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Evening Quickies: “Mob Wives” Gets New Addition Named Big Ang

All Things "Mob Wives"
11 Life Lessons From This Year In Reality Television
Everything The Frisky's ever written about "Mob Wives." Read More »
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  • I haven’t seen the season premiere of “Mob Wives” season two, so nobody tell me what happens, but if it’s as amazing as this three-minute clip starring a new addition to the cast who calls herself Big Ang, it is going to be amazing. [NYmag.com
  • Rihanna’s New Year’s Eve look include a flash of her pierced nipple. Between RiRi and Rooney Mara, I smell a Frisky slideshow a-brewin’ … [The Gloss]
  • A celebrity cook-off featuring Rachael Ray/Aaron Carter on one team and Guy Fieri/Coolio on another sounds so compellingly awful that I think I have to watch it. [Huffington Post]
  • I’m obsessed with this navy blue dress for Jason Wu for Target. MUST. BUY. [T Magazine] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Dennis Rodman Launching Topless Women’s Basketball Team

  • Dennis Rodman says he’s launching a “topless women’s basketball team” for the Headquarter’s Gentlemen’s Club in New York. “You don’t have to have too much experience,” Rodman told the New York Post, because I guess watching women playing sports is only entertaining when they’re physically appealing to the male gaze? While I generally don’t care if women want to pose nude/work in strip clubs/perform sex word, I find the combination of toplessness with a field (sports) where women are struggling to get respect particularly repulsive here. [New York Post]
  • As of January 1, girls ages 17 and younger in New Hampshire must notify a parent or guardian at least 48 hours before they have an abortion. NH’s governor vetoed the law, but his veto was overridden. [Union Leader]
  • An abortion clinic in Pensacola, Florida, burned to the ground in a fire on Sunday. Investigators say American Family Planning (formerly known as The Ladies Center and Community Healthcare) has been the site of past violence. The clinic was bombed in 1984 and in 1994, a doctor and clinic escort were both murdered by extremists. [New York Times]
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Libra Tampon Ad Called Transphobic For Implying “Real Women” Have Periods

"Tranny" Slur
Variety's 3rd Annual Power Of Women Luncheon - Arrivals
Olivia Wilde said dark lipstick makes her look like "a tranny." Read More »
Transsexual Mag
"Candy" is the first transsexual fashion magazine. Read More »
Transphobia
FHM magazine called Andrej Pejic a "thing." Read More »
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When pop culture depicts transgender people, they usually do it in such a facepalm way that I wonder why anyone bothers anymore. The latest what-were-you-thinking? comes courtesy of Libra tampons in New Zealand, which aired a commercial that implies trans folks who dress as women are not “real women.” The commercial shows an ostensibly “real” woman standing next to a trans person in the bathroom, who I guess is a drag queen. They both put on their lip gloss and mascara and adjust their boobs in their tight party dress. Then the “real” woman pulls a tampon out of her purse. The drag queen makes a “hmmph!” face and walks away. Keep reading »

Cool Video: “I’m Feminist Enough”

Dating While Feminist
Amelia sounds off on dating while feminist. Read More »
Teaching Boys Feminism
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How to teach boys to be feminists. Read More »
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I really, really love this “I’m Feminist Enough” video in which a bunch of women finish the statement “I’m feminist enough to ….” It really shows all the contradictions inherent in trying to live life with a set of values where it’s damn near impossible to be “perfect.” What this video really says is that not being the “perfect feminist” is OK.  All too often people who self-identify as feminists tear each other down for our differences, which isn’t productive to enacting the world change we all are so devoted to seeing. We really need more acceptance like this — of ourselves and each other. It’s also awesome that all the ladies in this video of women of color, who are not the “media-sanctioned” faces we associate with feminism. They’ve got a second and third video here and here. I hope to see more down the line! [Vimeo]

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18-Year-Old Woman Raped & Beaten By As Many As 6 Men In Chicago

An 18-year-old woman was raped and beaten by as many as six men on New Year’s Eve in Chicago. The young woman, described by the Chicago Sun-Times as a Highland Park High School senior from the suburbs, went to a concert by British DJ “Rusko” at the Congress Theater and was turned away because she had no ID. Security cameras caught the woman inside a Mexican restaurant walking away with six young men. The woman was found naked, beaten and bleeding at 9:30 p.m. that night. On Sunday morning, she was listed in critical condition and in a coma. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: A New Way Of Seeing In 2012

Welcome To Heartbreak
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Jessica is suddenly single. Find out what happened. Read More »
Carpet-bombing
Thoughts on carpet-bombing a relationship. Read More »
Find Love in 2012!
Six ways to support your New Year's resolution for love. Read More »

2011 had scarcely started before my life turned into a heaping pile of dog shit.

The Frisky was being sold to new owners and our jobs (and paychecks) were held in balance. My boyfriend started diddling around with some girl on the Internet, got caught, and dumped me. He asked me to move out of our apartment and I moved back into my childhood bedroom in the suburbs.

All this happened in the span of two weeks.

My life looked as bleak as the January freeze outside — which, incidentally, trapped me indoors with my parents during a blizzard for longer than should be considered legal under the Geneva Convention.

But friends, family and even strangers surprised me with their mercy in the days, weeks, and months that followed. My best friend, who lives an ocean away, called constantly. My sister drove me down to New Jersey to help me move out of my apartment. A reverend who I barely knew spent hours on the phone talking me down from ledges of broken confidence and self-hatred. Frisky readers wrote me the sweetest, most uplifting blog comments and emails that brought me to tears. Amelia let me sleep on her couch. As my life as I knew it fell apart, I saw the strength of my support system, which I hadn’t even known I had. Keep reading »

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