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Why Do Women Have Frenemies?

This weekend, The New York Post ran a piece by author Lucinda Rosenfeld called “Why Women Are Frenemies.” Rosenfeld has a book coming out that’s related to the topic called I’m So Happy for You: A Novel About Best Friends, and in her essay she implies that the root of most female frenemy relationships is jealousy. I like Rosenfeld’s writing — she’s best known for What She Saw — but I’m a little resistant to the notion that all women engage in these “frenemy”-type relationships, and that if they DO have them, it all comes down to being jealous. She writes:

“For girls in their early 20s, rivalries tend to revolve around beauty and the attention of men. Later, it becomes easy to measure your lot in life (against that of your best friends) by the size of your wedding ring, the square footage of your apartment, the number of zeros in your or your husband or partner’s salary, and whether or not your kids got into a gifted-and-talented program.”

Really? I don’t have any frenemies I can think of, though I do have a few friends who occasionally grate on my nerves. But anyone who would ever fall on a list of enemies — even just for an hour or a day — is not someone I think I would call a friend to begin with. To find out just how true Rosenfeld’s theory is, I asked some fellow women about their experiences with “frenemies.” Keep reading »

Quote Of The Day: The Many Incarnations Of Madonna

The woman was… a living collect-them-all doll collection…. from Jellybean Benitez Madonna to Madonna of the Boy Toy Belt, Unshaved Leaked Photos Madonna, Madonna masturbating on a wedding cake, bouncing beside the waves in “Cherish,” dancing with the little boy in “Open Your Heart,” Who’s That Girl Eyebrows Madonna, Ideal Brunette Madonna (my favorite) saving Black Jesus in that incredible slip, Banned by the Pope! Madonna, “Vogue” Madonna, Fritz Lang Madonna, Wrapped-Plastic Sex-Book Madonna, Shame-Free BDSM Madonna, Sandra Bernhard–BFF Madonna, Bratty Letterman-Taunting Madonna, Self-Mocking Wayne’s World Madonna, the Madonna Who Ate Your Exotic Culture (“Vogue,” “Rain,” “La Isla Bonita”), Abused Sean Penn Madonna of the Helicopters, Contrarian I’m Gonna Keep My Baby Teen-Slut Madonna, Secretly Pregnant While Filming Evita Madonna, Underappreciated Dick Tracy/Sondheim Madonna, Water-Bottle-Fellating Truth or Dare Madonna (with Warren Beatty accessory), Bad Actress Madonna (Wax-Coated/Mamet), Momma Madonna, Kabbalah Esther, British Madge, and on and on….

But soon the bad Madonnas were pouring out in a rush: Lady of the Countryside Madonna, Tone-Deaf Antiwar Madonna, and particularly Hard Body and Plastic Surgery Madonna of the Purple Bodysuit…. There was Never Grow Old Madonna, turning 50. There was Healthy Yoga Madonna, which I couldn’t trust, because she was hard to distinguish from Baby-Cheeks Botox Madonna…

But while other female icons fade, fold, or fossilize into camp, for better or worse, Madonna seems determined to do something unsettling and new: spin to the center of the dance floor, till the end.

– Emily Nussbaum in her fantastic New York article, “Justify My Love,” about her love/hate relationship with Madonna. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Two Low-Brow Icons Come Together

Debbie Rowe in the Three Wolf Moon T-shirt. Does it get any better? [Los Angeles, 7/27/09]
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Liveblogging “The Bachelorette” Finale July 27th 2009

ZOMG, the day has finally arrived! Tonight, Jillian Harris finally chooses between Ed, Kiptyn, and … Reid? This s**t is gonna be good. See you at 8 pm EST! Keep reading »

Tasty Tru Blood Beverage Coming To An Icebox Near You!

Last night, while I was watching “True Blood,” John Devore — who came over for dinner — remarked, “They really need to market the ‘Tru Blood’ synthetic blood beverage in real life.” Hm. That would be cool. After all, when promoting the first season, HBO had a series of ads that focused on the beverage, which is beloved by mainstreaming vamps who have “come out of the coffin” and no longer feed on humans.

So what do ya know? It was revealed at a “True Blood” panel at Comic-Con that HBO will be marketing a tasty “Tru Blood” beverage in the near future. Sadly, red wine is not what they have in mind. Instead, “Tru Blood” will be a “tasty blood orange soda.” Sounds like the perfect mixer to me! [YouTube] Keep reading »

Woman Commits Crime Under The Influence Of Bikini

When you imagine a crime spree, you probably think of a beefy guy in a ski mask with maybe, I don’t know, a weapon? Well, in Mississippi last week, a 24-year-old woman carjacked another woman in her driveway, allowing the woman to remove her kid from the car first. Then, she tried to rob an RV dealership. She told the dealership employees that she was packing heat and told them to cough up the cash. But the employees didn’t believe her. Why? Probably because she was wearing a bikini during this entire venture. Where are you going to hide a gun when you’re wearing four triangles of clothing? [Yahoo! News]

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Imagining Gossip Girl: Chuck Gets Creative

“True Blood” Recap: Bill Compton Shows His Animalistic Side

On last night’s episode of “True Blood,” we finally got to see another side to Bill Compton, which had been hinted at, but never seen. Bill had always told Sookie that he wasn’t always such a gentile vampire, eager to mainstream. In a flashback scene that takes place in the ’20s, Bill and his maker/lover, Lorena, pretend to be French (hilarious!), Bill sings and plays the piano (even more hilarious!), glamor a couple into having a foursome with them, and then feed on the hapless lovers before screwing on a bed covered in blood. HAWT. Keep reading »

Antonio Sabato Jr. Needs Your Love

I may have to reconsider my position on taking the summer off from dating. It seems one of my teenage crushes is on the market and is looking to find love via a reality TV dating show on VHI. Antonio Sabato Jr., best known (to me especially) as the eternally hot bad boy “Jagger Cates” from “General Hospital” and a former Calvin Klein underwear model, “is seeking the most alluring, seductive and exotic single women to embark on the romantic adventure of a lifetime.” Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Hot Interspecies Makeout Sessions

Who knew coyotes used so much tongue? [via Buzzfeed]
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