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Today’s Lady News: Iran Might Not Execute Adulteress After All

  • The head of Iran’s High Human Rights Council said the country may not execute Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, a mother of two sentenced to death for adultery. It seems that human rights activists around the world — including French First Lady Carla Bruni — don’t like it when you kill people over something like marital fidelity. [AFP]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yet again that she’s not running for president in 2012. “I am very happy doing what I’m doing, and I am not in any way interested in or pursuing anything in elective office,” she said. [NYMag.com]
  • A 19-year-old college freshman allegedly committed suicide in September, nine days after she accused a Notre Dame football player of sexually assaulting her. Lizzy Seeburg, who attended neighboring St. Mary’s College, told police she was attacked on August 31. Three weeks later, she was found dead of an alleged prescription drug overdose. Notre Dame has remained mostly quiet about the incident. [Chicago Tribune, USA Today]
  • A Hooters restaurant has opened up in Cardiff in the U.K., complete with 56 Hooters Girls, despite a crazy amount of opposition. [The Guardian]

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Why Do Women Think Political Points Are Best Made While Topless?

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Q&A With Lilly Ledbetter

Lilly Ledbetter is living history

Goodyear Tire Company in Alabama

Don’t you just love when you meet a feisty old granny? Keep reading »

Chile’s Domestic Violence PSA Fail

Guys who beat women are bad dudes? Sure. Guys who beat women are “fa**ots”? Chile’s National Women’s Service perhaps needs a refresher course on this whole “treating all human beings with dignity and respect” thing. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Beauty Pageant Drama Used To Be A Lot More Feisty

These days, the most exciting thing to happen at a beauty pageant is someone saying Americans cannot find the United States on a map “because they don’t have maps.” But back in 1970, things got way more feisty! This weekend was the 40th anniversary of the 1970 Miss World Pageant, when a feminist group called the Women’s Liberation Movement pelted smoke-, flour- and stink-bombs at the host, Bob Hope, while they chanted, “We’re not beautiful, we’re not ugly, we’re angry!” Keep reading »

Writer Tawni O’Dell Comes Out Swinging Against Sexist Publishing Industry

A few months ago the author Jonathan Franzen published his novel, Freedom, and among bookworms, it was like a new “Star Wars” movie being released or Angelina Jolie popping out another baby. Not only did President Obama make headlines for snagging an advanced copy to read on vacation, but Franzen made the prestigious New York Times book review not once, but twice, in a single week. That was all too much for author Jodi Picoult. “Is anyone shocked?” she tweeted, no doubt rolling her eyes. “Would love to see the Times write about authors who aren’t white male literary darlings.” Everyone weighed in with their opinion — sexism? sour grapes? — including here on The Frisky. The matter was settled, at least for moi, when the blog Slate.com did an old-fashioned author byline count of The New York Times Book Review. That publication does, in fact, review more books written by men than women.

For us lady writers at The Frisky, it was all pretty disheartening. (Kate may be the only one who has published a book thus far, but there are several of us on staff who go home and peck on our laptops some more.) Now there’s more “ugh”-ness to “ugh!” deep in our bellies: Author Tawni O’Dell penned an essay for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about her experiences navigating the publishing industry and book-reviewing culture as a female writer and they’re utterly fascinating.

I just have four words for you: “wood nymph” and “biker chick.” Keep reading »

Disney Swears Off Princess Stories For The Time Being

My little nieces think I’m a nut job: They hand me Cinderella Barbie and tell me we’re going to meet Prince Charming at the ball and I’m, like, “Instead, let’s pretend Barbie is a brain surgeon! Or the first female president!” Lucky for crazy aunts like me, Disney is abstaining from princess flicks for a bit. After “Tangled,” Disney’s newest flick about Rapunzel, the company will focus on non-princess-centric movies, like “Winnie The Pooh” and “Reboot Ralph,” about a video game character who has been left behind with new technology (i.e., “Toy Story” 2.0). Two princess-related movies in development, “The Snow Queen” and “Jack and the Bean Stalk,” have also been killed.

But Disney isn’t swearing off princesses because pretty women who moon after boys all day are sucky role models for little girls. (Ha!) Rather, princess flicks, the company lamented, do not rake in enough dough. Keep reading »

Facebook Responds To Willow Palin’s Homophobia, Sort Of

We may have to wait until season two of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” to see how Mama Grizzly disciplined her cub for calling kids “gay” and “f****t” on her Facebook page. But a spokesman for Facebook issued a statement this weekend to the gossip blog Hollywood Life about Willow Palin‘s homophobic slurs. “We want Facebook to be a place where people can openly discuss issues and express their views, while respecting the rights and feelings of others,” the statement said. “Facebook is highly self-regulating, and people can and do report content that they find questionable or offensive. We take our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities very seriously and react quickly to reports of content and behavior that violate our policies. Specifically, we’re sensitive to content that singles out private individuals, or that includes pornography, direct statements of hate, or actionable threats of violence.” Willow Palin calling someone a “f****t” isn’t a direct statement of hatred? Hey, Facebook, that’s really “gay.” [Hollywood Life] Keep reading »

Quickies: Willow Palin May Be Pregnant And Miley’s New Man

  • The sometimes-but-usually-not-true National Enquirer claims 16-year-old Willow Palin is pregnant. Someone is probably just spreading rumors about Mama Grizzly’s little homophobe. [National Enquirer]
  • Eva Longoria may have waited to confirm her divorce from sexy texter Tony Parker so she could nab the cover of Us Weekly. [PopEater]
  • Is Lindsay Lohan shilling for Pepsi? She sure poses for paparazzi holding their products a lot. [The Superficial]

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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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