Long before Carrie Bradshaw, there was Cynthia Heimel. In the early ’80s, she gifted us “ribald commentary on sex, romance and late-century womanhood.”

Sorry to read of the death of Cynthia Heimel, author of 1983’s “Sex Tips for Girls.” From The Washington Post:

download.jpgCynthia Heimel, a humor columnist whose biting, ribald commentary on sex, romance and late-century womanhood were collected in books including “Sex Tips for Girls” and “Get Your Tongue out of My Mouth, I’m Kissing You Good-Bye,” died Feb. 25 at an assisted-living community in Los Angeles. She was 70.

The cause was complications from dementia, said her son Brodie Ransom. Ms. Heimel had been diagnosed about a year ago.

In her books and columns, Ms. Heimel wrote about bad boys, bad dates, bad sex and bad birth control, with the occasional reminiscence of blissed-out pleasure thrown in. “God protects drunks, infants and feisty girls,” she once observed, and in a tumultuous, three-decade writing career, she was feistier than most.

“Everyone in the world seems to think that they are codependent and that they come from dysfunctional families,” she wrote in one 1989 column for Playboy. “They call it codependency, I call it the human condition.”


What do magazine demographics say about gender? “Men’s Interest” v. “Women’s Interest” at the airport newsstand. Call it cakes v. cars.

To be fair, the other newsstand in Logan Airport had Cosmo and Vanity Fair under “Women’s Interest.” Plenty of fashion mags too, unlike this one, which could be from 1950 — marriage and cooking.

Why don’t male TV #news #anchors #dress in tight-fitting party outfits?

If you are journalist, salesperson, doctor, or entrepreneur,  you may not want to arrive at work dressed like you are going to a party.  Women and men should be able to dress however they like.  But at most jobs, you want people to take you seriously. For women –young and old —  that’s still hard sometimes. The workplace is still home to a few leering bosses or co-workers — or viewers.  At the risk of blaming the victim — Why encourage it?

When it’s a personal choice, so be it. But, as Beth Teitell notes in today’s Boston Globe, sometimes, the TV news boss insists. We welcome her story on broadcast wardrobe requirement that might seem undignified to many journalists.

She writes:

“Should a TV anchorwoman be required to dress for work in a cocktail dress? Or stilettos? What about body-hugging tops?…It is no revelation that TV news personalities work in a field where looks and appearance matter, but many women in broadcasting say that pressures to dress sexier for the camera have been ratcheting up for at least a decade and have come to a point that they can seem pervasive.”


Don’t send off that Buzzfeed application just yet. Legacy media is surging online.

As the post below suggest, lots of people still get their news from so-callimagesed “legacy” media, and not just from the paper versions. Here’s more proof, from Politico.

For the first time in many years, both The New York Times and The Washington Post have passed both Buzzfeed and the Huffington Post in Comscore’s count of monthly digital audience.

In July, both legacy news companies’ fast growth propelled them into new positions. The Times now moves into the No. 8 position in Comscore’s top 10, with the Post right behind it at No. 9….

What’s most important isn’t who wins what may be a seesaw battle over the next couple of years. What’s importance is the audience appetite both are satisfying.

Most interestinbuzzg, though, is the fact that each legacy news organization has surpassed two of the hottest digital start-ups of the last decade.

While the Times and Post have greatly added audience – up 41 percent and 54 percent year over year, respectively – Buzzfeed and Huffington Post have lost overall audience. Both Buzzfeed and Huffington Post are down about 12 percent year over year.