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This week’s blogs defined the little-known “Divorce Envy,” mused on the Prada legacy, and cheered the new raucous comedy produced by and starring our beloved Kathleen Turner.

  •  WVFC’s Eleanore Wells is still dazzling new readers with the launch of her book The Spinsterlicious Life: 20 Life Lessons For Living Happily Single and Child-free.  Last week, she teased HuffPost Divorce with a new excerpt, explaining to the perhaps newly single she envies divorced women sometimes. Divorce, it seems, can carry less taint than singlehood: “A male friend of mine only dates divorced women. According to him, ‘A 40-year-old woman who has never been married is scary.’ And I’ve seen the flash of “oh no” in the eyes of guys I’m flirting with when they learn I’ve never been married, not even once. Every now and then, just for fun, I’ll say I’m a two-time divorcée. The response is almost always friendlier than when I tell the truth.” And when you tell it to us, we cheer.
  • Ever wondered about the impact on real women of the much-discussed “pay gap”? About $1.5 million over your lifetime, according to a Feminist Wire post crunching the disparity as a gender tax:  “This transfer of income looks even more dismal when we consider that women pay gender taxes throughout the entirety of their careers. If we assume each year’s gender tax was saved and invested at a reasonable three percent real rate of return, a woman who earned women’s median annual income every year from 1965 to 2010 paid gender taxes worth an incredible $1,569,101 today—an enviable retirement nest egg worth seven houses, 26 degrees from a public four-year university, or the money needed to feed 134 families of four for one year.” When you catch your breath, click over if you want more—including the inflation-adjusted value of goods purchased if those same dollars were spent instead of invested.
  • The current Met exhibit “Schiaparelli & Prada, Impossible Conversations,” juxtaposing the Prada line with that of the famed designer, reveals why we’re all so obsessed with the Mad Men era, writes Dana Kruspe at Fashionista. Prada’s new collection, Kruspe writes, hearkens back to trends set by her venerable salon decades ago:  “Setting the standard once again for current trends, by now you may have noticed the editorials (and even campaigns) heavily inspired by the mood of Prada’s spring collection. When Prada is into bananas, they are dangled on a rope in front of an industry that mindlessly follows. And when Prada waxes 50s rockabilly nostalgic, fashion rents a few classic cars, visits a few seedy motels and gets their cameras ready.” We hope that WVFC’s Stacia Friedman, editor of Mid-Century Folio (From Bauhaus to the Beatles), clicks on the link, which includes a mesmerizing slide show.
  • If there’s one reporter we might trust to unzip the mystery that is China, it’s our own Diane Vacca. We’ve known this ever since her blockbuster profile of rogue journo Hu Shuli.  This week, Vacca is headed to Beijing, and reflects at her site VBI that, as always, she’s taking a mostly-pleasure trip to a place in the midst of tumult: “In 2004, we arrived in a shaken Barcelona the day after the March 11 terrorist bombings of the Madrid commuter train station. We were away on 9/11, and last year Hurricane Irene devastated the countryside days before our return. Just saying . . .  It’s an interesting time to visit China. We’ll visit a friend who’s in the State Department and is stationed in Beijing, but I doubt I’ll learn much, as Big Brother is always listening, if not watching. I’m sure it will be very strange to self-censor what I read and what I write.” We hope to feature more by Diane after her trip, and wonder if we should plan our news coverage after noting her future itineraries.


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