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Hello, Hello Giggles

The women's website Hello Giggles, "Founded by actress/musician ZOOEY DESCHANEL, producer SOPHIA ROSSI and blogger/Internet Sensation MOLLY MCALEER" has officially launched. Go poke around — it's calling itself "the ultimate entertainment destination for smart, independent and creative females." Oh, is that a challenge, Hello Giggles? Oh, is that a challenge!?

"Everything hosted on the site will be lady-friendly," it continues, "so visitors need not worry about finding the standard Boys Club content that makes many entertainment sites unappealing to so many of us." They're kicking it off with, among other features, a manifesto on walking, a piece called "Which Baby-sitters Club Member Are You?", Molly's guide to fingernail painting, and a quick description of how they know one another. It's a little weird that Zooey's nowhere to be seen yet, but maybe if you zoom back enough the entire site becomes a portrait of her, with each post making up a different pixel.

Update: Per a very sweet Tweet, Hello Giggles explains that in addition to writing, "our goal is to produce a lot of original sketch comedy." Stay tuned!



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knucklefish

Edith, you must crush them.

melis

CAGE MATCH.

Edith Zimmerman

@knucklefish *Unclips earrings, looks for safe place to put them, looks at Hello Giggles, like, 'do you know where I could put my earrings?' Hello Giggles is like, 'here,' and takes earrings really gently, and then is like, 'these are so pretty, are they antique?' and it's like, 'YES, I was actually just looking at yours, they're amazing,' and then we try on each other's stuff for hours*

dinos

Please, Hairpin, don't hurt 'em.

boyofdestiny

Pitting lady sites against one another is actually a big part of the Boys Club strategy. Keep it up!

Jolie Kerr

@Edith Zimmerman And while Edith is distracting them by pretending to be friends, I'll be pouring bleach solution into their dollie wine glasses.

Look for my new column, Ask a Sneaky Evil Person, sometime in July.

zidaane

Dueling Google doll alerts at 20 paces.

melmuu

Ow. That "Walking" post hurt to read. Hairpin bandage time.

Captain DuClark

@melmuu
Poor writing across the board. People think it's easy to write for a blog because it's at most a paragraph or two, often only a few lines. It's not easy and shit writing stands out. Did Rick Santos ghostwrite the "Don't Be That Girl" post? Also, I don't even watch the show, but that Glee recap was a freakin' train wreck: "In the beginning, you see all the kids in New Directions sitting down on these red steps, eating lunch." Ugh. This is how one writes a proper recap: http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/10/jersey_shore_recap_usually_you.html

mirror_father_mirror

@Captain DuClark I think the joke with the Glee recap was that it was written by a twelve-year-old. Like, a real one.

Captain DuClark

@mirror_father_mirror
You're right. I didn't read that far. It might be a good idea, especially with a new site, to announce that a twelve-year old wrote the recap at the beginning of the post rather than at the end. Just a thought.

princessS

@Captain DuClark OMG Those Jersey Shore recaps are the BEST. They're really almost better than the show itself. My roommate and I have dramatic readings.

Rishe G@twitter

and there I was all pumped to find out which BSB girl I am (probably Kristy, even though I don't wear turtlenecks) and the site is DOWN. Yeah, looks like you won already, Hairpin.

omgkitties

@Rishe G@twitter There are no multiple choice questions or a quiz or anything. Basically, you pick. 0_o (Do you love collies?)

Hot mayonnaise

@Rishe G@twitter: I launched DOS attack. No biggie.

raised amongst catalogs

@dearheart I was mostly annoyed that Jessi Ramsey wasn't even an option.

omgkitties

@vanillawaif I thought they were just going old-school with the members, but then I saw your comment, went back, and saw that Mallory *was* listed. Smoke! Ears!

noodge

yeah, site is down for me too - WAS THE HEAT TOO MUCH FOR YOU, HELLO GIGGLES?!?!

hideously

goodbyegiggles.exe

...j/k, I'm looking forward to having yet another thing to check compulsively during my workday.

hideously

@hideously actually, it's a tad vanilla, at least so far. I will continue to turn to you, Hairpin.

Tuna Surprise

Zooey Deschanel's The Touch, The Feel Of Cotton commercial was the first cotton commercial that didn't make me cry. That is all.

julia

I will just count on the hairpin to link to anything worth reading (if there is ever anything worth reading, and I won't read it if it's by the very annoying Zoooe) at HG. I looked, I even clicked an article but it was. So. Bleh. Wink-nudge-lol-amiright-oh-but-I'm-def-smarter-than-Cosmo style does not do it for me.

julia

@julia Agh I kept looking (why?) and really it is not. good. It is like on facebook when you have friends that update their statuses frequently and also write stupid things thinking they are clever/for attention and for some reason you just can't seem to block their posts because your boyfriend is a mutual friend and you like to talk shit about these updates and ok so the problem is with you, really (me). What is your problem, me? Live and let live. HG is dumb though.

jacqueline
jacqueline

What self-respecting ladies' site calls itself "Hello Giggles"? I want to punch it in the face already.

timesnewroman

@jacqueline Agreed!

noodge

@jacqueline i wish i could like that more.

PBandJ

@jacqueline Seriously! I am way more annoyed that I have the right to be about that site name.

emilylou

@jacqueline Ugh, EXACTLY. The word "giggle" creeps me out.

DickensianCat

@emilylouise There is a book in our office called "A Bad Case of the Giggles" that absolutely terrifies me. I am convinced it was penned by an evil clown.

Katie Walsh

So how's that Jane Pratt site doing? I can't remember what it's called.

#ladyblogbidness

Jolie Kerr

@Katie Walsh Was just gonna say.... Man May 2011 has not been good for lady sites on the Internet.

Choire

@Jolie Kerr It's been great for guys though. You're all so distracted!

Jolie Kerr

@Choire OH DON'T WORRY, WE'RE STILL MONITORING YOU.

Katie Walsh

Also, I still haven't forgiven Zooey Deschanel for being such an ASSHOLE in "500 Days of Summer."

melis

@Katie Walsh Wait, what? How was she the asshole in that situation? I am genuinely mystified.

melis

I mean, besides talking about reading Dorian Gray in a coffeeshop, obviously.

femme cassidy

@melis Seconded. Although I fervently hated that movie, I found her character to be the far less unbearable of the two.

Katie Walsh

@melis @femme cassidy The only way I could comprehend that movie and be ok with it was to just accept the fact that Summer is a terrible, terrible person. Then it made sense. It's also the only way I can watch Weeds, to accept that Nancy is a horrible, manipulative, selfish person. It helps!

apples and oranges

@melis My friends are all split on who was the horrible person in that movie. I think it was Summer, probably because I was blinded by Joseph Gordon Levitt's adorable skinny ties and face. But after rewatching it... they both kind of suck. I still think she sucks more.

PBandJ

@Katie Walsh Agree she is awful, and so is Nancy. Who writes these women characters that suck SO MUCH? Apparently in Hollywood, if you have any quirk or interesting personality trait, you also have to be a horrific example of humankind.

femme cassidy

@Katie Walsh But she was honest with him! She told him their relationship wasn't going to last, and then shockingly IT DIDN'T, and then he was like "What a heinous skank!" Which is just not fair. He was the douchebag, in this particular situation.

Katie Walsh

@femme cassidy Ok, I see your point, honesty and all that. But then she gets married to someone else! Asshole!

DorothyMantooth

That movie was WAY too shitty to spend any time at all pondering who was the bigger asshole.

melis

Yes. AND YET. Was she supposed to not have relationships or get married because of the power of JGL's unrequited love?

Look, let's just all admit that that was the movie where everyone sort of realized how weirdly JGL has started to resemble Heath Ledger and leave it at that.

Katie Walsh

@DorothyMantooth They're ALL ASSHOLES! Including the little sister! WEE!!

Sarah in Japan

It was shitty to invite him to that party without telling him it was her engagement party.

I think I may watch that movie again, but without sound, and I can make up a better story.

perfect_cursive

Giggles? For real? When I hear giggles I think of Dr. Giggles, that horror movie with the dude from LA Law, and Giggles the cookie, which were basically Oreos, but one half was a creepy smiling face. I just can't do twee.

boyofdestiny

@perfect_cursive I think of giggle drops.

JoanTition

@perfect_cursive things that are twee actually causes me physical pain.

and I effing hate the word "giggle"... they may as well have thrown "yummy" in there too.

hideously

@JoanTition oh OH and if I catch any adult human on that site saying "tummy" I will not return.

Lady Pennyface

@perfect_cursive Ahhh Giggles cookies ahhh! I forgot about those until you said that, and now I am sad that they aren't around anymore.

mouthalmighty

@JoanTition, @perfect_cursive: Any time I hear either "yummy" or "tummy", my mind automatically starts mouthing along to Yo Gabba Gabba's "There's a Party in My Tummy (So Yummy, So Yummy!)". Then I just wanna dance and eat vegetables AT THE SAME TIME.

perfect_cursive

@mouthalmighty I took Japanese in high school and one of our assignments was to listen to a children's song and try to translate. It was about vegetables and the chorus was NINJIN NINJIN CHA CHA CHA CHA CHA CHA!! Ninjin is carrot. For DAYS I had that in my head and sometimes still think of it in the produce aisle.

perfect_cursive

@Lady Pennyface I'm just glad I now have evidence they exist and it wasn't some sugar-induced fever dream.

no way

@perfect_cursive Appo?

SuperGogo

@perfect_cursive: I think about the Giggle Loop*:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iKjkPgVQcE

*WARNING: To know about the Giggle Loop is to become part of the Giggle Loop.

Lady Pennyface

@perfect_cursive Yes! Also I did NOT Google it and watch the old commercial on YouTube, nosirree.

@SuperGogo Oh, Geoffrey. Now I'm going to be trapped in the giggle loop the next time I'm in a serious setting.

timesnewroman

http://hellogiggles.com/dont-be-that-girl

I don't like this. When drunk girls take their shoes off it's because 1) we don't care that Sophia Rossi is watching us, and 2) we're drunk. I now worry that Rossi has never been drunk??

noodge

@timesnewroman yeah, that article seemed unnecessarily bitchy to me.

raised amongst catalogs

@timesnewroman I just wanted to say how happy your user icon makes me.

timesnewroman

@teenie The title "Don't be that girl" doesn't promise much, does it...hopefully it'll turn into a train-wreck of a series.

@vanillawaif Thank you! <3

noodge

@timesnewroman eeeewwww. i just read all of Sophia Rossi's articles, and i'm now semi-convinced that she is a machine posing as an edgy city-dwelling young woman with sass and chutzpah. there's something oddly mechanical about her writing that is almost ironic, but not quite. i no likey.

no way

@timesnewroman Yep. I was going to say the same thing. Don't be that bitch. Also, it is grosser to me when people wear tights with no shoes than go barefoot.

But yeah, hopefully they will put out some good stuff. I like Molls, too. And someone here linked to a great article on xojane today, so... Think positive. Keep your head up, but watch your step, HG.

mgll

@timesnewroman Yeah... aside from the judginess, I think she's never been drunk. Especially because she says "I want you to remember that wearing 6-inch heels was a sober choice you made. Just because you are no longer sober that does not mean I have to watch that train wreck."

Incorrect. Six inch heels at the club = footwear choice probably made when already drunk. Just saying...

monster_mouse

@teenie Might I also mention the egregious run-on sentence at the end of the article? That ish would. not. STAND over here at Hairpin. Like my old creative writing prof would say, "Learn the rules, then break them.

maevemealone

@timesnewroman Even though walking around NYC barefoot is N-A-S-T-Y, I probably would have gone a different direction with that article if using a picture of a passed out drunk woman on a public street, albeit shoeless. Like maybe, "Hey ladies, if I can stop one girl from drinking themselves into unconsciousness (and shoelessness)here's how to handle your drink..."

*Personally, the drunker I get, I don't even feel my feet, so perhaps I'm blessed that way.

monster_mouse

@monster_mouse Aaaand I didn't close my quote. UGH.

tiny dancer

@timesnewroman I love how above the comments it states, "Please help us maintain positive conversations." Maintain? This post is certainly not positive. How about Don't Be That Girl who is an asshole?

emersonmunro

@tiny dancer thank you. just unbelievable....

allifer

I liiiiike it. Kind of like if xojane didn't totally blow? But I was already a pretty big fan of Molls, so.

annierebekah

http://hellogiggles.com/dont-be-that-girl
drunkshaming = this is not the webspace for me

apples and oranges

@annierebekah Plus when have you ever made fun of a girl who's carrying her shoes while walking? I might make fun of pleeeenty of other things, but carrying your heels - never.

mgll

It's so... twee. My hungover brain cannot even begin to process the twitchy mouse-over in their header. It makes me want to go hide in a corner and drink some more wine out of a doll's head.

femme cassidy

I am really not feeling this. It's trying so hard to be cute.

gimlet

@femme cassidy GOODBYE GIGGLES

I am so sorry

I couldn't resist

noodge

um... has anyone else noticed that when you pass your mouse over the three heads at the top of the page, they start to shake like they're giggling?

noodge

uhhhh, and when you like something, it does this little "totally!" graphic in cursive next to the + you click on....

foureyedgirl

@teenie I did, the three heads shook, I thought "that can't be a real thing" so I moused over again and it was. At which point I said, out loud, "ugh, that is so effing twee."

noodge

@foureyedgirl and then AND THEN! if you don't like someone's comment, and click on the -, there's a little cursive "not my fav!" graphic that pops up. why am i getting so aggravated by these little twee things? WHY?!?!

foureyedgirl

@teenie Just spit balling here, but I'm guessing it's because you're not 11. Also, if you're anything like me, it just feels like it's trying so hard it's painful.

And "not my fav" just sounds so forced. Especially in writing!

PJDee

Over-designed and underwhelming.

smirkette

@PJDee When waaaaaaaaaaay more time goes into design than the content the design is supposed to house, well. It makes for a superficial blog.

quonky

Smart, creative, intelligent? Most of the articles come off as just the opposite. The whole thing reeks of trying too hard.

Becky Lang

is this Zooey Deschanel's GOOP?

dinos

@Becky Lang Every generation gets the Gwyneth Paltrow it deserves.

melis

@dinos Something happened to January Jones???

Jolly Farton

Recently there was an great article floating around that brought up the question, “Which American Girl Are You?”...

Hmm hmmmm I wonder which great "for-ladies site you're trying so desperately to copy" that article was from HMMMM MYSTERY

omgkitties

@Lilly Pilgrim If only I knew which great article that was/where to find it! But I understand that the internet is not yet equipped for such sharing of information. If only there were some way to bridge that gap or somehow link the two. Maybe one day.

wee_ramekin

@dearheart I love this/you.

apples and oranges

Are there really 12 and 10 year olds writing for this website? I love 10 year olds and 12 year olds in the I'm-cringing-because-middle-school-is-a-dark-time kind of way, but what in god's name are they doing on any kind of self-proclaimed women's website? They should be writing angsty Xangas or being too old for Neopets or something.

AND FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD, if you're going to have a 12 year old writing on your website, EDIT.
"Sam: I’m sorry, but he needs a cut. In the beginning, he was totally rocking the Beiber cut. But now his Beibs hair is all grown out, and its just too long in the back. My Mom says its a mullet."
...why.

Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood

Molls faved one of my tweets once and that's literally the only connection I have to any of this.

(and the award for saddest brag goes to........)

Kneetoe

Wait, Edith, you were trying to be entertaining?!? Ohhhhhh.

Tuna Surprise

@Kneetoe - Ummm, this is really awkward running into you here. So, how have you been? Long time no see.

Kneetoe

@Tuna Surprise: Hey there Tuna! If I told you where I was last Thursday, you would literally be so sad that you'd hate me for making you so sad. It was a really really tough day. So please forgive! And it's ongoing, so if I'm not my usual bubbly personality . . .

Tuna Surprise

@Kneetoe - I'm sad just thinking about you being sad! It's okay you didn't come, we'll just need to reschedule a private Hairpin meetup at my apartment.

winchesterwolcott

@Kneetoe Sorry to interrupt your personal transaction, but you are not allowed to post sadness in the comments of a Hello, Giggles post!

raised amongst catalogs

@winchesterwolcott Sounds suspiciously like a rule to me... (see dearheart's comment below)

Kneetoe

@winchesterwolcott Sure Tuna would have to pay me a modest fortune for all my awesomeness, yet calling it a transaction seems a little cold.

And yes, sorry to play the sad card, but it was all I had.

lil_bobbytables

I visited it, and while I am not sure it is for me, more power to them. Yay for ladyblogs.

ohsweet

Can someone explain to me who Sophia Rossi is? I remember her tweets back in the day were always about Lindsey Lohan and Sam Ronson and I never ever knew who this "sofifi" person was that knew both Sam Ronson (?) and Mindy Kaling (?!) ugh, I don't get twitter, I guess is what I'm saying.

raised amongst catalogs

@ohsweet All I know is that she tweeted that you are only allowed to wear feathers in your hair if you're 11 or work at Hot Topic, which seemed really unreasonable to me. Plus, Hairpin said I could. Honestly, I think they look really cute and although I don't have them, I think it's crappy for someone to tell everyone that they can't have fun with feathers.

omgkitties

@vanillawaif Ladies need rules, lots of rules, all the rules!

ohsweet

@vanillawaif Feathers-in-the-hair for some, miniature American flags for others.

raised amongst catalogs

@ohsweet HAHAHAHAHA!

Bus Driver Stu Benedict

I registered.

Bus Driver Stu Benedict

Ugh, no, kidding! Facebook Connect?? no thx!!!

heather

Aw, but I love Molls! And Caragh from Why Do I Have A Blog writes for it! It's a little overdone but it's new, I'm hoping it'll hit its stride soon. And the sketch comedy angle is an interesting one.

Although if any of the writers start monitoring their husband's lube, I am OUT.

omgkitties

@heather I adore, totally adore, both of those ladies. More from them would be a Very Good Thing.

sophi

The name is horrible, the layout is OVERLY TWEE, most of the articles up so far are dumb, and I starting to kind of straight-up hate Zooey D, but Caragh and Almie Rose are two of my favorite bloggers out there right now, so I guess I kind of have to stick with it for them? Blah.

notjesslane

I am holding my breath for the "comedy" portion of the site. It's as if "Hello Giggles" launched the site before they actually had any of their "giggles" ready.

parla

I don't think there is a centimeter of fabric between your feet and the club floor when you're wearing tights. I haven't measured the thickness of any of my tights lately, but a centimeter seems like SO MUCH.

VictorVictrola

@contrary right? was that like an imperial-to-metric conversion snafu or something? If you're wearing 1cm thick tights, those must be wool, and you must have taken off your winter boots and be trudging in the snow, and it must be December. THEN don't be that girl because poor thing, you're going to catch a cold.

emilylou

I got sucked into reading/judging these "articles"... why are there so many typos... I can't handle this.

Doug Valenta@twitter

You are so shady I love it.

j-bird

Cat fight!!

Oh wait...the men would like that too much. Unity for all ladies!

(but yeah, Hairpin still wins. :)

jackietgregory

The writing's weak in spots, but the site is wicked cute and I'm VERY SAD I haven't started my own mag yet.

smirkette

I actually like the layout and design concept, but the execution is pretty twee. The post topics don't interest me much, but then I don't think I'm the audience they're looking for.

It kind of reminds me of the very earnest and oh-so-serious but very bad zines my friends and I made back in high school (because that's how old I am).

Sarah in Japan

I'd like someone to do a "Which Babysitter are you" where I'm asked questions, and where I am not Mallory! I remember the pain of seeing the cover of the American books that a family friend had brought back from the_land_of_dreams for me, and my new haircut was the same as hers. Urgh! on her stupid bike outside a stupid author's house.

I was talking to someone at an ex-pat Christmas party, and she said her favourite character was Dawn. Dawn! I won't blame the wine that was in me for my reaction (mainly yelling "Claudia! Bird of paradise earrings!" and such)

Peg Brown

Laughable that Tumblr posts can be called articles. Also, this site isn't even comparable to The Hairpin. On to tha next one.

Jen Davis@facebook

It's too fucking cutesy. It truly looks like it's aimed at Japanese school girls.

tee
tee

shit, i thought there was gonna be a babysitter's club quiz. hello giggles, you have failed.
p.s. i am toootally a kristy. because i wear keds.

steponitvelma

So I think perhaps HelloGiggles and this lovely site aren't aimed at the same audience? I mean I think I would have like HG when I was 16, but now it doesn't resonate so much. But who can argue with more blogs for women that aren't filled to the brim with pictures of celebrities and "sexy tricks he'll love!"

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