Here’s a new idea for boosting women in the workplace: teach them to do traditionally male jobs. That’s exactly what’s happening at Rosie the Riveter High School in Long Beach, California, the first trade school geared toward women. The founder of the school, Lynn Shaw, a former miner, steelworker and longshoreman with a doctorate in electrical engineering, was tired of being the only woman in all of her traditionally male jobs. This imbalance in the workplace inspired her to try to make a change, especially when she did some research and discovered that “women in nontraditional jobs earn 20 per cent to 40 percent more than women in what are considered ‘traditional’ women’s jobs.” Wow. So lady plumbers are making bank these days, huh? Keep reading »
About a year ago, a group of my closest friends got together in a basement apartment in Queens. It was a Saturday night in the dead of winter, and most of us were broke (the economy was crashing) and lazy (we didn’t feel like trekking to a bar in the city). As we cracked open a bottle of wine and ate fresh-baked zucchini muffins, one of my friends decided to play us some records on the record player he had recently inherited from his parents. It turned out to be one of the best nights of our lives. In sharing great music, great food, and great fun, a tradition was born—Record Party. The New York Times is finally catching on to something my friends and I discovered that night; vinyl is back in a major way. The stats say that CDs are becoming just about as obsolete as cassettes and 8-tracks. Sure, iPods are fun if you’re on the go, but really the only way to devour your favorite music (other than to hear it live) is to listen to it on vinyl. It’s like hearing the music again for the first time—rich and layered. Mike Jbara, a bigwig at Warner Music Group, says, “It is absolutely easy to say vinyl doesn’t make sense when you look at convenience, portability, all those things. But all the really great stuff in our lives comes from a root of passion or love.” [New York Times]
That’s what Record Party is really all about. But don’t take my word for it. Experience Record Party for yourself. After the jump, five tips for throwing your own rocking Record Party. Keep reading »
Dating is hard as it as, so just imagine what it would be like your if parents were Bruce Willis or Arnold Schwarzenegger. You’d have to worry about whether someone was dating you because you’re you, or because your dad either (a) starred in “Die Hard” or (b) was the Terminator. That must be pretty awkward when you are trying to play the field. But if you are the child of a celeb, who better to shack up with then someone who also has famous parents? I guess that’s what Patrick Schwarzenegger (son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver) and Tallulah Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) were thinking. The rumor (not Rumer Willis—that’s a different Willis girl) is that these two are the newest Tinsel Town item. I really hope they don’t break each other’s hearts. Can’t you just picture the Governator and Bruce duking it out? Now that would be a fight! [New York Post]
After the jump, some more celeb children who we’d like to see date.
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We were all scratching our heads in confusion when James Franco announced that he would be appearing on the soap opera “General Hospital.” But would I have called his decision performance art? Not so much. According to James, however, that’s exactly what it is. “I finally took the plunge and experimented with [performance art] myself when I signed on to appear on 20 episodes of ‘General Hospital’ as the bad-boy artist ‘Franco, just Franco,’” he says about his visionary concept in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal this weekend. So his film career isn’t in trouble, OK? In addition to the 20 episodes on the show, there is a piece de resistance to Franco’s “General Hospital” performance—he will film a final scene in a museum. Edgy. But seriously … why? Keep reading »
It’s Hanukkah time again. Let us not forget to honor the hot Jewish guys who keep our flame burning all year. These sizzling members of the tribe are nothing to sneeze about. That wasn’t a “big nose” joke by the way. Click through to see some amazing Jewish men who are not the short, cheap, neurotic, mama’s boys you were expecting. L’chaim!
Sarah Palin’s still mad about the whole “Trig is not her son” conspiracy. She knows what came out of her vagina on American soil! If she runs for prez in 2012 (please let Carrie Prejean be her running mate), she said she would “reverse that and use the same type of thinking on the other one.” By “reverse” I think she means “get revenge,” by “the other one” I think she means Obama, and by “type of thinking” I think she means conspiracy theories. I.e. she’s not so sure that Obama was born on American soil. Keep reading »
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. After seeing some of your lovely costumes on Halloween, we decided to launch a weekly column where we learn all about a Frisky reader. After the jump, meet Riley, one of our most prolific commenters. Keep reading »
For all you filmies out there, Sundance 2010 is just around the snowy corner. You know what that means—the best “diamond in the ruff” indie flicks will be hitting your local art house theaters soon! So if you like low-budget shots, complex plots, and subtitles as much as I do, you need to know more about this year’s lineup. After the jump, the 10 most buzz-worthy Sundance flicks this season. Keep reading »
If you want to escape your real love life, why not get lost in the pages of a great book … with a sexy leading man? I mean who hasn’t wished that they were coming home to Mr. Darcy after a long, stressful day? Asylum compiled a list of their 15 most sex-worthy ladies of literature after reading Lemondrop’s top 15 most do-able literary men. But I think they forgot a few characters with whom you might really want to curl up in bed. After the jump, 10 more fictional characters we really, really wish were real. So we could bone them. Sometimes it pays to be an avid reader. Keep reading »