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Things We Wish We Knew About Womanhood At Age 18

Yesterday, Esquire magazine’s Twitter feed asked its readers, “What about manhood do you know now that you wish you’d known at eighteen?” The response from a writer I know caught my eye — “Good credit is better than good sex!” — and I thought, Hey, that doesn’t just apply to manhood! That applies to womanhood, too! So I asked my fellow Frisky bloggers to answer this question:

What about womanhood do you know now that you wish you’d known at 18?

Our responses, after the jump … Keep reading »

Mississippi Judge Rules In Favor Of Lesbian Student Over Canceled Prom

A Mississippi judge ruled yesterday that Itawamba Agricultural High School violated a lesbian student’s rights by forbidding her from bringing her girlfriend to prom and wearing a tuxedo. Constance McMillen, 18, came out of the closet as gay in the 8th grade and asked school officials in December and February of this school year if she could bring her 16-year-old girlfriend to the April 2 prom. Itawamba not only said same-sex dates were not allowed, but a female student could not wear a tux. When the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi took up McMillen’s cause, the school just canceled prom entirely. Keep reading »

New ABC Family Show “Huge” Stars Nikki Blonsky … At Fat Camp

Those of us who got a kick out of John Waters’ “Hairspray” remake have been wondering just what breakout star Nikki Blonsky is up to. The good news? She’s been cast as the lead in a series on the ABC Family channel that will premiere in June. The bad news (I think)? The show is called “Huge” and takes place at the fictional Wellness Canyon, a weight-loss camp for teens.

Geez Louise, why does the plus-size actress have to be on a show about fat camp? Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Is Nancy Pelosi The Most Powerful Woman In History?

  • After the passage of health care reform, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is being called the “most powerful woman in history” from a variety of media outlets, from The Economist to The Drudge Report. [NPR]
  • A breast cancer prevention slogan at a Polish hospital in Opole which reads “I check the breasts of my workers on my own” has upset women’s rights activists. [Reuters]
  • “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera says she ignores criticism of her weight and thinks it’s “ridiculous” people even discuss it. Really, because people are criticizing the star of “Real Women Have Curves” for her … curves? [PopEater]
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Watch A Clip Of Gabby Sidibe And Laura Linney In “The Big C”

Um, can “The Big C” be on TV right now, please? This show looks awesome. And I’m not just saying that because Laura Linney says to Gabby Sidibe with a straight face, “You can’t be fat and mean, Andrea. You can either be fat and jolly, or a skinny bitch. It’s up to you.” Never before have I thought I’d actually want to watch an entire TV show about cancer. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Does This Creepy Robot Baby Make You Want To Get Pregnant?

Lately, all it takes is a chubster in a Gap onesie for my ovaries to throb. But the good citizens of Japan are apparently less inclined to make babies — so the University of Tsukauba built them Yotara, a robot baby, to encourage the birth rate. Yotara giggles, sneezes, sleeps and “wakes up” when a rattle is jiggled. (Watch a creepy video about all this here.) A heated water pump system gives Yotara a runny nose and touch sensors in his skin control his facial expressions. “We’d like people to experience the innocent, joyful expressions typical of small babies,” said Hioki Kunimura, the leader of the Yotara project.

Uh, how is this supposed to encourage more Japanese to have babies instead of just “adopting” robots they can shut off? Don’t you people remember Tamagotchis? [Sky News] Keep reading »

Quotable: Tina Fey Says You Can Make Money Off Your Boobs

“I gave a commencement speech at a girls’ high school once, and I said, ‘If you find yourself two years from now at spring break, don’t lift your shirt up. And if you you do, have your own camera. The foolishness is that there’s some disgusting middleman. They’re your boobs. At least have the sense to film it yourself and get the money from it.’ That’s what baffles me about ‘Girls Gone Wild.’ We could sell this ourselves! Talk about giving away the store. First of all, don’t do it. But if you’re going to do it, keep your hands on the money, for God’s sake.”

Tina Fey dishes out some financial advice in Esquire Keep reading »

Michelle Obama: “Before I Was Who I Am Today, I Was A Nerd”

OK, that’s not a real quote from the First Lady. But it is what Michelle Obama‘s character on “The Simpsons” said when she stopped by Springfield to assure Lisa Simpson that it’s OK to be smart. Damn, why couldn’t she have stopped by our elementary school to defend us from social ostracism? [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Study Says Catcalling Makes All Men Look Bad, Not Just The Guy Who Yelled “Great Boobs!”

Men who catcall a woman on the street cause other women bystanders to think negatively of all men in general, according to a small study at the University of Connecticut. Researchers Stephenie Chaudoir and Diane Quinn asked 114 female undergraduate students to watch one of two videos: one in which a man approaches a woman and says, “Hey Kelly, your boobs look great in that shirt!” and another in which a man approaches and says, “Hey Kelly, what’s up?” Women who watched the “boobs” video were more likely to say they identified as women, felt angry towards men, and wanted to “move away” from guys. Keep reading »

“Pretty Wild,” Pretty Stupid: What Should Alexis Neiers Wear To Court?

This week on “Pretty Wild,” Alexis Neiers is in court for her preliminary hearing for her alleged involvement in the “Bling Ring,” a group of L.A. kids who broke into celebs’ homes and stole their stuff. But why does it not surprise us that Alexis’ biggest concern about her court date is what she is going to wear? Keep reading »

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