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Quickies: Charlie Sheen’s Life Goes Down The Toilet & See Minka Kelly’s Hot GQ Outtakes

  • Charlie Sheen’s family is discreetly discussing gaining conservatorship of him, a source tells Radar. It wouldn’t be a bad idea: President Bartlett would totally veto a house filled with coke and strippers. [Radar Online]
  • Friends say Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are expecting a boy and a girl. God help those children and the candy-colored butterfly rainbow fantasyland they will grow up in. [Celebuzz]
  • Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubrey are embroiled in a messy custody battle over whose the most negligent parent. [TMZ
  • James Franco will be co-teaching a film class at Columbia University called "Master Class: Editing James Franco ... with James Franco" in which students learn to edit films that he has appeared in. I'm not sure I'd want to pay $20K a year to be in some d-bag's meta-experiment, but I'm sure there will be dozens of Columbia students dying to get thisclose to Hollywood who are willing to cough up. [Gawker]

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Today’s Lady News: How Does Your State Fare On Abortion Rights?

  • Where does your state stand on abortion rights? This post gives a state-by-state rundown of anti-abortion bills in all 50 states. [Ms. Magazine]
  • The senior human resources manager at Toshiba America Inc. has filed a $100 million gender bias lawsuit against the company. She claims the company pays women less than men for the same job and steers men towards the promotions. I guess as a human resources manager, she would know. [Yahoo]
  • A lesbian couple who was banned from a pep rally in the Anoka-Hennepin school district in Minnesota has settled their discrimination of sexual orientation lawsuit. [Queerty]

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Oh Noes! Ladies Are Losing Their Lady-Skills Like Cooking And Cleaning!

Whatever will the menfolk do?! Us modern hussies not only paint our lips and wear britches, but we’re losing our valuable lady skills too. There’s a study out of the Courier-Mail newspaper in Australia about how women under 30 are losing “female” skills, like cooking, cleaning and sewing. Only 20 percent of women under 30 surveyed said they could bake a cake and only 51 percent could cook a roast. Women of the Baby Boomer generation, however, said 85 percent could cook a roast and 45 percent could bake a cake.

I have never in my life needed to bake a cake or cook a roast. You know what? I don’t care to learn. But here is a list of more modern “womanly” skills the women of The Frisky do possess, which are a helluva lot more important: Keep reading »

I Lost My Vibrator In The Breakup

You lose a lot of things in a breakup. You lose your partner, of course. But also to varying degrees you lose your feelings of security, dignity and trust. You lose that incredible French toast recipe only he committed to memory and all the TV shows you had saved in your TiVo queue. Maybe, like me, you only realize after the fact that you left behind your apron, a bunch of your socks, and a pair of mittens. Or, horror of horrors, also like me, you leaped out of bed one night, furiously looking in the designated Bag O’ Sex Toys you discreetly moved out of your apartment, looking for that one vibrator with the out-of-this-world speeds … and you realize you lost it. Keep reading »

Rihanna Spanks Perez Hilton In Her New Video For “S&M”


You don’t have to love S&M to love Rihanna‘s new music video for “S&M,” but it certainly helps! The pop princess’ ode to bondage, dominance and sadomasochism features bondage gear, pink latex, ball gags, and leather switches, and stars gossip blogger Perez Hilton lead around on a leash. (And yes, the fact that Perez Hilton gets a spanking in a video that arouses me is making my head explode.) The costumes, hair and makeup in “S&M” are incredible and it’s by far the sexiest “sexy” music video Rihanna’s ever put out. Obviously, Amelia wants me to get nothing accomplished for the rest of the day, so I’ll just … hit replay … and be .. right … back …. [Vevo via Popdust] Keep reading »

Catherine Hardwicke Was Told She Couldn’t Direct “The Fighter” Because She’s A Woman

“I couldn’t get an interview even though my last movie made $400 million. I was told it had to be directed by a man — am I crazy? []The Fighter‘] is about action, it’s about boxing, so a man has to direct it. … But they let a man direct ‘Sex and the City’ or any girly movie you’ve ever heard of.”

— “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke exposes sexism in Hollywood against female directors and this notion that they can only direct certain types of films. The directorial job on “The Fighter” went to David O. Russell and Hardwicke agreed he did a good job. But it’s complete BS, as she said, that she was told “The Fighter” had to be directed by a man. Keep reading »

Quickies: Kacey Jordan Is A Combination Porn Star/Babysitter

  • Kacey Jordan, porn star pal of Charlie Sheen, claims she aborted a pregnancy a couple of years ago. Guess who the would-be father allegedly was? Kevin Federline, after his divorce from Britney Spears. Yes, the only way this story could get better is if it involves K-Fed. [The Superficial]
  • Kacey Jordan also told “Good Morning America” that Charlie Sheen wanted her to babysit his kids. But Denise Richards will have you know (via Twitter) that no “adult film actresses” would be babysitting her children. [TMZ, TMZ]
  • Denise Richards is also apparently turning down oodles in tell-all money. Good for her! [PopEater]

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Today’s Lady News: Wikipedia Is A Dickipedia

  • Less than 15 percent of users who edit Wikipedia’s content are women, which means the encyclopedia’s entries are likely presenting a gender-skewed version of the facts. Get online and start editing, ladies! [New York Times]
  • One hundred mothers staged a “nurse-in” in a Montreal mall after a woman was kicked out of a children’s clothing store (a children’s clothing store!) for breastfeeding her five-month-old baby. [Yahoo Shine]
  • “Pariah,” a flick about a black teen lesbian, got picked up at Sundance. [After Ellen
  • Here's what you can do to stop the "No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act," a scary bill redefining rape that I wrote about this morning. [Feministing]

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Women Are More Effective Politicians, Study Says

Women politicians bring home the bacon more to their district, not to mention sponsor, co-sponsor and get enacted more bills than their male counterparts, according to a forthcoming study in the American Journal of Political Science. Univeristy of Chicago professor Christopher Berry and Stanford doctoral candidate Sarah Anzia compared male and female politicians to discover who is more effective. Not who is more popular or who gets more votes, but who can be the most effective lawmaker. Berry and Anzia concluded that because women are far less well-represented than men in all levels of government, perhaps it is only the best-of-the-best who make it and as a result, women get more done. Between 1984 and 2004, women brought an average of $49 million more back to their home districts than their male counterparts did, which held true regardless of geography. Women also sponsored an average of three more bills per Congress, co-sponsored an average of 26 more bills per Congress, and attracted more co-sponsors than their male colleagues. These findings don’t mean that women are better politicians, of course, but it appears to mean that when a woman finally gets elected, it is because she is really good at what she does. Hmph, I wonder if there’s some way this study could explain Sarah Palin? [Newsweek] Keep reading »

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