Slimming mirrors, science vs. stereotypes and more

A European politician takes his complaints about deceptive mirrors to Parliament.

Published February 16, 2007 11:00PM (EST)

Fox News: Despite the headline "Study: Men Hard-Wired to Ignore Their Wives," this article reports that a recent study shows that people -- in other words, both men and women -- may be more counterproductive when interacting with someone they find to be controlling. But that's just much less interesting than sticking with tried-and-true gender stereotypes!

Feministing: The actual utility of this product isn't clear to me: The makers of Axe -- that supposedly intoxicating body spray for men -- are distributing jean skirt mouse covers. There's an exceedingly creepy photo posted on Feministing of a man with his hand underneath the skirt turned mouse cover; the creep factor is worsened by that fact that, at the size of a mousepad, the skirt most certainly could not fit a grown woman.

BBC: Robert Kilroy-Silk, a member of the European Parliament, has taken his complaint straight to Parliament over what he says are deceptively slimming mirrors used at U.K. clothier Marks and Spencer. He asked the Parliament whether the company's use of mirrors that "deliberately distort women's shapes" was illegal. He was told to take his complaint to "national authorities," reports the BBC.

Associated Press: Yesterday, Wyeth was cleared in a lawsuit alleging that the pharmaceutical company's estrogen-progestin hormone treatment causes breast cancer. But that's just one down, with more than 5,000 similar lawsuits to go.

The Economist via Gawker: I'm not sure the Economist's obituary for Anna Nicole Smith actually merits comment. Instead, I'll let this choice excerpt speak for itself: "What you saw first, on meeting Ms Smith, were the Breasts. There were only two of them, but they made a whole frontage: huge, compelling, pneumatic. They burst out of tight red dresses --preferably red -- or teased among feather boas, or flanked a dizzying cleavage that plunged to tantalising depths. These were celebrated, American breasts, engineered by silicon to be as broad and bountiful as the prairie. With them, a girl from nowhere -- or from Houston, Texas -- could do anything. The body behind them waxed and waned, sometimes stout as a stevedore's and sometimes almost waif-like, matching the little-girl voice; but the Breasts remained."

By Tracy Clark-Flory

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