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The Corndog Bitten ‘Round The World: A Photo Of Michele Bachmann Mid-Chomp

Over the week weekend, the UK’s Telegraph‘s blog published a post about Rep. Michele Bachmann and illustrated it with a picture of her chomping down on a corndog at the Iowa State Fair. Bachmann’s eyes are mid-blink, her lipsticked mouth is wide open, and well, she’s shoving a corndog into her face.

Do we really have to talk about this? We do? Okay. Keep reading »

We See Chick Flicks: “Gloria: In Her Own Words”

Gloria Steinem became famous in 1963 when she published an article called “A Bunny’s Tale” in which she went undercover at a Playboy Club to expose the treatment of its waitresses. In the decade-plus to follow, Gloria became one of the most public faces of the burgeoning “second wave” feminist movement. She fought for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, advocated for abortion to be legalized, pushed the mainstream women’s movement to recognize that lesbian rights were an integral part of women’s rights, and of course was the very first editor-in-chief of Ms. magazine. The heyday for the “third wave” feminist battles have arguably passed, but Gloria Steinem is still kickin’ (enough to put Glenn Beck into a fit, shrieking about how the “’60s have passed”). Any young woman or young man who has discovered feminism in the past 50 years will come across something that has Gloria Steinem’s fingerprints on it. Naturally such an icon deserves, at age 77, to be memorialized in her very own documentary. Keep reading »

Dating Fact: At A Certain Point, A Long First Date Actually Becomes A Second Date

A few months ago I was flipping out to one of my guy friends about my love life, as I often do. (Sorry, guys.) I had gone on a second date to eat a home-cooked meal at a gentleman’s apartment and ended up spending the night. We didn’t have sex, but we did in lots of other activities that aren’t your typical second date material. Of course, come Monday morning, I started freaking out that this gentleman caller would lose interest in me because we’d done too much too soon. So I instant messaged my friend D., who is also single, and asked what he thought.

“What time did all this happen?” He IMed back.

“I don’t know,” I wrote. “I came over for dinner at eight, we ate dinner and dessert, then we talked on the couch for a long time and he gave me a footrub. After midnight?”

“Oh, that’s fine, then,” D. wrote back. “When a date goes into the wee hours of the morning, it really becomes another date. And hooking up on a third date is pretty standard.”

Oooooh, I thought to myself. That makes sense! Let’s call this “the principle of elongated dating.” Keep reading »

Amber Heard Needs To STFU About “The Playboy Club” Until She Reads A History Book

“The Playboy Club” is the number one TV series I’m excited about this fall. How could I not be psyched for (another) show about the ’60s and the fight for women’s equality? Feminist icon Gloria Steinem, who went undercover as a Bunny/waitress for a magazine exposé in 1963, is calling for a boycott of the show, but I truly hope it will instead provoke lots of discussion and have some teachable moments.

So, I read with interest an interview with actress Amber Heard in Playboy magazine. As the star of the show, she does not have an easy path ahead of her. In every single interview, she will be asked her opinions about Playboy Clubs and women who worked as bunnies/waitresses — on some level, to justify the show’s existence. Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Meet Kate Hudson’s Baby Bing

  • Kate Hudson’s fiancé, Matt Bellamy of Muse, tweeted a pic of the couple’s newborn son Bingham (“Bing”) on Sunday, the first pic of the little guy. Awwww. [Us Weekly]
  • Patti Smith is writing a screenplay for her National Book Award-winning memoir, Just Kids. The whole Frisky office just squealed! [Deadline Hollywood]
  • Should Viola Davis and Emma Stone both be nominated for Oscars for Best Actress for “The Help”? Frisky readers who saw the flick this weekend, please weigh in. [Entertainment Weekly]

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An Ode To Vibrators On Film

Brooke Hogan Poses Nude In A Dog Cage For PETA

Nothing says “go vegetarian” like the daughter of a famous wrestler nude in a dog cage. Isn’t that what you’re thinking about right now, sprouts and tofu and TVP? Yeah, thought so. Good job, PETA. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

How Do The Women Of Sci Fiction Compare To The Rest Of Women On TV?

This charticle isn’t perfect, but it makes a fair enough point: the women of science fiction TV shows like “Firefly,” “Star Trek” and “Xena: Warrior Princess,” taken as an aggregate, are a different breed from the desperate housewives/real housewives you see elsewhere. It’s true that for sci-fi women, strength, independence and intelligence tend to be emphasized the most. But the “Women of Prime Time” part of this equation left out more than a few mainstream, feminist-y characters. Where’s Peggy Olsen and Joan Holloway? Where are Rory and Lorelai Gilmore? And where’s Daria? I love the feminist media critic sentiment of this charticle; I just don’t think it’s fair. [Blastr via The Mary Sue] Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Queen Latifah Joins “Dancing With The Stars”

  • Queen Latifah will join Rob Kardashian (!), Snooki (!!!) and Kristin Cavallari (roll eyes) for the next season of “Dancing With The Stars.” Even though I thought Queen Latifah was above “DWTS,” she’s going to dominate! [TMZ]
  • Grazia magazine confessed to Photoshopping Kate Middleton’s already twig-like torso for its special royal wedding issue in April. In the confusing statement, the magazine said, “[Grazia] would like to reassure all our readers that we did not purposely make any alternations to the Duchess of Cambridge’s image to make her appear slimmer, and we are sorry if this process gave that impression.” [Fashionista]
  • Speaking of Kate, her Hollywood doppleganger Anne Hathaway praised the princess for dressing “like a lady” and said she’s grateful to her for “making looking appropriate really fun again.” [Celebuzz]
  • Peeps are not happy this model looks like she’s masturbating in Calvin Klein’s Forbidden Euphoria ad. [ONTD]

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Today’s Lady News: GOP Debate Asks Michele Bachmann About “Submission” To Husband

  • The GOP held a debate last night for wannabe presidential nominees and Rep. Michele Bachmann was asked about statements she has made in the past that a husband should be the head of the household and a wife should be “submissve” to him. As the moderator asked, “As president, would you submissive to your husband?” the audience booed like mad. In response, Bachmann praised her husband and said to them, “submission” means “respect.” I’m sorry, but I don’t buy that pile of BS from her. They very well may respect each other deeply, but this looks to me like she’s flip-flopping on her belief of male headship of the household in front of the cameras. What do you think? [Think Progress]
  • Sarah Palin says something sensible about the notion that if she and Michele Bachmann both ran for president there would a catfight. “It’s kind of even a sexist notion to consider that two women would be kind of duking it out,” Palin said. “If I’m gonna duke it out I’m gonna duke it out with the guys.” [Politico]
  • Feminist icon Gloria Steinem visited “The Colbert Report” last night — you should watch! [Feministing]

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