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Tuesday
Mar132012

Spanx Founder Sara Blakely Is World's Youngest Woman Billionaire | Mike Huckabee Radio Challenges Rush Limbaugh

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Meet Sara Blakely of Spanx Image: Ben Baker/ReduxSpanx Cool Billion

Sara Blakely has been getting half-naked in public for the last decade, writes Forbes. Today her Spanx empire is valued at $1 billion by four Wall Street investment banks, making her the youngest woman at 41 to create a billion dollar business with no inheritance or help from a husband.

Blakely owns 100% of her company and she has no debt. Spanx is to slimming undergarments, writes Forbes, as Kleenex is to tissues. Spanx nets annually an estimated 20% of revenue on sales of $250 million and has never spent a dollar on advertising.

The entrepreneur has three serious phobias — fear of heights, fear of flying and stage fright — and now has the upper hand in all of them. Listening to Sara Blakely talk in her Forbes interview, she also shares the reality that she flunked her law boards twice.

The result was a new career and outstanding success for America’s specialist in smooth butts.

Sara Blakely Forbes Interview

Yoga Lovers Tiff

Sonia Jones with Pattabhi Jois by Michael Halsband/Landov.Sonia Jones, the lithe blonde married to hedge-fund billionaire Paul Tudor Jones, has a new business relationship with the family of the late Ashtanga-yoga master Krishna Pattabhi Jois. A chain of yoga studios and boutiques are on the horizon, writes Vanity Fair. ” That’s got many of Jois’s devotees in a distinctly un-yogic twist.”

Headlines

Rebekah Brooks and Husband Are Arrested in Hacking Inquiry NYTimes

More Trans Fat Consumption Linked to Greater Aggression, Researchers Find Science Daily

Scientists Tap the Cognitive Genius of Tots to Make Computers Smarter Science Daily

War on Women

Mike Huckabee, Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesOn April 2, Rush Limbaugh gets some serious competition in the new Mike Huckabee show, launching in Rush’s noon-3 time slot. Huckabee would be a concern under any circumstances, writes David Frum for The Daily Beast, but the recent furor over Limbaugh’s attacks against Sandra Fluke make Huckabee — who promises to run a much more civilized program — even more attractive to many.

At a time when the talk radio audience is dropping, Rush Limbaugh’s business model may be crashing around him.

He (Limbaugh) actually charges radio stations for his content: up to $1 million a year in a major market. Plus, he charges the highest ad rates in the business. Those two revenue streams—multiplied by more radio outlets than anybody else in the industry has—have made Limbaugh a very rich man. But those revenue streams always depended on Limbaugh upholding his end of the bargain: delivering the audiences. And on that count, Limbaugh has been notably failing.

Industry estimates are that Rush Limbaugh’s audience has dropped in half over three years. The listeners still engaged are the most ideological and right-wing. Rush says his advertisers — now on a two-week national time out from the show — have nowhere to go.

Enter Mike Huckabee with a slogan of “more conversation; less confrontation.” Rush Limbaugh’s audience was 72 percent male in 2009, more male than almost any other program or radio or TV.

Girl’s Club Says ‘Ban Rush’

We agree with Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan, co-founders of the Women’s Media Center, comparing Rush Limbaugh to Josef Goebbels, the man who promoted Hitler’s racist, genocidal policies in Nazi Germany.

We can’t support their call to ban Limbaugh from the people’s airways, because it makes him a martyr. There is every reason to believe that Limbaugh’s influence will be waning soon, with Mike Huckabee going head-to-head in the same time slot.

We do support the statement by female vets, including Katherine Scheirman, former chief of medical operations in the US Air Forces, demanding that Limbaugh’s bile be dropped from the American Forces Network.

Women serving in the military shouldn’t be working with men who spend their time off listening to Rush Limbaugh calling them feminazis. Increased rapes and assaults are up in the military.

Esquire weighs in with an in-depth, supportive piece on behalf of women: It Is a War on Women, and It is Not Stopping. The problem goes  far beyond Rush Limbaugh’s big mouth, writes Charles Piece. Women’s rights and bodies are being brutalized.

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Maja Ekberg | Magnus Magnusson | Contributor Winter 2011 | ‘Paradise Lost’

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Louise Pedersen | Peter Gehrke | Dansk S/S 2012 | Out Of Sight

Hong Jang Hyun | Harper’s Bazaar Korea March 2012

Viktoriya Sasonkina | Jacques Olivar | Marie Claire Italia March 2012 | ‘A Girl’s Life’

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Christy Turlington | Inez & Vinoodh | The Gentlewoman #5 S/S 2012 | ‘Christy’

Nicole Trunfio | Zoltan Tombor | You Inspire March 2012

Sofia Vergara | Dusan Reljin | Instyle US April 2012

Tori Praver | Nacho Ricci | Harper’s Bazaar Argentina March 2012 | L.A. Woman

Tetyana Brazhnyk | Aleksei Kolpakov | Harper’s Bazaar Ukraine March 2012 | Midnight in Paris

Dana Drori | Santiago Albanell | Harper’s Bazaar Argentina February 2012 | ‘Rock Angel’

Carolin G. | Michelle Fennel | Factice Magazine #11 | ‘Intim ates Rock’

Alyona Subbotina | Jean-François Campos | Flair March 2012

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Hannah Holman | Daemian Smith & Christine Suarez | Gravure

Samantha Gradoville | Xevi Muntane | Harper’s Bazaar Spain March 2012 | Nina Bien

Diana Moldovan | John Akehurst | Velvet March 2012 | Il Fiore Delle Mille E Una Notte

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Hailey Clauson | Tyrone Lebon | Pop Spring/Summer 2012 | This Is Pop Too

Jira Kohl & Aline Dahse | Rafael Stahelin | Harper’s Bazaar UK April 2012 | Let It Shine

Aline Weber | Miguel Reveriego | Vogue Germany March 2012 | High Class

Kajsa M | Kerry Hallihan | Harper’s Bazaar UK April 2012 | Two-Tone Temptation

Iris Strubegger | Horst Diekgerdes | Harper’s Bazaar UK April 2012 | Beyond the Shimmering Sea

David Oldham | Elle France March 2012 | Madame Reve

Mackenzie Drazan & Kelly Mittendorf‎ | Emma Summerton | Vogue Italia March 2012

Lucia Jonova | Danilo Giuliani | Grazia Germany March 2012

Karolina Kurkova | Dusan Reljin | GQ Germany April 2012

Iris van Berne | Manolo Campion | Nylon March 2012

Tara Gill | Leda & St. Jacques | Elle Canada April 2012 | ‘Caliente’

Monday
Mar122012

Pa WOW's Amy Gould Caraballo @ Harrisburg War on Women April 28 March Interview by Anne Enke

This week Anne of Carversville introduces friends to the three women behind April 28th’s Unite Against the War on Women march for Pennsylvania: Amy Gould Caraballo, Nicole Turman and Lynn Thomas Guidetti.

Anne, along with other Pa citizens, has joined forces with these three busy moms who have strong views about what’s happening to the women of Pennsylvania at the hands of Republican legislators.

For good reason, most AOC writing focuses on the women’s rights assault of the day in America. Just trying to track the legislation is a nightmare. What’s lost in calling out one vaginal probe and personhood bill after another is the personal side of feminism and women’s rights in America.

Furious over Rush Limbaugh’s calling Sandra Fluke a slut and a prostitute, we want to humanize the pro-woman voices who support women’s rights. Limbaugh calls us ‘feminazis’. But who are we really?

After you’ve finished reading Amy Gould Caraballo’s interview with Anne, please check in at the Unite Against the War on Women national Facebook page and Unite Women’s new website. Follow on Twitter as @NatlWOW.

In Pennsylvania, link here for April 28th’s Unite Against the War on Women Harrisburg march.

Pa Press | If you are a member of the Pa press, Anne is happy to talk to you in her role as media liaison for the Pennsylvania march. Contact her here.

(Anne)Did you know each other before joining forces to organize the We Are Women March - Pennsylvania?

(Amy) Yes, but we’ve never met in person. I met Lynn on an email list that supports Autistic people and families of Autistics. I met Nicole working on educational advocacy, specifically the Gaskin Settlement Agreement that affected special education in Pennsylvania. We also worked together on the Arc of PA’s Early Childhood and Education subcommittee for a few years. It meets by teleconference so Nicole and I have not met in person either.

Do you have a history of being a women’s rights activist? Was feminism a word in your vocabulary growing up? What is your background and relationship with women’s rights issues?

This will be my first official rally for women’s rights. I have had the luxury of rights granted to me by the blood, sweat and tears of those before me. But I have always considered myself to align with feminism, so yes - I have used the word feminist to describe myself. On a personal level, I have fought against the notion that men should any given advantages in the workplace, and life in general. While our strengths differ, women are just as capable and deserve equal treatment in all walks of life. I believe that women are suppressed because we hold so much power - without us, human life ceases to exist.

I’m constantly told that I can’t possibly be a feminist? I like sex and men. Could you define feminism for yourself?

Feminism is a way of thinking - our sexuality, our dreams, our goals are our own. There are no boundaries that cannot be broken. We are powerful people who must be allowed to harness our power. I believe that women can mend most of the world’s problems, given the chance. We are natural-born nurturers and we use this for the good of humankind.

Do you have any opinions on why feminism has struggled to achieve legitimacy in America?

Like everything else in the U.S., fear keeps us in bondage. Fear is a most powerful tool for keeping people powerless. Right now, there are a good percentage of men and women who are fearful of what might happen should women gain more control over our country. Those currently in power who oppress women are generally fearful of losing their power. We are a contender men do not want to compete against.

Do you have children? Do you work with children or young women?

I am a mother to a twelve year old boy. I do not work with children in any official capacity. However, I am a student of psychology and currently provide advocacy services for families whose children struggle with special education problems in our public schools.

Was there a specific trigger that brought you to the national Unite Against the War on Women campaign?

The uproar over birth control pills brought me here. My mother’s generation was the first to have control over their reproductive systems in this way and I am aghast that anyone would take this away. In addition, I have always been pro-choice, although I loathe the stigma associated with it. Pro-choice does not make me pro-abortion much like pro-life does not mean one supports life for all - only fetuses and now apparently zygotes.

Did you have grassroots organizing experience before leading this Pa effort? What gave you the confidence that you could pull off this march on April 28?

I have created movements in the past that were merely “online” efforts. This is a completely different “ballgame” for me - organizing an actual rally where we meet in a public location. I had no idea if this would become anything more than a Facebook group. I am in awe daily how well we are progressing. So my confidence is built by the progress.

Are people eager to get involved?

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Monday
Mar122012

Nobel Winner Leymah Gbowee Chides American Women's Passivity | Catholic Bishops Huddle On Contraception Fight

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Images via Marc Bryan-BrownTina Brown reviews the femme-rich, powerhouse weekend in New York, the third Women in the World summit. IMF head Christine Lagarde gave the keynote speech at opening night dinner, saying “If Lehman Brothers had been a bit more Lehman Sisters…we would not have had the degree of tragedy that we had as a result of what happened.”

Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee told the cheering crowd: “My definition of victimhood is the person who sits and waits for a knight in shining armor … it was always that way for me.” The international leader confessed to being bemused at American women’s passivity in the debate over reproductive rights: “I watched this and said to myself, ‘Where are the angry American women?!”

Fast Food Nation Still

Emile Wamsteker, Bloomberg/Getty ImagesTen years after his seminal book ‘Fast Food Nation’ Eric Schlosser admits to The Daily Beast that little has changed in food production in America. Yet he remains hopeful.

On the one hand obesity rates soar in America. The rate among preschoolers has doubled in the last 30 years. All major attempts to add new regulations around food safety have failed in Congress. New safety regulations for workers have also failed. That’s the bad news, writes Schlosser.

Looking at positive news, it’s undeniable that a food movement has arisen across America, a drive for more sensible and enlightened eating characterised by the reality of having an organic garden at the White House. Parents are working to kick fast food, junk food and sugar-rich soda out of schools.

The National Restaurant Association, “a corporate bastion of the old mindset” now agrees that today’s top menu trends are “local sourcing, sustainability, and nutrition.”

Primarily because of increased costs, organic food remains only 4% of food sales in America. More than 23 million low-income Americans live in “food deserts”, although some research suggests that people don’t eat better when the access to good food problem is solved.

Schlosser promotes organizations like The Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and its fight against wage theft, racism, and the abuse of workers in the restaurant industry; The Edible Schoolyard Project and Slow Food USA and their mission of trying to bring healthy food to children in low-income communities; and Growing Power, a group led by Will Allen and based in Milwaukee, is demonstrating how agriculture can thrive in the inner city, turning urban food deserts into farms that produce healthy food.

Obama Courts Women

The Obama campaign launches a big campaign with American women this week. Mailings go out to a million women in battleground states today. An effort called ‘Nurses for Obama’ will begin Wednesday with a new website and nurses stepping up as advocates for the new health care law in their communities. A national campaign Women for Obama is in high gear.

War on Women

Lynn Leseth in San Diego on Thursday at the Rally for Women’s Rights, which denounced efforts to limit reproductive freedoms. Yesterday’s New York Times article Centrist Women Tell of Disenchantment With GOP reinforces the reality that Republican women are mad over the GOP effort to roll back access to contraception.

Mary Russell of Iowa City, who describes herself as a retired teacher from Iowa City, an evangelical Christian and ‘old school’ Republican of the moderate mold interrupted a baby shower for her niece to discuss politics. Until recently, Russell supported Mitt Romney but not today.

She said she might vote for President Obama now. “I didn’t realize I had a strong viewpoint on this until these conversations,” Ms. Russell said. As for the Republican presidential candidates, she added: “If they’re going to decide on women’s reproductive issues, I’m not going to vote for any of them. Women’s reproduction is our own business.”

In fact large numbers of Republican and Independent women interviewed in Iowa say they will vote for President Obama or not vote at all. The 2010 election was the first time since 1992 the women’s vote went to Republicans. Now the pendulum may be swinging back.

“Everybody is so busy telling us how we should act in the bedroom, they’re letting the country fall through the cracks,” said Fran Kelley, a retired public school worker in Seattle who voted for Senator John McCain over Mr. Obama in the 2008 election. Of the Republican candidates this year, she added, “They’re nothing but hatemongers trying to control everyone, saying, ‘Live as I live.’ ”

As Rick Santorum, and his 1950s vision of women’s role in public life, picked up a win in the Kansas caucus over the weekend, the tough talk on controlling women’s health shows no sign of abating.  Catholic bishops meet Tuesday to discuss just how far they intend to push efforts to seize control of women’s reproduction in America, through their rejection of the Obama Administration’s no co-pay, contraception compromise.

The Catholic Reporter writes that there is no game plan among the bishops for how to proceed.

“If the bishops reject this deal, they don’t have a lot of options,” Russell Shaw, a commentator on religion and politics magazine wrote in conservative Catholic Crisis Magazine. “Closing down thousands of Catholic institutions and programs isn’t likely. Remedial legislation pending in Congress has little chance of becoming law with Democrats controlling the Senate and the White House. As for simply refusing to obey the … rule, it’s a last resort.”

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Arizona Muse | Paolo Roversi | Vogue Italia March 2012

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Erika Labanauskaite & Rachele Schank | Kosuke Matsuo | Kurv Winter 2011 | The Period Of Silence

Hannelore Knuts | Paola Kudacki | Harper’s Bazaar UK April 2012 | Aria of Andalusia

Milena Milovanovic | Michele Bloch Stuckens | Kurv Winter 2011 | Fleur de Bitume

Julia Dunstall & Ryan Curry | Fabio Chizzola | Marie Claire UK April 2012 | ‘An Affair to Remember’

Kinga Rajzak | John-Paul Pietrus | Chanel for Harper’s Bazaar Singapore

Hanna, Hedvig, Moa & Sara | Marcus Ohlsson | Bon S/S 2012 | ‘Pure Desires’

Kelly Mittendorf | Sheila Metzner | Grey Magazine S/S 2012 | L’atelier d’artiste

Elizabeth Olsen | Glen Luchford | Interview February 2012

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Alyona Subbotina | Yossi Michaeli | Dazed & Confused Korea March 2012

How about this symbol for Women for Obama? Remember Sarah Palin’s crosshairs map? We say a pink innertube is sexy, fun and a real lifesaver for American women.

Anna-Maria Nemetz & Ehren Dorsey | Greta Ilieva | Bullett Spring 2012 | ‘Valley of the Dolls’

Madelene de la Motte | Marcus Ohlsson | NK Stil Spring 2012

Zahia Dehar | Karl Lagerfeld | V #76 Spring 2012 | Zahia

Naty Chabanenko | Aleksei Kolpakov | Harper’s Bazaar Ukraine March 2012

Katrin Thormann | Henrik Bülow | Cover March 2012 | Blue Romance

Hanaa Ben Abdesslem | Benjamin Alexander Huseby | V #76 Spring 2012 | What a Feeling

Jeanne Bouchard | Richard Bernardin | Elle Canada April 2012 | Get In The Ring

Julia Frauche & Ruby Aldridge | Kai Z Feng | Vogue Australia April 2012 | Les Annees Gitanes