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Today’s Lady News: Glenn Beck Compares Abortion To Slavery

  • Radio host Glenn Beck compared abortion to slavery. (Wait, yesterday I thought abortion was genocide?) We have no words to describe how offensive this is to actual slaves and descendants of slaves, not to mention women who have terminated a pregnancy for any reason. [Media Matters]
  • According to new Census data on income, poverty in America has hit a 15-year high and the number of working women has fallen by 1.3 million in three years. [Reuters]
  • There will be no bond for the 26-year-old North Carolina man accused of describing on Facebook how to make explosives to bomb an abortion clinic. [WNCT.com]

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15 Things To Do When Your Boo Goes On A Business Trip

“Lovesick” doesn’t just mean crying so hard after you have been dumped that you barf on your bed sheets. (Although, girl, I have been there. True story.) You can also be lovesick when you’re so engulfed in love for another person that being away from them makes you feel ill. Me, for instance: my boyfriend travels on business a lot. A lot. Sometimes I am just happy to watch “The Rachel Zoe Project” without anyone whining, but sometimes it’s slow and lonely torture. Last week, for example, I found myself crying in a bathroom stall at work (which — do I even have to say as someone who works at The Frisky? — I never do) because I just felt like half of me had flown across the country. It was pathetic. Sad. Sucky to the max. Keep reading »

Could Mattel’s Japanese Barbie And Ken Be Any More Stereotypical?

A geisha girl and a samurai warrior: these are the stereotypes Mattel used for Japanese Ken and Barbie dolls. Barbie is dressed as a geisha with lotus blossoms in her hair, a gold fan, and some gladiator heels which are badass-looking, but I’m thinking not particularly Japanese. Ken is dressed as a bare-chested samurai warrior with a small ponytail and a long sword. An ex-boyfriend who went to grad school in Japan called the Japanese Ken doll, quote, “pure Fu Manchu stereotype” — minus that nefarious mustache, of course. Surprise, surprise, Mattel has a long history of representing their Japanese Barbies as geishas. Keep reading »

“Bridalplasty” Brides Plan Weddings And Compete For Plastic Surgery Prizes

E! has tapped into women’s two most important goals in life — looking pretty and getting hitched — for a new reality show called “Bridalplasty.” Wedding planning and plastic surgery, what more could a gal want? Brides will make a “wish list” of plastic surgery procedures they desire before the most important day of their lives. The winner of a wedding-themed challenge, like writing vows or planning a honeymoon, gets to choose one procedure from her wish list as her prize with the results revealed at the beginning of the next show. The lucky grooms of these well-balanced ladies will not see the results until they lift the veil at the altar right before they exchange “I dos!” Because, really, if a man is going to latch onto the ol’ ball-and-chain for life, at least it should be pert, unwrinkled, and incapable of displaying emotion? Amirite? Keep reading »

“This Is Our Locker Room”: The Ines Sainz Scandal Begs The Question “Do Men Need A Man Cave?”

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Most incidents of sexual harassment follow one of two scripts: 1.) How provocatively was she dressed? 2.) Is she just being a PMS-y humorless bitch and/or too sensitive? The story of Ines Sainz, the Mexican sports reporter who was sexually harassed by players and staff from the New York Jets, has forged a new narrative: What the heck was she doing in the men’s locker room? What kind of idiot is she — a former Miss Universe — to wade into that bath of testosterone?

Asking why Sainz violated macho airspace is not much different from putting her sartorial choices on trial. (And you’d best believe that’s happening, too.) It assumes men cannot control their behavior in the presence of a beautiful woman and they want — nay, need — a man cave where men can be men, damn it! There are more than a few Frisky commenters, not to mention public figures, who agree with this idea. When another reporter asked Sainz if she was OK after “hooting and hollering” when she entered the locker room with publicists, Jets player Chris Jenkins, for one, reportedly yelled, “This is our locker room!” Keep reading »

Parents Did Not Want 6-Year-Old Cheering “We Shake Our Booties Left To Right”

“Our backs ache/
Our skirts are too tight/
we shake our booties from left to right!”

Jennifer and Duane Tesch, of Madison Heights, Michigan, would have sooner gang-banged the cast of “Yo Gabba Gabba” than hear those words come out of 6-year-old daughter Kennedy’s mouth. I mean, who did the coaches think these kids are — Destiny’s Child? But when the Tesches complained to the cheerleading squad that perhaps there might be more age-appropriate cheers for tykes, what did the adults who run the Madison Heights Wolverines flag football cheerleading team do? They unanimously voted Kennedy off the team and told her she could try out again next year. The Tesches were told they would be reimbursed the cost of her $125 cheer uniform and to not let the door hit them on the way out. Kennedy will pursue gymnastics instead, her parents said. [FOX News] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Performing Sexual Favors Totally Fine For Women In Politics, Says Italian Dude

  • It’s totally OK if women use their bodies to get ahead in politics, advises Giorgio Stracquadanio, an ally of Silvio Berlusconi, the prime minister of Italy (who has made plenty of sexist comments himself). Stracquadanio added that, in his opinion, a woman performing sexual favors to get ahead would not be grounds for dismissal. Being a woman working in Italian government must be a ball. [Telegraph UK]
  • Investment banking firm Goldman Sachs is being sued for sexual discrimination. Three women are seeking a class action lawsuit against the bank, claiming they were held back from raises and promotions because of their gender. [New York Observer]
  • Who amongst us does not want to hear Rush Limbaugh’s opinion on Ines Sainz, the sports reporter who was sexually harassed by the New York Jets? [Media Matters]

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Frisky Q&A: Bryan Batt, AKA Salvatore Romano On “Mad Men”

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It would be easy to hate Bryan Batt.

He breathes the same air as Jon Hamm, playing the closeted gay art director Salvatore Romano on “Mad Men.” He counts Christina Hendricks and Jane Krakowski from “30 Rock” among his besties. And you wouldn’t know it from “Mad Men,” but this Louisiana native has the dreamiest thick Southern accent.

But how could you hate someone who is just so darn nice? Bryan profusely apologized for playing phone tag with me because he was busy taking care of his elderly mom (aww!) and then generously chatted from the back room of the home furnishings store, Hazelnut, he owns in uptown New Orleans with his partner of 20+ years, Tom Cianichi. Can you say “down-to-earth”?

After the jump, find out if Bryan thinks Sal will ever return to “Mad Men,” what it was like playing Lumiere the candlestick on Broadway’s “Beauty & The Beast,” and how he felt seeing Jon Hamm’s handsome mug for the first time. (Answer: amazing.) Keep reading »

Quotable: Bristol Palin Needs To Work On Moving Her Hips

“She’s not ready. She’s very nervous. She’s never performed or done anything like that in her life, so it’s like we’re starting completely from scratch and having to build her confidence and make her feel like she’s doing it well. [Bristol] needs to work on moving her hips and not being shy to be sexy and sensual and womanly when she’s dancing. She’s a little shy, little taken back. She’s out of her element. She’s uncomfortable. It’s new for her. But she’s getting comfortable with it as we go along.”

— Mark Ballas, who is Bristol Palin‘s dancing partner on “Dancing With The Stars,” says the Wasilla teen mom is not quite ready for a hotcha cha-cha-cha. Sounds like her $30K-a-pop pro-abstinence speeches are making it tough to call forth her womanly wiles. [iVillage] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Columnist Says Ines Sainz Provoked Harassment By “Selling” Her Hot Bod

  • In a column titled “Giving Off The Wrong Signals,” New York Post writer Andrea Peyser blames sports reporter Ines Sainz for being sexually harassed by the New York Jets, writing “all bets were off the minute Sainz declared herself ‘the hottest sports reporter in Mexico’” and questioning “exactly what she’s selling — her sweat and hard work, or her body parts.” Peyser also points out Sainz has posed nude in the past, which apparently excuses being hooted and hollered at for the rest of her life. [New York Post]
  • And it gets better! Clinton Portis of the Washington Redskins appeared on a Washington, D.C., sports radio show this morning to excuse the Jets’ behavior by way of claiming Ines Sainz surely found one of the team members “appealing” to her. “I don’t know what kind of woman won’t [find them appealing], if you get to go and look at 53 men’s packages,” Portis said. (Um, Clinton Portis? No one was talking about penises until you brought them up.) The NFL is less than pleased. [Washington Post]
  • The French senate has approved a ban on face-covering Muslim veils, like the niqab and the burqa. France is the first European country to impose such a ban, which will go into effect in spring 2011. [CNN]

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