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Quotable: Catherine Keener Is Intentionally Not Famous

“If she posed in Harper’s Bazaar or Ladies’ Home Journal, she’d be more famous. She’d be offered more stuff. But I don’t think she cares. This is the path she wants to take.”

— director Nicole Holofcener on the actress Catherine Keener, who starred in Where The Wild Things Are, Capote, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, among many others [Newsweek] Keep reading »

Oh, Look, It’s Those Subtle Kardashian Girls …

Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian thought the best way to lure you to their clothing store, Dash, in Miami was to be airbrushed in black body paint. Uhhh, OK, sure. Isn’t it weird how they’re buck naked but you can’t see their nipples? [KhloeKardashian.Celebuzz.com] Keep reading »

Dude For A Day: Face Shaving!

A few months ago I was putzing around at work and Amelia emailed me to ask, “Hey, do you want to go with John DeVore and get shaved by a barber at The Art of Shaving and film it for the site?” And I thought, Oh dear! They’ve noticed the little ‘stache I grow in between waxing appointments! So, because I enjoy employment, I said “sure” and let my little mustache do its thing. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Booooo! No Female Directors At Cannes Competition

  • Hold your horses, people still reveling over Kathryn Bigelow‘s Oscar night win: not one of the 16 films in the upcoming competition at the Cannes Film Festival was directed by a woman. [Women & Hollywood]
  • The White House forced CBS News to a remove a blog post from their website alleging the potential Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, is gay. [Yahoo]
  • Rev. Michael Pfleger, a Catholic priest in Chicago, said in his sermon on Sunday that women should be allowed to be ordained as priests. But Pfleger apologized for his remarks after his sermon was posted on YouTube and he was barraged by critics. [Chicago Sun-Times]

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Frisky Q&A: Susan J. Douglas, Author Of “Enlightened Sexism”

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Mommy’s Little Anarchist Has Her Own ABC Book

A is for Anarchy

there’s really no rules,

If you’re a punk rocker

you think this is cool

This is the first page of Never Mind Your P’s and Q’s: Here’s the Punk Alphabet, by Paul McNeil and Barry Divola — it’s an alphabet book where each letter teaches kids about punk rock-ery, like Sid Vicious, the Sex Pistols and mohawks. Hey, I’m totally behind any book that encourages children to think outside the box and cultivate originality! But methinks this “children’s book” will mostly be popular with the very, very large children who buy their reading material at Urban Outfitters. [Soundscreen Design] Keep reading »

Gay Couples To Get Visitation Rights At Most Hospitals

I’m not going to lie, this story makes my eyes tear up. In 2007, Lisa Pond, of Florida, collapsed from a brain aneurysm and a few hours later at the hospital, she died alone, without her kids or the person she’d spent the last 18 years of her life with. Lisa Pond died this way because she was a lesbian.

Yesterday, President Obama called Pond’s former partner, Janice Langbehn, to inform her that he mandated all hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding — which are most in the country — must extend visitation rights to same-sex couples. This mandate, which should go into effect in a few months, will allow a gay or lesbian partner to not only make medical decisions for their ill or injured loved one, but also to be there during the last moments of their life. In the past, LGBT partners who are not legally married have been refused by hospitals’ “relatives-only” policies. Keep reading »

Yeah, I’m Posting Hanson’s New Music Video. What’s It To You?

Instant Messenger, 11:11 a.m., Frisky offices:

Jessica: You’re not going to let me post Hanson’s new video, are you? They’re dancing in the street! Like, old time-y bebop dancing.

Amelia: if you must. i need the posts today. because i am hungover.

Jessica: VICTORY!

Bwahahahahahaha. [MySpace.com/HansonMusic] Keep reading »

Study Says Some Abused Women See Partners As “Affectionate” And “Dependable”

A study of data from U.S. National Institute on Mental Health published in the journal Violence Against Women has found that many women who endure physical, sexual and psychological abuse from their male partners see them as “dependable” and even “affectionate.” Researchers from Adelphi University in New York and St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto examined the data — which was on 611 low-income, mostly African-American women from urban areas, with an average age of 35 — and saw 43 percent said they had been abused by an intimate partner within the last year. Of the abused women, 54 percent said their partners were reliable, 44 percent said they were dependable yet abusive, and 38 percent said the men were dependable yet controlling. Only 18 percent — or less than one fifth of the abused women — said their partners were dangerously abusive. According to Time, the authors of the study hope that this insight into the minds of victims of domestic violence will help them help women. Keep reading »

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