Also remember when we asked you to tell us what you expected from The L Word Reality Show? Sure you do, it was like two days ago! Well, an unbiased team of Interns have knocked their heads together and chosen a winner ...
Katie: "On the real L Word, they better have some fucking sippy cups."
Sapphicsass for,"On The Real L Word, Sounder eats Betty… then has to regurgitate her because he hates the taste of bullshit"
bcw: "on the real L word, flowers won’t sing while alice cries. and betty won’t sing at all."
Stay tuned for a special post all about it! And Katie, email alex at autostraddle dot com with your mailing address.
Also Lesbian Radio said they were gonna talk about us last night and are now eagerly awaiting the podcast so we can hear ourselves get talked about! And Papi!
THREE RIVERS: Behind the scenes of the Three Rivers photoshoot - nice looking people in scrubs pretend to run while holding coolers filled with human hearts & Capri Sun. Kate Moennig looks like ... um ... an actress at work doing her job! Take off your clothes, Shane!
STUPID PEOPLE RUIN EVERYTHING: Surprise! Stupid people are against same-sex marriage, and smart people are for it. Actually honestly I think with the exception of apparently Barack Obama, that statement needs little else said. (@queerty)
HEALTH CARE: How I got well in India for $50 -My cheap, fast and effective treatment in New Delhi reminded me of everything wrong with American healthcare. (read our roundtable about it!) -- It is remarkable that the healthcare system of the world's most powerful country has anything at all in common with the healthcare system of an emerging industrial nation, and so little in common with the systems of the other Western democracies. (@salon)
SARAH PALIN: Levi Johnston on Sarah Palin in Vanity Fair: In addition to complaining about her work as governor and wanting to do something 'not as hard' and Sarah's plan to adopt Bristol's kid, Levi shares that, "Sarah doesn’t cook, Todd doesn’t cook—the kids would do it all themselves: cook, clean, do the laundry, and get ready for school. Most of the time Bristol would help her youngest sister with her homework, and I’d barbecue chicken or steak on the grill." (@vanity fair)
VOGUE EVOLUTION: Lil' Mama has apologized for her remarks to Leiomy, saying that she "never meant to be disrespectful regarding Leiomy's gender nor offensive to the LGBT community." As Queerty pointed out, her comments weren't transphobic so much as they were reinforcing tired gender stereotypes.
L WORD: The L Word news train keeps on rolling. Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City is "celebrating" the LGBT community with a weekend "OUT in Atlantic City," taking place September 25-27. Members of the cast of The L Word engage in "Pillow Talk" in the Music Hall at the House of Blues on Saturday at 9pm. Q & A event will feature cast members Pam Grier, Rose Rollins, Kate French, and Mia Kirshner. (@pressofatlanticcity)
RACHEL MADDOW: Rachel Maddow appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and revealed her weeklong absence was due to swine flu, which she caught from her partner, Susan Mikula. She also disclosed that while recuperating at home she read "comic books about Palestine and Sarajevo" and that her first date with Susan was at a shooting range.
TRUE BLOOD: "People are incredibly literal sometimes in how they view you. You have dark hair and pale skin? You must be brooding. The second you dye your hair blond and get a spray tan, people treat you as if you're a bit stupider and happier." -Anna Paquin (@nylon)
KATHY GRIFFIN: Kathy Griffin. talks about her weight, plastic surgery and diet pills: According to the new People Magazine, the best weight-loss technique was taking back-to-back step aerobics classes, starving herself all day and then bingeing at night, as well as diet pills and speed. (@people)
MUSIC: The lesbian members of The Cliks have quit the band, according to a MySpace blog written by the transgender frontman, Lucas Silveria. (@myspace)
"GENDER": The International Olympic Committee started testing for gender in 1966. So while the verdict on Castor Semenya is out, here's a list of the 10 Most Shocking Olympic Gender Scandals. (@buzzfeed)
Auto-Straddler of the Day
from Intern Jess:
A new British documentary, Out at Lunch, features a group of lesbians in their last few days together at Cambridge University as they prepare to leave the comfort and security of their tight-knit group for life in the 'real world'. OMG, like The Real L Word: Cambridge! Watch the trailer or check the web site for release info.
from Intern KC Danger:
Okay, so I don't usually follow celebrities on Twitter, but I'm going to have to make an exception for Tyra Banks. I was expecting to be underwhelmed by mundane tweets about smiling with your eyes and whatnot, but Tyra Banks never disappoints. The woman is cray-cray in the best way possible.
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books is a site run by two girls who publish no-nonsense and often comical reviews for romance novels. It's not my preferred genre, however I love the concept and sometimes I'm even tempted to pick up a copy of whatever they're rating.