Who am I to judge?
From the internet:
Hugh Hefner has been blessed with three new very gorgeous blonde beauties — two of which are twins. But despite his romantic relationship with 19-year-olds Karissa andKristina Shannon, the men’s magazine mogul admitted at the recent Playmate of the Year party at The Palms in Sin City that he still can’t really tell them apart.
"I have one little trick, one has a little mark," Hef said, motioning to his neck. "Other than that, I don’t know."
Like many people, I watch the increasingly popular "Real Housewives of New York" series on Bravo. I can't claim any educational value; it's a reality show about wealthy people and their catfights. It can be pretty amusing.
Anyway, they often put a single woman on the show among the housewives. With the New York Housewives, that woman was Bethenny. Bethenny was funny, successful, pretty, and...single in her late 30s. Whenever another housewife was in a fight with her, and they wanted to insult her, they could point to the fact that she was alone as some sort of failing. She agreed on the show that being alone makes her vulnerable to all sorts of insults.
I think it's unfair that that's the case. Recently, in my town, we had a mayoral election. Some of the activists who were single women are often derided on local message boards for speaking their mind. This is one comment that was posted today about a female activist who speaks at council meetings:
"I have a personal question for you are you always this inept? Do you always find you fail at everything you do. For example no boyfriend or for that matter a girlfriend. your charming personality made you miss the boat with both sexes.
Why are you so lonely is it because of your weight? Personality or lack thereof? Your looks?
I really feel sorry for you it must be very lonely having so much animosity burning inside you and so much animosity directed against you.
Do you think a therapist might be helpful?"
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Well...would they direct this kind of insult against a single man? Doubtful. But a woman being single, plus the ever-popular weight problems, which are always good for some extra unfair jabs...that's something that can easily be used it you want to stop someone from speaking out.
There are lots of reasons people may be single. There are the obvious - just haven't met the right person yet, some failed relationships, just ended a long-term relationship, or for all you know, their fiancee died on 9/11. How would you know? People shouldn't criticize a woman who speaks out by pointing out her single status. But that's just how people judge in society. Especially about women. Their choices are so often judged.
Then again, about 10 years ago, there was a very outspoken female activist in town who was married with three kids. Some guy would post on the message boards saying she should stop causing trouble and pay more attention to her kids. Well, they never say that about male politicians or activists, do they?!
Eiben & Irr was a jewelry store. Last year, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote: "C. Mel Eiben was talking about his life when an employee at his Downtown jewelry store said she should follow her boss around with a tape recorder and write a book.
I had to immediately apprise all five of my readers about this, from Publisher's Marketplace:
Salinger Sues Over Unauthorized Catcher in the Rye Sequel
J.D. Salinger filed suit in a NY Federal Court against the anonymous author of the forthcoming sequel 60 YEARS LATER: Coming Through the Rye, also naming UK company Windupbird Publishing, Sweden-based Nicotext, and SCB Distributors (which sells Nicotext books in the US) in the action. The complaint declares, "the sequel is not a parody and it does not comment upon or criticize the original. It is a rip-off pure and simple."This Courthouse News piece adds, "Salinger says the defendants are acting in bad faith to confuse the public, which is likely to think that he wrote the sequel. He wants publication enjoined, all copies of the book destroyed, damages and costs."