Anna Nicole Smith made the Jane list, too. Her claim to guts and glory? Battling for a share of her deceased husband's estate and winning a $499 million settlement. That proves, in Jane's book, that "she's not just some easy chick." Yeah, she's some really rich easy chick. Listen up, girls: No sense gold-digging unless you strike gold.
Do I sense a pattern here?
But for some reason, actress Carnie Wilson, who stapled her stomach live on the Internet, gets no credit for guts. She earns a place on the Wimpiest Women of the Year list for wanting to have "a boob lift with possible implants." One real woman of accomplishment, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, gets dissed for telling young women at her alma mater not to get trapped into the victim mentality. Singer Lil' Kim is similarly dissed for "trying to look like the next Pamela Anderson."
Carnie, Katherine, Kim, let me give you a little advice, courtesy of Jane. Next year, ditch the Pamela Anderson schtick, try to look more like Anna Nicole Smith. Marry a 90-year-old billionaire. Pose nude for money. And be a role model for the next generation of feminists.
Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.