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It's highly likely that for every report you've read on the acts allegedly carried out by Harvey Weinstein, you've read as many statements from Hollywood heavy-hitters condemning his conduct.

However, while the likes of Emma Thompson provided a reasoned assessment of Hollywood and the wider world's mistreatment of women, many would argue that  actresses like Mayim Bialik did not.

The Big Bang Theory star has been the subject of intense criticism since penning an op-ed for The New York Times entitled Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein's World.

Mayim begins her piece with a reflection on her first impression of the entertainment industry as a 'prominent-nosed, awkward, geeky, Jewish 11-year-old' and admits that she found herself consumed by the notion of self-improvement.

From longing for a smaller nose to wishing for more curves, Mayim was quick to identify that the aesthetic played as big, if not bigger, a role as talent in Hollywood, especially when it came to adolescent girls and young women.

Few can argue with such an assessment, but it's Mayim's next set of points which have raised considerable controversy.

In a move which has seen the actress accused of victim-blaming, Mayim outlines her approach to navigating the entertainment industry, and used both her choice of clothes and conduct as examples.

"I still make choices every day as a 41-year-old actress that I think of as self-protecting and wise," she said. "I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy."

While actively condemning the misuse of power in Hollywood along with alleged actions of Harvey Weinstein, the actress appears to place responsibility at the feet of women who are trying to navigate an industry known for its misogyny.

"In a perfect world, women should be free to act however they want. But our world isn’t perfect. Nothing — absolutely nothing — excuses men for assaulting or abusing women. But we can’t be naïve about the culture we live in."

Unsurprisingly, the article has come in for massive criticism online, with Twitter uesrs slating the actress for her supposedly feminist take on sexual assault.

Mayim has responded to the backlash on her own Twitter page and insisted that the accusations levelled at her are 'absurd'.

"It's so sad how vicious people are being when I basially live to make things better for women," she wrote.

Mayim's article comes just days after Donna Karan suggested women were 'asking for it' on account of the clothes they choose to wear.



To some, Kim Kardashian is nothing more than a poster girl for nude selfies and high-profile marriages, but to millions more she is an astute businesswoman who often lends her voice to discussion surrounding race relations and various other cultural issues.

And as a woman of Armenian descent, Kim took exception to the Wall Street Journal's decision to accept for publication a full-page ad which denied the Armenian genocide of 1915.

In response to the ad which ran in April of this year, Kim, who recently visited her ancestors' homeland, took out a full-page ad in the New York Times deriding the WSJ's decision to run the denial.

While Kim spoke of her disgust in a blog entry at the time of the ad's publication earlier this year, the reality star knew she would reach a different demographic by reiterating her thoughts in the New York Times.

"Money talks, and right now it’s talking crap," she wrote. "My family and I are no strangers to BS in the press. We’ve learned to brush it off."

"Lies make good headlines, good headlines make great covers, great covers sell magazines. But when I heard about this full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal denying the Armenian genocide, I couldn’t just brush it off," she continued.

Addressing the theory that Armenians were to blame for the 1.5 million deaths in 1915, Kim wrote: "For the Wall Street Journal to publish something like this is reckless, upsetting, and dangerous."

"It’s one thing when a crappy tabloid profits from a made-up scandal, but for a trusted publication like the WSJ to profit from genocide –  it’s shameful and unacceptable," she said.


An emotional day at the genocide museum.

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

"If this had been an ad denying the Holocaust, or pushing some 9/11 conspiracy theory, would it have made it to print?" she asked. "We have to honor the truth in our history so that we protect their future. We have to do better than this."

Kim has been commended for her contribution to the argument, with many taking to Twitter to share their thoughts.

"KimKardashian please do more like this, your voice is so powerful & strong, so many people begging to be helped and heard." wrote one of the star's followers this week.


We all love the funny, quirky and effortlessly-cool Jennifer Lawrence.

She makes us laugh at swanky red carpet events and we love her even more for the hilarious talk-show chats – but the actress has revealed a much deeper side to herself in her latest interview. 

In the interview with The New York Times, Brook Barnes dived very deep into the 22-year-old's mind. 

"Ok, get a hold of yourself, Jennifer. This is not therapy," the actress mumbled in the middle of the interview. 

Since landing her role in The Hunger Games in 2011, Jennifer has been thrown into the height of fame in Hollywood – and the star revealed she suffers a mix of anxiety and self-doubt because of it. 

"I'm so scared to say anything now. I can see every negative way that people can take it, and I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining. 'Oh, she’s so conceited now. Oh, she’s so jaded now.'"

The actress even opened up about Googling herself, which she admits is where all the self-doubt started. 

“It probably comes from Googling myself. If it were up to me, I would not talk. I would just act.

“You try being 22, having a period and staying away from Google. I once Googled ‘Jennifer Lawrence Ugly.’"

Jennifer knows she shouldn't care what people think of her, but truly it eats her up inside. 

“I can’t think of a more wasteful use of my time than to worry about this. Why do I care what people think? But I do.

"I get really insecure about it. The world makes an opinion of you without ever meeting you. That worry should not bother me, but it does. It bothers me."

In contrast, J-Law revealed that as the years go on she is more capable of dealing with her issues. She realises that even though it's hard, everyone will have an opinion of you whether you like it or not.

“I don’t feel like I’m being dragged by anything anymore. I feel more in control. I’m calmer. I know that there’s no point to feeling anxious all day, so I try not to.”


Ever since her appearance stark naked in Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines video, Emily Ratajkowski has been the ultimate girl crush for women everywhere.

With her long, lean limbs and washboard abs, you'd be forgiven for thinking the 24-year-old model spends most of her day sweating up a storm in the gym. But in a new interview with the New York Times, Emily promises she's not really into fitness, and would choose a walk with friends over a gruelling gym session any day.

"I don’t have a trainer, and I don’t really go to the gym. I go on long walks and hikes with my girlfriends," the American beauty says. "That’s about it. I’m just not a crazy fitness person. I’m definitely an outlier in the industry."

Of course a body like that can't all be down to the genetic lottery, and Emily says she she loves the LA clean eating lifestyle that so many of the city's residents subscribe to. "For me, it’s about feeling good about what you eat. I do love turmeric and beet juices. It’s so LA, you can’t avoid it," she explains.

And her exercise routine isn't the only thing she keeps low-key, as Emily says she hates the overdone look when it comes to make-up. "I have really big features, so a little makeup goes a long way. I would hate to look like a clown," she tells the magazine.

While her work on Blurred Lines and a subsequent role as Ben Affleck's mistress in Gone Girl have catapulted Emily to mainstream fame, she has been working in the modelling industry for years. 

As well as catalogue work for Kohl's, Forever 21 and Nordstrom, Emily also did a number of nude photo shoots, most notably with photographer Tony Duran in 2011 and 2012.

At 5'7" and with curves that aren't often seen on the catwalk, the GQ cover girl says she is proud of being different. 

"I want to be a model that breaks down the traditional body boundaries. You don't have to be 5'9" and an A-cup to be a successful model, and that's nice," she said in a previous interview with Into The Gloss.


Two years ago, actress Angelina Jolie revealed she had undergone a double masectomy as a preventative measure against breast cancer, for which she had an extremely high risk factor.

Now the actress, who has three adopted children and three biological children with her husband Brad Pitt, has opened up about the second invasive surgery she recently had to remove her fallopian tubes and ovaries.

The decision came when Angelina's doctor told her that her annual cancer screen showed "inflammatory markers" which could be a sign of early ovarian cancer, she explained in a New York Times opinion piece. The actress' own mother died of ovarian cancer after being diagnosed aged 49. 

"I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt. I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren," Angelina said.

"I called my husband in France, who was on a plane within hours. The beautiful thing about such moments in life is that there is so much clarity. You know what you live for and what matters. It is polarising, and it is peaceful."

Although a second round of test results five days later showed that the 39-year-old actress was still cancer-free, she decided to undergo the surgery anyway to fully remove the risk.

"To my relief, I still had the option of removing my ovaries and fallopian tubes and I chose to do it," she said, making sure to let women know that there are other options too. "I feel deeply for women for whom this moment comes very early in life, before they have had their children," she admitted. 

"Their situation is far harder than mine. I inquired and found out that there are options for women to remove their fallopian tubes but keep their ovaries, and so retain the ability to bear children and not go into menopause. I hope they can be aware of that."

Whatever the outcome, Angelina says she is content in her decision. "I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared."

What a brave move to speak out about such a difficult choice – well done Angelina.


David Farley, journalist with The New York Times, has written an article praising many of Dublin’s foodie hotspots.

Ranging from the affordable lunch options to the more expensive special occasions spots, Farley describes how Dublin has entered a new food era that has essentially gone back to basics. He remarked that Dublin restaurants are, “emphasizing locally sourced ingredients,” adding that he has, “never eaten better”.

Judging from the places that Farley ate in, we’re not one bit surprised by how impressed he was. The Hot Stove, Fade Street Social, Brasserie at The Marker Hotel, L. Mulligan Grocer and Hatch & Sons succeeded in wowing the journalist with their wide range of classic Irish food with a modern vibe.

Black pudding, venison, boxty, pork belly, salmon, craft stouts, blaa, duck fat fries and mussels are just some of the great Irish foods that impressed The New York Times journalist , while Fade St. Social’s lamb stew epitomized his week of eating in Dublin: “an Irish classic but updated for the 21st century palette”.

We’re feeling pretty lucky to have such amazing restaurants and bistros right on our doorstep – anyone for a scone?