Covering the Coverage: The Week in Lady-News

This time around: Julieanne Hough. Do sexy Halloween costumes for men exist? Plus Pussy Riot, crazy-smart 12-year-olds, and more.

Nov 3, 2013 at 3:00pm | Leave a comment

Hi. Welcome to Covering the Coverage, where we recount some of the interesting bits of lady-news from last week (and the blog world's reaction to same). Let's get to the goods now, OK?

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  • Fuck. Nadya Tolokonnikova, one of the imprisoned members of the band Pussy Riot, is missing. Per Buzzfeed, Tolokonnikova’s family hasn't seen or heard from her since she was transferred from a prison in Mordovia, Russia about 10 days ago. Hope she turns up safe and her family gets some (good) news soon.
  • In an insightful piece over at TPM Cafe, Tressie McMillan Cottom tries (and succeeds!) to answer the pressing question "Why Do Poor People 'Waste' Money On Luxury Goods?" Cottom writes, "Gatekeeping is a complex job of managing boundaries that do not just define others but that also define ourselves. Status symbols -- silk shells, designer shoes, luxury handbags -- become keys to unlock these gates … What we know now about status and wealth creation and sacrifice are predicated on who we are, i.e. not poor … You have no idea what you would do if you were poor until you are poor."
  • Artist David Trumble was featured in an interview on WomenYouShouldKnow.net. The award-winning cartoonist, artist, and illustrator discussed his "princessified" versions of ten of the world’s most inspiring women from past and present history, explaining, "This was a response to the furor kicked up over the glossy ‘princessification’ of Pixar’s Merida character, both in image and doll form. I drew this picture because I wanted to analyze how unnecessary it is to collapse a heroine into one specific mold, to give them all the same sparkly fashion, the same tiny figures, and the same homogenized plastic smile." WE LOVE YOU, DAVID TRUMBLE. Keep at 'em, please.
  • At Bitch, Camille Hayes takes on the Julianne Hough blackface-costume debacle, writing that though Hough's apology seemed sincere, it kind of doesn't matter, because duh, BLACKFACE: "I believe Hough’s sad, bewildered apology for her mistake was sincere. As a person of color, I don’t feel angry about her tasteless Halloween getup, I just feel sort of confused… I don’t think Julianne Hough set out to offend people of color, or Uzo Aduba, the actress who actually plays Crazy Eyes and who is actually black. She just really, really wanted to wear that costume, wanted it enough to silence the whispers she must have heard deep down, warning her that this might not end well. She wanted, just for a night, to rat her hair and darken her skin, to slide into that orange jumpsuit and claim a part of that alien experience as her own, all while staying safely hidden behind the cultural power that allowed her to play at oppression that way." Also, be sure to read the comments. There's some interesting (and odd!) stuff going on in there.
  • Which leads us to this Buzzfeed post arguing that yes, it is possible to dress up as people or characters of other races without attempting to crudely paint a whole new skin tone on your face.
  • Madison Kimrey is all of 12 years old, and already she's WAY more eloquent than I could ever dream of being while speaking in front of a room full of too many people! The young activist gave a great speech on getting back voting pre-registration for teens. Check it out (and read her accompanying blog post, too).
  • Sexy Halloween costumes for dudes? Sure! Why not? Sociological Images tried to scrounge some up, kind of. Check it out and try not to emit a sad little chuckle.
  • Ellen DeGeneres is set to produce a new NBC sitcom with a -- wait for it -- LESBIAN LEAD. The still untitled show will be written/exec produced by out gay comedy writer Liz Feldman, of "2 Broke Girls" fame. It will reportedly focus "on a lesbian and her straight male best friend who get pregnant just as he meets and marries the love of his life."

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