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And The Prize Goes To … The Most Memorable Book You Read In High School English Class

We asked last week for you to share with us the most memorable book you read in your high school English classes for a chance to win a special 50th anniversary edition of To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. The Frisky had no idea we had such bookworms reading our site. We’ll reveal our winner, after the jump: Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Bus Driver Refuses Women Wearing Islamic Veils

Today's Lady News
  • A 22-year-old Muslim student was refused a bus ride into London because she was wearing a niqab, which is a face-covering veil. The woman and a friend, who was wearing a hijab veil that covers her head only, claim the driver told them they were a “threat” to passengers. [BBC]
  • A new study from the University of Michigan found that African ancestry is linked to a more deadly type of breast cancer called “triple negative,” which contributes to evidence that indicates a genetic link. [Los Angeles Times]
  • “Mad Men” is bad for women. Just like Tina Fey and Taylor Swift and probably other things I like, such as kittens and peanut butter cups. [Salon.com's Broadsheet]

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Today’s Lady News: Actor David Boreanaz Sued For Sexual Harassment

  • “Bones” actor David Boreanaz had a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by actress Kristina Hagan. Hagan is being represented by celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents another woman who is suing Boreanaz for sexual harassment as well. [RadarOnline]
  • Plus-size model Crystal Renn appeared on “Today” this morning to address a recent scandal in which pics of her were Photoshopped so that she appeared more like a size 2 than her normal size 10 or 12 frame. “I absolutely understand a reasonable amount of retouching, but to change my body completely, that is not what I’m about,” Renn said. “That’s not my message, and that’s so important to me.” [Oh No They Didn't]
  • A Texas bus driver has filed a lawsuit against his employer, claiming religious discrimination, after he was fired for refusing to drive a woman to Planned Parenthood. (Because he knew better than she did whether she was really just getting a pelvic exam or not.) Edwin Graning was fired the same day he refused service and is seeking back pay and other financial compensation. [CNN]

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Sweet! Husband Gifts Wife A Chocolate-Covered iPad

Hubby Stefan Magdalinski knew that his wife, Kay, wanted an iPad for her birthday. But like a wily scamp, Stefan did not want to make it easy on her. Instead of using the obvious Apple box, he wrapped her iPad in plastic and had his friends who run a London chocolate shop dip it in frozen chocolate carbonite! The result? A gift that for Kay looks like a giant chocolate bar, but is actually a dream toy for an “Apple nut.” Dude totally should have gotten a blowie after that one. See one more photo, after the jump … [Unplggd] Keep reading »

Colorado Candidate Says Vote For Me “Because I Do Not Wear High Heels”

Politicians and stupid remarks go together like 90-degree days and Frappucinos. But you’d hope that in 2010, politicians would know better than to sling mud about each other’s gender. Recently, Jane Norton, a U.S. Senate candidate from Colorado, made the sexist comment that her opponent, Ken Buck, was not “man enough” to criticize her himself and instead had others do his dirty work. Then yesterday at a fundraiser, Buck sniped back with a remark about Norton’s femininity — by way of her footwear. When an audience member asked the Colorado cowboy why he deserved their votes, Buck responded, “Why should you vote for me? Because I do not wear high heels.”

In other words, because he’s not a woman. Or maybe a transvestite. But we think he meant a woman. Keep reading »

Mel Texted To Oksana, “I Wasn’t Safe For You Last Night,” And Allegedly Smashed A Glass Door

As if six different audiotapes screaming “bitch,” “c**t” and “gold digging whore” weren’t enough, now there are alleged Mel Gibson text messages. Radar Online reports that on January 7, 2010 — the day after Mel allegedly punched girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva twice in the head while she was holding their two-month-old daughter, Lucia — he sent Oksana texts acknowledging some sort of craziness the night before. “Oksana, I wasn’t safe for you last night,” the texts allegedly say. “I spent two hours with a therapist today and have regained some perspective. What I’m telling you know [sic] is I am safe and would like to come by and make amends to you, Sascha [her 12-year-old son from a previous marriage], and Lucia. I won’t stay, just let you say your peace [sic] and I’ll say mine.”

Well, at least he’s seeing a therapist. Keep reading »

“Love, Carla”: What “Mad Men”‘s Black Maid Would Say If She Had A Bigger Speaking Role

What The Hell Is “Breast Ironing”?

Hold on to your girls before you read this, ladies.

There is a practice called “breast ironing” in the African country of Cameroon, a practice which involves flattening a girl’s growing breasts with hot stones to prevent her nipples from being firm and “enticing men.” The news network CurrentTV filmed a short documentary on “breast ironing,” specifically how mothers believe it will “protect” their daughters from teen pregnancy if men are not tempted by their pert breasts. Keep reading »

James Franco Sexes Up Scraggly Poet Allen Ginsberg In “Howl”

I cannot, cannot wait to see James Franco in “Howl.” He actually makes Beat poet Allen Ginsberg kinda hot, instead of hairy and creepy. It gives the famous lines from Ginsberg’s iconic poem, also named “Howl,” a whole new meaning: I saw the best minds of my generation, starving, hysterical, naked …

Oh, did I mention JON HAMM IS IN THIS MOVIE, TOO?! Yes, he is, looking all hot as a lawyer battling obscenity charges. You win, casting department! Unforch, we have to wait until “Howl” debuts September 24. Keep reading »

All The Deets On Lindsay Lohan’s First Days In Jail

You might have thought when Lindsay Lohan got locked up, we’d be granted a reprieve from her 24/7 news coverage. Haha, no. Tracking LiLo’s day-to-day goings-on is just as breathless when she’s in jail as when she’s posing in the nude. Fortunately for those of us who couldn’t care less about her jailhouse dinner menu, Lindsay may only serve two weeks of her 90-day sentence as prisoner #24097527.

So, what have Lindsay’s first days of jail been like? They’ve included painkillers (maybe), cold cereal and visits from her mom and sis. Keep reading »

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