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“I Love Anorexia” T-Shirts Prove It’s Hard To Make Eating Disorders Remotely Funny

I Love Anorexia tee

I love a meta-commentary as much as the next person, but some things are just tacky — invoking the Nazis while discussing health care reform, for example. T-shirts emblazoned with the words “I love anorexia” also fit the bill. Keep reading »

Come To Glamour Magazine’s “Love Your Life” Conference, Pretty Please?

Wouldn’t you just about die to be in the same room as Brooke Shields, Padma Lakshmi, and Crystal Renn all in the same day? Then take a day off of work and make it to New York City for Glamour magazine’s 20th annual “Love Your Life” conference on Monday, November 1.

Held at the city’s prestigious 92nd St Y, the conference only costs $79 for an all-day pass, which includes two panel discussions and an evening of entertainment. The “Love Your Work Life” panel features Anna Sui, Bobbi Brown, Arianna Huffington, Lakshmi, Dylan Lauren and Deborah Roberts, while the “Love Your Body” panel features Renn, Paulina Porizkova, Bethenny Frankel, Katherine Schwarzenegger (daughter of Ah-nold), Dr. Ann Kearney Cooke, and Mika Brzezinski … Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Italian Town Considers A Miniskirt Ban

  • Castellammare di Stabia, a seaside town in Southern Italy, is considering a ban on miniskirts to “restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence.” Translation: so men will stop catcalling? Offenders in miniskirts will receive fines of $35 to $696. Oh, hi, Italy, how about the men learn some self-control and stop sexual harassment, instead of policing women’s clothes? Just a thought! [AOL]
  • Fortune magazine’s list of 40 under 40 “youthful movers and shakers” only has five women on it. Yes, only five. [Fortune]
  • Actress Gabrielle Union will host a BET special on breast cancer, “Heart of the City: Chicago’s Cancer Divide,” this Sunday. It’s part of a Breast Cancer Awareness Month lineup called “BET Goes Pink.” [Clutch Magazine]

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Breastfeeding Is Like Slim Fast In Diapers, Says New PSA

Burning 500 calories a day without any cardiovascular exercise? Sign me up!

Oh wait, you mean I have to go through childbirth and then breastfeed a baby? Damn it, New York State Department of Health. There you go burying the lede. Keep reading »

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“The Assassination Of Dr. Tiller” To Air Monday Night

I prefer scary movies that involve poltergeists, so this scary flick will be a shock to my system. On Monday night at 9 p.m. (EST), MSNBC will air “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller,” a documentary film narrated by Rachel Maddow about the murder of a Wichita, Kansas, abortion provider by an anti-choice extremist. Dr. George Tiller was gunned down inside his church in May 2009 by Scott Roeder, who is now serving life in prison. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: My Best Friend Went To Iraq

Stephanie was the last person you would expect to join the Army. The absolute last person. You can ask anyone who knew her growing up and they would all say she seemed destined for the most hippie college you could think of.

We became friends through Girl Scouts and stayed best friends for years after. She was the dynamic, personable one and I was like a shy, muted version of her. Or I wished I was a muted version of her — being anything like Stephanie at all would have made me happy. Keep reading »

Catfight: Jezebel Creates A College Fund For “16 & Pregnant”‘s Tyler And Catelynn — Rad Or Wrong?

When I read that our blogger friends at Jezebel.com started a PayPal account for a “college fund” to help Catelynn and Tyler, the teens who gave their daughter up for adoption on “16 and Pregnant,” my heart melted a little bit. “Catelynn and Tyler have won us over, exhibiting strength and maturity in the face of hardship, and they’ve expressed a desire to continue their schooling,” wrote blogger Tracie Egan Morrissey. “So we’ve decided to raise some cash for their college education.” Who doesn’t watch those kids’ awful parents — Tyler’s dad, Butch, who is in and out of prison; Catelynn’s mom, who is nasty to Catelynn for not keeping her baby — without wanting to get them outta there? Anyone whose left their own family drama behind them knows it takes a certain amount of money for a young person to extricate himself or herself from their parents. I don’t know how much they’re paid by MTV to appear on “Teen Mom.” So, hell, if Jezebel wants to help these kids out some more, show me where I can donate.

But my colleague Julie couldn’t disagree more. Julie’s also a “16 & Pregnant”/”Teen Mom” fan and her soft spot for Catelynn and Tyler is just as big as mine. But she questions Jezebel.com’s motives for starting a PayPal college fund in the first place. Not to mention the fact that they’re just doing it for Catelynn and Tyler—not the others on the show.

So Julie and I did what we always do around The Frisky when we disagree: we had a catfight! After the jump, the hair will fly! Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Transgender Teen Not Allowed To Run For Homecoming Queen

  • Team Andy! Transgender teen Andy Moreno was denied the opportunity to run for homecoming queen by North Dallas High School because the principal said she was actually a “gay male” and disqualified Andy’s queenly run because it “wasn’t based on tradition.” Booooo. [Towleroad]
  • The Pixar movie studio has been accused of sexism after it fired its first female director in history, Brenda Chapman, from “Brave,” a film she wrote, and replaced her with a male director. Chapman had been the first woman to direct an animated film for DreamWorks in 1998 when she worked on “The Prince of Egypt.” [TheWrap.com]
  • The White House released a report on “Jobs and Economic Security for America’s Women.” [WhiteHouse.gov]

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Australia Bans Lara Stone’s Calvin Klein Jeans Ads For Allegedly Promoting Rape

Australia‘s Advertising Standards Bureau has asked Calvin Klein to remove billboards from the autumn/winter 2010 Jeans X ad campaign after it received 50+ complaints that the images glamorize rape and violence. Three of the ads, which are to be taken down from billboards in Sydney and Melbourne, show model Lara Stone surrounded by shirtless men with her head laying in one man’s lap while another appears to be climbing over her. While it suggests group sex or a foursome, it’s not necessarily violent. Why does anything that implies group sex often interpreted to also imply rape? I’m sensitive to the glamorization of sexual violence, too, but this one’s a stretch, Aussies. What do you think?

[Business Review Australia]
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