Magazine Cover of the Week: Why You Gotta Be So Mean to Taylor Swift?

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I find it so rich that Taylor Swift to cries sexism in the latest issue of Vanity Fair, which she also covers, over her portrayal in the media, not to mention going after famed feminists Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Swift is the orchestrator of her own image as a virginal victim, so if anyone’s to blame for her coming across as “some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her”, it’s you, TayTay. You do nothing to further the plight of women as anything but “clingy, insane and desperate”, so don’t try to use sexism to your advantage now when you’ve clearly stated you’re not a feminist.

And as for Fey and Poehler’s comments about her staying away from Michael J. Fox’s son at the Golden Globes, Swift says “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women”, borrowing from Katie Couric who was borrowing from Madeleine Albright. Again, you don’t help other women by portraying them as anything other than victims or sluts who steal boyfriends and not identifying as a feminist. While I have my own problems with Fey’s alleged feminism, you’re barking up the wrong tree here, Taylor.

Related: Taylor Swift—The Perfect Victim.

Why is Feminism Still a Dirty Word?

Image via Celebitchy.

Magazine Cover of the Week: Funny Girls & Guys.

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Remember when Vanity Fair came out with that comedy issue a few years ago and only men were featured on the cover? Or that time late columnist Christopher Hitchens wrote that women weren’t funny? Perhaps these three covers, featuring an equal amount of men and women (though the racial diversity—another of VF‘s weak points—could be improved), are a step in the right direction to finally realising that yes, women are funny. Although with Judd Apatow guest editing, you never know…

Image via Gawker.

Magazines: Cover of the Week—Vanity Killed the TV Star.

I’m a sucker for a TV issue. (Nylon’s September TV issue is my most anticipated issue for the year.)

Vanity Fair may be more concerned with higher-brow television than I am, but featured in the issue are Kat Dennings of 2 Broke Girls and Emily Van Camp from Revenge, so there are some guilty pleasures amongst the Mad Men and Golden Globe winners.

Image via Vanity Fair.

Magazines: Cover of the Week—The Unbearable Whiteness of the Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue.

Vanity Fair is nothing if not consistent. Year on year it continues to relegate the actors of colour to the fold-under cover (that’s if there are any!), while the whitest ones are pushed to the front. This year Rooney Mara, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Jennifer Lawrence make the cut. Paula Patton and Adepero Oduye are under the fold.

Elsewhere: [Jezebel] Vanity Fair‘s Hollywood Issue Shoves People of Colour to the Side (As Usual).

[Jezebel] “Young Hollywood” is White, Thin.

Image via Vanity Fair.

Magazines: Cover of the Week—Scarlett Johansson on THOSE Photos.

I haven’t had a chance to pick up the new Vanity Fair yet, but after reading Scarlett Johansson’s comments on the nude photos of her that have surfaced in recent months, I can’t wait to see what else she’s got to say on sexting and slut-shaming (sext-shaming?):

“‘I know my best angles,’ she says with her trademark insouciance. ‘They were sent to my husband,’ now ex Ryan Reynolds. ‘There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not like I was shooting a porno.’ She adds saucily, ‘Although there’s nothing wrong with that either.’”

Jezebel goes on to say:

“We appreciate Scarlett reminding the world that the only person who did something wrong in this situation is the guy who violated her privacy, not the adult woman who sent sexy photos to her partner.”

Amen to that!

Elsewhere: [Jezebel] Scarlett Johansson Would Like That Nude Pic Slut-Shaming to End.

Image via Daily Stab.

Magazines: Fragments of Marilyn Monroe’s Literary Life.

From “Marilyn & Her Monsters” by Sam Kashner, in the November 2010 issue of Vanity Fair:

“Several photographs taken of Marilyn earlier in her lifethe ones she especially likedshow her reading. Eve Arnold photographed her for Esquire magazine in a playground in Amagansett reading James Joyce’s Ulysses [above]. Alfred Eisenstaedt photographed her, for Life, at home, dressed in white slacks and a black top, curled up on her sofa, reading in front of a shelf of books [which forms the cover for Fragments]her personal library, which would grow to 400 volumes. In another photograph, she’s on a pulled-out sofa bed reading the poetry of Heinrich Heine.

“If some photographers thought it was funny to pose the world’s most famously voluptuous ‘dumb blonde’ with a bookJames Joyce! Heinrich Heine!it wasn’t a joke to her. In these newly discovered diary entries and poems [which make up the bulk of Fragments], Marilyn reveals a young woman for whom writing and poetry were lifelines, the ways and means to discover who she was and to sort through her often tumultuous emotional life. And books were a refuge and a companion for Marilyn during her bouts of insomnia.”

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[The Early Bird Catches the Worm] Mag Cover of the Week: Marilyn Monroe on Vanity Fair’s November Issue.

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Mag Cover of the Week.

I’ve been wanting to profile Vanity Fair‘s November issue for a while now, but it seems there’s always a new and exciting cover cropping up each week.

It’s fitting, really, that the Marilyn Monroe cover appears this week, right before Christmas, as it has a certain “Winter Wonderland” vibe to it. Not to mention, it coincides with the release of Monroe’s “memoirs”, if you will, in Fragments, which I am hanging out to read. Christmas present, anyone?

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[The Early Bird Catches the Worm] All Eyes on Marilyn.