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Magazine Byline Breakdown Shows The Ratio Favors Men

Men outnumbered women two-to-one in the nation’s news, culture and literary magazines in 2010 — and in some cases the discrepancy was much, much worse. VIDA, an organization for women in the literary arts, counted all the bylines in mags like The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, and The New Republic and lit journals like Paris Review, Tin House, Granta, and Poetry for analysis. Literary journals Paris Review, Granta and Poetry were the most egalitarian, with a still-not-great two men’s bylines for every byline by a woman. The worst offender? The New York Review of Books, abysmally, published six bylines by men for every one byline by a woman. Pfffffffft. Keep reading »

Rosamund Pike Is Not “A Flirty Piece Of Ass”

“I auditioned for a job recently, and didn’t get it. Word came back that they were looking for ‘a flirty piece of ass.’ Now, I do not want, and have never wanted, to be a flirty piece of ass, but when told I was not one, I found myself quite offended. I was thrust right back on the most primeval battlefield, the loser at the mating game. The point that sex appeal is not the level at which I want to compete was lost on me, momentarily.”

— Actress Rosamund Pike (“An Education,” “Made In Dagenham,” “Barney’s Version”) on how expectations of Hollywood actresses mess with her head. The reason I lurve Rosamund is because she’s always totally honest about this kind of BS. [Montreal Gazette] Keep reading »

Men Want Marriage And Family More Than Ever — Do You Believe It?

The Frisky staff can barely find a man who wants to stick around for breakfast. But according to a Match.com study of over 5,000 singles, more younger men than ever want marriage and family; not only were men quicker to fall in love and more likely to want children. Younger men particularly were more inclined to prioritize their desire for a family life. According to biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, “Men are now expressing some traditionally female attitudes, while women are adopting some of those long attributed to men.”

Interestingly, women expressed more of a desire for independence than men did. While 77% percent of women said personal space was important, only 58% of men did. (Really? Who are these people that don’t need personal space?). Stephanie Coontz, the country’s foremost expert on marriage and family called the findings an “amazing confirmation about what has changed in the last 40 years.” [USA Today] Keep reading »

Quickies: Halle Berry’s Ex Was Only Good As A Sperm Donor & Charlie Sheen Filmed A Porn?

  • Ooh, Halle Berry’s divorce is getting even nastier. The actress reportedly emailed Gabriel Aubry, her ex-husband and father of their daughter, and wrote, “You were only good for one thing … Thanks for the donation.” Burn. [RadarOnline]
  • Sorry, boys, but Kate Moss is off the market. Jamie Hince, a guitarist for The Kills, proposed to Kate on Tuesday night with a vintage 1920s engagement ring. [PopEater]
  • ZOMG, Jenny McCarthy is going to be on the next season of “Millionaire Matchmaker.” Who will Patti Stanger set her up with?! [PopEater]
  • Lord help us, Jennifer Aniston has released an eponymous perfume at Sephora. [Fox News]

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Today’s Lady News: “The Daily Show” Disses Redefining Rape


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  • Leave it to Kristen Schaal at “The Daily Show” to give the best assessment of Republicans’ attempts to redefine rape in the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act. “Rape with benefits” and “rape-ish” are sooo becoming part of my vocabulary. Thankfully, the phrase “forcible rape” has been cut from the bill. [The Daily What via The Daily Show, Washington Post]
  • Former Oklahoma State Senator Herb Rozell suggested a pregnant woman who was nominated to the State Board of Education would be “worthless” because she would give birth during the legislative session and be totally obsessed with diapers or something. Rozell has been condemned by OK’s Governor Mary Fallin and other lawmakers, including two who said, “In this day and age, to have that type of attitude about a woman’s ability to serve is offensive, discriminatory and just wrong.” [Tulsa Beacon]
  • Starting salaries for female doctors are $17,000 less than for male doctors, according to a study published in Health Affairs. Oh, hell no. [Wall Street Journal]

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The Panties No Man Wants To See

Nothing freaks a dude out like the idea his deeds — both good and bad — might be blogged about. (Trust me, this is something Frisky bitches know a thing or two about.) That’s why you can get cheeky on your cheeks with these cute panties teasing fellas, “I’m blogging this.” Let’s hope you only sleep with dudes with a good sense of humor! [$7.99, Think Geek] Keep reading »

Health Care Reform Might Require Coverage Of Birth Control

For the past three years, I have not taken any birth control pills and instead solely relied on condoms for contraception. These past few years, I have been a full-time freelancer without health insurance and I have prioritized paying for my anti-depressant prescription — anywhere from $100 to $120 bucks a month, depending on the pharmacy — over BC.

But if the Obama administration gets its way after a thorough review from health experts, the costs of contraceptives and other family planning services will be covered by insurers under health care reform. Contraceptives would be considered “preventative services” because they prevent unwanted pregnancies and a host of other health issues that come along with the stork’s surprises. Wouldn’t that be the jam?

Don’t get too excited yet, though: some “family” organizations are already whining that pregnancy is “not a disease” and birth control should not be considered a preventative service. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Did I Fail To Keep The Romance Alive?

Yesterday I was idly reading the comments on one of my posts on The Frisky when a partner link caught my eye: “7 Things You Shouldn’t Tell Your Boyfriend.” Shouldn’t tell your boyfriend? I thought. I always told my boyfriend everything. Like, EVERYTHING. He knew about my bouts with depression. He knew about my brother’s struggles with drug addiction and alcoholism. He knew about how much I owe in student loans. He knew about my spanking fetish. He knew about my desire for dominant/submissive sex. He knew about the May-December romance I had with a 37-year-old man when I was 22. He knew when I farted and burped and had the flu. He knew what I looked like in sweatpants, in no makeup, and in sweatpants and no makeup. During the two years that we dated, he was my best friend Why wouldn’t he know these things?

Then a light went off in my head. I picked up my cell phone and dialed Amelia. “Do you think the reason our relationships didn’t work out is because our partners were our best friends first, instead of our lovers?” I asked. “Do you think we didn’t keep the romance alive?” Keep reading »

Quickies: The “Jersey Shore” Gets Bieber Fever & What Did The Groundhog Say?

  • Never thought you’d see the day when The Situation and Pauly D shilled for Justin Bieber, did you? [Gawker]
  • Gotta love how some jerkoff on Twitter called Rihanna a “ho” for going down on Drake and Eminem and her response was: “You left out a few.” [Oh No They Didn't]
  • Ack! Britney Spears has announced the title of her upcoming record. We’ll be first in line to buy Femme Fatale when it comes out in … March!!! Britney’s back, bitch. Check out the album cover at the link. [Popdust]

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Today’s Lady News: Planned Parenthood Fires Employee Caught In Sting Video

  • Planned Parenthood has fired the employee who was caught in a sting video by anti-abortion group Live Action. “The behavior we saw in the videotape was egregious and repugnant,” the organization said, adding it was “completely inexplicable and inconsistent with what Planned Parenthood does.” In the video (which has been edited by Live Action), the Planned Parenthood clinic manager can be heard advising that the 14- or 15-year-old “sex worker” (played by an actress) lie about her age. Frankly, after watching the video, I can’t see how they could have possibly kept her employed. [Reuters]
  • A female Lucasfilm employee — you know, George Lucas’ company? — has alleged she was called into a room by her supervisor and asked if she was sleeping around. She asked to speak to HR, but was told not to tell anyone about the discussion. She then confronted a person in the office who she suspected of spreading a rumor about her and was promptly fired. May the force be with your lawyers! [San Fransisco Weekly]
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) has called the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act a “violent act against women.” [Talking Points Memo]

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