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    Three women suing Merrill Lynch for gender discrimination say they were fired for failing to "seduce the boys club," the New York Post reports. Seriously: Female trainees were allegedly given copies of a book called Seducing the Boys Club: Uncensored Tactics From a Woman at the Top, and ordered to attend a lecture by author Nina DiSesa, the first female chairwoman at ad giant McCann Erickson. Other alleged girls-only duties included answering phones, being "perky" and "bubbly," and attending events on topics like "dressing for success" and "preparing healthy meals while working full-time." But the book alone would be enough to make a gal litigious.

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    Mario Tama/Getty Images Until the feminist revolution is complete, DiSesa writes, women need to act as much like men as possible. "Men feel comfortable with their own kind," she notes. If they must be womanly, they should leverage their feminine wiles to seduce and manipulate (S&M, in her

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  • Silda Spitzer Isn’t Press Shy, She Just Wants a Divorce

    By Margaret Hartmann

    Here's one way Eliot Spitzer can distinguish himself from Anthony Weiner in the minds of voters: While Carlos Danger had his beleaguered wife speak on his behalf as he casually admitted to another round of extramarital sexting, Spitzer confirmed on Thursday night that his wife Silda won't be joining him on the campaign trail. "I think it's fair to say I'm running for office. No other member of my family is running for office. And I think the public is going to judge me, not who else is with me or not with me," Spitzer told the Post. He noted, "She's got a career," but the paper claims it isn't Silda's job that's keeping her from shaking a few voters' hands, but the fact that she's on the verge of divorcing the former governor and prostitute enthusiast.

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    Chris Hondros/Getty Images The Post kick-started the latest rumors about the Spitzers' marital troubles with a report that they were living in separate apartments,

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  • What Sexting was like in the Victorian Era


    Technology has been complicating romance for longer than we thought: Tech blog Collision Detection unearthed a Victorian example in Wired Love: A Romance of Dots and Dashes, a novel about a telegraph operator who falls for a mystery man she meets "on the wire." Mistaken identities and madcap antics ensue. "I hope sometime we may clasp hands bodily as we do now spiritually, on the wire," the enigmatic "C" tells heroine Nattie Rogers.

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    The Cut Here's a scene where Nattie and friends wonder if "C" is misrepresenting himself - a phenomenon modern audiences might call catfishing:

    "It must be very romantic and fascinating to talk with some one so far away, a mysterious stranger too, that one has never seen," Miss Archer said, her black eyes sparkling. "I should get up a nice little sentimental affair immediately, I know I should, there is something so nice about anything with a mystery to it."

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  • Meet Rosa DeLauro, the ‘Hipster’ Congresswoman with a Feminist Agenda


    Rosa DeLauro has been representing Connecticut's third district in the U.S. House of Representatives for over two decades. Recently, she's come to represent two somewhat more nebulous constituencies: hipsters and women who want to "have it all." The 70-year-old congresswoman's cropped hair and funky accessories have earned her a NSFW hipster-appreciation Tumblr, and while she claims to have no idea what a hipster is (she says her favorite band is Peter, Paul and Mary, and we're inclined to believe her), she's eager to discuss women's economic wellbeing.

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     Today, Representative DeLauro and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi kicked off their new women's economic agenda ("When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families"), a kind of legislative response to the work-life balance questions that have obsessed pundits over the past year. The campaign will raise awareness about Read More »from Meet Rosa DeLauro, the ‘Hipster’ Congresswoman with a Feminist Agenda
  • America’s Next Top Model, the Summer Camp


    It looked like rain on Wednesday morning, which was lucky. That way no one needed to mourn the wholesome, outdoor summertime activities - bike rides, camping, swimming - forsaken by the 30-odd girls cooped up in a midtown Westin. They had convened for Modeling Camp, the $1,000, four-day boot camp that teaches girls ages 12 to 18 how to work their angles and a runway before sending them off with a portfolio of professional photos and an audience with casting directors.

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    It was photo-shoot day, and the girls were split among four stations in a carpeted conference room. On one side, makeup artists' brushes swallowed their tiny features. On the other, hairdressers coaxed their - basically uniform - shoulder-blade-length hair in and out of loose, wavy ringlets. In back, an acting coach fought for the attention of the rest, who played with their hair, held each other's hands, and coordinated dress

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  • Fantasy or Fun? The Rise of ‘Ideal Boyfriends’ on Tumblr


    Elizabeth Pride, a 23-year-old social worker in Philadelphia, was feeling homesick for her native Maine. While Facebook chatting with a friend one night last winter, she started joking about being single, and things took a decidedly Northeast turn: "I said my ideal man would look like an LL Bean Model. I kept making jokes like, 'I want to build a fire with this man.'"

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    Pride uploaded a hunky photo of an LL Bean model in wicked good flannel to Tumblr, added a caption - "'We don't have to paint the barn door today,' said Daniel. 'Let's go sailing instead.'" - and a viral website was born. The Tumblr, Your LL Bean Boyfriend, remains just as popular today by imagining a world where the broad-shouldered, strong-jawed, capital-M man is as sensitive as he is outdoorsy, bringing you extra marshmallows for your hot chocolate and cooking you breakfast in bed with organic eggs.

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  • The 5-Year-Old Boy Who’s Become an Instagram Style Icon


    Style Icon. Get familiar and take notes. That was the tweet last year from Ugo Mozie, a stylist who has worked with Chris Brown, Beyoncé, and Kelly Rowland. Attached was a photo, which I thought would be his newest client. Instead, there was a tiny trendsetter wearing different outfits: a tailor-made jacket with a Tom Ford pocket square, a Dior shirt, Diesel jeans, and a Gucci belt, then an AllSaints leather jacket with Gucci shades. This was my first introduction to Alonso Mateo, a child who has become an Instagram megastar thanks to his small suits and Frankenstein haircut. Almost every photo of him now makes it to the network's Popular page. There are now five fan accounts dedicated to his style, two of which have appeared in the last month.

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    Alonzo Mateo Right now, he's 5. That makes him the latest in an Internet lineage of child-style icons, from Matthew Weiner's son, Arlo, to Alexander Wang's

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  • Celebrity Stylist Annabel Tollman Has Died

    Stylist Annabel Tollman died suddenly in her sleep from a blood clot this week in her West Village apartment, sources confirm. She was 36 years old. Known for dressing celebrity clients like the Olsen twins, Shakira, and Liv Tyler, Tollman also worked as Interview's first-ever fashion director.

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    The CutBorn in Brussels in 1977, Tollman was raised between London and New York, and earned her degree in fashion journalism from Central St. Martins. She began dressing Scarlett Johansson after they met on a cover shoot for Interview in 2003, and left the magazine to pursue celebrity styling full-time in 2008. In 2010, she was profiled in the Times when she became a spokeswoman for eBay Fashion. At the time of her death, she was in the process of developing a Bravo reality show.

    Tollman applied her personal motto, "Make a fairy tale and go and live in it," to both life and fashion. While friends and family will remember her warmth

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  • Most Gorgeous, Famous Gems of All Time


    Jewels and gems gleamed on the red carpet, dripping on virtually every female celebrity in attendance, and onscreen in films like The Great Gatsby and The Bling Ring. A Chopard jewel heist even went down.

    To pay proper homage to the gorgeous bling, we've culled together a selection of the 45 most fabulous - or, at the very least, memorable - gems from history and pop culture. These include emeralds, rubies, and sapphires that Napoleon Bonaparte once attached to his epaulette, rocks from royal crown jewel collections, and the most salacious celebrity engagement rings from the Gigli-Bennifer days. Click through the slideshow to ogle some sparkly jewels that have attracted thieves, started wars, and maybe expedited a marriage's plunge into divorce (we're looking at you, Kim Kardashian).

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  • Can Men Worry About ‘Having it All’ Too?

    By Kurt Soller

    When I first saw the headline, I actually rolled my eyes. "Why Men Still Can't Have It All." We've finally reached the inevitable point when Lean In crossed the gender divide: another article on Sandberg's book and social movement, this time by a man. Worse yet, a man whom I used to work with at my old job at Esquire, a guy who had coincidentally attended the same college I did, and whom I considered something of a role-model-from-afar if we're being completely honest. A guy who had a solid magazine career, a great wardrobe, what seemed like a decent amount of fun, and then went home to a family with kids each night.

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    Ariel Skelley/Corbis A few months ago, when Lean In was being released, a male friend Gchatted to tell me that his boss had told him to "lean in." His manager was also a guy, and this was around the moment when everyone was sort of using Sheryl Sandberg's catchphrase as shorthand for "have some balls"

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