Déclaration de Mission

This blog is named "Cherchez La Femme" in an attempt to claim the term and belie its misogynistic origins and undertones. If taken at face value, which is, in plain English, "seek the woman," the phrase suddenly takes on philosophical implications of soul searching, or, perhaps more precisely, identity searching. So in this blog they will be sought out, women that is. That being said, I fully intend to seek out...

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Girl on Girl Crime

Last week, Time Magazine‘s Belinda Luscombe grasped at why Sarah Palin has been on the receiving end of apparently derisive and vitriolic criticism, namely from women. It’s not because her resume about qualifies her to be the vice president of some holy hair removal company that runs late night infomercials on TBN, but it’s because she’s pretty. The article was called "Why Some Women Hate Sarah...

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Maddow about You

I love Rachel Maddow. I'm so proud of her. Remember when she was on Big Breakfast? Now she's got a national television show. And it's really good. Watch her stick it to Palin:

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Ew, Belgium

Et Septembre, là-haut, Avec son ciel de nacre et d.or voyage, Et suspend sur les prés, les champs et les hameaux Les blocs étincelants de ses plus beaux nuages. -Emile Verhaeren This is an ad for Ché magazine, Belgium's equivalent to Maxim or FHM, presumably. The biggest problem that I have with this ad campaign, besides the fact that the rag has co-opted Ernesto Guevara's beloved nickname, is that...

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Golly-Gee Feminism

I'd like to know exactly what McCain means by "liberal feminist agenda," or if he knows exactly what feminism was and has transformed into. He probably means something close to what Kathleen Parker was getting at when she called feminists a "hirsute, Birkenstock-wearing sisterhood." By suggesting that Palin (a self-proclaimed feminist) is a counter to that sisterhood's agenda implicitly suggests that he...

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Keep Your Paws Off My Pills

The Roman Catholic storeowner of the Diving Mercy Care Pharmacy in Chantilly, VA has amended the usual convenience store decorum code. Instead of "No shirt, no shoes, no service," manager Robert Semler has installed a "No candy, no soda, and no birth control," policy. The store will instead only stock items that "are health-related, including vitamins, skin care products and over-the-counter medications."...

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The Tires are the Things on Your Car That Make Contact With the Road

Okay, so this has nothing to do with any of the issues this blog asserts as its focus, but just when you thought the nadir of viral YouTube videos has been reached, some crazy Frenchman has to go and do something like...

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Bachmann's History as a Bigot

Jamie's last post touched on Michele Bachmann's McCarthy-ish wants for a press "exposé" of those members of Congess she thinks could be Anti-american (only Liberals need be scrutinized). Here's a video from the uptake.org of a debate in 2005 before Bachmann was ever elected to congress. In it she says that "Not all cultures are equal. Not all values are equal," and generally defamed the idea of...

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Heroes: Amy Sedaris

Every time I see, hear about, or read something by Amy Sedaris, I get weepy. If, when filling out my Sunday crossword puzzle, there are only three spaces instead of five to answer the clue "Humorist Sedaris," I imagine giving the sprightly little blond a sumo belly bump of solidarity. "You've come a long way, baby," she makes me gush. Unfortunately, as my favorite funny lady, she invariably serves to remind be...

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Update: In Case you Missed It

I think they actually filmed this: I mean, with actual film. On Barack Obama's sex appeal: Please read this at your own risk (it isn't unsavory, it just tastes really bad). It's by Nicole Caldwell, former-editor-in-cheif of Playgirl. I understand how difficult it must be to be forced to marginalize your writing after running Playgirl into the ground. Coming out of a publication the primary concern of which was to publish...

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Maddow About You: Expanded

It seems appropraite to make this post now after reading Tom Vannah’s Between the Lines in this week’s Advocate, which addresses the credibility of (basically) admittedly biased “news” programs on television like those of Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity. I have been thinking about this question for about however long The Daily Show has been on the air: is a biased source a responsible and reliable fount from...

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Halloween Oh-Eight and the Wicked Witch of Motor City

Happily, only two women were dressed up as Sarah Palin at the Halloween party I attended. One of them had a cabbage patch doll who was afflicted with what she referred to as, "up-syndrome." Both had grotesque, giant flag pins. Neither wore American flag bikinis or beauty pageant sashes, which pleased me. In fact, no one at the entire party was dressed in an especially revealing costume. There were no sexy cops, sexy nurses,...

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Okay, So Now What?

I'm at a loss. I am ecstatic, sure, but I am feeling hesitant. I whooped it up Tuesday night, jumped on the bed, said "I'm proud to be an American," rained crappy champagne out my apartment window, and watched a grown man cry. Barack Obama is now President Elect Obama and, as Hillary so eloquently put it back in February at that rally in my home state of Rhode Island, it is as if the skies have opened, the light has...

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Dumb Diva Dodges D.C. …

…and Faux News reaps the benefits. Apparently, hundreds of Sarah Palin stories that were to remain off the record until the end of the campaign are now ON THE RECORD. In the following clip, Fox News political correspondent Carl Cameron reveals some juicy inside gossip he's been dying to squeal. Watch and learn about how our almost-vice president didn't know which countries are included in NAFTA, thought Africa was a...

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Sex Workers' Jobs Just Got Harder

Craig's List, the popular nationwide internet classifieds site, has made a pact with 40 states to crack down on users who use the "erotic services" section of the site to advertise prostitution. This page has, until now, been free to use for both people who place ads and those who respond to them. In an attempt to crack down on people who violate state laws as well as the website's terms of use, which prohibits...

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Maddow About You

Rachel Maddow is funny. She has great hair and pretty, subtle makeup. The low-button stances of her suits hit just the right spot to flatter her figure and look casual without being sloppy. I'm glad she's on television. She has established herself as the only female newsertainment powerhouse in a genre that has, until now, included only the likes of John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Keith Olberman on one side and Bill...

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Cooking With Balls: It's a Good Thing

I recently came across a vividly illustrated cookbook that utilizes a main ingredient of testicles in each of its recipes (the testicles were not human, but once belonged to bulls, calves, lambs, rams, stallions, ostriches and turkeys). It is a refreshingly simple tome titled The Testicle Cookbook, compiled by an affable-looking Serb named Ljubomir Erovic, who has been cooking testicles, he claims, for more than 20 years. A lover of...

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Entitled Entitled Hippo

I had a small and ancient fourth grade teacher with an affinity for elastic-waisted calico house dresses. We liked to call her Mrs. Itchy-Butt. She was evil. I recall her not allowing a girl to go to the bathroom, that girl then peeing in her chair, and Itchy-Butt then making her sit in the puddle of urine. I may be making that up, but the memory is so vivid that I have no choice but to believe it is true. For some reason, Itchy-Butt...

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Heroes: Sarah Haskins

Sarah Haskins is a funny lady. Here is her latest installment of Target: Women, her online show in which she adresses the way women are targeted (hey!) by the media. She's a keenly derisive broad, and isn't afraid to be a little raunchy. This episode is about how women are targeted in automobile advertising. Watch: If the video isn't working, go...

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Grrrls Rock

When thinking of great rock guitarists, I'm generally awash with images of thin men in tight pants through which they exude some sort of super-sexual musk that increases in intensity when they shred. I lament not maturing in an era past, perhaps the sixties, seventies, or eighties. I would certainly have entertained the thought of becoming a groupie. I may have even been successful in consummating my adoration with a rock god,...

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Tween-age Wasteland

This is so wrong. Another blog pointed this image out and I had to see if Amazon had done anything about it. I followed the link, and sure enough, the image of a mid-pubescent girl was used to illustrate an article of clothing being described as "sexy." I'm pretty sure someone messed up somewhere, because PrettySinful, the clothing manufacturer, sells mostly garters, sexy halloween costumes, crotchless panties and the...

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The (Boob) Job

A gang of theives in Uganda has taken a somewhat shrewd approach to robbery. Police in that country are warning bar-going men to watch their noses, lest they have a heaving bosom smeared with chloroform shoved in their faces. Apparantly, women have been applying the heavily sedative chemical to thier chests and using it to subdue their male victims. The victims, usually well-to-do business men, wake up stripped naked with all of thier...

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R.I.P.

Odetta, American folk legend, dies at...

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Heroes: Campbell Brown

Tell it like it is, sista: Embedded video from: CNN Videoor here

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Attention: Aspiring Ladies

In perhaps one of the most hilarious performances of one of the silliest songs of all time, this goofball manages to say some stuff that isn't really okay. Like why does he get to decide that a certain "kind" of woman that he'd "like to flaunt and take to dinner" is a lady. Like because he wants to dress her up and take her out and sleep with her, that somehow makes her dignified. Oh, and don't forget...

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The Antis Have It

It seems like people who are anti-something for religious reasons stemming from Christianity are heard much more loudly that those who are opposed to things for moral reasons in general, even though both sets of people are equally insenced. The manipulative techniques of PETA and anti-abortionist are similar, for instance. Grainy, violent photographs of stripped animal carcases often too much resemble the pictures of...

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Stewart Chooses Side on Eve of Call-Out-Gay-to-Work Day, Puts Huckabee in his Place

John Stewart’s ability to have rational arguments with people he disagrees with continues to push his show out of the realm of comedy and into the world of real legitimate journalism. Last night on The Daily Show, Stewart interviewed former-presidential hopeful and chubby bassist Mike Huckabee, who was pitching his new book Do the Right Thing, (I wonder if Spike Lee knows about this–he does like to sue people).Unlike Bill...

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R.I.P.

The venerable Bettie Page dies at 85. That she became a household name is testament to the fact that she was more than just a pin-up girl.

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How Young is Too Young?

With all of the talk about restrictions against gay marriage lately, I think it's prudent to take a look at controversial straight relationships that some may consider immoral or perverse. In Australia, the law does not recognize same-sex marriages. However, in extreme circumstances, for an "extraordinary and unusual" straight couple, the legal age of 18 may be bypassed.A 16-year-old girl and her 26-year-old...

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Not-So-Virgin Mary

Playboy Mexico's December issue features a sexy and nude Virgin Mary on the cover. They recently issued an apology, but i can't help but think someone had to have seen the potential for controversy coming, especially considering that Roman Catholics make up 91% of Mexico's population, the second most saturated in the world after Brazil.However, Playboy has come up with one good thing lately. In the "gifts for...

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Not Hugely Annoying, But Huge and Annoying: A Visual Tour

I have to admit. I like to buy things. I am an all-consuming lemming who'll likely jump off a cliff for a nice pair of leather boots or a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress (what I wouldn't give). At least I'll look good when I'm dead; the undertaker can "vogue" me in my coffin. So I was secretly excited about the new Urban Outfitters branch being installed in one of those perpetually vacant spots that are...

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On Nature

The BBC/Discovery Channel series Planet Earth has been on my mind lately. If you haven't seen it, I recommend that you do so. Soon. Do yourself a favor and watch the version narrated by David Attenborough, not Sigourney Weaver.Not only is the series full of staggeringly beautiful photography, but the scale of its project is almost inconceivable. It took five years to make, and it shows. I've been thinking about how to approach...

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Grandma Palin and the Baby Train

Bristol Palin's controversial pregnancy has come to a head. Continuing the Palin trend of obnoxious, made-up baby names, Bristol dubbed her son Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston. Baby Tripp–who sounds like he could grow up to be either a country singer (the kind that wears a microphone affixed to his head instead of standing in front of one), a serial killer, or some strange hybrid of the two, conveniently outfitted with a font...

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Finding a Way

Thankfully, the appeal of social conservativism did not outweigh the benefits of financial liberalism in October’s presidential and senatorial races. For once, the Republican party was not successful in convincing poor white Americans to vote for them because they were on the side of God and guns, all the while quietly suppressing spending on social programs and aid that would benefit lower-middle-class and middle-class...

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