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Weekend Reading:  "My Life in Pantyhose," from Writers on the Job.

Weekend Reading: “My Life in Pantyhose,” from Writers on the Job.

“I used to counsel young women never to do two things, or not to do them in conjunction: 1. learn to type; 2. buy pantyhose. …”   Could we talk to you about pantyhose? Or rather–could our editorial director, Susann Cokal, talk about them?  Below, you’ll find the link to an essay about their storied past,...
Holiday Reading:  Sara Gruen's Hatchimal Scandal

Holiday Reading: Sara Gruen’s Hatchimal Scandal

The metaphor could not be more apt: A best-selling author attempts to raise funds to free a prisoner by selling the year’s must-have toy–a cute mammal that hatches from an egg.  But now Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants, At the Water’s Edge)  finds herself trapped in a storm of angry parents, unfriendly journalists, and difficulties reselling her haul.  —-...
From the Department of New Releases

From the Department of New Releases

Time to browse the New Pages virtual “magazine rack” for new releases … Oh, look! There we are! Read about our latest issue and other fine magazines that have landed this month. And meanwhile, contemplate photo by Mark Wyatt, taken in Beijing in 1990.  It accompanies Julie Anderson’s essay, “It Cannot Be Conceived,” which concerns idealistic...
Flashback Video: Watch Mattel market their original dream girl–and a gun for the boys.

Flashback Video: Watch Mattel market their original dream girl–and a gun for the boys.

Slim figures (or not), pantsuits, beauty competitions, commerce, and grabbability have been in high focus during the 2016 presidential campaigns.   So maybe, in the spirit of seeing how far we’ve come and how we got here, it’s time to enjoy a video compilation of vintage Barbie and Ken commercials, plus a few more thoughts about little girls in...
Weekend Reading:  "Our lady of the pantsuit: In praise — yes, praise! — of Hillary Clinton’s style," by Sonja Livingston on Salon.com

Weekend Reading: “Our lady of the pantsuit: In praise — yes, praise! — of Hillary Clinton’s style,” by Sonja Livingston on Salon.com

“It’s time we talk about pants. Hillary’s, specifically. I’m thinking of the red pair she rocked a few nights ago at the first 2016 presidential debate…. I want a patron of loud talk, of speaking her mind, of taking up space. Give me a woman who climbs flagpoles, an icon with full thighs and an...