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Chace Crawford Shows Off His Range In New Movie, “Twelve” (Just Kidding!)


Twelve, by Nick McDonnell, is not a particularly good book. (My personal, snotty theory is that McDonnell got the book deal in the first place because his father edited Sports Illustrated and family friends have included people like P.J. O’Rourke, George Plimpton, and Hunter S. Thompson.) “Twelve” the movie looks marginally better, if only because it means we can stare at Chace Crawford‘s lovely face for two hours. He plays a rich Upper East Side kid who gets in over his head selling drugs to the kids of his social milieu — kind of like a two-hour-long episode of “Gossip Girl” if only Nate Archibald were more like Chuck Bass.

Poor Chace has gotta be sick of playing the same role over and over and over again, though. Will somebody cast the poor dear in a sci-fi flick or something? Keep reading »

Obama Doesn’t Play HORSE, He Plays POTUS. Obvi!

Usually I couldn’t give two figs about a basketball game … but this weekend, President Obama was on TV playing “HORSE” on the White House courts with CBS Sports’ Clark Kellogg. (They didn’t call it “HORSE,” though; they called it “POTUS”!) They chitchat about the Final Four tournament and Obama plugs his wife’s Let’s Move! program, too.

Cute video. Listening to the President smack-talk is pretty funny. But next time, lose the button-down shirt and tie on the court, ‘kay? [YouTube] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Why I Wore A Playboy Bunny T-Shirt In High School

There’s a period of time in high school that I’m not particularly proud of and, remarkably, it’s not the time I wore sparkly blue nail polish to prom: it’s when I wore my Playboy Bunny T-shirt. I’d half-forgotten about that thing until I read Playboy is selling official “Playboy Bunny costumes” in honor of their 50th anniversary. My knee-jerk reaction was to laugh. I mean, what a ridiculous costume. Do women actually feel sexy dressed up in a corset, cottontail and bunny ears?

Then I remembered I used to wear a T-shirt emblazoned with the Playboy Bunny logo. Keep reading »

Playboy Bunny Costumes On Sale For The First Time

Move it, Easter bunny. There’s a new bunny in town — a Playboy bunny, that is. In honor of its 50th anniversary, Playboy will sell a limited edition set of bunny costumes similar to those worn by waitresses at Playboy Clubs. The $67 bunny costumes — complete with ears and a bunny tail — are available through the website of U.K. sex toys and lingerie retailer AnnSummers.com, which promises the bunny costume “will help women exude the confidence, elegance and glamour of a true Playboy Bunny.”

Uh huh. Seriously.

I, for one, am very excited about this. I totally have my outfit now for a saucy “feminist-activist Gloria Steinem goes undercover at the Playboy Club to write a scathing exposé” role-playing session. [New York Post] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Lilith Fair Drops Reproductive Rights Group Off Charity List

  • Lilith Fair has dropped the National Abortion Rights Action League Pro-Choice North Carolina, as well as several so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” from its Choose Your Charity Contest. Four days ago, the women’s music festival listed NARAL, several maternity homes, and several CPCs, as potential grantees of the charity contest. Abortion supporters complained, saying that CPCs (which often are located near abortion clinics) provide inaccurate information to women to dissuade them from having an abortion. Today, Lilith Fair announced it would be dropping the CPCs, as well as NARAL, from the list. However, at least one women’s health center that provides abortion was left on the list. [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • Next week, Austin, Texas, will consider a proposed ordinance for so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” which will require them to notify visitors that they don’t make referrals for contraception or abortion. If the ordinance passes, Austin would become the second city, after Baltimore, Maryland, to require CPCs to clarify that they do not provide medical services. [Austin Chronicle]
  • More women than ever will be orbiting in space on Monday morning, after NASA launches three women on the shuttle Discovery. One woman is already circling the Earth in a Russian capsule. Two of the women will become the 53rd and 54th women in space. [AP]

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“Mad Men” Jostles For An Emmy For January Jones

“Mad Men” takes care of their own. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Elisabeth Moss will be entered as a “best supporting actress” nominee for the Emmys so that January Jones can be nominated in the “best lead actress” category all by her lonesome. Sources tell THR that a “best lead actress” Emmy has eluded Jones twice before and since the Emmys allows candidates to submit for their own categories, the folks behind “Mad Men” want to give Jones her best chance. Bummer for Elisabeth Moss, though! She might be a frontrunner for the Emmys’ “best supporting actress” category, but still, this is how catfights get started.

But can someone tell us the really important information here: What about Christina Hendricks?! [The Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »

Frisky Q & A: Lauren Book-Lim, Executive Director Of Lauren’s Kids And Sexual Abuse Survivor

Lauren Book-Lim is a survivor.

From age 10 to 16, the young Florida girl was sexually abused by her family’s live-in nanny. After telling her parents about the abuse and putting the former nanny behind bars, in 2002 Book-Lim started Lauren’s Kids. The organization educates children and adults about sexual abuse and also runs a 24-hour hotline.

Since April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month I hoped to do an interview for The Frisky and learn more about this remarkably strong young woman. Lauren Book-Lim was gracious enough to answer my questions over email before embarking today on “Walk In My Shoes,” a 500-mile walk across Florida to raise awareness about sexual abuse.

Our interview, after the jump: Keep reading »

Fact: Victorian Women Were Actually Dirty, Dirty Whores

Contrary to the stereotype that women who lived in the be-corseted Victorian era were complete prudes, a sex survey has shown middle-class ladies actually enjoyed sex for its own sake. (Scandalous!) The sex surveys of 45 women have lay unread for decades at Stanford University, where the researcher, Dr. Clelia Duel Mosher, worked. Her frank questionaires for women — conducted far before Alfred Kinsey‘s famous “Kinsey Reports” — reveal Victorian women enjoyed sex, wanted to have sex without fear of pregnancy, and even wished their men improved their game! Keep reading »

You Know You’re Jealous! Otters With A Lifelong Love Die Within An Hour Of Each Other

This is a story about otters. Gay otters. Gay otters in love. OK, OK, I don’t know for a fact that Daz, 19, and Chip, 16, were in love, but the Daily Mail says they were “best friends” who “lived side-by-side for 15 years” and those sure sound like euphemisms for gay otter love to me. Anyway. Tragically, but adorably, Chip and Daz died of heart attacks within one hour of each other. Sob! Zookeepers at the Naturelands Zoo in New Zealand say it seems the second otter passed away from the stress of watching his mate die. “The only consolation from this is that they both went together,” zookeeper Gail Sutton told the Daily Mail. “Because if one had gone without the other, the remaining one would have been really lost.” Awwww. It’s just like that Ben Folds song. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

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