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Today’s Lady News: Woman With No Arms Earns Her Black Belt In Taekwondo

  • Sheila Radziewicz, 32, of Salem, Massachusetts, does not have either one of her arms, but that hasn’t stopped her from earning her black belt in taekwondo! For her black belt test, she had to break wood, kick, punch, and spar. Watch out: she’s also got nunchucks. [Boston Globe]
  • In the wake of gossip blog Gawker’s exposés that American Apparel allegedly hires its employees primarily on looks, the company is allegedly issuing new hires a crazy-strict “confidentiality agreement” that punishes blabbermouth employees with a $1 million fine if they discuss their jobs or Dov Charney’s precious reputation with the media. [Gawker]
  • Finland’s president has appointed Mari Kiviniemi as the country’s second female prime minister. In other news, the United States still hasn’t had a female president or vice president. [AFP]

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Was Miley’s “Tribal” Performance At The Much Music Awards Offensive?

Finally, some Miley Cyrus news that doesn’t have to do with Perez Hilton and her vajayjay!

Miley performed her new song “Can’t Be Tamed” at the MuchMusic Awards in Toronto this weekend, but not everyone is happy with the performance. Some blogs say the tiki torches, her backup dancers’ tribal-looking face paint, and the part where she looks like she’s being dragged on a stick (say, like a wild boar?) is offensive to aboriginal cultures. Keep reading »

Were You Clueless About Sex Growing Up?

My first introduction to s-e-x was at the New England Aquarium in Boston when I was in 4th grade. My friends and I were on a Girl Scout trip and let’s just say us Girl Scouts knew about more than just tasty cookies after watching a pair of rock hoppers in the penguin pen. The next year, the health teacher separated the boys into one room and the girls into another room for the big puberty talk. By that point, I had read enough Judy Blume books to understand about menstruation, but fun facts about sexual activity — in humans, of course — were news to me.

I wasn’t the only kiddie who grew up naive about the birds and the bees: the Facebook group, “We bet we can find 100,000 people who were clueless about sex growing up!” has 120 members so far and is growing. After the jump, read a couple funny — er, funny/sad — stories from the sex ed trenches. Keep reading »

The Facebook Movie Poster Looks Kinda Heavy

“You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” This poster for “The Social Network,” aka the Facebook movie, makes it seem like those nerds are “The Tudors” or something. What, no poking? [IMDB] Keep reading »

Alleged Killer Joran Van Der Sloot Says He’s Getting Marriage Proposals

Who wants to marry an accused serial killer? Joran van der Sloot, 22, who has been charged with killing a young Peruvian woman in her hotel room, told De Telegraaf newspaper that he has received several marriage proposals. “One of them even wants me to get her pregnant,” he said. Ladies, really, get some standards!

Granted, van der Sloot is as reliable as a ripped condom: he has admitted, and then retracted, confessions linking him to the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway, a teenager on vacation in Aruba. Van der Sloot also told police he killed Stephany Flores, 21, but later retracted his confession. But I guess he is rather attractive in that probably-a-murderer kind of way? I’m kidding. [New York Post] Keep reading »

Frisky Q & A: Nikky Blonsky On Her New Show “Huge,” Plus-Size Actresses & Zac Efron

Missing Nikki Blonsky from your life after the 2007 remake of “Hairspray”? Have no fear, she’s back again: not in a John Waters musical this time, but on “Huge,” a new TV series about plus-size teens at a weight loss camp.

“Huge” stars Blonsky, 21, as a girl sent to the camp by parents who want her to drop some pounds, which is not in her plans at all. Blonsky stars alongside Hayley Hasselhoff — yes, The Hoff’s daughter — who is totally gung-ho about losing weight because she’s convinced her life will be awesome if she’s skinny and hot. Most of the cast memebrs are plus-size actors and actresses. “I don’t think there’s ever been a full cast of plus size people before,” says Blonsky.

You better believe I’ll be parked in front of the boob tube when “Huge” debuts on Monday, June 28th on ABC Family at 9 p.m. EST. After the jump, Nikki Blonsky talks about being a plus-size actress, her dream to sing on “Glee,” and her pal, Zac Efron. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: American Apparel Doesn’t Hire Based On Looks, Says Founder

  • Dov Charney, embattled American Apparel CEO, wants you to know the condemning internal emails and screen grabs of the company’s intranet are not “evidence” that they hire based on looks. “Photographing people head to toe is the right thing to do if you want to see how people present themselves to customers,” Charney defended himself. “It’s not for a beauty pageant like Miss America where we’re looking at someone’s breast size. We want to see their style.” Hmm, that doesn’t sound so nefarious. We’re not sure we believe him, though. [Signature9.com]
  • Constance McMillen, 18, the lesbian teenager who was told by her high school that she was not allowed to bring her girlfriend to prom, will visit the White House tomorrow. Constance will be a guest at a reception to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens. Later this week, she will march in New York City’s gay pride parade. [USA Today]
  • The Center for Reproductive Rights, a pro-abortion rights group, released a report today stating they are unclear how deeply Elena Kagan, a Supreme Court nominee, supports abortion rights. [AP]

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Quotable: Julianne Moore’s Sex Scenes Get An R-Rating

“It seems crazy. I have less of an issue with [sex onscreen] than with things exploding. Sex is OK, everybody does it. Most of us don’t throw bombs.”

Julianne Moore on how sex scenes were trimmed in her new movie, “The Kids Are All Right,” so it could get an R-rating. In the flick, Moore plays the lesbian partner of Annette Bening. [AfterEllen.com] Keep reading »

“Jersey Shore,” Season Two: Now With Less Offensive Italian Stereotypes

Before “Jersey Shore” appeared, calling someone a “guido” was offensive. Like, you did not do that unless you were cruising for an ass-kicking. Then there was this bizarre post-”Jersey Shore” era where you heard words like “guido” and “guidette” more on MTV than “boobs” or “oh my God, Heidi, you have to break up with Spencer!”

Not anymore, says Andre DiMino, head of UNICO, an Italian-American pride group. Keep reading »

Oops, He Did It Again: Perez Hilton Tweets Photo #2 Of Miley Cyrus’s Crotch

A new week, a new Miley Cyrus crotch photo: that’s the world of Perez Hilton! The gossip blogger tweeted a photo of Miley performing yesterday at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto where a few inches of her inner thigh can be seen through above the crotch-fabric on her leotard. The photo isn’t scandalous in the least bit and you’ll feel dumb wasting five seconds of your life to look at it.

SHE HAS A VAGINA, PEREZ. Seriously, get over it! Keep reading »

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