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Today’s Lady News: Xbox Support Assumes Woman’s Game System Is Her Son’s

  • A woman recently contacted Xbox support about downgrading her account and the customer support sent a reply which read, “As I understand, when your son tries to sign in to Xbox LIVE, [redacted] … I know how disappointing it is when your son cannot enjoy the Xbox Live service due to this matter.” Trouble is, this woman doesn’t have a son. In fact, she never even mentioned a son! Way to stereotype your users, Xbox. [Consumerist]
  • The 18-year-old Afghani girl whose mutilated face appeared on the cover of Time magazine, arrived in Los Angeles on Friday for reconstructive surgery. Aisha said her nose and ear were cut off by her Taliban-sympathizing husband as punishment for running away. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Desirée Rogers, former social secretary for the Obama White House, has been named CEO of Johnson Publishing, which publishes Jet and Ebony. [Yahoo News]

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Pink’s “Please Don’t Leave Me” Video Probably Makes Sense To Pink And Carey Hart

With a title like “Please Don’t Leave Me,” you’d think the video would be about that part of the breakup when you’d give both your pinky toes not to get dumped. But no, Pink took the midget-on-a-playground route. Love the silent film look and the cameo by her real-life boo, Carey Hart; confused by … everything else. Points for originality, I guess? [YouTube] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Fought With A Priest About “Commitment” And Then Cried

Here is a list of people who really, really, really want to see me engaged:

  • Me. (Obviously.)
  • My boyfriend, who is saving money for an engagement ring. (Although you probably know more about that than I do.)
  • My mother. (Who, every time she sees him, badgers offers to help him pick the aforementioned ring out.)
  • A Roman Catholic priest whom I was seated next to at my girl friend’s wedding this weekend.

Now. Guess which person made me burst into tears on Saturday night, snatch my purse, and storm off in a blind rage? Keep reading »

A Stay-At-Home-Dad: Status Symbol, Mr. Mom, Babysitter … Or Parent?

There are many names you could call a stay-at-home dad who raises the young’uns while wifey brings home the bacon. “Mr. Mom.” The babysitter. Or, according to Marie Claire magazine, a status symbol — the beta husband of the “alpha mom.”

One stay-at-home dad, however, has a different label he would like you to use. This morning, “The Today Show” interviewed a pediatrician mother and her husband, the full-time parent of their toddler daughter. This proud papa was frankly disgusted that traditional stay-at-home mommies at the playground have asked him, “Oh, are you babysitting today?”

“No it’s not babysitting,” he sniffed. “It’s called parenting.” Keep reading »

Kardashian Kover: It’s Klassy

No, really, the Kardashians’ book cover is classy — probably the most clothing these sisters have been photographed wearing ever. The book’s out November 23rd. Be patient, kittens. [People] Keep reading »

Levi Johnston Runs For Mayor Of Wasilla In New Reality Show “Loving Levi”

It is really happening, people, and it will be terrifying: Levi Johnston‘s proposed reality show will follow his run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, as he tries to juggle fatherhood and that sterling “Hollywood career” of his. This trainwreck will be called “Loving Levi: The Road To The Mayor’s Office” and a pilot is being filmed by Scott Stone and David Weintraub, two reality TV veterans. No networks are attached to “Loving Levi” just yet. However, the last line on Scott & Co.’s resume was TLC’s “Extreme Food Sculpting.”

Pardon us if we’re slow to hobble over to the Tivo. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Too Pretty To Be A Construction Worker?

  • It hurts to be beautiful: A woman’s attractiveness is considered “detrimental” when applying for stereotypically masculine jobs, according to researchers at the University of Colorado at Denver Business School. Someone get Citibank’s Debrahlee Lorenzana on the phone, stat! [Daily Mail UK]
  • A policeman in Afghanistan said a 48-year-old woman was executed in public yesterday by the Taliban. The woman, a widower, was given dozens of lashes and then shot for committing adultery. [MSNBC]
  • Girls are reaching puberty earlier than ever before — as early as 7 or 8 years old in some cases. According to the journal Pediatrics, researchers are concerned that early puberty might raise the risk of breast cancer because of the increased exposure to estrogen. [Wall Street Journal]

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Not Even Taiwanese Animation Can Really Explain Snooki

Next Media Animation has taken some liberties explaining “Jersey Shore” via Taiwanese CGI animation. But honestly, President Obama getting smashed in the face with a wine bottle for imposing a 10 percent tanning tax wouldn’t be too far-fetched should Snooki ever crash a White House party. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

The UK’s Powerful New Domestic Violence PSA: “You Make The Call, We Make It Stop”

Most of us have no qualms about calling the cops when our neighbors practice guitar chords at 3 a.m. But all too many people are content to mind their own business when they hear a couple’s argument veer in to dangerous territory. This new interactive PSA from the UK’s Metropolitan Police gives you two different options: one if you call 999 to report domestic violence, another if you don’t. It’s chilling, but powerful. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Inspiration Board: Betty Boop

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Forget Betty White. The true American icon is Betty Boop! Today is Miss Boop’s birthday, so it’s time to play our respects to the old gal. According to Wikipedia — where everything is true always — Betty was originally drawn as a French poodle. Then cartoonist Max Fleischer crafted Betty into the red-lipped, curvaceous dollface we know today. In honor of Betty’s birthday, here’s how to pull together a Betty Boop look. It’s easier than saying “boop-boop-be-doop!” [ABC News]
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