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Beauty Pageant Drama Used To Be A Lot More Feisty

These days, the most exciting thing to happen at a beauty pageant is someone saying Americans cannot find the United States on a map “because they don’t have maps.” But back in 1970, things got way more feisty! This weekend was the 40th anniversary of the 1970 Miss World Pageant, when a feminist group called the Women’s Liberation Movement pelted smoke-, flour- and stink-bombs at the host, Bob Hope, while they chanted, “We’re not beautiful, we’re not ugly, we’re angry!” Keep reading »

Writer Tawni O’Dell Comes Out Swinging Against Sexist Publishing Industry

A few months ago the author Jonathan Franzen published his novel, Freedom, and among bookworms, it was like a new “Star Wars” movie being released or Angelina Jolie popping out another baby. Not only did President Obama make headlines for snagging an advanced copy to read on vacation, but Franzen made the prestigious New York Times book review not once, but twice, in a single week. That was all too much for author Jodi Picoult. “Is anyone shocked?” she tweeted, no doubt rolling her eyes. “Would love to see the Times write about authors who aren’t white male literary darlings.” Everyone weighed in with their opinion — sexism? sour grapes? — including here on The Frisky. The matter was settled, at least for moi, when the blog Slate.com did an old-fashioned author byline count of The New York Times Book Review. That publication does, in fact, review more books written by men than women.

For us lady writers at The Frisky, it was all pretty disheartening. (Kate may be the only one who has published a book thus far, but there are several of us on staff who go home and peck on our laptops some more.) Now there’s more “ugh”-ness to “ugh!” deep in our bellies: Author Tawni O’Dell penned an essay for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about her experiences navigating the publishing industry and book-reviewing culture as a female writer and they’re utterly fascinating.

I just have four words for you: “wood nymph” and “biker chick.” Keep reading »

Disney Swears Off Princess Stories For The Time Being

My little nieces think I’m a nut job: They hand me Cinderella Barbie and tell me we’re going to meet Prince Charming at the ball and I’m, like, “Instead, let’s pretend Barbie is a brain surgeon! Or the first female president!” Lucky for crazy aunts like me, Disney is abstaining from princess flicks for a bit. After “Tangled,” Disney’s newest flick about Rapunzel, the company will focus on non-princess-centric movies, like “Winnie The Pooh” and “Reboot Ralph,” about a video game character who has been left behind with new technology (i.e., “Toy Story” 2.0). Two princess-related movies in development, “The Snow Queen” and “Jack and the Bean Stalk,” have also been killed.

But Disney isn’t swearing off princesses because pretty women who moon after boys all day are sucky role models for little girls. (Ha!) Rather, princess flicks, the company lamented, do not rake in enough dough. Keep reading »

Facebook Responds To Willow Palin’s Homophobia, Sort Of

We may have to wait until season two of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” to see how Mama Grizzly disciplined her cub for calling kids “gay” and “f****t” on her Facebook page. But a spokesman for Facebook issued a statement this weekend to the gossip blog Hollywood Life about Willow Palin‘s homophobic slurs. “We want Facebook to be a place where people can openly discuss issues and express their views, while respecting the rights and feelings of others,” the statement said. “Facebook is highly self-regulating, and people can and do report content that they find questionable or offensive. We take our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities very seriously and react quickly to reports of content and behavior that violate our policies. Specifically, we’re sensitive to content that singles out private individuals, or that includes pornography, direct statements of hate, or actionable threats of violence.” Willow Palin calling someone a “f****t” isn’t a direct statement of hatred? Hey, Facebook, that’s really “gay.” [Hollywood Life] Keep reading »

Quickies: Willow Palin May Be Pregnant And Miley’s New Man

  • The sometimes-but-usually-not-true National Enquirer claims 16-year-old Willow Palin is pregnant. Someone is probably just spreading rumors about Mama Grizzly’s little homophobe. [National Enquirer]
  • Eva Longoria may have waited to confirm her divorce from sexy texter Tony Parker so she could nab the cover of Us Weekly. [PopEater]
  • Is Lindsay Lohan shilling for Pepsi? She sure poses for paparazzi holding their products a lot. [The Superficial]

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Today’s Lady News: May The Force Be With You, Katie!

  • A first grader named Katie was made fun of by the boys at her school for owning a “Star Wars” water bottle. Now there’s a Twitter hashtag for #MayTheForceBeWithKatie and, one would hope, a squad of Storm Troopers showing up at those boys’ front doors. (Thanks, commenter Vivster, for the heads-up!) [StarWars.com]
  • “Real Housewives” Bethenny Frankel is hawking a pink “Future SkinnyGirl” onesie for babies on CafePress. I get that “SkinnyGirl” is her brand. But, seriously, encouraging your baby girl to stay skinny?! What happens if Bethanny’s baby Bryn grows up naturally thicker than her famously svelte mommy? [Styleite]
  • A passage of Sarah Palin’s latest book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag, criticizes Michelle Obama for saying she hadn’t felt proud of her country, but then goes on to drag racial tensions into it. “In retrospect, I guess this shouldn’t surprise us, since both of them spent almost two decades in the pews of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church listening to his rants against America and white people,” Palin wrote. Holy race-baiting! [Huffington Post]

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Online Abortion Vote Is Likely An Anti-Choice Publicity Stunt

Pete and Alisha Arnold made national headlines when, via their site, BirthOrNot.com, the couple asked the public to vote on whether they should have a baby or an abortion. But it appears this was actually an anti-choice publicity stunt.

I cannot handle this much nonsense after 4 p.m. on a Friday, but for you, dear Frisky readers, I will try. Keep reading »

What Has “The Kennedys” Poster Done To Katie Holmes?

If you squint, cock your head to the side and do three swift shots of tequila, that actress named Katie Holmes who is playing Jackie O in the History Channel’s “The Kennedys” miniseries kinda looks like the actual Katie. Photoshop, what hath you wrought?! [Celebuzz] Keep reading »

I Love A Man Who Wears Toe Shoes

Our roommate started it.

He came home one day with a shoebox of Vibram FiveFingers toe shoes, pleased as can be. Toe shoes, to quote directly from the Vibram FiveFingers website, are “different than any other footwear on the planet. Not only do they bring you closer to your environment, FiveFingers deliver a number of positive health benefits — by leveraging all of the body’s natural biomechanics, so you can move as nature intended.”

“They’re ugly,” I told him. “They look like gorilla feet.” I snapped at him to get the dirty toe shoes off of our ottoman — they are shoes, after all. But my boyfriend just eyed the rubbery footwear enviously. Boys and their toys, I thought to myself.

It was not long before he purchased a pair of himself. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Introducing Spider Girl!

  • Meet Spider Girl, Marvel Comics’ newest character! Anya Corazon is a 16-year-old Latina high school student who moonlights as a superheroine. Her writer said the comics company wanted a strong female character who wasn’t “sexualized” or a “trophy” girl — and Marvel stressed she is not Spider-Man’s girlfriend! Spider Girl comics are currently on sale in the U.S. and the U.K. [BBC]
  • Rocker Patti Smith won the National Book Award for nonfiction for her memoir Just Kids, about her friendship with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Another female author, Jaimy Gordon, took home the fiction prize for her novel Lord of Misrule. Have any Frisky fans read either book? [New York Times]
  • Sarah Palin told ABC News’ Barbara Walters she could beat President Obama in the next election and is seriously considering a run for the White House. The interview will air on December 9. [NPR]
  • Actress Portia de Rossi has been accused of sexism for requesting a female interviewer on an Australian show. In defense of Portia, her memoir is about her struggle with anorexia and coming out of the closet as a lesbian, so I could see why she wanted to chat with a fellow lady for a gender-related discussion. [Sydney Morning Herald]

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