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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 »

Boobs-Only Lesbians: This Website Is Just The Tits

Are you a girl who likes girls? No? Well, then are you a girl who likes girls’ boobs? You might be a “boobs-only lesbian,” according to the cheeky website BoobsOnlyLesbians.com, which posts photos of ladies enjoying each other’s tatas. The website is only for tatas, though. Claiming “you can touch yourself down there but I don’t want to,” BoobsOnlyLesbians.com say they cater to the sexual preferences of ladies — BOLs, if you will — with an “aversion to the vag.” (Cough, and straight men, cough.) While I fancy a lovely pair of boobs myself, I’m not sure actual lesbians would appreciate the co-optation of the term. Maybe we could all just agree to appreciate boobies — without labels. [BoobsOnlyLesbians.com] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Uh Oh … Now 33 Chilean Women Are Down A Mine

  • Here’s a creative — yet insensitive! — way to get attention: 33 Chilean women shut themselves in a mine to protest the government ending a program that created jobs clearing rubble to help victims of last year’s earthquake. These feisty gals are now 500 meters down the Chilfon del Diablo mine, while 100 others are protesting above-ground. [BBC]
  • Facebook was hacked by a possibly sexist hacker (or maybe just a prankster with an odd sense of humor), who mostly shut down the profiles of female users. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Vogue‘s December issue includes a spread of eight Asian models whom it claims are “redefining traditional concepts of beauty.” (But not with those hairdos, I’d say.) [NYMag.com]

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Sorry, Ladies, The Paycheck Fairness Act Is Dunzo

Sorry, ladies, but the Paycheck Fairness Act is no more. Senate Republicans filibustered the bill and Senate Democrats fell two votes short of the 60 needed to put it to an up-or-down vote.

Generally speaking, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which passed in the House of Representatives in 2009, would have made it easier to seek damages over pay discrimination based on gender. The Paycheck Fairness Act also would have ensured employees aren’t retaliated against for seeking out info about what their colleagues get in their paychecks and would have created a new grant program to strengthen negotiation skills in girls and women.

Alas, it was not meant to be. Keep reading »

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