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Morning Quickies: Sarah Burke, Skiier, Dies At 29

Natasha's Skiing Injury
Actress Natasha Richardson was injured while skiing. Read More »
Natasha Richardson Dies
The actress died following a brain injury while skiing. Read More »
An $1,800 Sports Bra
You probably don't need it. Read More »
Evening Quickies
Katy Perry and Russell Brand photo
Russell Brand will be writing about his divorce in his new memoir. Read More »
Sarah Burke photo
  • Top Canadian freestyle skiier Sarah Burke died yesterday in Salt Lake City, Utah, at age 29. The athlete, who lived in British Columbia, and had been training at a resort, had an accident on the slope and hit her head. Sarah Burke was a four-time gold medalist at the Winter X Games and had been campaigning to add halfpipe skiiing to the Olympic games in 2014. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends. [New York Times]
  • Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa Bryant is going to make bank in the divorce: sources say she’ll get $75 million in the settlement, which is half of the couple’s assets. [Fox News]
  • Lisa Vanderpump from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” is getting her own spin-off show. [ONTD]
  • Rachel Bilson, gangsta rapper? [Stupid Celebrities]
  • Sinead O’Connor has checked into a hospital for depression, which is absolutely a great idea after her off-and-on quickie marriage fiasco. [Evil Beet Gossip] Keep reading »

Tavi Says Fashion Industry Was “Confused And Angry” At Her

Julie Meets Tavi
Julie Gerstein fan-girled out when she met Tavi at Fashion Week. Read More »
Feminist Sweater
Tavi's got a sweater with the "f word" on it. Feminist, that is! Read More »
Tavi's Music Video
Style blogger Tavi Gevinson stars in a music video for Wilco. Read More »
Tavi Gevinson photo

“I went to fashion week for the first time when I was 13. People were confused about my being there for a few reasons; one was that I was a blogger. The word itself, ‘blog,’ it’s kind of an ugly word. It just doesn’t sound very legitimate. And fashion as an industry has been really behind about being online, so I think people were confused and angry that someone younger than them had figured it out. They would talk about how inappropriate it was for someone my age to be at fashion week. But this is coming from an industry that fetishizes youth!”

Tavi Gevinson, the teen fashion blogger behind The Style Rookie and Rookie Mag, spoke to the BBC yesterday about the snotty ‘tude she got from fashion industry insiders. True, a lot of them have a snotty ‘tude to begin with. However, the dismissivness against Tavi (who is now 15) was about deep fears that some adults have about being replaced by younger, fresher voices. Hello, jealousy. It also doesn’t help that she’s female. If Tavi was a boy, I think she’d automatically be given more respect.  Whether you think she’s a little weird, or you think she’s brilliant, you have to agree that Tavi is extremely bright, creative and ambitious. I’d much rather have her be a mouthpiece for young women than whoever the Disney Channel is pushing on kids these days. A lot of the Tavi trashing is just sexism and ageism and since she appears to be keen on not being “a flash in the pan,” I admire her strength with dealing with it. [NYmag.com]

Evening Quickies: Russell Brand Will Write About Katy Perry In His Next Book

Katy & Russell Split
Russell Brand has filed for divorce from Katy Perry after 14 months. Read More »
Morning Quickies
Travis Barker photo
Whoopsies. Travis Barker's penis pics have been posted online. Read More »
Katy Perry and Russell Brand photo
  • Russell Brand plans to reveal details of his divorce from Katy Perry in his next memoir and she’s reportedly not happy about it. While I agree that sucks for her privacy, I quote the wise words of John DeVore: “If you go to bed with a writer, you wake up with shit written about you.” It’s true! [Us Weekly]
  • Grab the tissues: that Kardashian family magazine is not going to happen, allegedly because Kris Jenner demanded complete control. [NYMag.com]
  • Prepare to fritter away your precious youth playing with this ’60s dress up doll. [gURL.com]
  • Lady Mary and Lady Grantham — I mean, actresses Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern  on “Downton Abbey” — sing in a jazz band and are recording an album together. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: 10 Anthems For A Feminist Revolution

  • This. Just this: 10 anthems for a feminist revolution, written by Amy Klen, a former guitarist for Titus Andronicus and a founder of the feminist art collective Permanent Wave. [Spinner
  • What would you do if a man who raped you requested you “friend” him on Facebook? [New York Times]
  • Conservatives are piling on Mitt Romney, the Republican frontrunner, for his past support of abortion rights — which he claims to have cast off, by the way. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Yes, Newt Gingrich Is Really Icky — But Let’s Not Demonize Open Relationships

My Open Marriage
How an open relationship works for one married couple. Read More »
2012 Election
All of The Frisky's posts about the 2012 election. Read More »
Newt Won't Cheat Again
Newt Gingrich and Callista Gingrich photo
Newt Gingrich has promised he won't break his marital vows yet again. Read More »
Newt Gingrich photo

Marianne Gingrich, ex-wife of Republican presidential wannabe Newt Gingrich, will appear on “Nightline” tonight and dish the dirt on their marriage, which ended after Marianne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and he filed for divorce. Marianne Gingrich will reveal all sorts of unsavory things about what Newt wanted to do with his penis, including asking Marianne for an “open marriage” so he could sleep with Callista, who is now his wife. Marianne Gingrich said no: “And I just stared at him and he said, ‘Callista doesn’t care what I do.’ He wanted an open marriage and I refused.” So then Marianne said, Newt began sleeping with Callista — all the while trashing President Clinton for the infamous Lewinsky BJ. 

He’s icky. Yes. Newt is icky. And that is the problem — not that Newt asked for an open marriage, or that there is  something wrong with open relationship at all.    Keep reading »

Girl Talk: In Defense Of Being Lazy

Explaining Depression
What does it really feel like to suffer from depression? Read More »
Be More Productive!
Here are nine surefire ways to make 2012 your most productive year yet! Read More »
Find A Therapist
therapist photo
Seven tips for finding the right therapist. Read More »

What do you do when one of the things you used to like about yourself the most, looking back, becomes one of the things that you like about yourself the least?

From as young as I can remember, a rocket ship of ambition propelled me forward in all that I did. I didn’t — and still don’t — have a wide variety of interests, because writing was where I excelled. I threw everything into it. My parents, of course, fanned the flames of this. They loved having a daughter who made them proud.

And I loved getting some attention. My older brother Eliot*, his bipolar disorder and his drug and alcohol addictions, consumed most of my parents’ energy and nearly all of their attention. I wrote a poem when I was 13 or 14 that I can remember to this day because it still applies to my life sometimes. It was called “Measuring Cups” and it was about parents struggling to measure out love and attention equally amongst their children, but failing. When I was that young, the best way I could find attention, short of developing a heroin addiction myself, was to impress my parents with awards and articles and prizes and accolades. There was no confusion about this lifestyle, no hard choices to make. All I had to do was whatever made me look the best. Keep reading »

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