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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
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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 »

Michele Bachmann Schooled About Gay Rights By 8-Year-Old Boy With Lesbian Mom

Ex-Gay Therapy Joke
Bachmann made an insensitive quip about ex-gay therapy. Read More »
Michele Serves The Men
Michele Bachmann poured water for all her male contenders. Read More »
Bachmann Stupidity
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Sorry, Michele, "the morning-after abortion pill" doesn't exist. Read More »
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Priceless. Absolutely priceless. Michele Bachmann met an eight-year-old boy named Elijah at a South Carolina book signing, who informed her, “My mommy — Miss Bachmann, my mommy’s gay but she doesn’t need fixing.” Why does anyone need to call her a lyin’ ass bitch when you can just call her a bigot?  [YouTube via Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Angry Birds Reaches Peak Cultural Saturation Point With (Fugly) Angry Birds Dress

When Amelia IMed me a photograph of this dress this morning, I just thought it was a fugly dress. Then she patiently explained to me it is not just an ugly dress, but an ugly Angry Birds dress, which I finally see if I stare at the wearer’s right boob. Next time, Teija Vesterbacka, wife of the CMO of the company that makes the game, wear a dress in piggy green instead! [Dlisted] Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Lindsay Lohan To Debut Playboy Issue On “Ellen”

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 »
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  • Wha-a-at? Lindsay Lohan will debut her nearly-nude Playboy pictorial on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on December 15. Please tell me the “Super Bass” girls will not be there that day. [NY Daily News
  • Terrence Howard’s wife filed a restraining order against him yesterday, claiming he hit her, chipped her tooth with his wedding ring, and told her, “If you tell anyone about my personal business, I will kill you and no one will ever know.” Terrence Howard denies all the claims. [US Weekly]
  • Kristen Wiig and Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti were caught making out “literally on top of each other.” Oh my. [NY Post
  • “Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell’s soon-to-be ex-husband cheated on her with a ballerina, whom Candace identified by name in the divorce papers. [Gawker] Keep reading »

France Considers Prostitution Ban

Busted!
Ten celebs who've been linked to prostitutes. Read More »
Proud Male Prostitutes
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On Sex Work & Feminism
Actress Billie Piper talks about sex work and feminism. Read More »
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn is crying into his champagne: politicians are considering a ban on prostitution in France. The law would make it illegal to pay for sex, punishing johns with six month prison sentences and $4,000 fines. Currently a john will only be punished if the prostitute is underage or “particularly vulnerable,” such as from illness; pimping is also illegal. Keep reading »

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