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Compression bras, evil handbags and other material concerns. Plus: Should Hillary Clinton drop the "Rodham"?

Published October 23, 2006 10:11PM (EDT)

CNN: When a reader sent us the link to a poll on how Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's maiden name might affect her presidential prospects, we pessimistically assumed the public hated HRC's double-barreled moniker and preferred the more traditional Hillary Clinton. Not so! According to CNN's poll, 506 adult Americans preferred Hillary Rodham Clinton over Sen. John McCain 51 to 44 percent; when pollsters pitted Hillary Clinton against McCain, McCain won 48 to 47 percent. CNN notes that "the results fall within the sample's margin of error" of 4.5 percent, meaning that there's a "good chance, but not a statistical certainty," that the "Rodham" would help Clinton win the Oval Office. As our tipster wryly noted, though, CNN offers "no word on what happens if pollsters just say 'Hillary.'"

CBC News: A Calgary, Alberta, researcher has developed a specialized compression bra that mitigates women's pain after heart surgery. "The new design stops the weight of the breast from putting pressure on the surgical wound," CBC reports. "It also allows women to wear a bra immediately after the operation, instead of three or four days later." Three or four braless days must be miserable for many busty women, especially after surgery in this sensitive area, so this development seems like a real boon. The bra also adjusts to accommodate postoperative changes in breast size (apparently this can also happen), and is constructed without metal clasps so it can be worn during X-rays. Genius.

Los Angeles Times: Appearance-based and other discrimination runs rampant in Mexico, where enforcement of bias laws is "all but nonexistent" and companies -- even U.S. companies -- "select staff on criteria more appropriate to a beauty contest." The LAT's examples are really egregious: "Job seekers who are considered too old, too chunky or too dark are screened out by companies that sometimes specify the ideal candidate's marital status, height, weight, tone of voice, even the part of town in which the person should reside."

Radar Online: The indefatigable Radar offers a helpful public service campaign to scare lovers of bank-breakingly expensive designer handbags out of their addictions. The reason: The bags are monstrous, dah-ling. Writer Dale Hrabi wittily skewers the status bag phenomenon by likening hideous hobos, clutches and totes to their look-alike gremlins, mummies and zombies. The best comparison showcases the eerie resemblance between a Betsey Johnson handbag and the Terminator. To wit: "Though this grotesque Betsey Johnson Small Cargo Hobo is not quite clever enough to serve as the governor of California, it could easily time-travel back to 1984 and terrify the young, still-flabby Linda Hamilton. (Consider its zippered 'mouths,' so eager to chomp off wrists.) It comes with six separate pockets, a 'cell phone slot,' night vision, and the ability to announce its imminent return in threatening tones. In development: Small Cargo Hobo II: Judgment Clutch." Heh.

Associated Press: The AP got wind of Alabama gubernatorial write-in candidate Loretta Nall today, and it seems the Libertarian's breast-centric campaign for high office has evolved since Pandagon covered it back in the spring. The back story is that after political reporters paid more attention to Nash's cleavage than her campaign platform (which includes bringing the Alabama National Guard home from Iraq, drug-policy and prison reform and noncompliance with the Patriot and REAL ID acts as well as tax cuts), she took started publicizing her assets. Her campaign materials now feature pictures of her breasts with the slogan "More of these boobs" alongside photos of her established politico opponents with the slogan "And less of these boobs." We hate it when women get sexualized and derided just for having lady parts, and though Nash's brio won't land her in the governor's mansion, it's nice to see her making the most of her own marginalization and shaking up the Bible Belt.

By Page Rockwell

Page Rockwell is Salon's editorial project manager.

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