Archive: May 2009

Branding HIV-Positive People?

Swaziland parliament member Timothy Myeni recently had a lightbulb zinger of an idea to solve his country's HIV/AIDS problem. He wanted to brand all HIV-positive people on the butt(ox), so that people could physically check their partners to make sure they're clean before getting down with them. We get that this idea was well-intentioned, but…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 29, 2009

Quick Pic: Are Brody Jenner & Kristin Cavallari Back Together?

Yes, but just for the cameras. The exes and new "Hills" castmates filmed a commercial for AT&T. [Beverly Hills, 5/28/09]…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 29, 2009

The Boyfriend Experience

By now, you've probably heard of "The Girlfriend Experience," Steven Soderbergh's new movie about a high-end call girl who charges $2,000 for the privilege of letting guys pretend she's their girlfriend and who's played by porn star Sasha Grey. But have you heard of "The Boyfriend Experience"? The crew over at Totally Sketch has created…

By: Susannah Breslin / May 29, 2009

Bodysuits For Men Are Hardly Stunning

Um, no. Hunkwear.com, whose tagline is "You deserve the best," sells stuff for men that I would hope my mythical future boyfriend would never wear, but these "Stunner Bodysuits" are too out there not to mention. Even Shawn Johnson wouldn't do a double twisting double tuck in colors this garrish. [Hunkwear via Underwhelmer]…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 29, 2009

Bristol Palin Was Offered A Car To Break Up With Levi

When I was in high school, I dated a guy that my parents absolutely hated. They didn't even call him by his name—instead they called him, er, anyway—and they begged and pleaded with me on a daily basis to get rid of him. They even bought me a book called How To Dump A Guy.

By: Nikki Dowling / May 29, 2009

Quickies!: Rihanna May Testify In Chris Brown’s Trial

Rihanna will attend Chris Brown's next hearing on June 22nd, and will testify if asked to do so. [Us Magazine] Freddie Prinze Jr. has returned from outer-space and will join the cast of "24." He will play a marine during the show's eighth season. [Perez] -- Welcome back, Freddie! Gossip Girl hottie Chace Crawford i…

By: Carrie Wasterlain / May 28, 2009

Don’t Miss Feministing’s Five Year Anniversary Party

Sigh. We remember back when Feministing was just Jessica Valenti's small third wave feminist blog with a couple of her friends. But now one of our favorite blogs rolls nine bloggers deep and is turning five years old! The anniversary bash will be held on June 12 in New York City. If you're not i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2009

Why It Pays For Pilots To Get Divorced

As if there weren’t enough reasons to get divorced already, several crafty Continental Airline pilots have found yet another golden one – big money! Evidently, a loophole in a law that says divorced pilots can receive their retirement funds before they retire. So, nine genius pilots—seven men and two women—got their sidekick spouses to sign

By: Ami Angelowicz / May 28, 2009

Will Sonia Sotomayor Be Pro-Choice? Looks Like Maybe Not.

We think it's pretty dope that Sonia Sotomayor, Obama's pick for Supreme Court justice, is (a) a lady and (b) could the first person of Hispanic descent to don Supreme Court robes. But many pro-choice advocates are sounding alarm bells today because they have a sneaking suspicion that, once on the bench, Sotomayor may not…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 28, 2009

Quaint They Ain’t: Inside The Homes Of The Real Housewives Of New Jersey

The "Real Housewives of New Jersey" strike again—this time in the New York Times Styles section. NYT visited some of the ladies to talk about their homes (and by homes, we mean sprawling 10,000-plus-square-foot spreads). You really do get a great sense of the Jersey aesthetic—small and modest, these abodes are not—and learn a thing…

By: Nina Carbone / May 28, 2009

Are You Ready For “The Tiny And Toya Show”?

Do the names of Tameka Cottle and Antonia Carter sound familiar? Maybe not, but you definitely know the men in their lives: rappers T.I and Lil' Wayne respectively. Cottle, known as Tiny, has been dating T.I. for years—even before he became famous—and has several kids with him. Carter, known as Toya, was married to Lil'…

By: Zandile Blay / May 28, 2009

Virginia Is For Frowners

People with ugly driver's license photos, the state of Virginia feels your pain. The Department of Motor Vehicles in Virginia banned smiles—yes, smiles—and ordered all new photo-takers to make a "neutral expression" in their portraits. The DMV would like to develop a facial recognition system to standardize documentation and thwart fraudsters and identity thieves. OK,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2009

Quick Pic: Is Nicole Kidman Pregnant?

Or did she just eat something? [NYC, 5/27/09]…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 28, 2009

Rihanna Is Kanye’s New Candy Girl

Rihanna stars in Kanye West's video for "Paranoid." Why is she appearing in a music video for a song she doesn't even sing on? We have a few ideas: Kanye is ditching Amber Rose for Rihanna. Kanye thought it would help Rihanna's image by giving her some exposure unrelated to Chris Brown. Rihanna wanted…

By: Catherine Strawn / May 28, 2009

For People Who Are Blind, Looks Still Matter

Have you ever wondered if people who are blind can experience "love at first sight" without being able to see? Well, Damon Rose, who is blind, writes in an article for BBC News, that they can, but with different criteria. It's more like "first listen" than "first sight" when it comes to attraction, and voice…

By: Catherine Strawn / May 28, 2009

Diva Kate Gosselin Puts J. Lo Out Of Work

Kate Gosselin’s been on nine magazine covers in the last month alone, her show premiere had almost 10 million viewers, and her long-in-front-party-in-the-back hair style is the hottest 'do since Jennifer Aniston's "Rachel." And now, Ms. Thing is continuing her world domination by out-diva-ing major diva Jennifer Lopez. According to reports J. Lo was i…

By: Robyn Moreno / May 28, 2009

Crave: DiorShow Waterproof Mascara

If you’re craving something couture but aren’t willing to empty your savings, try DiorShow mascara. The mascara comes in three seductive colors, is encased in a gorgeous tube, and costs a manageable 24 bucks. Its brush is thick and full, which means your lashes will be too. And best of all? It’s water-proof, which make…

By: Carrie Wasterlain / May 28, 2009

20-Year-Old Lila Rose Emerges As Anti-Abortion Crusader

After using clandestine tactics to investigate Planned Parenthood, Lila Rose, 20, has become known as an anti-abortion crusader. She staged her own sting at the clinics to prove her claim that the organization routinely covers up sexual abuse. She says Planned Parenthood counselors don't report statutory rapes, as the law requires, and often encourage the…

By: Annika Harris / May 28, 2009
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