Friday, July 20, 2007

Wonkette thrilled to spot 'somewhat dumpy' chastity author

I was surprised to discover that Alex Pareene of the Washington, D.C., gossip blog Wonkette had the queer eye for the chaste gal yesterday:

I’m not sure if she qualifies for a mention here but I know they love her over at Gawker — Dawn Eden, everyone’s favorite bornagain virgin and fired NY Post writer, having recently moved from NY to DC to become the director of the “Love and Responsibility Program” at the Cardinal Newman Society (this info courtesy of her blog) (I guess the book sales from “The Thrill of the Chaste” started to peter out and who else but the Catholics will pay you NOT to have sex?). Anyway I saw her looking short and somewhat dumpy on K street between 15th and 16th, ostensibly about to cross the street to go to that huge scary Catholic “bookstore” I’ve never seen anyone go into. She needs some new highlights. Welcome to DC Dawn; it’s way harder to find a good hairstylist than a virgin round these parts.
Believe it or not, this is quite a complimentary mention for Wonkette, which generally attempts to imitate Gawker's scatological style. I can't get over that Pareene qualified the word "dumpy" with "somewhat." It's as though he felt a little, well, guilty.

Four-eyed, short, adrift in 'somewhat dumpy'-tude, our protagonist poutingly ponders her dark roots

Or maybe he just felt sorry for me because he knew that it truly is difficult to find a D.C. stylist who does good highlights. Recommendations, anyone?

Incidentally, the "huge scary Catholic bookstore" Pareene mentions is the Catholic Information Center, which is the heart of downtown Washington's Catholic culture. It makes perfect sense that Pareene would never see anyone enter it, as, judging by his blog, real Catholics (as opposed to straw-man ones) are invisible to him. Unless they're on Gawker, of course.