Style & Entertainment
There’s a general assumption that women without children have oodles of discretionary time and money since children aren’t there to use them up. Logically, that’s true, though it may not always feel that way.
♥ KIDS MOVIES W/O KIDS: Do you go to the theater to see kids’ movies, or do you avoid ‘the stress’ by watching at home? Entertainment Weekly‘s website featured this post by Sandra Gonzalez: ‘Solo & Childless: Why I Almost Didn’t Watch ‘Despicable Me 2′. Admitting that she ”hates going to watch family films alone,” she did it anyway. I’m glad she shared her story, because I’ve been there, and I didn’t do that. Read More
♥ NO LULLABIES: Mavis Staples, 74, is a legendary gospel singer, perhaps best known for ’70s hits like Respect Yourself. This year, she explained to Time magazine that she did consider Momhood during her brief marriage years ago. But, her husband (um, ex-husband) insisted that a good wife and mother needs to stay at home. That didn’t go over well. Read More
♥ BABY BUMPS & NO BUMPS: Britain’s Princess Kate isn’t the only one happy that Prince Georgie is finally here. If big-deal pregnancies take some of the paparazzi heat off never-pregnant stars, I shouldn’ complain so much about the mega-coverage. Why should the paparazzi waste time asking Carrie Underwood if she’s ever going to have a child when an easy-to-get shot of Fergie’s bump is worth cash in the hand? Read More
♥ CARRIE, ET. AL.: June 6, 2013 marked 15 years since the premiere of Sex & the City (SATC) on HBO. The show is so iconic that it’s as prominent on the network’s website as it ever was, and syndication is still hooking women into the “lives” of Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes and Charlotte York and Samantha Jones. TV, even on cable, had never seen women talk about sex (or do it) with such gusto, and the ups and downs of girlfriendship had rarely been so realistically portrayed.
♥ GAMERS: San Diego’s yearly Comic-Con International, and all of its not-so-small spin-offs, tend to be dominated by men. Last August, more than 3,000 women attended the second annual GeekGirl Con in Seattle, Washington. Some even dressed in character. Hand over the console, guys. The 2013 event is scheduled for October 19 & 20.
Two out of 5 gamers are female. That’s more than 40% of the total. If those stats from 2011 shock you, it might be because most of us define “video games” as being violent and testosterone-drenched. Soldier of Fortune. Manhunt. Grand Theft Auto.
Women astronauts, Hermione and Dr. Who, Princess Leia, Wonder Woman…the gang’s all here. You might be surprised to find that somewhere within you there’s a geeky girl, too.
♥ TOO-REAL TV: During BRAVO’S Married to Medicine ”reunion special”, Dr. Jacqueline Walters had the chance to re-explain why she tried to end a feud between two of the two doctors’ wives. In a nutshell: Woman A (Mariah) learned that Woman B (Toya) publicly revealed that Mariah’s young daughter is adopted. The adoption has been kept secret from the girl as well as Mariah’s other children.
For the second time (third?) during the season, Mariah told Dr. Jackie that because she is childless, she can’t possibly relate to the situation. The cast was left open-mouthed, knowing Dr. Jackie grieves the fact that she will never give birth, a result of earlier treatments for breast cancer. Season 2 will surely return to this topic, one way or the other. Read More
♥ IF YOU WERE PREGNANT… Cable TV’S WE network claims to be about Women’s Entertainment, which was apparently lackluster until the arrival of Bridezillas. This year, as part of the publicity campaign for a new show, Pregnant and Dating, WE partnered with Associated Press to survey more than 1,200 adults age 18-49. Objective: Get a feel for how many unmarried women are considering pregnancy or adoption, thereby “proving” a single, pregnant woman would still date, making the program not as sleazy as it sounds. The poll results are interesting, but the show’s still tacky. Read More
♥ MAD WOMEN: For women, 1968 proved to be a pivotal catalyst. The female side of AMC’s Mad Men – Joan, Peggy, various wives, one-night stands and budding teen Sally Draper — remain basically untouched by events sparking shifts in gender roles and responsibilities from the cities to the suburbs? Take note, NotMoms: the nation’s increase in women without children, one in 10 in 1976 to one in 5 now, is a result of a fire that started in the late ’60s. Read More
They are Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore. A never-married NotMom, Ms. Rice now teaches at Stanford University’s business school. Ms. Moore is vice president of Rainwater, Inc., a company started by her billionaire husband, Richard Rainwater. Don’t let the blonde fool you. She is the first woman ever profiled on the cover of Fortune magazine.