Cheerleading isn’t just pom-poms and “Go team, go” these days. Nope, it’s a rough-and-tumble sport where women routinely fly 25-feet in the air and National Championships are won and lost by hundredths of a point. That’s what we learned reading CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleading, by The Frisky’s own Kate Torgovnick. Fractured skulls? Steroids? Secret Societies? In cheerleading? Yeah, we had no idea either. [$12, Amazon.com]
We’re giving away seven copies of CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleading, but you have to work if you want it! The seven best commenters for this coming week—from today, Friday, March 13 through Thursday, March 19—will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Jessica Valenti, Feministing editor and Full Frontal Feminism author, is getting married! Congratulations are in order! Wait, are they? Apparently not, if you believe feminism and marriage can never, ever go hand in hand. Certainly, marriage has its traditions that are problematic from a feminist perspective, which Valenti has addressed many times on the blog — and perhaps that’s why she seemed hesitant to announce her good news. But does the personal really always have to be political? Can’t she get married without every Gloria, Betty, and Camille judging if her wedding is “feminist” enough?
“I don’t want to feel that I must blog about getting married because it relates to the work that I do. I want to be able to have things that are just for me and not be judged poorly because of that…. I realized that I don’t feel like I had to blog about getting married — I wanted to…. I’m positive you’ll be hearing more from me on the marriage front: Like how to do it while shirking patriarchal tradition? Or why I decided to participate in an institution that still (for the most part) excludes same-sex couples.”
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The old, blond hair whipping Britney is back and she wants you to find some chick named Amy. Not sure why, she hasn’t explained. Anyhoo, in the video for the song, Britney is totes having a raging, sexual party with some girlfriends, and they dance together, and everyone looks HOT. Then, all of the sudden, things get kind of misty and Britney’s hair is shorter and she’s rockin’ some soccer mom digs, and is carrying a pie and there are some kids and OMG, what do you think it means? Is Brit saying that all the boys and all of the girls who are begging to “if you seek Amy” don’t know the real her? That’s deep yo. Also, pie sounds yummy. Keep reading »
Esquire.com kicked off their Music Week with a list of “75 Albums Every Man Should Own,” which had lots of great stuff us ladies at The Frisky actually own, like, David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, and Bob Marley’s Catch A Fire. But shockingly, there were only four albums featuring female artists (that I counted — someone correct me if I am wrong) — Tina Turner (with Ike Turner), Nico (with The Velvet Underground), Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville, and The Pixies’ Doolittle (featuring Kim Deal). Really dudes? No Billie Holiday? Or Aretha? Or Janis Joplin. Fine. But what about the albums every woman should own? The Frisky compiled a master list, only we didn’t shy away from including dudes. Check out the full list of 50, after the jump, and please add your own in the comments! Keep reading »
I can’t hide it. I, and basically every other woman I know, think Michelle Obama is the bee’s knees. She rocks my world. I look up to her, I want to raid her closet, I aspire to have the same grace and poise and intelligence and confidence and parenting abilities and knack for wearing belts just so. But what do men think of our new First Lady? Given the hot and cold reaction that another strong woman in the same position, Hillary Clinton, felt during her eight years as the wife of the President, I wondered what impression Michelle — who possesses Hillary’s gumption, as well as Laura Bush’s desire for privacy — had on men. And, dare I ask, are they attracted to her? Would they admit such a thing, the way many men were happy to admit the attraction they felt towards, say, Sarah Palin? So many questions! Check out their answers, after the jump… Keep reading »
Dear Gwyneth Paltrow,
Even though I sort of can’t stand you and think it’s annoying that you think your taste is so amazing and your life is so grand as to warrant informing others how they can better their lives, I must admit I look forward to my weekly dose of GOOP. BUT, a token of advice: when you contact “five brilliant directors (four of whom I have worked with and one who I worship)” and ask them to list their favorite movies, you might want to make sure you spell their names correctly. Especially the one you “worship.” It’s Sofia, not Sophia, Coppola.
Amelia Keep reading »
Given the drama of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and the deer-in-headlights-spectacle of “Orange County,” the NYC version is the most tepid and ho-hum of Bravo’s franchise. That’s not to say, however, that some of their cast members aren’t as heinous. While I kind of respect damaged and opinionated Bethenny, adore blabbermouth Jill, and find Alex&Simon’s (they’re one entity, you know) nerdy pretentiousness entertaining, Ramona and LuAnn drive me about as crazy as Sheree and Vicki. Ramona is one marble away from the insane asylum and LuAnn lost any chance with me when she chastised Bethenny for introducing her to a lowly commoner by her first name. Mental case versus classist bitch, who to hate more?! Last night I made up my mind — C(o)untess LuAnn de Lesseps, you are THE WORST. Keep reading »
Even though they got engaged a mere month ago, Perez Hilton is reporting that Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams got married yesterday. Hmm, was it a spur of the moment decision brought on by delirious love, or will they be leaking “additional info” soon? [Perez Hilton] Keep reading »