm: Kelli María Korducki on the Feminist History of Breaking Up
Cigarettes were widely considered gross and disreputable at the beginning of the 20th century; by the end, they were on their way out of widespread public acceptability once more. In between, they were ubiquitous. The politics of that arc are the subject of a fascinating new work of history. Sarah Milov’s The Cigarette: A Political History refocuses from the much-discussed deceptive actions of the tobacco companies to the politics around their end product. Milov draws out the role of the federal government in essentially fostering the business, for instance through New Deal programs that supported tobacco farmers that lasted long many of the other recovery programs of the time. Advertisement She also explores the activist movement—often spearheaded by women—that articulated a concept of nonsmokers entitled to a smoke-free environment and, in so doing, managed to take on a rich and powerful industry that was lying to the country about whether its products were … [Read more...] about The Rise and Fall of the Great American Cigarette
My favorite part about commuting to the Jezebel office in Times Square every day is the exercise I get from jumping over the streams of piss shooting out from the urethras of the huddled masses. As everyone knows, it’s almost impossible to find a public bathroom in this city that isn’t overtaken by rodents. Luckily, there is a company working to change all of that. PeePass NY, a start-up born “out of the anxiety around the pee experience that especially affects women,” is looking to solve New Yorkers’ pee related woes for as little as $2 a month. PeePass is currently raising funds to build out an app that will provide a list of “clean, gender-neutral” restrooms at locations they refer to as “PeePartners.” These locations range from cafe bathrooms to client-only bathrooms located in salons. All a subscriber would have to do is find a PeePartner, show them their pass, and gain unfettered exclusive access to that partner’s … [Read more...] about How Much Are Your Trips to the Toilet Worth?