commented on Savage Love
I had junk problems like that for my whole adult life, even while single. Switch your detergent and fabric softeners. Not to unscented--because it turns out that unscented is actually a scent--but to free and clear. I haven't had a single issue in years since I made the switch. Good luck, I remember the misery.
commented on Sady Doyle's Trainwreck Deconstructs Our Obsession with Suffering Women
@3 I was thinking about this. Famous people who become ostracized usually get that way because fairly or not, they come to symbolize something society disapproves of. For example, Mel Gibson is a racist. Tom Cruise has religious stuff going on. Michael Jackson had numerous deep personal issues.
There are women who suffer from the same kind of public shunning. Courtney Love, Anna Nicole Smith, Lindsey Lohan--all had/have apparent substance abuse problems and personality flaws the public loathes. Ann Coulter has odious social/political views, or will claim to to stay relevant. Like the men I named, they are easy to dislike, so a lot of people do.
Where the difference comes into the sharpest focus is when the thing that turns people against a star is her presence alone. I can only think of incidents of this happening to women--men seem to be able to rehab their image--like Justin Timberlake did. Britney Spears was reviled for just existing on the public sphere long before her meltdown. Marilyn Monroe, loved then hated then dead.
I disagree with your point about TMZ--this is a long-lived phenomenon. See my post above and look at Victoria Woodhull's sad case. Sadly, because women haven't been paid full attention by historians, and so many of these kinds of stories are shameful (thus easily forgotten), it's easy to think that this attitude is a modern one.