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Designers Imagine Bella Swan’s Wedding Gown

Oops, spoiler alert. (Oh, come on, you had to live under a rock to not know that Bella and Edward end up together.) InStyle found nine designers with a bunch of time on their hands to imagine a wedding gown for bride-to-be Bella Swan. Let me repeat: actual, working designers like Zac Posen, Christian Siriano and Badgley Mischka made wedding gown sketches for a fictional character. What is this world coming to? [InStyle] Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: The Comediennes Behind The Web Series “Vag Magazine”

Even those of us who proudly call ourselves feminists can admit that sometimes other feminists can be a wee bit extreme. That’s why “Vag Magazine,” a new webisode series about a cabal of young feminist hipsters who buy out fashion magazine Gemma with proceeds of their Etsy shop and replace it with uber-P.C. mag Vag, had me peeing my pants laughing. (Pants, of course, being what I wear, as skirts and dresses are tools of the patriarchy.) Staff members Sylvie, Fennell, Bethany, Heavy Flo, and Reba have big dreams for Vag, but Meghan, the lone holdover from Gemma, is increasingly terrified at how little sense these ladies make.

I watched five episodes of “Vag Magazine” — you can watch a couple more after the jump — and I knew I just had to talk to its creators, Upright Citizens Brigade alums/comediennes Caitlin Tegart and Leila Cohan-Miccio. After the jump, read my chat with Caitlin and Leila about third-wave feminists, their hilarious cast of improv stars-to-be, the MarieClaire.com piece about “fatties,” and what it’s like for ladies in comedy. Oh, I’m sorry, womyn in comedy. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Aussies Won’t Let Lesbian Teen Take Her GF To School Dance

  • Hannah Williams, 16, of Melbourne, Australia, says she can’t bring her 15-year-old girlfriend Savannah Supski to the school’s formal dance, but that she could bring a male date instead. Girl, you should call up Constance McMillen, that Mississippi lesbian who got the ACLU to sue her school district and won! [Queerty]
  • Rev. Flip Benham, a conservative pastor in North Carolina, was found guilty yesterday of stalking abortion providers. Benham is responsible for putting up posters which read “WANTED” over the faces of doctors who do abortions and give out addresses. Benham claimed the posters were allowed under free speech, but doctors said the Wild West-style posters are a threat. [Charlotte Observer]
  • For the first time ever, more women than men earned doctoral degrees during the ’08-’09 school year. The ladies also earned six out of ten master’s degree that year. [Washington Post]

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These Pregnant Women Sure Look Fat In A Bikini Contest

I’m the last person to say a new mama can’t be sexy. But this bikini contest for pregnant women is bizarro. Moms-to-be don’t need to pop every which way out of a thong bikini to look beautiful. And seriously, anyone who is that knocked up shouldn’t be allowed to wear platform boots unless she’s trying to self-abort during a disco dance-off.

But hey, one pregnant woman’s pickles and ice cream is another pregnant woman’s fishnet thigh-highs. [Dlisted]

UPDATE: Oh hai! So, seems some of y’all didn’t quite get that Jessica was kidding. Well, she was. Hugely. PUN! I would like to assume anyone who’s read Jessica’s stuff on The Frisky — and complained about her being fat-centric or something — would get that she wasn’t being serious, but for those of you who were unaware, this was meant entirely tongue in cheek. And now I shall return to devouring a pint of ice cream and a jar of pickles. Even though I am not pregnant. Keep reading »

Condoms, Not Candy, The Halloween Treat Of Choice From Oregon Couple

Which would you rather find in your trick-or-treat bag: a giant-sized Baby Ruth bar or a condom? I’d take the Baby Ruth, but one couple in Silverton, Oregon, handed out prophylactics — and toothbrushes — to teenagers on Halloween. Lame-o! Dr. Daniel and Kathleen Harris have been treating trick-or-treaters with Trojans for the past 24 years, since the height of the AIDS epidemic, and in his line of work, Dr. Harris has also delivered babies to teen girls. The Harrises say they usually ask kids if they are 16 years old before handing them a rubber. Keep reading »

Facials Are A “Brainy” Toy For Girls

What sort of “brainy” toys can your little girl play with from the MindWare catalog, which prides itself as “the nation’s best resource for educational toys for kids”? Facials! Your little Einstein-ette can “whip up a body scrub” or make fairy dust, fairy glitter and lip balms “from scratch” with her very own all-natural day spa set. I guess toy makers think to get girls interested in science — and I use that term loosely — it has to involve fairies and lip goo? [MindWare] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Why George W. Bush Opposes Abortion

  • In an interview with Matt Lauer, President George W. Bush said that he became anti-abortion when his mother, Barbara Bush, showed him a fetus in a jar that she had just miscarried. A fetus in a jar, people! Dubya wrote about the incident in his new memoir, Decision Points, and told Lauer, “There’s no question that affected me, a philosophy that we should respect life.” He drove his mother to the hospital after the miscarriage and she gave him permission to recount this story in his memoirs. [Telegraph UK]
  • Actress Jill Clayburgh, who portrayed strong, feminist women onscreen, passed away on Friday at the age of 66. She received an Oscar nomination for 1978′s “An Unmarried Woman” about a woman who puts her life back together after her husband leaves her. [New York Times]
  • CNN covered the #ihadanabortion hashtag on Twitter, just like we did! [CNN]

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Taylor Swift, Rorschach Test

http://www.autostraddle.com/why-taylor-swift-offends-little-monsters-feminists-and-weirdos-31525/2/

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Teen Asked To Remove “Marriage Is So Gay” Tee At School

Here’s a particularly silly local news report. It’s about Kate Cohn of Falcon High School in Colorado who was asked to remove her “Marriage Is So Gay” T-shirt by school authorities. “I have a lot of family members and friends who are gay and they don’t have the same rights as us,” Kate told KKTV news. The high school senior admits the “Marriage Is So Gay” T-shirt caused a big “to-do,” but said the school has let other students in provocative T-shirts, such as ones about abortion, go on their merry way. District spokesperson Stephanie Meredith told KKTV news, “[If it's] obscene or lewd or anything that might be disruptive to the educational environment, those are the things where a judgment call would come into play.” A compassionate youngster who wants to make a statement in defense of others’ rights? How … how … how disruptive! [Queerty via KKTV] Keep reading »

Google Gal Accuses Twitter Guy Of Sexual Assault — On Her Blog

Remember last month when feminist writer Germaine Greer suggested that women “name and shame” men who commit sexual assault online? Well, that has actually happened: A female Google employee has made waves across the internet for writing on her blog, NerdChic, that she was forcibly groped by a Twitter employee last week at a tech conference. She also noted that she reported the incident to the Atlanta police. Keep reading »

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