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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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Watch The “Harry Potter” Stars Say “Mozzarella Sticks” With American Accents

Good news: you can hear the words “Charlie Sheen” and not want to barf! I know you want to know how: Just listen to the stars of “Harry Potter” try to pronounce words in “American accents.” Boo-yah! Let’s have some mozzarella sticks at the Olive Garden and watch. [MTV] Keep reading »

Lady Politician Slaps Her Male Colleague In Argentina

Penning “Today’s Lady News” every day sure makes me want to march down to Washington, D.C. and make a stink. But one lady politician in Argentina lost her cool and actually doled out a slap to a windbag colleague. During a budget meeting broadcast on live TV, Graciela Camano popped her colleague Carlos Kunkel in the face and stalked off. Kunkel, fortunately, took getting smacked in stride, and started laughing. At least she put America’s seemingly out-of-control lawmakers in perspective. [Guanabee] Keep reading »

Who Pays For The Royal Wedding?

When many American couples are planning a wedding, tradition dictates the father of the bride foots all or most of the bill. Sure, Kate Middleton‘s parents are self-made millionaires from their mail order party supply company, Party Pieces. But that’s nothing on Prince William‘s deep-pocketed relatives, of course. Luckily, the royal family is not going to give poor Michael Middleton a heart attack. “Both the Prince of Wales [i.e., Prince Charles] and the Queen are likely to contribute towards the cost of the wedding. It will be a family contribution but no final decision has been made,” a palace spokesman told the Telegraph. “In particular, if the reception is held at Buckingham Palace, the Queen will pay for that.” For the Middleton family’s sake, here’s hoping that “are likely to contribute towards the cost” means “pay for everything.” Keep reading »

FDA Tells Alcoholic Energy Drinks To Ditch The Caffeine — Or Else

It’s like Prohibition for sloppy drunk college kids! Hot on the heels of Phusion Projects voluntarily offering to remove caffeine from its “blackout in a can” drink Four Loko yesterday morning, the FDA has also warned four alcoholic energy drink makers that they all must either stop adding caffeine or kill the products. Phusion Projects, Charge Beverages (which makes Core High Gravity drinks), New Century Brewing (which makes Moonshot) and United Brands (which makes Joose) all received warning letters threatening to seize the alcoholic energy drinks from stores and to get a judge to ban their sales. The combo of liquor and caffeine causes “a state of wide-awake drunk” which can lead to “hazardous and life-threatening situations,” the FDA warned. Understatement of the year, you think? Keep reading »

Is Erin Barry The Woman Who Caused Tony Parker And Eva Longoria To Divorce?

Is this the woman who made Eva Longoria desperate for a divorce lawyer? Sources tell Us Weekly that Erin Barry, the wife of Tony Parker‘s former San Antonio Spurs teammate Brent Barry, is allegedly the woman who exchanged hundreds of texts with Parker. Supposedly, after discovering the texts on her husband’s phone, Longoria announced yesterday that she is splitting from her husband. The Barrys are currently going through a divorce, too. Keep reading »

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