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Today’s Lady News: New Mexico Elects First-Ever Latina Governor

  • Susana Martinez of New Mexico was elected last night as the first Latina governor in American history. You can read about other women who won — or lost — in yesterday’s election in my story “The Ladies Of Election Day.” [MSN]
  • Voters in Colorado rejected a “fetal personhood” proposal that would have given a fetus the legal status of a person and therefore criminalized all abortions. [Washington Post]
  • A Washington anti-abortion extremist has been sentenced to home confinement for 180 days for terrorizing an abortion provider and his family. Donald Hertz will also serve five years probation for threatening Dr. Warren Hern of Colorado and Hern’s 92-year-old mother during three weeks after the murder of Kansas abortion provider, Dr. George Tiller. [Ms. Magazine]

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Portia De Rossi Talks Anorexia On Wife Ellen’s Show

If this clip from Portia de Rossi‘s appearance on her wife’s talk show tomorrow doesn’t make you tear up, your heart is made of stone. Portia opened up about her struggle with anorexia, which had her weighing only 82 lbs. at one point. “I don’t think anyone can really understand what it’s like to suffer from an eating disorder unless they’ve actually gone through it themselves,” Portia said. “I wanted to tell the story from the perspective of the person suffering and not a healthy perspective. I wanted to go back to that dark, horrible time and why I thought I was doing the right thing, why I thought I was doing the healthy thing.” When Ellen DeGeneres asks Portia what she thinks when she looks in the mirror now, Portia says, “I don’t think I’m perfect,” and you can just hear the love in Ellen’s voice when she says, “I do.” Alright, I’m crying again. [AfterEllen.com] Keep reading »

Baby Panda Born In Atlanta Zoo

Breaking cute thing news! A baby panda was born this morning to mama panda, Lun Lun, at Zoo Atlanta. Let me repeat that: A BABY PANDA!!!! Lun Lun, age 13, gave birth to a cell phone-sized cub inside a special “birthing den” in the zoo’s giant panda house. This is a huge deal because only 1,600 panda bears exist worldwide and, unfortunately, they do not seem to enjoy having sex. Artificial insemination is how Lun Lun’s gotten knocked up with her three cubs, including this one. Keep reading »

The Ladies Of Election Day: Who Won And Lost

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Depending on your political leanings, Election Day yesterday was either a smashing success or reason to stick your head in the oven. I’m particularly interested in women who run for office (although obviously the votes of men in Congress impact women’s lives as well), so I have been watching their races closely. I’ve rounded up 10 races with female candidates, both victories and defeats, including Christine O’Donnell, Kirsten Gillibrand, Meg Whitman, Sharron Angle, and Carly Fiornia. If you’ve seen other interesting articles about the female candidates I left out, please share them with all of us in the comments. And stay tuned tomorrow for a comprehensive roundup of sexist incidents — against both women and men — during the 2010 election. Please email me any incidents you’d like me to include at {encode=”jessica@thefrisky.com” title=”jessica@thefrisky.com”}.

Today’s Lady News: School Board Member Resigns After Making Bigoted Comments About Gay Kids

  • A Pleasant Plains, Arkansas, school board member resigned from his position last week after he wrote bigoted comments on his Facebook page on October 20th, the day activists around the country wore purple to show solidarity with gay and lesbian youth who killed themselves. “Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves,” Clint McCance wrote. “The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin.” (Note: Horrendous types typos [HAHA look at that typo I made while pointing out his typos!!! -- Extremely Tired Editor] and grammar all his.) McCance apologized and told Anderson Cooper, “I don’t wish death on anyone.” [MSNBC]
  • Anti-choice female governors are poised for victory during today’s elections. Yikes! [WomensEnews]
  • Watch feminist icon Gloria Steinem explain how today’s election will affect women — probably, in her view, for the worst. [Big Think]

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A Handy Pocket Guide To Vaginal Euphemisms, Such As “Beef Curtains”

If you asked to touch my slobbering bulldog or my lobster claw, I wouldn’t have a damn clue what you were saying. But that’s because I don’t have this handy-dandy pocket guide to vaginal euphemisms! The number of ways to refer to a vagina as “just a place to put a penis” might alarm me if I actually believed anyone other than Penthouse letter writers refer to my beautiful ladyflower as “beef curtains.” [Feministing] Keep reading »

What The Rich Ladies On Glamour’s “Love Your Life” Panel Can Teach You About Work-Life Balance

Yesterday I was thrilled to leave work early and attend Glamour magazine’s “Love Your Life” conference, held at New York City’s 92nd St Y. I only got to hear one of the two panel discussions: “Love Your Work Life.” With a lineup including “Top Chef”‘s Padma Lakshmi, designer Anna Sui, makeup guru Bobbi Brown, Dylan’s Candy Bar owner Dylan Lauren, and my old boss, politics blogger Arianna Huffington, who wouldn’t be psyched? The panel, moderated by journalist Deborah Roberts, was supposed to be about “high-achieving women discuss[ing] success and work-life balance.” And while there were some really solid gold pieces of career advice dished out (Anna Sui, adopt me!), I also couldn’t help but feel frustrated by how little I could relate to these women, who are faaar wealthier than the average woman ever will be. Most of us won’t be so lucky, like Padma Lakshmi, to force herself to let her baby’s nanny deal with her crying child.

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Beauty Test Drive: Kate Spade’s New Eau De Parfum, Twirl

Watermelon wouldn’t be our first choice for an eau de parfum. Who shops for fragrances thinking, “Hey, I’d really like to smell like a watermelon today?” To be more accurate, the official scents in Kate Spade‘s new eau de parfum Twirl are “pink watermelon, blackberry and red current with additional notes of orange blossom, star jasmine, sweet magnolia, and French macaron.” I would describe Twirl as “chic fruity”: you’ll smell like a fancy lady who shops at Kate Spade, but one with a whimsical and girly side. Keep reading »

Why We Voted: For Gay Marriage, For Immigration Reform, And For Those Little “I Voted!” Stickers

Happy Election Day — yes, an end to campaign commercials on TV is in sight! Whether you dragged yourself out of bed before work, will stand in line at the polls before going home tonight, or plan to do it mid-day, all that matters is that you exercise your right to vote! Yesterday, I asked readers to tell us why they’re going to vote and share with us the state they live in and races they’re passionate about. Not only did your responses crack me up, but it was really cool to see that The Frisky has readers everywhere from Kentucky to Louisiana to Texas. Also: you are a bunch of bleeding heart liberals. After the jump, find out how the rest of the Friskyverse is votin’ (and try not to wet your pants, OK?). Keep reading »

Cher Sometimes Calls Her Son Chaz Bono “Her”

“If I woke up tomorrow in a guy’s body, I would just kick and scream and cry and f**king rob a bank, because I cannot see myself as anything but who I am — a girl. I would not take it as well as Chaz has. I couldn’t imagine it. … She’s a very smart girl — boy! This is where I get into trouble. My pronouns are f**ked. I still don’t remember to call her ‘him.’”

Burlesque star Cher on her daughter-turned-son, Chaz Bono, who had gender reassignment surgery and was legally granted permission to change his name and gender this past May. I’m sure a lot of parents like Cher are supportive of their kid’s decision to have a sex change, but find it hard to say “Chaz” instead of “Chastity.”

After the jump, find out what Cher has to say about Meryl Streep and aging gracefully: Keep reading »

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