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Lady News: Lil Mama Apologizes For What She Said About A Tranny

  • Rapper Lil Mama issued an apology for a comment she made about trannies on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.” As a judge on the show, Mama chastised Leiomy Maldonado, a ‘transgender Beyonce,‘ and said, “Leiomy, come on. Your behavior…it’s unacceptable. I just feel that you always have to remember your truth. You were born a man and you are becoming a woman. If you’re going to become a woman, act like a lady.” After an LGBT group complained to her and MTV, Lil Mama apologized. [GLAADblog]
  • Actress Hope Davis talked about how it takes a bangin’ makeup artist and a costumer to turn her into Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who she is playing in a biographical film about the Clintons and former British prime minister Tony Blair. “The pantsuits have been made exactly to spec. There are some bright pantsuits,” she said. [NYTimes]
  • Tyler Perry will write, direct and produce an adaption of the play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” by Ntozake Shange, a series of 20 poems about black women’s experiences with love, domestic violence, and other issues. [Variety]
  • Teachers in Britain lashed out at advertisers for contributing to the “sexualization” of children by “infiltrating” their lives with too-sexy toys. The National Union of Teachers said girls, pre-teen and teen girls suffer from “inappropriate” toys, tee shirts and lingerie, like Bratz dolls, padded bras, and shirts which say stuff like “So many boys, so little time.” NUT (not a good acronym, guys) advised the government to set up a commission to regulate the advertising industry and be more “socially responsible” for youngsters. [Guardian]

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Style Maven Timesucker: Shop It To Me

I love killing some time at work with (“some”) online shopping as much as the next girl, but I’m getting serious mouse-click cramps after paging through all the goodies on Bluefly. Then my dude, of all people, told me about Shop It To Me, a free email service that sends you a daily notice summarizing all the sales on your favorite clothing brands which are in your size. You choose however many brands you are interested in from a list of both pricey and less-expensive designers, ranging from Urban Outfitters to Gucci. It rocks: All the markdowns on Anna Sui, Shoshanna, Diane von Furstenberg, Ali Ro, and my other faves come right to my inbox and I don’t have to click half a dozen buttons to see if those fabulous shoes I’m looking at come in a size 9 1/2. (Only problem is, it absolutely kills me to see all these super-cute dresses on sale that I still can barely afford.) Shop It To Me may be a fashion timesuck, but at least I’m not getting arm cramps anymore. [Shop It To Me] Keep reading »

(Another) Quote Of The Day: Pete Campbell Is Kinda Deep In Real Life

” Is Pete in love with Peggy? How in love with her is he? Why is he in love with her? Is it really just his ego? I mean, how many times have you been in love with a woman until she loves you back? And then you realize it had nothing to do with her. Or a woman cheats on you and you hate her for decades and then you realize, it’s just my ego. I just couldn’t handle that she, like, wanted someone else—it had nothing to even do with this woman. And I think that’s the kind of grey area that these characters get to live in and that we get to portray—you say these long moments of silence.”

—Vincent Kartheiser, who plays Pete Campbell on “Mad Men,” talks to Vanity Fair, about why Pete’s got a thing for Peggy. But what we really wanted to know is where he learned to dance the Charleston. Keep reading »

All The Men I Don’t Regret Hooking Up With In College—And Why

I lived a lot during my college years, which is a tactful way to say I fooled around all over the place. But I don’t regret much. I feel like I “sowed my wild oats” when I had tons of guys around me all the time, so when I focused on my career after college, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. I’m so glad it wasn’t like high school, where I mostly felt trapped, like I was missing out on everything.

It was so freaking refreshing to shed the image I had at my high school in Connecticut—bookish, serious, a little strange—and show new people all the other parts of my personality without all that pressure from the kids who’d pegged me a certain way forever. High school was all about the preppy boys who played lacrosse and wore Abercrombie + Fitch, but I knew out there in the rest of the world were boys who’d see me as more than just a nerd!

Whether you’re marooned in Bumblef**k, Iowa, for the next four years, or you’re a suburban girl in the big city like I was, it’s important for you the sample all kinds of guys the same way you would the course menu of your “formal” education. You’ll be paying off college loans to Sallie Mae for the next two decades, so you may as well look back on that time fondly!

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Shocking: A Stephenie Meyer Clothing Line That Has Nothing To Do With “Twilight”

Inevitable, right? Stephenie Meyer, the Twilight scribe, designed three tee shirts and skateboards, based on her first novel, The Host , for Hobo Skate Company. (Who knew she was a sk8er gurl?) Generally, we’re so over celeb/model/everyone-and-their-dog clothing designers doing their own lines, but at least Meyer is using her fame for good, not evil, by teaming up with a company that’ll donate some of the proceeds to charity. Hobo Skate Company will give a portion of their sales of the $25 tees and $50 boards to the Hobo Foundation (Wait, wtf is up with that name!?–Editor] to support homeless families. Honestly, they’re underwhelming—the three designs are “X-Ray,” “The Cave,” and “Body & Soul.” We think she should stick to writing vampire erotica light, but tweeny Twilight obsessives will probably love anything Meyer does. And, hey, at least it’s not a handbag line. [MTV] Keep reading »

Eliot Spitzer’s Escort Tells Other Women To “Get Real”

The gloves are off! Ashley Dupre, the high-priced escort who brought down former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, lashed out at other women in a blog post.

The 24-year-old said women—NYC ladies, especially—are hypocrites who judge her for having been a call girl, but they still date rich men and bleed their boyfriends dry! Dupre’s choicest insults, after the jump… Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Coming Soon, Nights With Diane Sawyer (Instead Of Mornings)

  • Diane Sawyer will be replacing Charlie Gibson as anchor of ABC’s “World News” when Gibson retires at the end of the year. Sawyer, who currently anchors “Good Morning America,” (admittedly, a fluffy morning news show) will be the second woman, after Katie Couric, to anchor a prime-time TV news program by herself. [NY Daily News]
  • The Miss Universe beauty pageant may be fixed! A choreographer for Miss Universe alleged that Donald Trump picks out the six of the 15 finalists so he can personally assure the prettiest ones are included. [Fox News]
  • Teenaged girls in the U.K. are the sub-group most likely to drink too much, a new study has found. Fifty percent of 15-year-old British girls have been drunk, according to a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation. One in five 13-year-old British girls has been drunk at least twice, which is four times higher than in the U.S. [BBC]—We know that Europe has looser drinking regulations than the U.S. does, but 13 is way too young to be getting wasted.

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Don’t Be This Guy: The Creepy “Georgetown Cuddler”

Ew, this is every woman’s worst nightmare happening in real life: a creepy man dubbed “The Georgetown Cuddler” is going around D.C. college campuses, breaking into dorm rooms, and climbing on top of sleeping women. Last week, a female Georgetown student woke up at 4 a.m. to find a stranger in her home touching her inappropriately, just two days after another student woke up with a man believed to be the Cuddler lying next to her on the couch and covering her face. Apparently, this creep also likes to take a blanket from the victim’s bedroom, lay it on top of her, and then he lies on top of the blanket, too. Oh, and occasionally he tries to rape his victims “with varying success.” The Sexist blog, based in D.C., suggested more appropriate names for this creep could be “The Georgetown Entry-Gainer,” “The Georgetown Blanketlayer” or “The Georgetown Rapist.” Gross. Hopefully, some girl bonks this guy on the head with her vibe so police can catch the perv.

Alas, I know exactly how freaky this is, because the weirdo-in-my-bed thing actually happened to me once. Not with the Georgetown Cuddler, though. More, after the jump… Keep reading »

Levi Johnston’s Vanity Fair Smear Piece Calls Sarah Palin A Crappy Mom & Wife

The Vanity Fair “Me and Mrs. Palin” article by Levi Johnston—which he appears to not have “written” so much as dictated to the editors—is the juiciest, gooeyiest, gossipiest smear I’ve ever sunk my teeth into. Did you know Sarah Palin wanted her and the First Dude to secretly adopt Bristol and Levi’s baby, Tripp, so no one would know her teen daughter had been pregnant?!?! Or that Cindy McCain offered to let Bristol and Levi marry at the White House if McCain won?!?! Allegedly.

But beneath all the gossip that supports the theory that, yes, these chuckleheads and their hunting gear are just as ridic as we’ve always thought they were, Levi (and the Vanity Fair editors who approved his piece) tells another story: Sarah Palin is a bad mother and wife. As much as I dislike the Alaskan ex-governor’s character as a politician, that particular story is not one that’s fair to tell. Keep reading »

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