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Ani Di Franco Says Feminism Is For Everybody

Ani On Motherhood
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Ani Di Franco says being a mother has only made her more radical. Read More »
Dating While Feminist
Amelia sounds off on dating while feminist. Read More »
Frisky Feminism!
Everything The Frisky has ever written about feminism! Read More »
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“Feminism is not only for women. It’s something everyone can participate in, and evolve together, as the first step in the right direction. I see feminism as a tool to achieve … balance and peace. … Patriarchy is a fundamental imbalance underlying society. And it’s one we rarely address because it’s so universal. But as I get older, I see that peace is a product of balance. You can’t start with imbalance and end with peace, be that in your own body, in an ecosystem or between a government and its people. What we need to strive for is not perfection, but balance.”

– Ani Di Franco talks feminism while promoting her new album, Which Side Are You On?, which is coming out on January 16. It has always surprised me how some people think feminism means a matriarchy in the sense of oppressing men and women being in control of society. Really, people who care about gender equality care about just that: letting who you are dictate your opportunities, not your gender. How come that’s so hard to understand? [Independent UK]

NJ Gov. Chris Christie Makes Sexist Blowjob Joke Campaigning For Mitt Romney

2012 Election
All of The Frisky's posts about the 2012 election. Read More »
Au Revoir, Mademoiselle
A French town has ditched "mademoiselle" for unmarried women. Read More »
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When I heard yesterday that New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie made a blowjob joke while campaigning for Mitt Romney, I thought it just sounded, at worst, crude. (And embarrassing for Romney’s squeaky-clean Mormon image, although that’s another story.)  Christie was rallying for Romney at a campaign stop in Exeter, New Hampshire, when some women started chanting about jobs going down. After a few distracting chants, Christie says, “You know, something may go down tonight but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart.”  Keep reading »

Stephen Colbert Gets Schooled On Stereotypes Of Black Women

Black People Targeted
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New anti-abortion billboards are targeting black people. Read More »
Magazine Racism
Psychology Today asked "why are black women less attractive?" Read More »
Today's Lady News
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Is the TSA singling out black women for a pat-down? Read More »
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If you’re not already a fan of Melissa Harris-Perry, you will be soon: she’s a Tulane University political science professor who appears often on “The Rachel Maddow Show” and just scored her own show on MSNBC. Last night she went head-to-head with another talking head, the inimitable Stephen Colbert, while promoting her new book, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women In America. As was to be expected, Stephen is not too keen on talking about this “race” thing. or stereotypes experienced by black women. I dare you not to snicker a little when he asks, “Of these stereotypes, which one are you?” This is Stephen Colbert and Melissa Harris-Perry at their best. [Colbert Nation]

Morning Quickies: Lindsay Lohan Might Play Elizabeth Taylor

Lindsay Lohan's Nude Pics
Lindsay Lohan's Playboy pics were leaked too soon. Read More »
Lindsay In Playboy
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Lindsay Lohan is posing nude for Playboy. Read More »
LiLo Talks Jail
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Lindsay Lohan opens up about her jail sentence. Read More »
  • Lindsay Lohan is in talks to play Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime original movie called “Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story” about the late star’s marriage to Richard Burton. You know what? I approve! Then again, it’s hard to get me to say no to a Lifetime original movie. [Celebuzz]
  • Beyoncé’s baby Blue Ivy Carter will be sleeping in a $3,500 Lucite crib. [Us Weekly]
  • I am sure you will all be shocked to know Snoop Dogg got busted on Saturday night with “a small amount of marijuana” during a “routine inspection of his tour bus” at the U.S.-Mexico border. [Dlisted]
  • What to do when your boyfriend is too well-endowed for you. (Every man would love to have this problem.) [Nerve.com] Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Unsolicited Information About Beyoncé’s Vajayjay

Welcome, Blue!
Beyonce gave birth on January 7 to baby girl Blue Ivy Carter. Read More »
Baby Name Rumors
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One rumor: Lucifer's daughter was a baby name inspiration. Read More »
  • Beyoncé and Jay-Z have released a statement confirming baby Blue Ivy Carter was born this weekend “naturally” and weighing in at 7 lbs. “It was the best experience of both of our lives,” the statement reads. ”Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.” Why it’s anyone’s business whether Blue was born via C-section or “naturally” is unclear. But now you know. [TMZ]
  • Melissa McCarthy says hell, no, she won’t be doing a “Bridesmaids” sequel without Kristen Wiig. [NYMag.com]
  • Evan Rachel Wood might be engaged to boyfriend and cunnilingus-master Jamie Bell, although reps have not confirmed. [CelebuzzPeopleUS Weekly]
  • Katharine Heigl has joined iVillage as a blogger and posted her first piece about how hard it is to be a working mom. [iVillage]
  • Paul Rudd will guest star on “Parks & Recreation” as Leslie Knope’s opponent. Swoon. [NYmag.com]
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Today’s Lady News: Sex Gets Better With Age, Study Finds

  • Women’s enjoyment of sex increases with age, according to a new study in The American Journal of Medicine. Even though women ages 40 and up reported a lower overall sex drive, their arousal and orgasms were better. The study looked at 806 women who are part of an ongoing 40-year research project near San Diego, California. Even though it’s good to hear that the enjoyment of sex improved with age, I’m pretty happy that the highest frequency of arousal was reported by the youngest women in the study! [USA Today]
  • Mississippi’s Governor Haley Barbour has pardoned a man who shot his wife, Tammy, in the head in 1993 while she held the couple’s two-month-old child. David Glenn Gatlin also shot a family friend, who survived the shooting. Gatlin was given a life sentence for murder in 1994. Gatlin became a “trustee inmate” working at the Governor’s Mansion since 2009, which is apparently what prompted Gov. Barbour to pardon him. [Clarion Ledger, WLBT]
  • Meet Mollie Thomas, a 19-year-old lesbian who intends to run in the Miss California beauty pageant. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
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