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Cougars Are A Myth, Says Sociologist

We’ve written about “cougars” a lot here at The Frisky, but have we actually met many in real life? Have we met any in real life? No and no. Older women who date younger men exist, of course: Demi Moore, Madonna and Susan Sarandon, as well as all the women who make their living selling cougar-themed dating books. But according to one sociologist, the widespread existence of cougars is a “media construct” that has been blown out of proportion to become a “myth.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Disneyland Says No Muslim Veil During Work

  • A hostess for a Disneyland Resort restaurant has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after she was told she could not wear a head-covering Muslim veil, the hijab, during work. She was told she could only wear her veil to work if she was “backstage,” or out of the public’s eye. [Los Angeles Times]
  • NASA and Mary J. Blige have teamed up to encourage women to start careers in science and technology. For me, “Mary J. Blige” doesn’t bring to mind “astronauts,” but whatever. [Space.com]
  • At the current rate pay increases are going, it will take another 57 years for British female managers to earn as much as male managers, according to a new study out of the U.K. Currently, the women managers earn $15,600 a year less, due to men having more seniority and bigger bonuses. [AP]

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“The Romantics” Cast Models For J.Crew

Look, attractive people in expensive clothing! It’s the cast of “The Romantics” modeling the fall collection for J.Crew and there’s a lot more lust-a-licious pics on J.Crew’s site. When you’re done doing that, you simply must watch the trailer about a group of friends with “incestuous dating history.” It looks so good. [J.Crew] Keep reading »

Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein Are Getting Their Own Show!

I have never been to Portland, Oregon, but I can imagine how annoying some people who live there might be. Possibly even more annoying than the ones who live in Brooklyn. So I thank the heavens for “Saturday Night Live”‘s Fred Armisen and ex-Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein, who will enlighten us all when their new sitcom, “Portlandia,” debuts on the IFC channel. Keep reading »

Girls In LEGO-land Are Either A Cheerleader Or A Nurse

Facepalm. What kind of bull hooey is this? LEGO has these thingies called “minifigures,” which are little LEGO people dressed up in different outfits. There’s a spaceman. A cowboy. A magician. A deep sea diver. A zombie with a shovel and a chicken drumstick. And even a kick-ass robot! But all of those minifigures — and more — apparently have tiny little yellow LEGO penises. (OK, not really. But they are all boy LEGOs.) The only two that are women are a cheerleader and a nurse.

Geez Louise. I’m actually shocked there’s no secretary or waitress. Keep reading »

Why Perez Hilton Should Not Be On Nickelodeon

Perez Hilton is on the shortlist of awful human beings that I don’t want exposed to my future children. So why, oh why would the kids’ channel Nickelodeon invite the self-proclaimed Queen of All Media to guest star on one of its shows? Perez announced that on Friday, August 27th, at 8 p.m., he’ll have a cameo on “Victorious,” the channel’s highest rated new TV show starring teen actress Victoria Justice. Excellent idea! Let’s expose all the tweens to the most sexist, nastiest gossip blogger out there and make him look “cool.” Keep reading »

Cameron Diaz Is Spreading A Ton Of Viruses

Can you believe it? The “Jersey Shore” boys are not the celebs responsible for spreading the most viruses. That distinction actually goes to Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts and Jessica Biel.

We are talking about computer viruses, of course. Keep reading »

Meet The Girl Who Was Born Without A Vagina

We’ve heard of pretty painful things happening down there. Childbirth, for one. But nothing compares to an 11-year-old girl in India who was born without a vagina. Doctors did not notice her missing hoo-ha until she began having severe abdominal pain and a sonogram revealed that the girl didn’t have a lower vagina or vulva. Her period blood was collecting inside her each month and she was developing cysts. Ouch! Luckily, this deformity, called “cryptomenorrhoea,” cryptomenorrhea could be fixed with vaginoplasty surgery and now she is the proud owner of a new vagina. No need to hit up that woman with two vaginas to lend one of hers. [Times of India] [Ed Note: At left is just a stock image photo and not a photo of the girl without a vagina.] Keep reading »

Cute Or Offensive? Tool Belt Diaper Bag For New Dads

So what do we think of this Daddy’s Little Project Diaper Bag? It is designed to look like a tool belt, with a ton of pockets, and comes with blueprints on how to change a diaper.

Now, a diaper bag is just a bag you put diapers in, so clearly this is all about marketing. Some people — like Amelia, whose guy friend owns one — think the toolkit diaper bag is totally cute. [Cute enough that, made for "men" or not, I would want one for myself. -- Editor] Others — like me — see how it’s a cute product, but also think it’s as annoying/offensive as the pink-ification of products to signify they’re “for women.” I mean, diaper-changing blueprints? Men aren’t stupid. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Happy 90th Birthday, (White) Women’s Right To Vote!

  • Happy 90th birthday, women’s right to vote! Let’s all nerd out and brush up on our knowledge of the hella important 19th Amendment, including one oft-overlooked fact: it only assured the right of white women to vote. [Oxford University Press]
  • Former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin is not one to let a holiday like this pass by without a comment. She tweeted from her Twitter account earlier today, and I quote, “Who hijacked the term ‘feminist?’ A cackle of rads who want 2 crucify other women with whom they disagree on a singular issue; it’s ironic (& passé).” Rads means “radicals,” maybe? The Frisky office is still trying to figure out if by “cackle” Palin meant “gaggle” or “coven” or something else entirely. [SarahPalinUSA on Twitter"]

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