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New Video Game Is Like “Avatar,” But Teaches Teen Girls About Abstinence

An open dialogue about sex? That would be much too simple. Instead, the University of Central Florida has created an “Avatar”-like video game “that promotes sexual abstinence,” according to Fox News Orlando. How does it work? A pre-teen girl puts on a “motion capture” suit outfitted with marks which are picked up by infrared light and then simulated on-screen. Then the girl gets propositioned by another avatar. “A boy similar in age might approach the person playing the game and might ask her to make out or there might be some sexual innuendo,” explained UCF Professor Anne Norris of the UCF Institute for Simulation and Training. “They’ll have an opportunity to interact with the avatar and they’ll get points for social skills that they develop.” Which I assume means she says “no” to sex.

And hey, Floridians, the whole shebang will cost you $434,000 in federal tax dollars! Keep reading »

Watch Out, Barbie: It’s Barbie-In-A-Blender Day

Watch What A Bikini Wax Feels Like (For Those Of You Too Scared To Try)

Everyone is asking me what my recent bikini wax felt like, but honestly, it’s difficult to find the right words. Really, what words are there to describe the experience of having hot wax ripped off your vulva?

But a picture is worth a thousand words, so they say, and luckily for us, a reader sent me this YouTube video of her first bikini waxing. Don’t worry, you won’t see another lady’s vadge — just her OMFG-why-am-I-doing-this facial expressions and hear a pernicious riiiiiiip in the background. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: My First Bikini Wax

I’ve waxed my eyebrows. I’ve waxed my upper lip. But when it came to waxing my ladyparts, I passed. I checked out. I just chose to be a noncombatant. I removed excess hair on my eyebrows and on my upper lip because it embarrassed me. But did it make sense to be embarrassed — nay, to form an opinion at all — about a part of my body seen by no one but me? No, I decided, it didn’t. In fact, a woman’s vagina is so personal and so private that I thought it would be pretty un-feminist to feel shame that it didn’t look quote, unquote “pretty.” (And yes, I’ve seen Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues,” like, eight times.) Besides, who would want to let an aesthetician down there with her tongue depressor dipped in hot wax? Surely someone of heartier stock than I.

Then I had my first bikini wax at age 26 and surprised myself by liking it. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: “Abusers” Co-Creator Tami Outterbridge

Last week we learned about a potential new show that made our jaws drop: “Abusers,” a reality TV show about domestic abusers and their victims. There were few details about the proposed show beyond a press release online and few details about the show’s co-creators, Tami Outterbridge, a writer, and Albert Harris, Jr., a former aide to New Jersey ex-governor Jim McGreevey.

On Friday I spoke with Outterbridge, who said the show (currently called “Abusers Intervention,” as Harris told me in an email) is being shopped around to several networks. She explained that “Abusers Intervention” will not depict physical violence onscreen but will instead “show and identify the patterns of red flag behavior” of abuse. “Domestic violence never happens in a vacuum or a void,” Outterbridge said. “There’s a pattern that delivers you there.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Sophia Bush Slams Urban Outfitters Over “Eat Less” Shirt

  • “One Tree Hill” actress Sophia Bush has penned an open letter to Urban Outfitters, demanding the company issue a public apology for its women’s T-shirt that says “Eat Less.” “Shame on you. I will no longer be shopping at your stores,” Bush wrote. “And I will encourage the tens of thousands of female supporters I have to do the same.” [SophiaBush.com]
  • An all-male panel of men who work at “The Daily Show” say the men who work at “The Daily Show” are not sexist at all. [NYMag.com]
  • Britain’s Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone will hold a series of meetings this fall with mag editors and ad execs to discuss airbrushing, Photoshopping and hiring models who are far skinnier than the average woman. [Guardian UK]

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Dealbreaker Pets: Pythons, Tarantulas, And Rodents We’ll Make You Get Rid Of

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For some reason, this weekend, my boyfriend and I got to talking about the roommates he lived with during college and he mentioned one of them owned a boa constrictor. The roommate kept mice in the freezer and defrosted them IN THE MICROWAVE before snake snack time. Ew! Once, after a party, the boa constrictor slithered out of its tank and hid; panicked, my boy and his roomies searched the entire house trying to find her. No luck. Fortunately, a repairman found her when he went down into the basement to fix the heater: she was curled up around the heater, chilling out. At this point in the conversation, I informed my boyfriend that he is lucky we met after college. I would never, ever, ever have gone over to his house if his roommate owned a boa constrictor (and nuked her frozen mice). Boa constrictors, pythons and all animals whose natural habitat is a rainforest are dealbreaker pets for me.

I’m not the only one who says “hells to the no” when faced with someone else’s nasty lovable pet. After the jump, check out the creepy crawlies that The Frisky staff just can’t abide by. And make sure to tell us your dealbreaker pets in the comments!

Levi Johnston To Star In Music Video About A Romance Ruined By Girlfriend’s Mom

Poor Sarah Palin. Yeah, I said it: poor Sarah Palin. Her future son-in-law was too busy starring in a commercial for pistachios to take care of his infant son. But even though he claims to be a reformed man, Levi Johnston won’t leave behind the bright lights of D-list celebrity that easily. And — surprise! — it’s another questionable move for Thanksgiving dinner relations. On August 9th, Levi will film a music video for up-and-coming R&B star Brittani Senser for the song “After Love,” playing a boyfriend who is pushed away by his girlfriend’s mother. (Not that art imitates life or anything.) The day before his big music video debut, Levi will have attended the Teen Choice Awards with Brittani on his arm. Keep reading »

Mel Tells Oksana To Have Sex With Someone Else In Front Of Her Son

That Mel Gibson. He’s got quite the dirty mind! In the latest audiotape (#7) released by gossip blog RadarOnline.com, Mel allegedly screams at ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva that she’s a “f**king fake” and a “glum c**t” and tells her she should go have sex with another man in front of her 12-year-old son from another relationship. “The game’s over,” Mel rages. “Let the new games begin so you can get it on with anybody else and your son can watch it. What it is? Number 45 he’s going to have to look at? F**king good.” He also tells Oksana — with whom he held a tree-planting ceremony in February to celebrate their daughter, Lucia — “I am so f**king sorry I had a child with you.” Probably not as sorry as Lucia will be for having been born into this mess. [RadarOnline.com] Keep reading »

Kim Kardashian Dispenses Body Image Advice Over Twitter

Jessica Alba is not the only woman in the world with a fan desperate to get plastic surgery to look like her. This weekend, Kim Kardashian instructed a fan over Twitter not to get “head to toe plastic surgery.” Like Alba’s fan who was trying to win back an ex-boyfriend, the woman (who has since deleted her account, @brisajohnson) claimed her husband “worships” Kardashian and said she was getting plastic surgery “so my husband won’t leave me.” Keep reading »

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