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Morning Quickies: Drunk “Teen Mom” Throws Down At IHOP

On Hating Amber
Why viewers love to hate "Teen Mom" Amber Portwood. Read More »
Open Letter
An open letter to the tabloids about "Teen Mom." Read More »
Domestic Abuse Arrest
Amber got cuffed for punching her daughter's father on camera. Read More »
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  • “Teen Mom” Amber Portwood got into a drunken brawl with a stranger at an Anderson, Indiana IHOP back in November and the restaurant has sold the tape to Star magazine. There was “hair-pulling” and punches thrown. I want to make a joke, but Amber has long-since passed the point of being funny to just being sad. [Radar Online]
  • Ex-Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean is holding a “death-themed” wedding, as you do. [TMZ]
  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt took their six kiddos to the famous NYC toy store F.A.O. Schwartz yesterday. Please, please tell me there are cute pictures of little Shiloh dancing on the giant keyboard? [US Weekly] Keep reading »

Paulina Porizkova Says Models Thought Sexual Harassment Was “Compliments”

Paulina On Aging
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Paulina Porizkova says aging is the best revenge of the ugly. Read More »
Street Harassment App
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A new iPhone app tracks where street harassment occurs. Read More »
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“What people called sexual harassment, we called compliments. When a 16-year-old girl is flattered by a man pulling out his penis, that’s noteworthy.”

This quote from the model Paulina Porizkova from the forthcoming HBO documentary “About Face,” about the modeling industry, saddens me. Sexual harassment is something all women have experienced, but it did not have a name, really, until the early ’70s. While my initial reaction to this quote was to say Paulina sounds like a dingbat, on further thought I realize she was a product of her (sexist) time and sadly, young models (as she was in the ’80s) were socialized to think a whipped-out dong was a good thing. [Styleite] Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Lindsay Lohan’s Playboy Cover Leaked!

Playboy On "Ellen"
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LiLo will formally debut her Playboy cover on Ellen Degenere's show. Read More »
Lindsay In Playboy
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Lindsay Lohan is posing nude for Playboy. Read More »
A Family Affair
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Little sis Ali tagged along to Lindsay's Playboy shoot. Read More »
  • Lindsay Lohan’s Playboy cover has leaked! LiLo is posed straddling a red chair in red lipstick and black heels, with the Playboy logo tastefully obscuring her ladybits. I guess you don’t have to wait for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for the big, awkward cover reveal after all. [The Insider
  • New couple: Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde. Damn, he gets all the pretty girls! [Us Weekly]
  • A new French online dating site for women is set up like a supermarket where women put men in a virtual “shopping cart” and get “deals” on guys. I find this slightly clever, but mostly gross. [Jezebel]
  • Neve Campbell will star in an “Amish crime drama” on Lifetime, natch, about an Amish girl who leaves the community and then returns as a new police chief.  This will either be terrible or amazing. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Why Is It Illegal To Give Yourself An Abortion?

  • Last week, a 20-year-old woman in New York City was arrested for aborting her 24-week-old fetus herself. At six months along, the woman would not have found a doctor to perform a “late-term abortion” unless giving birth would have killed her. But this sad story begs the question: why is giving yourself an abortion oftentimes illegal? [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • The best excerpts from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva about LGBT rights. “Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human,” Clinton said. “And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” Love. Her. [TresSugar]
  • Meet the mothers who are talking back to clothing retailers and telling them T-shirts reading crap like “I’m too pretty to do homework” won’t fly. [NPR] Keep reading »

Dita Von Teese On The Difference Between Stripping And Burlesque

Dita Von Teese Q&A
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Dita Von Teese on vintage clothes and red lipstick! Read More »
"Burlesque" Movie
Spy The Celeb Camel Toe
What actual burlesque dancers think of the movie "Burlesque." Read More »
Why Men Love Strippers
Why men like looking at nearly-naked women. Read More »
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“More feather and rhinestones! Better lighting! Bigger production value! Striptease burlesque was invented in America, so it’s not any different. …  If you read anything Gypsy Rose Lee ever wrote, she liked being called a stripper. That word was used back then. I don’t really need any fancy terminology to describe what I do. I never correct someone when they say, ‘She’s a stripper.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I am.’ I am proud of what I do.”

Dita Von Teese is right, of course. Stripping is stripping. But I also found her explanation overly simplistic. I know several burlesque performers, as well as several strippers, and my impression is that burlesque usually begins as a “past time” or “hobby” that involves spending a lot of money on costumes, shoes, hair and makeup, and it can turn into a full-time job for only a select few. My impression of stripping is that it is a full-time job, or a part-time job during school (or whatever), which women get into out of economic necessity more so than a “hobby.” I do not look down on strippers — in fact, one of my fave Frisky commenters is a former stripper! — but I’m definitely more into watching burlesque! [TimeOut London] Keep reading »

Gov’t Overrules FDA, Forbids Morning-After Pill From Going On Shelves

EC On Drugstore Shelves?
FDA considers putting the morning-after pill on drugstore shelves. Read More »
Should Men Pay?
Should men help pay for the Pill? Read More »
Birth Control Facts
Did you know any of the 10 bizarro facts on this chart? Read More »

I knew I shouldn’t get my hopes up: the Secretary of  Health and Human Services (a woman!) has overruled the FDA’s recommendation to allow the morning-after pill to be sold on drugstore shelves without a prescription. If Plan B is taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, it is almost 90 percent effective in preventing a pregnancy. The sooner emergency contraception is taken after unprotected sex, the more effective it is. Keep reading »

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