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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
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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 »

Morning Quickies: Travis Barker Penis Pics Leaked Online

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Scarlett Johansson's nude pics hit the web. Read More »
Taylor's Fake Nude Pics
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Nude pics are Taylor Swift are so obviously fake. Read More »
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  • Naked pics of Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker’s penis have been leaked to MediaTakeOut, which he supposedly sent to a woman. (Does anyone really care about seeing Travis Barker’s dick? I mean, really?) The tattooed star has served a cease and desist letter for “unauthorized use of private photos.” [Starpulse]
  • Britney Spears and fiance Jason Trawick are planning to marry in a late summer wedding, in which her sons will serve as ring bearers. [Perez Hilton]
  • The CW has picked up a prequel for “Sex and the City” based on Candance Bushnell’s book The Carrie Diaries, about Carrie Bradshaw’s senior year at a high school in suburban Connecticut. [Nerve.com]
  • PETA is predictably flipping out over “Real Housewives” Cindy Barshop’s suggestion we decorate our Pikachus with $225 fox fur merkins. [NYMag.com]
  • The Sims video game is releasing a Katy Perry version, presumably in which your hot-pink haired avatar can wear a brassiere that shoots out whipped cream. [Popdust] Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Neil Patrick Harris & Boyfriend Canoodle On “OUT” Cover

I Slept With My Gay BF
You know you want to know the hows and whys. Read More »
Gay Men Don't Get Fat
Jessica loves Simon Doonan's new book, Gay Men Don't Get Fat! Read More »
Morning Quickies
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Why did Dolly Parton show Anderson Cooper her boobs? Read More »
Neil Patrick Harris Out cover
  • Neil Patrick Harris and his boyfriend/baby daddy, David Burtka, cover OUT magazine’s annual “Love Issue” and, well, they’re just adorable. Writes NPH in the piece: “I’m not the biggest fan of the word ‘partner’: It either means that we run a business together or we’re cowboys. ‘Boyfriend’ seems fleeting, like maybe we met two weeks ago. I’ve been saying ‘better half’ for as long as I’ve been able to. I think it’s a little self-deprecating and clearly defines that we’re in a relationship, but it would be nice to say ‘my husband.’” [OUT Magazine]
  • A British tabloid is claiming Jennifer Aniston is six months pregnant by boyfriend Justin Theroux, while Star claims Jen and Justin are on the verge of a split. Well?! What is it?! [Celebitchy]
  • Dakota Fanning dip-dyed her hair pink! [Evil Beet Gossip]
  • The world desperately needs even more “Housewives” spinoffs and that’s why Bravo is bringing us “Motor City Wives,” starring “prominent” women from Detroit. [Madame Noire]
  • It’s too bad Amelia’s Goservention prevents her from looking at this Ryan Gosling air freshener. [You are taking a sick pleasure in my pain. -- Editor] [Pop Culture Brain]
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Today’s Lady News: 50 Percent Of Elementary School Teachers Hear Sexist Comments At School

  • Almost 50 percent of elementary school teachers surveyed by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) say they have heard sexist comments in their school. Nearly the same percentage of teachers surveyed said they heard the word “gay” frequently used in a negative way (such as “that’s so gay”). We’re talking about elementary school here, folks. [GLSEN: Playgrounds & Prejudice]
  • Samantha Garvey, a high school senior and semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search competition who has been living in a New York homeless shelter, will be a guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address next week. Samantha’s currently waiting to hear back from admissions at Yale and Brown. [Think Progress]
  • I’m sure you were all breathlessly waiting to hear what Jim Bob Duggar (that reality show dude who got his wife knocked up, like, 37 times) had to say about the transgender Girl Scout. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

Why It Doesn’t Matter Who Khloe Kardashian’s “Real” Father Is

Khloe Paternity Drama
Is Khloe's biological father Kris Jenner's former hairdresser? Read More »
Khloe Loves Lamar
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Khloe Kardashian "found herself" when she met hubby Lamar Odom. Read More »
Khloe Slams "Haters"
After being photographed wearing no makeup, Khloe got slammed. Read More »
Khloe Kardashian photo

Ever since the Kardashians began dry-humping America’s living rooms, tongues have wagged over whether Khloe is a “real” Kardashian. That’s the word we (even we at The Frisky) have used: “real.” It’s easy to see why, visually: Khloe is taller and wider, bears little facial resemblance, and (to me, at least) is demonstrably more intelligent than her sisters. “Keeping Up The Kardashians” even addressed the rumors itself, sort of: in an episode a few seasons ago, Khloe demanded to know if she was adopted and forced Kris Jenner to take a DNA test.   Keep reading »

Simon Doonan Says Reality TV Is The Perfect Appetite Suppressant

Gay Men Don't Get Fat
Jessica loves Simon Doonan's new book, Gay Men Don't Get Fat! Read More »
Simon And Jonathan
Check out Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan's kickass apartment. Read More »
Beautiful People
Simon Doonan's childhood became a comedy series on the BBC. Read More »
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Forget about “Mexican diet pills.” All Gay Men Don’t Get Fat author Simon Doonan says you need to get rid of that holiday heft is a “marathon of the Ks.” No, he doesn’t even say “Kardashians.” He just says “the Ks.” He’s that gay. [Queerty]

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