We’re hoping that women like Kathryn Bigelow, the woman behind “The Hurt Locker” who could win the Oscar for Best Director this year, will begin to give voice to the silent minority in Hollywood: women. A recent study done at the University of Southern California turned up some disheartening stats about women in film. Of the 100 blockbuster films of 2007 that were studied, only 17 percent of them were written, directed, or produced by women. Even worse, they found that women were minorities onscreen as well. Female actresses were given only 30 percent of all speaking parts. (I wonder how many women were seen and not heard—that would be interesting to know.) While those findings are fairly depressing, there is some good news. Films with women writers, directors, and producers had about twice as many parts for females. So it sounds like the key to building women’s influence in Hollywood is for ladies to make their own material. Sure, it may be intimidating to go up against your allegedly egomaniacal ex for an Oscar, but if Kathryn wins (and even if she doesn’t), she’ll be an inspiration to up-and-coming females in the movie biz. Here’s to equality in Tinsel Town. [AOL] Keep reading »
Nothing gets us all riled up like a rousing political debate … especially when a PILF (yeah … politician I’d like to f**k) is at the podium. After the jump, 15 hot PILFS who we wouldn’t mind lobbying for a place in our beds. It pays to get political.
There’s always that one guy. You know, the one who undoes our progress as human beings. The man who claims we are powerless victims to our biological urges. Enter T. Byram Karasu, a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, who in a piece on The Daily Beast argues that Tiger Woods’ sexcapades were a completely “innate and natural phenomenon.” In fact, he says sex addiction is “a new name for the old evolutionary concept—the innate urge to impregnate as many females as possible … in this sense, every man is a sex addict or was one at some point in his life.” He thinks this only becomes a problem within the context of the institution of marriage. He doesn’t believe sex addiction is a real problem and advocates viewing the addiction as “a time-limited condition” and “accept[ing] the man for who he is, and wait[ing] until his desires extinguish.” He writes, “Let’s stop pathologizing every human behavior, like male libido.” [The Daily Beast]
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Hands down, the best thing about working at The Frisky is our amazing readers. We so heart all of your witty, thoughtful, and informative comments—heck, we even appreciate the mean ones. Sometimes, we can’t help but wonder about the faces behind avatars. We decided to launch a weekly column where we learn all about a Frisky reader. After the jump, meet PinkRanger, one of our most prolific commenters.
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Mystery solved! No reason to get annoyed when your dude acts like a slobbering lunatic when he sees chicks like Marilyn Monroe, Christina Hendricks, or Beyonce. His brain just thinks he’s high. A new study shows that looking at an hourglass figure can activate the same part of the brain as drugs or alcohol in men. A sample of guys were shown pictures of women’s naked butts while their brains were being monitored. Then these women were given digital plastic surgery to redistribute fat from their waist to their bums without changing their body weight. When men were shown the post-op hourglass figures, the “reward” centers in their brains went bonkers like they were drunk or high. So what can we learn from this, besides the lesson that men like butts? We may finally be able to understand men’s relationship to pornography and the phenomenon of porn addiction. Also, if weight does not affect attraction, that means the “thin obsession” is dictated by society—not by hard-wiring in the brain. Rejoice, ladies. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
I was so pumped to see the top 12 ladies perform last night on “American Idol,” especially since every other sentence out of the judges’ mouths during Hollywood week was, “The girls are the best ever this year!” After the teasers I saw, I was thinking they were right, that I’d have to hitch a plane to L.A. and stalk the Kodak Theatre. But last night was stank city! Even the girls that I was fantasizing about being great sucked. And the judges seemed like they were going easy on them in a first grade teacher to the slow student kind of way. But I don’t want to watch “American Idol: No Singer Left Behind.” Cut those awful bitches! Was it just opening night jitters, or do the girls this season really blow (in a bad way, not in a Randy Jackson slang kind of way)? I’m hoping for something better … like much better from the guys or else I may be watching this season just for Ellen’s jokes. After the jump, some of the girls I thought I’d be excited about and my review of their performance last night. Keep reading »
I was interested to find out that before men compete in the Olympic ski jump competition and the Nordic combined, that women are testing out the hills for them. This is particularly noteworthy considering that women are barred from competing in these two events. And yet two women agreed to act as forerunners—the athletes that test out the jumps and runs to make sure conditions are optimal—in ski jumping this year. While these two ladies seem to be thrilled to be involved in the Olympics at all, other world-class female skiers are not cool with them participating and refused invitations to participate as forerunners because they believe it sends a message that it’s OK for women to watch from the sidelines. In fact, some female skiers were so upset about not being able to compete in 2012, that 15 of them filed a lawsuit in the Canadian courts. But the Supreme Court ruled against them. Keep reading »
Google CEO Eric Schmidt is all for the free sharing of information on the interwebs … unless it’s about his love life. When his former mistress Kate Bohner (a former CNBC correspondent and journalist) started a Blogspot diary and book project entitled “Recovery Girl 007,” Schmidt made it disappear from Google by threatening Bohner with legal action. Abuse of power? I think so. Like any other recovering addict/mistress, Bohner should have the right to blog about her life and Schmidt (code name “Dr. Strangelove”) as long as she doesn’t use his real name. The blog is no longer accessible, but reports claim that it was primarily focused on her recovery and not her affair with Schmidt. Why didn’t he just ask her to stop writing about him? Did he have to pull the entire blog? This seems like a violation of rights to me. If Bohner does decide to fight back against the Google empire, I think she may have a case. What do you think? [Newser, Gawker] Keep reading »