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The Good, The Bad & The WTF: “Mob Wives” Reunion Special

Mob Wives” is back for season two this fall. Yesssss! In the meantime, last night’s scream-fest reunion episode will have to tide us over. After the jump—the good, the bad, and the head-scratching moments. (Also, SPOILERS!) Keep reading »

5 Things To Know About Betty Ford, “Stealth Feminist” And First Lady

Betty Ford is not a First Lady most of us think about regularly (unless, I suppose, one is an addict). She lacked the glitz and glamour of Michelle Obama or Jackie O and was not necessarily a powerhouse in the White House like Eleanor Roosevelt. But when Betty Ford died on Friday at age 93, obituaries remembered a women’s rights activist who was uncommonly outspoken for her time and polled more popular than her husband, Gerald Ford. In addition to her foundation of The Betty Ford Clinic, one of the most famous rehab centers in the country, Betty Ford should also be remembered as a Republican “stealth feminist,” blogger Joanne Bamberger at PunditMom wrote.

After the jump, five things to know about Betty Ford, a surprisingly cool First Lady. Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Is Anna Wintour Writing A Memoir? & Megan Fox “In Tears” Over Shia Hookup

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  • Anna Wintour of Vogue is allegedly scratching out a memoir, although her rep denies it. I’m still holding out hope for the Grace Coddington memoir. [New York Post]
  • “The Simpsons” invited Prince William and Kate Middleton to lend their voices to an episode during their visit to L.A.. Even though they got a personalized letter from Homer Simpson, the royals gracefully declined. [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Adele may be joining “The Voice” … but in the UK, dammit. [UK Mirror]
  • He may have stormed off in a huff and headed back to Staten Island, but Vinny returned to film “Jersey Shore” this weekend. Whew. [BuzzFeed]

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That’s Not Feminist!

It may be awhile before the Internet graces us with new webisodes “Vag Magazine,” about a cabal of feminist hipsters who buy fashion magazine Gemma with proceeds from their Etsy shop and replace it with uber-P.C. mag Vag. The girls — I mean, women — I mean, womyn — are currently filming season two. But fear not, there are still feminists who will tell you how to think: Vag‘s chief scold, Fennel, is sharing her views with the world in a new vlog called “That’s Not Feminist.” You’ll have to watch to find out what’s not feminist this week. Also, it’s sad, but I own that exact same hairband Fennel is wearing. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Admittedly, Setting Up A Co-Worker With A Mail-Order Bride Is A Pretty Baller Prank

This a-hole took screwing around at work to a whole new level: Stephen Pottinger, an employee of the Houston Independent School District, is in trubs for signing up his co-worker for a mail order bride website. During company hours. “He had mentioned that he wanted to get back into dating,” Pottinger said. “We have a long-standing joke that when [the co-worker] starts talking, a lot of people start falling asleep. So I said, ‘Maybe you should start dating someone who doesn’t speak any English. They can just nod and smile.’” So the Michael Scott of Texas signed his colleague up on a website that matches Russian women with American men and forwarded responses to the guy during work hours.

Well, that is quite the prank. Keep reading »

Sorry, But There’s No Poop Fairy, People

I am sorry to break it to you, kiddo. When the dog poop disappeared from the backyard? That was your mom. And when the doo doo vanished from the sidewalk? That was your dad. They only told you the Poop Fairy existed to see the glimmer of joy in a young one’s eye, to expand childhood ever-so-slightly further. Really, the Poop Fairy was just a ruse just like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.

All this is to say, please clean up after your dog. [Jefferson County Sheriff's Office] Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Mila Kunis’ Unique Date Invite & Is A Katy/Russell Divorce Imminent?

  • Aww! A Marine sergeant stationed in Afghanistan invited Mila Kunis via video to be his date to the Marine Corps Ball in North Carolina in November. I hope she says yes. [Celebuzz]
  • “The Jerry Springer Show” offered Casey Anthony $1 million to appear on the show if she comes with both her parents and her brother. Wait, “Jerry Springer” is still on TV and taping new episodes? [RadarOnline]
  • Breaking news: the wind blows up princess’s dresses the same as it does for us mortals. [The Superficial]
  • This Adele cover of Bonnie Raitt’s song, “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” is AMAZING. It’s totally going to be my new “song to cry to.” (The Bon Iver cover at the link is great as well.) [Popdust]

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Today’s Lady News: Man Says Periods Make Women Workers Less Productive

  • A New Zealand man was fired from his leadership of a business group after he suggested that women are paid less because “once a month they have sick problems” and they also take time off to have kids. “I’m sorry, I don’t like saying these things because it sounds like I’m sexist, but it’s the facts of life,” said Alasdair Thompson. The kids thing makes slightly more sense, but blaming periods on productivity and using it as justification to pay women less is absurd. Also, who calls periods “sick problems”? Is that some kind of Kiwi thing? [BBC]
  • An anti-abortion group in Wisconsin has asked the state’s attorney general to stop the University of Wisconsin medical school from teaching med students how to perform abortions. Because, really, neglecting to teach doctors how to perform and/or respond to a widespread medical procedure is an excellent idea to promote health. [Think Progress]
  • The TSA is accused of demanding to search inside a black woman’s hair. [The Grio]
  • Pop culture’s most fascinating “weak female characters.” [Flavorwire]

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Are Romance Novels Responsible For Real-Life Sexual Problems?

I’ve long held romantic comedies, TV shows, and romance novels responsible for real-life romantic problems. No man will actually make you feel like a woman with his passionate embraces and burning loins, then cook you a four-course dinner before he rushes off to perform heart surgery on orphans.

Well, apparently that is not the only problem romance novels cause. It turns out wishful hoping for a romp in bed akin to Dr. Trent Blackjack, Esq.’s throbbing member is influencing real-life sexual problems for some women, according to a report in The Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. Psychologist Susan Quilliam, who wrote the report, claims romance novels glorify “unprotected sex, unwanted pregnancies, unrealistic sexual expectations and relationship breakdowns” and said the fantasies are negative for women. The UK’s Guardian didn’t give us specific examples, but perhaps they were just being British about it. Keep reading »

Jill Scott Won’t Have Sex Until Date #5

“Now the minimum is until the fifth date. The whole celibacy thing, you could throw that out the window. That’s over. But I don’t have physical intimacy until at least the fifth date. So I can get to know who I’m dealing with and they can get to know me. And with my schedule, five dates can take three or four months! It just gives me a chance to get to know the person. So we talk on the phone pretty much every day or maybe we Skype or have a date and we have fun. I’m getting to know someone so I know if they’re crazy or not. I just don’t want to waste my time. I’m just trying to look at the mistakes that I made. I got so caught up in the flesh and I’m not even allowing someone to get to know the best parts of me. I’m a single girl in the world, but if I don’t have some standards then I can be making the same mistakes that I made in the past. I do want love. Genuine love. And sometimes sex can get in the way.”

Jill Scott is my single girl inspiration. We don’t need a man, we just need some standards! But waiting until the fifth date for a li’l something-something sounds hard, though. How do you do that? [Us Weekly] Keep reading »

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