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Sunday, June 20, 2004
posted by Jen at 6/20/2004 09:57:00 AM

Front page of New York Times Style section: women dying from plastic surgery.

"Vows" column of New York Times Style section: Robert Siegel, ex-editor of The Onion, offering the following observation: "I normally attract smart, funny girls -- but most smart, funny girls don't tend to be beautiful."


I read that and wondered what Mr. Siegel's former female colleagues at The Onion thought. Way back when in my days as a working journalist, I did a piece on The Onion's move from Madison to New York. The Onion women were, indeed, a smart, funny bunch, but I don't think any of them would've been tapped to work as Pamela Anderson's body double.

Do you think they were whooping it up at the wedding, hollering, "Way to go, Rob! You bagged a babe!"

Do you think they were even invited?

Then I wondered what would happen if Mr. Siegel and his smart, funny beautiful bride have a daughter, and she winds up looking more like her father than her mom.

And don't even get me started on Rick Marin's appropriately caddish musings on why he doesn't want to be pussywhipped into attending his child's birth.

I understand squeamishness. I even sympathize, somewhat, with Marin's antipathy toward what he calls "the whole we're pregnant culture."

But I think that being there during a birth has as much to do with wanting to be there for your child than it does with wanting to be there for your wife -- or because the obstetrician, or Guy Ritchie, or Us Magazine says you have to.

Gross though it may have been, I love the idea that my husband's going to be able to tell Lucy that he was one of the first people to see her come into the world, and one of the first people to touch her, and tell her her name.

So happy Father's Day, everyone. We're off to the Cape!
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