To protest a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.
"We need some gender equity here," she told HuffPost. "The Virginia senate is about to pass a bill that will require a woman to have totally unnecessary medical procedure at their cost and inconvenience. If we’re going to do that to women, why not do that to men?"
We certainly enjoyed stem cell researcher Joanne Kurtzberg’s righteous indignation on 60 Minutes tonight. We enjoy (what seem to be her signature) overalls and turtleneck even more.
We would like to say that Serious Ladies offered excellent benefits, including an in-house Iyengar Certified Yoga Instructor, cute ergonomic chairs, generous, discounts on Ferragamo pumps and Swedish-equivalent maternity leave. Anyone who can make that happen gets to be CEO automatically!
Anyways, we hope you all read the New Yorker profile on pianist Helene Grimaud:
Whenever Grimaud can manage, she doesn’t perform at all: she is at a conservation center for wolves that she co-founded, in 1999, in northeast Westchester County, where she helps care for the animals. Grimaud does not relish the stiffness of the classical world. In a 2004 photograph of her, prized on the Internet, she is rehearsing with an orchestra wearing what looks like a wife beater; more recently, she apologized to a music reporter for showing up for an interview smelling of deer meat.
Later, she shows up to practice with her concert blouse in a paper sack! Seriously!
Edith Head, iconic costume designer who dressed up such films as Vertigo, Sunset Boulevard, and Double Indemnity (lest we forget Eye of the Cat and The Cat and the Canary) was born today. To honor the occasion, here is a photo of her - taken by Bob Willoughby and currently in our Billy Rose Theatre Collection at our Library for Performing Arts.
Cindy Gallop, I want to make love (not porn) to your two-tone t-straps and your crepe-de-chine shift dress.