This week in the blogosphere: A sad goodbye to Salon’s Broadsheet, news about women over 50 and super-high heels, and Nicole Hollander turns Scalia-flavored lemons into political lemonade.

  • Are you still hanging onto your terrifyingly-high heels, despite occasional blisters and people telling you you’re “too old” for that? You’re not alone, according to Stylelist.com: “According to a new survey by the U.K.’s Saga magazine, almost 75 percent of women over 50 are still happily wearing their heels, the Daily Mail reports. ‘The boundaries of aging have changed beyond all recognition, Saga’s Emma Soames told the Daily Mail. ‘The sensible flat shoe is no longer the footwear of choice by older women who still like to dress fashionably and smartly until well into their seventies.”” The rest of us are still extra-thankful for the almost-high heels chosen by WVFC’s Eleanore Wells and the chic flats popularized by our 5’11” First Lady.
  • It didn’t take us long after January 1 to feel something missing at Salon.com: its long-running feminist site Broadsheet, formerly known as Mothers who Think. As Kim Voss notes at Ms. Musings,  the issue of whether a news outlet “needs” a women’s site has been around since women journalists demanded the end of the “women’s pages” in the 1970s: “Newspapers responded by replacing women’s pages with lifestyle or entertainment sections, but they didn’t increase coverage of women’s issues. For example, it has been noted that the topic of sexual harassment did not make it to the front pages of newspapers until Anita Hill accused future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of such behavior. But women’s page journalists had been questioning their treatment at work decades earlier. My concern about the end of Broadsheet is that another resource for women has been lost.”  We already miss Broadsheet, long a touchstone for us as we looked at national news. Technically, we suppose, it’s not truly dead and gone, since Salon is occasionally cross-posting women-related news stories to the Broadsheet sub-site. But it just ain’t the same. (Please let us know, in comments, how *we* can fill some of that gap at WVFC.)
  • We’d have to invent a new word to describe the offense described by ColorLines: using Photoshop to lighten the skin of one of the world’s most beautiful women. “Aishwarya Rai, the reigning queen of Indian cinema, model and classically trained dancer is currently on the cover of ELLE India—several shades lighter,” writes Jorge Rivas. “Rai’s skin has been lightened and her dark brown hair appears to have a red tint to it. The Times of India reported the former Miss World is ‘furious with the bleaching botch-up’ and is considering taking legal action against ELLE.” The photos (at the first link in this bullet) speak for themselves.
  • We’ve been fans of Hilda Solis, our fierce Labor Secretary since early 2009. This week, the National Council for Research on Women’s blog gathers Solis’s  thoughts on the economy, including her predictions for 2011: “I expect that we will see strong recovery across the board in 2011, but am especially excited about the steady growth in the health care and manufacturing sectors, especially in sustainable green industries.” From her words to hard news, we hope.

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  • Dr Pat Allen January 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Dear Lisa,

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. We shoe addicts need to stick together. I dream of Manolas. Not chocolate. Not men. Not diamonds. Manolas.

    Dr. Pat

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  • Lisa January 27, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Three years ago I saw Tina Turner (my idol) perform in Florida. She was 69 at the time and she wore what looked like 5 inch heels through the whole performance. She moved across that stage like she was born with those things on. So I say, it’s whatever you feel comfortable in. I’m currently 47 but unlike many women I know I didn’t get into heels until I reached my 30s. Now I love them and I’ll probably wear them as long as I can.

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  • Dr.Pat Allen January 27, 2011 at 8:46 am

    When 8 grew up in the south, it was expected that a young woman learn to walk gracefully wearing high heels. I remember my first pair of black patent shoes with a curved 2 inch heel even today. Women who clomp around in high heels not only look odd but must certainly put pressure on all the wrong parts of the feet, and back.

    There are many women over 40 who love beautiful shoes and are both comfortable wearing them, and walking in them. I personally wouldn’t be caught dead outside a gym in athletic shoes but I don’t judge other women who just don’t care about footwear.

    At this life stage can’t we just let other women make fashion choices that please them without righteous indignation?

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  • Rita@Goldivas January 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    After five foot surgeries, this over-50 woman won’t be wearing stilettoes anytime soon. Extremely flat shoes don’t provide any support. I’ll be happy when the high heel trend goes away, some women can wear them but I see women of all ages tottering around and it looks very strange.

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