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India Rules To Recognize Transgender Folks As A “Third Gender”

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  • India’s Supreme Court has ruled that transgender folks have a right to identify as “third gender” or hijra. The ruling also directs the government to provide trans folks in India with quotas in education and jobs and to ensure they have adequate medical care in hospitals. Both Nepal and Bangladesh also recognize third genders. [BBC]
  • Iran will reportedly execute a 26-year-old rape victim named Reyhaneh Jabbari because she fatally stabbed the man she claims drugged and raped her. [CNN]
  • On women and the “confidence gap.” [The Atlantic] Keep reading »

Meet Catherine Wolters, The Real-Life Alex Vause From “Orange Is The New Black”

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If you read Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is The New Black or binge-watched the Netflix adaptation (and who hasn’t done that?), chances are you have wondered about the real-life woman behind Nora (in the book) and Alex Vause (the character in the show). For the first time ever, 51-year-old novelist and PhD student Catherine Cleary Wolters has spoken to Vanity Fair about her relationship with Kerman, their mutually-assured-destruction as cash smugglers for an African drug lord, and her side of their love story. Keep reading »

Model Irina Shayk Sunbathes With Some Pigs

Usually, the only pigs a supermodel has to deal with are the kinds who lurk around the bottle service tables at nightclubs. On a recent trip to the Bahamas, Irina Shayk cavorted with a whole new category of pigs: the adorable kind.

Shayk posted a pic on her Instagram of Pig Beach, located on the island of Exuma, where wild pigs run (snort?) free and frolic in the clear blue waves with sexy Russian bikini models.

Check out another cute pic of the porkers after the jump! Keep reading »

New App Figures Out Who Your Happiest Facebook Friends Are

New App Figures Out Who Your Happiest Facebook Friends Are

TIME magazine has created a new app which hooks into your Facebook account and measures the happiness of your friends based on the language they use in their posts. I’ve learned two important things about myself. One, with 502 posts, I use Facebook entirely too much. And two, The Frisky’s Mommie Dearest columnist Avital Norman Nathman is my happiest friend — 80 percent of what she posts is positive! (Winona is next, with 69 percent of her posts being positive, and Amelia is only marginally more positive than me, with 58 percent of her posts. Buck up, Amelia!) It’s an interesting experiment, although I don’t believe what words a person uses on Facebook can accurately assess their fundamental happiness. But maybe it is time to stop grumbling about the bad weather so much. [TIME]

Did Lindsay Lohan Fall Off The Wagon?

  • Where’s Oprah?! Lindsay Lohan possibly fell off the wagon at Coachella. She was apparently spotted drinking vodka with her friends. Yikes. [Radar Online]
  • New couple alert? Katy Perry was spotted getting flirtacious with the producer Diplo. [RadarOnline]
  • Kelly Osbourne and Paris Hilton are feuding because Kelly was booted from a VIP table at Coachella to make way for Paris and her friends. Oh, cry me a river. [Page Six] Keep reading »

The Many Stages Of Doing Your Taxes (In GIFs!)

The Many Stages Of Doing Your Taxes (In GIFs!)
Last Minute Tax Tips
Here's some straightforward advice on how to do your taxes. Read More »

Oh, tax season. Doing my taxes stresses me the hell out: I do so much freelance writing that I have one million forms. And trust me, if you screw up your taxes — even unintentionally — the IRS will hunt you down like a dog. I always say this year will be different, this year I’ll do it all by myself on TurboTax. Instead, I just hyperventilate for weeks.

Anyone else with me on this?

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” Promises It Will No Longer Use The Transgender Slur “She-male”

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  • The reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” announced it will no longer use the word “she-male,” a slur against transgender folks. They also promised to quit doing a segment called “Female or She-male?” in which contestants had to guess, based on a photograph, whether a they were looking at a cisgender woman (someone who identifies with the gender she was assigned at birth) or a trans woman. “We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realize that it was insensitive,” the channel Logo said in a statement. Good on them for listening to complaints and taking action. [Huffington Post]
  • Paris Hilton confronted Kelly Osbourne at Coachella and called her a “bitch,” Kelly tweeted at Paris to “please grow up,” and Paris feigned dumb. The lifecycle of another starlet feud is complete. [Page Six] Keep reading »

Donna Tartt Wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize For The Goldfinch

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  • Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch — a favorite in The Frisky’s office — is the 2014 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. All the more reason to read it, I suppose. [Los Angeles Times]
  • A lesbian couple have wed in the UK’s first same-sex nuptials in a church. [Guardian UK]
  • Frisky reader Billieanne is working on this great new Tumblr project called “I Will End Sexual Violence,” in which people can submit pictures of themselves holding a sign explaining what they’re going to do to end sexual violence. Give it some love, why don’t you? [I Will End Sexual Violence] Keep reading »

Conservatives Are Trying To Make It Harder To Divorce

Let's Talk Divorce
Should marriage be a renewable contract? Read More »
Disclose Your Divorce
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... and other facts you should be open about on your online dating profile. Read More »
Chart: Mapping Crying Fits
Divorced Woman Charts The Pain Of A Breakup … Literally
A divorced woman charts the pain of a breakup ... literally. Read More »
Dating A Divorced Man
The pros and cons of dating a man who's already been down the aisle. Read More »
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We knew that some conservatives have a boner for (heterosexual, of course) marriage. But did you know they get equally hard for stopping couples from being able to divorce?  As Scott Keyes writes in a must-read piece for The Washington Post, politicians in over a dozen states have introduced bills making it harder for a couple to end their union. Keep reading »

Jerry Lewis: “Aggression” In Women Comedians Isn’t Nice

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Jerry Lewis says women aren't funny, "bring babies into the world." Read More »
Judd Schools Jerry Lewis
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Judd Apatow informs Jerry Lewis women are, in fact, funny. Read More »
"Are Women Funny?"
Mindy Kaling won't answer your stupid "are women funny?" question. Read More »

“Seeing a woman project the kind of aggression that you have to project as a comic just rubs me wrong. And they’re funny — I mean you got some very, very funny people that do beautiful work — but I have a problem with the lady up there that’s going to give birth to a child — which is a miracle.”

I didn’t even know 88-year-old Jerry Lewis was still alive, so it figures his views on women in comedy are (still) covered in cobwebs.  Why is he so convinced that women can’t be funny and “aggressive” while also being mothers and bearing children? Sounds like someone’s got a major Madonna/whore complex. [Huffington Post] [Image via Getty]

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