Roundup: Prostitutes turned politicians and more

Including Redbook's ridiculous retouching of a Faith Hill photo.

By Tracy Clark-Flory

Published July 17, 2007 12:10AM (EDT)

Two former prostitutes are running in Turkey's election. Neither woman expects to actually win, but they hope to at least raise awareness about the troubles facing the country's prostitutes -- present and former. Since 1930 brothel workers have been required to register with the police and often end up being "labeled for life."

Antifeminism from Fox? Jessica L. Pozner translates Fox's press release for its latest reality TV show, "When Women Rule the World." For instance, the press release reads: "For the men, their worlds of power and prestige are turned inside-out and upside-down." Pozner translates: "Up is down, night is day, cats and dogs living together -- total anarchy!"

Thanks to Jezebel, I just spent the past 10 minutes staring at my computer screen. You'll have to check out the animated comparison between an untouched photo of Faith Hill and the Photoshopped version now gracing the cover of Redbook. The original photo is drop-dead gorgeous, but shows an entirely different person from the (fake) one appearing on the cover. The makeover included hacking away at her arms and back, smoothing away her crow's-feet, lightening her skin tone and a host of more subtle touch-ups. All in all, they made her look like an 18-year-old ready to head off to college, instead of a 39-year-old country music superstar and mother of three. It serves as a reminder that when you see a cover girl who you think looks unnaturally [fill in the blank], you're probably right.

Does how much you talk really matter? Deborah Tannen, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, responds to the recent stereotype-challenging study that found that men and women talk in equal amounts: "All of us -- women and men -- tend to notice others talking more in situations where we talk less. Counting may be a start -- or a stop along the way -- to understanding gender differences. But it's understanding when we tend to talk and what we're doing with words that yields insights we can count on."

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