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Is It Inappropriate For “Forever 21″ To Sell Maternity Clothes In States With High Teen Pregnancy?


Budget-conscious mommies-to-be are surely excited about Forever 21‘s new line of maternity gear, love21maternity, which is available in Arizona, Alaska, California, Texas and Utah. Finally, cute pregnancy clothes that don’t look like a camping tent! But our friends at The Gloss noticed something of note: Arizona, California and Texas all have high teen pregnancy rates. A teen pregnancy counselor who spoke to CNN about the love21maternity line said that seeing maternity clothes in their stores will “desensitize” teen girls towards pregnancy. Sure, California and Texas have huge populations to begin with. But was the decision to sell maternity clothes in a store favored by teens, in places with lots of pregnant teens, a business-savvy decision? And isn’t that kind of — I dunno — icky? Keep reading »

Jennifer Aniston Granted A Restraining Order Against Duct Tape-Wielding Stalker

A California court granted a temporary restraining order to Jennifer Aniston yesterday against a stalker who’s been “laying in wait” for her around Santa Monica. According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, 24-year-old Jason Peyton left Pennsylvania on June 25, leaving a note for his father that he was driving to California. The young man’s dad realized his son, who has been diagnosed as a delusional and paranoid schizophrenic, was on a mission to find Aniston and alerted the police.

Sure enough, cops picked up Peyton on July 15 with a car on which he had scratched “I Love Jennifer Aniston,” carrying DVDs of her movies and a notebook full of messages about Aniston. Peyton allegedly had a list of baby names he’d picked out for their future spawn and scribblings like “Jen told me she wants me to be the father of her children” and “call Jen.” Keep reading »

Hef’s Ex Karissa Shannon Is Pervin’ On 12-Year-Old Jaden Smith

Playboy Playmate (and Hef’s ex) Karissa Shannon makes no bones about being a cougar-in-training as she broadcasts her affections for 12-year-old Jaden Smith. Sexualizing children doesn’t suddenly become acceptable if it’s a boy being sexualized instead of a girl, Karissa! [Sociological Images] Keep reading »

Meghan McCain’s Book Cover For “Dirty Sexy Politics” Is Neither Dirty Nor Sexy

The draft cover for Meghan McCain‘s forthcoming book, Dirty Sexy Politics, starring an elephant named Thai, is a lot less dirty and sexy than we expected. But I guess she is a senator’s daughter with an image to uphold … [Hyperion Books] Keep reading »

Levi Johnston Missed His Son’s First Words And First Steps

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Today’s Lady News: “Family Guy” Abortion Episode Will Finally Air — On DVD

  • A “Family Guy” episode in which Lois considers getting an abortion, called “Partial Terms of Endearment,” will be included on a 20th Century Fox DVD release in September. The Fox network had forbid “Family Guy” from broadcasting that particular episode on television. [Entertainment Weekly]
  • President Obama is urging Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which will help women sue their employers if they are paid less than their male counterparts. [New York Times]
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan by a 13-6 vote. If Kagan is confirmed by the full Senate, she will become the fourth female Justice. [Los Angeles Times]
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Is Lindsay Lohan Wearing Lip Plumper In Her Mug Shot?

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Because if she did, that was smart! As every starlet knows, mug shots are forever. At least Lindsay‘s lips looked plump, her skin fresh, and her hair freshly-did when she was booked into a California jail this a.m. [7/20/10, Lynwood, CA] Keep reading »

“Abusers” Reality Show Brings Real-Life Domestic Violence Abusers Into Your Living Room

People on reality shows of yore have eaten bugs, had catfights over men, and stabbed each other in the back for a chance to work for The Donald.

And now, they beat their girlfriends.

“Abusers” is will be an intervention-style reality show that depicts real-life cases of domestic violence and offers counseling and support for both the abuser and the victim. The show — which appears to be in the proposal stage, as there is no mention of a network having picked it up — will be produced by Albert Harris, Jr., a former aide to ex-New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey. The creative team will include Ashley and Josh from “The Real World: D.C.,” who both experienced domestic violence in their homes. Abusers and victims who participate on “Abusers” will be given free online degree programs through the University of Phoenix.

This could work for TV. It just has to be more “PBS” than “Bravo,” you know what I mean? Keep reading »

White Queen Wins In Chess-Inspired Skin Whitening Ad

Wow, SkinWhite. Symbolism much? Latino pop culture blog Guanabee noticed this ad for SkinWhite skin lightening cream which conveys a message about race via black and white chess pieces: “See, the white queen is reigning over all the black pieces. That’s because the black king took her as his queen. Because she’s white. Get it?”

It’s unknown if this ad is “spec work” or if it actually ran anywhere. But the fact that an ad for a product that helps darker-skinned people bleach their skin — itself disconcerting, as we recently discussed regarding Vaseline’s skin lightening app on Facebook — thought to depict “white wins over black” as a concept is troubling enough. [Guanabee] Keep reading »

Thanks For Everything, Ex-Boyfriends!

It’s Get Along With Your Ex Week here at The Frisky. Though I possess deep, deep reserves of bitterness, I shall set that aside today for the good of the blogosphere. It’s time to be mature. It’s time to be forgiving. Even if you cheated on me, or blatantly flirted with bartenders in front of me, or wrote a gang rape scene in a novel inspired by our breakup, I still learned something from you. So here I go: after the jump, a totally serious, non-sarcastic thank you to all my exes. Keep reading »

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