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Gemma Arterton Will Walk Off Movie Sets

“I want to enjoy the work I do. I’m looking at working with people I get on with, that respect me, that don’t just see me as a piece of ass. Which I have experienced as well. … I’ve nearly walked off very big films before, and I would, because I don’t want that in my life. “

—Actress Gemma Arterton, 24, on being disrespected on film sets. Hmm, which films could this Bond girl be talking about? “Quantum of Solace”? “Prince of Persia”? Or maybe it was “Tess of the d’Ubervilles”!

After the jump, more from Gemma on the roles for women in Hollywood. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Sports Commenter Says Ines Sainz Was “Asking For It”

  • A Fox and NFL Network sports analyst, Brian Baldinger, has said that Mexican sports reporter Ines Sainz was sexually harassed by members of the Jets football team and staff because she was “asking for it.” (And yes, that’s a direct quote.) Apparently, Mr. Baldinger is of the opinion men are just big testosterone-swollen lunkheads who can’t control themselves. [Yahoo]
  • Federal Way, Washington, is considering an amendment to the morals code to limit the amount of T&A that can be shown in public. The city council’s parks committee specifically want to address the skimpily dressed “bikini baristas.” [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
  • Oh, boo hoo: “Privates,” the video game that takes place inside a vagina has not been approved for the Xbox 360. [ComputerAndVideoGames.com]
  • A girl who was prostituted at age 14 is suing the online sex site Backpage.com, claiming she was taken advantage of by a pimp who advertised her on the site. The girl, now 15, is seeking restitution under the Child Abuse Victims Rights Act. [STLtoday.com]

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Remember When Ladies Were Cup Holders? Chevy Does

Remember when men were men and women were cup holders? Chevy does and they are selling posters of their 1959 Impala to celebrate the glory days when women knew their place was in the shotgun seat. Sexist ads don’t endear the rest of the country to feel bad for your financial woes, auto industry. [ChevyMall.com via AutoGuide.com] Keep reading »

“Sexism Ed” Tries To Answer The Question “What Is Sexism?”

What happens when someone grabs their video recorder and hits an American town to ask random people the definition of the word “sexism“? More than half of the people asked cannot define what it means and one in three say women deserve to be treated differently because of their gender. The lack of understanding about sexism and the inability to recognize it does not surprise me at all. Keep reading »

16 Awful Places And Times To Dump Someone

Story time! The summer after my sophomore year of college I dated a guy whom I had more of a sexual connection with than an emotional one. He was one of the first guys I met who was genuinely into S&M and we enjoyed exploring each other’s sexuality in exciting and painful new ways. But I didn’t want to have intercourse with him, so he decided to dump me over that. Great guy, I know. This piece of work took me out onto Long Island Sound in his parents’ motor boat under the pretense of having a nice sail together and ended the relationship out at sea. Then he dropped me off on a pier and sailed back to shore. Cuh-ra-zy. Keep reading »

Princess Hijab, The French Graffiti Artist Who Draws Burqas On Subway Ads

This short film follows Princess Hijab, a graffiti artist who skulks around the Parisian subway system, scribbling burqas on commercial advertising with a black Sharpie. The Princess appears to be a woman, but like other street artists (Banksy, for example), the true identity is unknown to protect her from police. Keep reading »

Have Your Cake, But Don’t Make A Mess

We don’t normally entertain with doilies, because the parties we throw are usually the kind where the cops show up. But we can get behind these Have Your Cake Coasters that look like lace doilies, but are made of rubber, to protect that fab Ikea furniture we spent so much money on from pernicious water stains. And, hey, maybe a few classy doilies thrown around will make your friends act like proper ladies and gentlemen? Just kidding. That will never happen.

[$12.99 ModCloth]

Today’s Lady News: Glenn Beck Compares Abortion To Slavery

  • Radio host Glenn Beck compared abortion to slavery. (Wait, yesterday I thought abortion was genocide?) We have no words to describe how offensive this is to actual slaves and descendants of slaves, not to mention women who have terminated a pregnancy for any reason. [Media Matters]
  • According to new Census data on income, poverty in America has hit a 15-year high and the number of working women has fallen by 1.3 million in three years. [Reuters]
  • There will be no bond for the 26-year-old North Carolina man accused of describing on Facebook how to make explosives to bomb an abortion clinic. [WNCT.com]

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15 Things To Do When Your Boo Goes On A Business Trip

“Lovesick” doesn’t just mean crying so hard after you have been dumped that you barf on your bed sheets. (Although, girl, I have been there. True story.) You can also be lovesick when you’re so engulfed in love for another person that being away from them makes you feel ill. Me, for instance: my boyfriend travels on business a lot. A lot. Sometimes I am just happy to watch “The Rachel Zoe Project” without anyone whining, but sometimes it’s slow and lonely torture. Last week, for example, I found myself crying in a bathroom stall at work (which — do I even have to say as someone who works at The Frisky? — I never do) because I just felt like half of me had flown across the country. It was pathetic. Sad. Sucky to the max. Keep reading »

Could Mattel’s Japanese Barbie And Ken Be Any More Stereotypical?

A geisha girl and a samurai warrior: these are the stereotypes Mattel used for Japanese Ken and Barbie dolls. Barbie is dressed as a geisha with lotus blossoms in her hair, a gold fan, and some gladiator heels which are badass-looking, but I’m thinking not particularly Japanese. Ken is dressed as a bare-chested samurai warrior with a small ponytail and a long sword. An ex-boyfriend who went to grad school in Japan called the Japanese Ken doll, quote, “pure Fu Manchu stereotype” — minus that nefarious mustache, of course. Surprise, surprise, Mattel has a long history of representing their Japanese Barbies as geishas. Keep reading »

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