High fashion is usually a skinny woman’s game (which is not so surprising when you consider the 15-year-old girls stomping designer looks down the runways). But Saks Fifth Avenue is taking a bold step to be inclusive to all women by beginning to sell plus sizes. The flagship department store in New York City will soon offer high-end clothes by Chanel, Fendi, Yves St. Laurent and other designers up to at least size 14; depending on the designer, some clothes will be available up to size 20. Huh. I didn’t even know companies like Chanel made bigger sizes. Did Saks make this decision out of the goodness of its heart? Or was it a financial decision? I would imagine in a bad economy, when $7,000 skirts aren’t flying off hangers, Saks decided to broaden their clientele. But, hey, I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth, especially if the company brings this new size-conscious model to stores around the country at a future date. [Racked] Keep reading »
And now from the “Things Which Sound Like Something On ’30 Rock’ But Are Actually Real” files: The Up Yer Pole pole dancing school in Scotland has begun offering classes for elementary schoolers ages six to 12. Up Yer Pole calls the lessons “pole fit” classes, alleging they are gymnastics classes with no sexual dancing and are open to both girls and boys.
Be that as it may (and I won’t deny a workout on the pole is athletically rigorous), who do these Up Yer Pole people think they’re fooling? Keep reading »
BONG. BONG. BONG. What’s that noise? It’s the collective ticking of biological clocks in the Frisky offices. Seriously, don’t bring any babies around here. We’re a bunch of baby-hungry harridans. But can you blame us? We had to watch “little mommy” doll commercials like this growing up. [Sociological Images] Keep reading »
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from “Pretty Wild” star Alexis Neiers, seeing as she’s been locked up in jail and all. Alexis is fresh out of the pokey and still denying involvement in the “bling ring” robberies, in which a group of L.A. teenagers robbed the homes of celebs like Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan. Even though Alexis and Lindsay had jail cells right next to each other in a California correctional facility — where Alexis says she could hear Lindsay crying on Lindz’s first day — she says the pair never spoke once. How strange! [E! Online] Keep reading »
An open dialogue about sex? That would be much too simple. Instead, the University of Central Florida has created an “Avatar”-like video game “that promotes sexual abstinence,” according to Fox News Orlando. How does it work? A pre-teen girl puts on a “motion capture” suit outfitted with marks which are picked up by infrared light and then simulated on-screen. Then the girl gets propositioned by another avatar. “A boy similar in age might approach the person playing the game and might ask her to make out or there might be some sexual innuendo,” explained UCF Professor Anne Norris of the UCF Institute for Simulation and Training. “They’ll have an opportunity to interact with the avatar and they’ll get points for social skills that they develop.” Which I assume means she says “no” to sex.
And hey, Floridians, the whole shebang will cost you $434,000 in federal tax dollars! Keep reading »
Everyone is asking me what my recent bikini wax felt like, but honestly, it’s difficult to find the right words. Really, what words are there to describe the experience of having hot wax ripped off your vulva?
But a picture is worth a thousand words, so they say, and luckily for us, a reader sent me this YouTube video of her first bikini waxing. Don’t worry, you won’t see another lady’s vadge — just her OMFG-why-am-I-doing-this facial expressions and hear a pernicious riiiiiiip in the background. [YouTube] Keep reading »
I’ve waxed my eyebrows. I’ve waxed my upper lip. But when it came to waxing my ladyparts, I passed. I checked out. I just chose to be a noncombatant. I removed excess hair on my eyebrows and on my upper lip because it embarrassed me. But did it make sense to be embarrassed — nay, to form an opinion at all — about a part of my body seen by no one but me? No, I decided, it didn’t. In fact, a woman’s vagina is so personal and so private that I thought it would be pretty un-feminist to feel shame that it didn’t look quote, unquote “pretty.” (And yes, I’ve seen Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues,” like, eight times.) Besides, who would want to let an aesthetician down there with her tongue depressor dipped in hot wax? Surely someone of heartier stock than I.
Then I had my first bikini wax at age 26 and surprised myself by liking it. Keep reading »
Last week we learned about a potential new show that made our jaws drop: “Abusers,” a reality TV show about domestic abusers and their victims. There were few details about the proposed show beyond a press release online and few details about the show’s co-creators, Tami Outterbridge, a writer, and Albert Harris, Jr., a former aide to New Jersey ex-governor Jim McGreevey.
On Friday I spoke with Outterbridge, who said the show (currently called “Abusers Intervention,” as Harris told me in an email) is being shopped around to several networks. She explained that “Abusers Intervention” will not depict physical violence onscreen but will instead “show and identify the patterns of red flag behavior” of abuse. “Domestic violence never happens in a vacuum or a void,” Outterbridge said. “There’s a pattern that delivers you there.” Keep reading »