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LARP Passions: An Online Dating Destination For Live Action Role Players

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Dorks need love, too, and that’s why I have nothing snarky to say about LARP Passions, an online dating website for “singles with a passion for LARPing.” What is LARPing, you ask? Live action role playing. Players act out fictional dramas in character, wearing costumes and carrying fake weapons, which they often build themselves. It’s sort of like Civil War re-enactors, but with spell packets and foam swords. Romantic. Keep reading »

“Sexist” Brazilian Gym Ad Fails To Capture Our Outrage

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I don’t fully understand why these ads  are “sexist” or “offensive,” as per the women’s health blog Blisstree. The Brazilian gym Vila Olimpica ads show big, muscular men standing behind women, their ripped arms doing things like opening jars and bottles of wine. But I didn’t read this as “the iddy-bitty-widdle-lady can’t open a jar of olives,” because the female model actually looks rather fit and toned herself. I read it more as a joke: the lady needs gorilla arms to open these relatively easy products, but those kind of muscles are more of a female body builder thing, so there’s a big dude standing behind her doing it.

It’s a obtuse, sure, but I’d say it’s visually clever. What do you think, Frisky readers? Maybe I’m losing my edge? [BlissTree]

Evening Quickies: Cutest Baby In The World Offered Modeling Contract

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  • Harper Seven Beckham — that’s David and Victoria’s infant daughter, for those of you not obsessed with the chubby-cheeked beauty — has been offered a modeling contract by baby clothing web site My1stYears.com. This is probably just a stunt, but I, for one, need more pictures of those chubby cheeks.  [Stupid Celebrities]
  • Tommy Marth, a sax player for the band The Killers, died on Monday morning of suicide. [PopCrush]
  • Beyoncé is supposedly icing out Kim Kardashian from her and Jay-Z’s “inner circle,” even though Kim wants them all to be best buds now that she’s dating Kanye. Sniffs a source,” Beyoncé is used to hanging out with Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow – she’s in a totally different league to Kim.” [Evil Beet Gossip]
  • Meanwhile Kim’s sister Khloe has her own opinion on the Kimye romance: “I don’t think it’s serious.” [Uptown Magazine]
  • Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” has its very own Hebrew bouzouki cover. [PopDust] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Teacher Claims She Was Fired From Catholic School For In-Vitro Fertilization

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  • Emily Herx, 31, of Indiana, claims she was fired from teaching at a Catholic school because she and her husband used in-vitro fertilization to get pregnant. IVF is apparently not acceptable according to Catholic teaching. [Huffington Post]
  • Sandra Fluke, who testified before a Congressional committee about the need for religiously-affiliated employers to cover birth control in their health plans, is engaged. In an epic classy move, a Fox News host asked about the engagement, “To a man?” [Talking Points Memo]
  • A company is Birmingham, Alabama, is seeking to purchase an abortion clinic that is scheduled to be closed next month. [AL.com]
  • Terribly sad story out of Harlem: a 13-year-old girl and her mother were both murdered in a domestic violence incident earlier this week. The mother had reportedly asked the killer, her son, to move out because he was not contributing to household expenses. [Gothamist] Keep reading »

British Docs Busted For Offering Female Circumcision (Which Is Illegal And Also Horrible)

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A doctor, a dentist, and an alternative medicine practitioner were all secretly filmed offering to perform or arrange female genital mutilation (FGM), according to the UK Guardian. FGM involves removing all or part of the external female genitalia, and sometimes sewing the opening to the vagina shut. It’s all supposedly for the purpose of making it impossible for a woman to have sex for pleasure and therefore ensuring her “purity” upon marriage.

The so-called “female circumcisions” are performed on girls as young as 5 and is widespread across Africa; you can read more about FGM on the World Health Organization’s web site. Thankfully, human rights and women’s rights activists across the continent are condemning the horrific procedure. As such, both performing FGM and arranging for it to be performed are illegal in the UK. But that doesn’t stop FGM from occurring in the UK: the Guardian claims 100K women in the country have been mutilated. I hope those doctors know FGM carries a 14 year prison sentence and are shaking in their boots/heels. [Guardian UKTelegraph UK]

Model Coco Rocha Slams Brazil’s Elle Magazine For Half-Naked Photoshop Job

Coco Rocha's Photoshopped Elle Brasil cover

“As a high fashion model I have long had a policy of no nudity or partial nudity in my photoshoots. For my recent [Elle Brasil] cover shoot I wore a body suit under a sheer dress, but recently discovered that the body suit was Photoshopped out to give the impression that I am showing much more skin than I actually was or am comfortable with. This was specifically against my expressed verbal and written direction. I’m extremely disappointed that my wishes and contract were ignored. I strongly believe every model has a right to set rules for how she is portrayed and for me these rules were clearly circumvented.”

– Coco Rocha, who has long been one of the more critical voices of the modeling industry, took to her Tumblr to slam the editors/publishers of Elle Brasil, which Photoshopped her against her wishes into a partially nude bodysuit for their cover. This is a little nipple-y looking.

Well, that was ballsy of you, Elle Brasil, to break contract. I’m assuming they’re so used to models being grateful for a magazine cover at all that they don’t think they have to stay true to their word? [Oh So Coco]

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