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Frisky Friday Roundup: What Did The Cool Kids Read This Week?

What had the cool girls muffling their laughter in the cubicle this week? These were the most popular stories of the week on The Frisky—which ones did you miss?

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Most Read: 17 Hot Celeb Men That Make Us Think Age Ain’t Nuthin But A Number
Most Re-Tweeted: Quick Pic: Please Masturbate In Your Own Rooms! Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Jenny Sanford Files For Divorce

  • Jenny Sanford has filed for divorce from Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, who caused a scandal earlier this year when it was discovered he was carrying on an affair with a woman in Argentina. On Barbara Walters’ most interesting people special Wednesday night, Sanford wisely said, “Certainly [my husband's] actions hurt me, and they caused consequences for me, but they don’t in any way take away my own self-esteem. They reflect poorly on him.” Awesome. [New York Times]
  • Uganda has voted to outlaw female circumcision, also known as female genital mutilation. Anyone convicted of the practice faces 10 years in jail or life in prison if the girl dies from it. [BBC]

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Dads Are Talking To Their Sons About Balls—Purity Balls, That Is

I’d thought purity balls—dances when tween and teen girls pledge to their fathers that they’ll stay virgins until marriage—were paternalistic and super-creepy for the girls. But, apparently, they are equal-opportunity paternalistic and creepy. The Tennessean interviewed parents Julian and Valerie Head, of Franklin, Tennessee, who are hosting a purity ball at their home for their 9- and 6-year-old sons, where the boys will make a virginity pledge with their dad. Yeah, these poor boys are 9 and 6.

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Was 2009 The “Year Of The Woman” In Movies?

There are pretty much three roles for actresses in mainstream movies—the ingenue, the quirky best friend, or the mother—and all other actresses get sent to the glue factory. Some actresses enjoy diverse careers, like Meryl Streep, Judi Dench and Helen Mirren, who’ve always been cast in deep roles regardless of their age. But they are the exception.

In 2009, something highly unusual happened: newcomer Gabby Sidibe, a plus-sized black woman who looks like no one in Hollywood, starred in “Precious”; Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep both starred in multiple hits; and the truly “crazy” part is, several mainstream movies starring female leads grossed more than movies starring male leads. Keep reading »

Quotable: Women Can’t Worry Their Pretty Little Heads With “Meaty” Magazine Articles!

“Just look at the features in men’s magazines. They’re often much meatier than the fare you find in women’s magazines. What does that tell you? That guys aren’t afraid to spend an hour reading a great piece of writing.”

Details deputy editor Chris Raymond, whose prestigious magazine has recently offered men meatier fare like “Why It’s OK To Stare At Fat People” and “The Rise Of The Hot Jewish Girl.” Bitch, please! Pick up a copy of Bust or Bitch or even Elle, Marie Claire or Vogue, and then we’ll talk. [NYMag.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Houston Might Elect A Lesbian Mayor!

  • Who would have thought the largest American city to (hopefully) elect an openly gay woman as mayor would be Houston, Texas? Cross your fingers for Annise Parker, a Democratic Houston City Controller and a lesbian, in the election this weekend. Parker has a small lead in the polls but is struggling against homophobia. One anti-gay activist sent out 35,000 mailers with a photo of Parker that says, “Is this the image Houston wants to portray?” [The Daily Beast]
  • Massachusetts’ Governor Deval Patrick has appointed the state’s first-ever female Superintendent of State Police. Hopefully, Marian J. McGovern can keep those Ma**-holes in line! [The Boston Globe]

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Kudos To Burger King, For That Whopper Of A Creepy Ad!

Burger King in the UK just debuted the creepiest new ad—it’s called “Shower Cam” and it’s a bizarre union of voyeurism and breakfast sandwiches. Any guy who certifies his age as 18+ can watch a sexy young woman disrobe and “shake her bits to the hits,” i.e. take a shower while warbling off-key to a song like “Love Machine.” It’s tag line is “The World’s First Guilt Free Shower Cam”—a rather creepy headline if you consider all the videos that were taped of ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews naked, without her knowledge. The only thing that’s remotely funny about it all is how the woman’s bikini top is shaped like hamburger buns. Keep reading »

Holiday Shopping List: For Book Lovers

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Sure, I’d love a pair of $98 J.Crew shearling earmuffs for Christmas. But the real way to my heart is on my bookcase: I love reading. We know a lot of Frisky readers are bibliophiles and that’s why we’ve gathered together a list of dead trees that will make your days merry and bright. Some of the books I chose came out this year, while some are a little older, but all of them will keep a bookworm nerdy and warm on those long winter nights!

What Do Boob Jobs Have In Common With Abortion?

It’s “elective,” they say, just like “a boob job.” A typical complaint is “I shouldn’t have to pay for someone’s boob job or someone’s abortion.” Never mind tons of us are paying for things we vehemently don’t support (wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, No Child Left Behind Act, etc.)

Compare choosing an abortion to everything from boob jobs to laser hair removal.

Admittedly, some women with ginormous breasts do go under the knife to get a breast reduction because of back pain—those are about as “medically necessary” as boob jobs get. Otherwise, boob jobs in our culture, rightly or wrongly, are considered the province of vain women who care deeply about indulging themselves in beautification. A boob job generally isn’t considered a necessity, it’s considered indulgent. Caring enough about your tits to go under the knife generally implies you’re self-centered.

Is this really how our culture thinks of women who choose to end a pregnancy? That their choice is an indulgent, self-centered one? Keep reading »

Girl Talk: A Shiksa Does JDate

I do things on impulse: I bought a $250 pair of high heels I didn’t need, I pierced my tongue, and two years ago, when a Jewish co-worker/yenta promised I could meet my beshert for $40 a month, I joined the Jewish dating site JDate that very night. The thing is, though, I’m not Jewish. Not even “halfsies.” Keep reading »

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