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“Redneck Jersey Shore” Is The Next Show We’ll Be Obsessed With

There’s gonna be a situation up in here. A cow situation.

OK, “Redneck Jersey Shore” is not really what the show will be called. But when the producer of “Jersey Shore” teams up with Comedy Central to film a reality TV show about a group of Southerners, what do y’all think is going to happen? Producer Sally Ann Salsano began casting her yokels months ago for a show tentatively titled “Party Down South,” and she must have found her trashy Southern belles and meth-addled good ol’ boys because the show has started filming. We’ll totally queue this up in the TiVo, along with “Persian Version,” the tentative title for the Iranian-American spin-off, and “Wicked Summer,” which’ll focus on “blue collar” folks in Boston. In the meantime, cue millions of Southerners irate about being depicted as hicks in five … four … three … [ABC News] Keep reading »

This 101-Year-Old Granny Has More Tattoos Than I Do

Mimi Rosenthal is our kind of granny: To celebrate her 101st birthday, she got her third tattoo. At 99, Mimi got a blue butterfly tat and at 100 it was a sunflower on her arm. Last week Mimi got another yellow sunflower, but this time on her leg. Why so many tattoos on a senior citizen? Mimi says, “Why not?” [TampaBay.com] Keep reading »

What Got You First Considering Your Place As A Woman In The World?

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Today is Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the day the 19th Amendment was signed and gave white women the right to vote. Exciting times for (some of) our great-grandmothers! We’re lucky to have grown up in America in a time when it’s not considered “radical” for women to vote, use birth control, or raise children and work. Instead, our generation is more likely to become interested in women’s rights and feminism by way of pop culture. So, in honor of Women’s Equality Day, we’ve shared what got us interested about our place as women in the world. Share your own stories in the comments!

Tavi, Tavi Everywhere!

We’ve seen the behind-the-scenes photos of Tavi styling on set for BlackBook. We’ve seen the finished product of her work. And now, BlackBook has released an almost-too-precious YouTube video of Tavi running around the set. Tavi, Tavi, everywhere! This event is so well-captured you’d think we pushed this kid out of our vagina and have been feeding and clothing her for 14 years. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Huffington Post Taken To Task For Sexist Content

  • I love this Bitch magazine video, “The Huffington Post’s Sexist Link Bait Strategy,” by Anita Sarkeesian — and not just because my study for Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting about the lack of female bloggers on HuffPost’s front page is quoted in it. She asks why the site calls itself liberal and progressive when so much of its internet traffic comes from viewers looking at slideshows of celebrity nip slips. [Bitch]
  • Walmart is appealing an April ruling to authorize a class action lawsuit against the company for sex discrimination. Female employees past and present claim they received lower pay and were passed over for promotions. [Reuters]
  • Yesterday, Alaskan voters approved a law that requires a parent to be notified by a doctor if a teen girl, age 17 or younger, is seeking an abortion. The teen girl can skirt the law if she provides the doctor a notarized statement that she is being abused at home. Already 34 other states require that a parent be notified or give consent in order for an abortion to be performed. [Anchorage Daily News]

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Why Would Anyone Watch A Male Spin-Off Of “The View”?

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Rumor has it Barbara Walters is in talks to start a spin-off of “The View” aimed towards men, starring a cast of both men and women. It hopes to air during the time slot soon-to-be vacated by Oprah. The D-list talent rounded up so far includes Bryant Gumbel as moderator; comedian Alec Mapa, who played Suzuki St. Pierre on “Ugly Betty”; BET news anchor Jacque Reid; and former Fox News host E.D. Hill. According to The New York Daily News, “[the show] will attempt to inject a male perspective into the topics of the day.” Um, that’s called nearly all of nighttime news/chat TV already. Allow me to introduce to you Larry King, David Letterman, Brian Williams, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jay Leno, Sean Hannity, Alan Colmes, Conan O’Brien, Shephard Smith … Keep reading »

3 Adorable “American In Paris” Looks We’re Craving This Fall From GapKids

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Freedom fries? Never heard of them. Francophila is the new back-to-school look for GapKids this year and we’re sooo jealous. Oh, to be 5 years old again so I could wear the “American In Paris” collection! Staffers in The Frisky’s office are gushing over the looks and insisting we could fit in the XXL sizes, but I say, “No way, Pierre.” Instead, here’s a few ways to recreate the trés mignonne looks yourself. [GapKids]

Lady Gaga’s Alter-Ego Jo Calderone Does Men’s Vogue Japan

Meet Jo Calderone (again), Sicilian auto mechanic and cross-dressing alter-ego of Lady Gaga. (Didn’t you hear? An alter-ego is the new must-have accessory of super-stardom.) Jo’s got himself herself the cover of Japanese Men’s Vogue and claims in a Q&A to be a muscle car fanatic who wants to own her own car shop. See another pic of Jo, after the jump … Keep reading »

Oops, TV Station Accidentally Posts Pics Of Topless Teen “Top Model” Contestant

A New Zealand television station is in hot water after it posted unedited, topless photos of a teenaged “Top Model” contestant on its website — in error, they claim. “New Zealand’s Next Top Model” snapped photos of 16-year-old Michaela Steenkamp with mud on her boobies posing on some rocks, which were supposed to be posted on NZ’s TV3 website. You know, the classic muddy mermaid in a headwrap shot! But unedited pics “with her breasts clearly shown,” according to the New Zealand Herald News, greeted fans instead and people flipped out because of Michaela’s age. TV3 hastily replaced the pics with one of Michaela with both mud and steam covering her body (as seen above). Now the station is hastily releasing statements to assure everyone all the models had their nipples “taped” for the shoot, the photographers were women, and they had chaperones on set. That’s great but … frankly, it’s kind of a lifeless photo anyway. Shame it’s getting so much attention. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Texas Preschool Won’t Admit Girl With Lesbian Parents

  • Olivia Harrison has two mommies. Therefore, St. Vincent’s Cathedral School in Bedford, Texas, will not admit the 4-year-old girl to its preschool. Apparently, the school was fine during the application process but got upset when both mothers showed up for a parents’ night. Discrimination: exactly what kids should be learning in preschool. [CNN]
  • Meet the man who is trying to make Ford — one of the biggest modeling agencies in the world — a little more diverse. [NYMag.com]
  • When a gay couple marries, who takes whose last name? [AP]

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