Your Week In Pin Up Issue 57: The Holiday Weekend Edition

3 June 2017

We’re All About the Fireworks

Editing, Editing, Editing

We’re using this “Coming Soon” card for pages that are under construction.

We’ve got about 20 of the video stories for the i-doc completed and expect to have the initial site launch in the next week or so.

Fingers crossed.

Now Back to Your Regularly Scheduled Update

Via PopSugar

Or, magnetic eye lashes. Yes, this is a thing.

Age is Only a Number, Part 1.

Dance like no one is looking.

Age is Only a Number, Part 2.

Pin up looks good at any age… even in these “what if” images.

Age is Only a Number, Part 3.

I’m hoping I look as good at 100 as the Pignaton twins.

This. GIF.







Your Week In Pin Up Issue 52: The Body Positive Edition

21 May 2017

AKA Girl Power. AKA Fourth Wave Feminism.

It’s Not Up to You to Say What Is… and Isn’t… Empowering

Dirty Martini

A former videographer in the burlesque world got a little bit of a pushback on Facebook when he tried to say that burlesque can’t be feminist and empowering because women are taking off their clothes and men look at them. Oh, and he’s protecting his six-year-old daughter.

I’m not posting the link to his page because he doesn’t need any more attention.

Me, vanquishing asshats.

But here are my main points in rebuttal:

  1. No one has any right to tell anyone else what that individual finds empowering … or not.
  2. When you say, “I like you but I can’t condone what you do” you ARE attempting to silence or shame that person.
  3. Misogyny.

(steps off soapbox, ends rant)

Speaking of Lists (steps back on soapbox)

  1. Wonder Woman is feminist.

Glad to clear that up for you. h/t Gal Gadot

BTW, Dick Pics? Isn’t that so 2012???

Quote by Simone Fiasco, from Whitney Bell’s exhibition

But at least one artist found a way to respond.

Whitney Bell’s show “I Didn’t Ask For This: A Lifetime of Dick Pics.” Photo by Michael Mendoza for Vice.

Reminder 2,822 that Beauty Knows No Age Barriers

Yazemeenah Rossi is GORGEOUS at any age (she’s 61).

This. Gif.

Artist Xaviera Lopez. CHECK OUT HER INSTAGRAM!!!




Your Week in Pin Up Issue 50: The Golden Edition

8 May 2017

Number 50. It’s a Milestone….

We’re all about being badass…

But we’re nothing like the World War II teen who seduced and killed Nazis.

Seriously, Wonder Woman doesn’t do diet bars…

What the hell Warner Brothers? Lesson A in product partnering: don’t pair with something that completely contradicts the brand you’re promoting.

But apparently she has breasts…


Just in case anyone was wondering why she dresses the way she does.

Oh, yeah, that’s just us on a podcast…

Thanks, Bare Bones Film! It was a blast, Wayne.

This. GIF.

And this one.

Because, golden anniversary.


Your Week in Pin Up Issue 48: The Spring Break Edition

27 March 2017

Out Like a Lamb….

La Liz…

Elizabeth putting on lipstick in her dressing room on the set of A Little Night Music, Vienna, Austria, August 1976. Photo by Michael Musto for W.

Elizabeth Taylor died six years ago March 23rd. The photo tributes we saw on our Flipboard were amazing.

Peter Stackpole—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Free is Always a Good Price

Hundreds of vintage posters. Free. Download away.

You’re welcome.

The Birthday Girl

We all love Pearl Frusch.

You Can’t Stop Talking About Our Medium Post…

Lauren Dukoff for Harper’s Bazaar.

Because sexiness comes in all shapes and sizes.

…or Our Mardi Gras Feature

We love reposts.

This. Gif.



Your Week in Pin Up, Issue 47: The I Missed a Week Edition

20 March 2017

So Sue Me. I’m Too Busy Finding Workarounds.

It’s Not PC to Argue That Everyone Has Beauty.

Lauren Dukoff for Harper’s Bazaar.

Eff you New York Post for your hateful editorial on the lovely Chrissy Metz and her gorgeous pin up shoot. Women of all shapes and sizes can actually feel beautiful in their own skin. And it doesn’t mean that you have to look like them… or even find them beautiful.

Speaking of  Beauty….
The entwined history of Latina culture and pin up.

RIP Chuck Berry.

The Shakespeare of rock and roll.

Another Week, Another Screening.

Our director with Ginger Rose.

Thanks, University of Northern Colorado!

This. GIF.

Because this is what real women do to each other.




Your Week in Pin Up, Issue 46: The Coming in Like a Lion Edition


6 March 2017

You Know What They Say About March, Right?


Putting Men in Touch with Their Femmeselves

 Miss Julia slipping stockings on Bianca. Allyee Whaley/Miss Vera's Academy

Miss Julia slipping stockings on Bianca. Allyee Whaley/Miss Vera’s Academy

This NPR Story gave us all the feels.

From Black History Month…..



…To Women’s History Month


Woman’s Ambulance Transport Corps. San Diego, California c. 1943

Via the US National Archives.



Via Getty Images

This. GIF.


Ah, Tempest Storm.






Your Week in Pin Up Issue 44: The (insert your own title here) Edition

ywipu20 February 2017

I Think My Creativity is on Vacation.

Mark your calendars.


April, 2017. Muskogee, Oklahoma.Bare Bones International Film Festival. We’ll be there.

We NEED this doll.


Mattel’s Wonder Woman series. Just call her Amazon Barbie. Or not.

Valentine’s Day.


Circa 1950s. From

Circa 1950s. From


With a kiss. Always.

Vintage black glamour.

Florence, 1953

Florence, 1953


Darine Stern, Playboy's first African American cover girl, 1971.

Darine Stern, Playboy’s first African American cover girl, 1971.



These boots.




They’re not really made for walking.

This GIF.



Your Week In Pin Up, Issue 42: The It’s Already FEBRUARY??? Edition

ywipu6 February 2017

Seriously? February?

It’s Black History Month.

Margaret Tynes, 1959. Carl Van Vechten/Van Vechten Trust/Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Carl Van Vechten

Margaret Tynes, 1959. Carl Van Vechten/Van Vechten Trust/Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Carl Van Vechten

All the better to showcase some of the awesome pin ups of color from history.

Josephine Baker by Associated News.

Josephine Baker by Associated News.

And It’s Award Show Season….


Maisie Williams channeling the 1950s at the SAG Awards.

SAG Awards. DGA. Can’t wait for the Oscar finery.

Laverne Cox at the DGA Awards.

Laverne Cox at the DGA Awards.

Oh, and Did We Mention It Was Our Instagram Birthday?


Two years. 15.8K followers.


Uhm, This.


Harry Potter Pin Up Cosplay.


Inspired by classic pin ups. Need we say more?


Artist Ginny Di is awesomesocks.

This. GIF.






Your Week In Pin Up, Issue 41: The Making It All Worthwhile Edition

ywipu30 January 2017

We Can Take a Nothing Date….

R.I.P. M.T.M.


Mary Tyler Moore died this week at the age of 80. I blogged about the impact the character Mary Richard had on my career. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. She was a feminist icon.

And Also Barbara Hale

John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

She was best known for playing Della Street on Perry Mason. But her career started as a contract player for RKO in 1943. How did she get her first role? The gal who was supposed to get it was sick.  She was 94.

Then There’s the 85-Year-Old Couture Model

Kristy Sparrow for Getty Images.

Kristy Sparrow for Getty Images.

Carmen Dell’Orefice closed out Chinese couturier Guo Pei’s show at Paris Couture Week.


Then There’s That Little Calendar Girl


Ernest Chiriaka. January 1953.

This. GIF.





It’s Time You Let Someone Else do Some Giving

Me, Mary Richards, and Feminism

I was just a kid when The Mary Tyler Moore Show was on television. I’m sure I watched the first episode, but I don’t have a clear memory of that. What I do remember perfectly is the 1972–1973 Saturday Night line up on CBS:

  • All in the Family
  • Bridget Loves Bernie (aka bath time)
  • Mary Tyler Moore
  • The Bob Newhart Show
  • Mission Impossible (rarely allowed to stay up for that)/Carol Burnett Show (always allowed to stay up for that)
I’m not sure if Mary Richards was the reason I went into television journalism. I know I always thought she was something, in ways, like my mother (another Mary): a woman who worked outside the home not just because she had to, but because she wanted to. She found personal satisfaction in her professional success, and she was accepted as an equal by the men she worked with.

And that was pretty revolutionary for network television.

In 2002, in an interview with Larry King, Mary Tyler Moore said she thought that Mary Richards was a feminist:

She wasn’t aggressive about it, but she surely was. The writers never forgot that. They had her in situations where she had to deal with it.”

She asked for equal pay for equal work. She told her boss it was illegal to ask certain questions during her job interview. She was the only woman in her television newsroom to have an executive position (she became the newscast producer). Her experiences in ways echoed those of that first wave of women to make it into television news.

I benefited from her real-life counterparts.

By the time I entered into television in the late 1980s, a generation removed from Mary Richards, women in the newsroom were relatively common. We had reached the point in the industry where news directors weren’t just hiring that token female. I worked as a reporter, an anchor, and then eventually a producer. I had multiple news directors who were women. In one job, all of our executive producers and producers were women too.

But every time I moved to a new job in a new city, that theme song would play in my head. Maybe it’s because it was on a mix tape that a friend gave me as I headed off to my first job.

How will you make it on your own? This world is awfully big, and, girl, this time you’re on your own. But it’s time you started living. Time you let someone else do some giving.

I like to think that Mary gave me the strength to stand up to the sexist news director who told me in an interview:

Your look is all wrong for television. Your look, I see it on a deep shag pile carpet illuminated by firelight.

I thanked him (so Mary Richards), took my reel, and left the office. I didn’t start crying until I got to my car.

But she also gave me the tools to work with the men in my workplace. Like the engineers and photographers out on shoots, who I learned to read. To understand when subtle femininity might help me to convince them to do when I wanted, and when I needed to more forcefully stand up for my position.

In my first job, I lived in an apartment in a converted Victorian mansion, just like Mary Richards. I tell myself in my head that the house was painted a faded pinkish-beige and white, just like Mary’s (I’m not sure it was). I swear moving in was a coincidence. I don’t remember the sportscaster at her station telling Mary about an apartment available across the hall from him. But I also joked with friends that I would get a “Mary Richards” apartment in my first job.

The Mary Richards house.

Here’s the thing I loved about Mary Richards, and how she influenced my understanding about feminism: Mary didn’t lose her femininity in order to be a feminist. I remember less her not getting that equal pay that she asked for (she caved because the man had three children) but that she had the courage to ask itself. That her asking itself made a statement — that this sort of behavior was maybe not right.

She often used what have been described as female speaking traits or dodges while still advocating for her own career and interests. She supported her female friends, and called them out when they hurt her (Phyllis, I’m looking at you). She didn’t judge (Georgette and Ted, I’m looking at you). And she managed to have one of the first frenemies relationship I can remember on television, and often came out the winner in that (Sue Ann……).

But most of all, she was a success on her own terms. Right up to the end.

I don’t know how much of Mary Richards was in Mary Tyler Moore. I like to think that she held many of the same feminist values. I know she became more libertarian politically as she aged, and that she struggled with diabetes for much of her life. She served as an ambassador for diabetes awareness, and battled alcoholism. Like most of us, her life had its ups and downs.

Even if she wasn’t “Mare,” I do know that I’m glad she brought Mary Richards to life.

Seven influential MTM episodes by Variety here.

How MTM captured a key moment in history by Time here.

First published on Medium.