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It’s All Tears On Tyra’s Teens And Parents Sex Summit


My love-hate relationship with “The Tyra Show” strikes again: Yesterday Tyra hosted her first-ever Teens and Parents: Sex Summit all about teen sex. Alas, calling it a “summit” is a rather grand way to describe 13-, 14- and 15-year-old girls dishing about the dozens of boys they’ve slept with, while their moms sit backstage doing the face-palm reaction.

Throughout her show, Tyra shared little tidbits of information with the audience about what the kids are up to these days, like having sex in public places (79 percent) or hooking up with two people in one night (58 percent). Wowza! Where did she get these so-called “stats”? They were gleaned from visitors to Tyra’s website who filled out a survey about teen sex, with questions seemed more designed for shock value than usefulness, like, “Have you ever had sex on your parents’ bed?” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: “Californication” Ad Stars David Duchovny And A Woman’s Butt

  • Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know Showtime’s “Californication” is about a horny novelist. But this ad, which just shows David Duchovny flanked by college students’ legs, is still gratuitously objectifying women’s bodies. Good shows can still have sexist ads! [Showtime]
  • Shock #1: Rosalind Miran-Ramirez of California discovered her nipple was bleeding. Shock #2: Her insurance company, Blue Shield of California, sent her an emergency room bill for $2,791 because “an emergency did not exist.” When Miran-Ramirez filed an appeal, her insurance company stood firm, saying they would not cover the cost of her bleeding nipple because she had not shown “any acute distress.” [Think Progress, hat tip to Feministing]
  • A 14-year-old girl in England died after being given a dose of the Cervarix vaccine, which protects against some strains of HPV, which causes cervical cancer. The U.K. began vaccinating 12- and 13-year-old girls in September 2008 and is also giving older teens the vaccine, too. So far, one million girls have safely received Cervarix in the U.K. [BBC]
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    11 Years Old And Out Of The Closet: The Trouble With Gay Middle Schoolers

    We’re not just the first generation to elect a black president—some say we’re also the first generation in which gay teenagers feel safe coming out to their parents and classmates. In Sunday’s New York Times Magazine cover story, writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis chronicled how adolescents are so much more confident telling their friends, families and parents that they’re gay at younger ages than ever before. Just how young? The author spent time with middle schoolers across the country who’ve come out of the closet at 13, 12, and even 11 years old. Keep reading »

    Hey, Strippers And Whores Can Write, Too!

    The Canadian literary scene lost one of it’s stars last week, when author Nelly Arcan was found dead, allegedly by suicide, at her apartment in Montreal. Arcan wasn’t just any writer: she’s Canada’s version of Diablo Cody! Her autobiographical novel, Whore recounted her life as…well…a whore. Arcan (neé Isabelle Fortier) was raised in heavily Catholic community in rural Canada and, like many a good Catholic girl before her, was drawn to Montreal’s XXX scene when she moved to the for college. In Whore, her character Cynthia gives us a peek at the life of a young woman whose sexuality was stifled as a young adult but burst open like a pipe bomb with the help of an escort agency. [$8.50, Powells.com]

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    What’s Fair Punishment For Lying About Rape?

    The Hofstra University freshman who lied about a gang rape and sent four innocent young men to jail won’t spend any time behind bars herself. Last week, a prosecutor opted not to file criminal charges against Danmel Ndonye, 18, in exchange for her undergoing one year of mental health treatment and performing 250 hours of community service. Keep reading »

    Friday Roundup: It Happened This Week On The Frisky

    Hoo-ray! Nobody famous died this week! (Well, except Susan Atkins from the Manson family, but seriously, that whole story is creepy.) Healthy, robust celebs means Frisky bloggers get to turn our attentions elsewhere, whether we were casting the “Sweet Valley High” movie (written by Diablo Cody!), figuring out why we’re bad at dating, cooing over three-year-old Suri Cruise’s kitten heels, or covering Mackenzie Phillipsunbelievably disturbing announcement that she had an incestuous relationship with her dad. After the jump, everything you might have missed this week on The Frisky: Keep reading »

    Today’s Lady News: Mackenzie Phillips Spurs 26% Increase In Rape Reports

  • The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network hotline has reported a 26 percent increase in phone calls since Mackenzie Phillips told Oprah that she had an incestuous relationship with her father, John Phillips. RAINN also said website traffic has increased 83 percent since Phillips’ appeared on “Oprah” earlier in the week to promote her book High On Arrival. A RAINN spokeswoman said it is common for rape reports to increase after such a public confession. [ABC News]
  • Police arrested a pilot for stalking his ex-girlfriend by hovering a low-flying airplane over her home. Several dozen residents of Concord, CA called to report that Tom Huey’s single engine aircraft was too close to a house, which turned out to belong to his ex. Huey is held on $155,000 bail on suspicion of felony stalking and violating a restraining order. [Fox News]
  • The percentage of homeless female veterans is growing at a higher rate than male veterans, according to advocates for the homeless, with roughly 740 former women of the military living on the streets. This number is extremely troubling because only 15 percent of the U.S. Army is female. [CNN]
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    Serena Williams Takes On Mother Nature!


    I may be the only woman in America who guffaws out loud at those Tampax commercials with Mother Nature. You know, the one where the lady who sounds so much like my WASPy mom shows up with your “monthly gift” right before you’re about to have sex? Affection aside, it’s highly entertaining to watch Serena Williams nearly whack tennis balls at her Aunt Flo. Keep reading »

    Today’s Lady News: Make It A Carrie Prejean Halloween!

  • Beauty queen Carrie Prejean modeled some less-than-modest Halloween costumes for Women of Marvel last year, before her Miss California fiasco. Um, is this supposed to be hoochie Spiderwoman? [TMZ] We’re not sayin’ these Halloween costumes make Miss I’m Sooooo Into Family Values a hypocrite or anything. We’re just sayin’.
  • “Spontaneous ejaculation,” supposedly a medical condition, is no excuse for acting like a creep! A Singapore judge ruled recently against 28-year-old Chong Weien, who got nabbed splooging on a fellow student’s thigh in 2006. Ew! Weien, who is also a National University of Singapore student (in psychology, ha), was riding a bus when he pressed his crotch up against some chick’s thigh and blew his load. She took him to court for an “outrage of modesty,” which the judge agreed with, despite testimony from two doctors who said Weien does indeed suffer from a “spontaneous ejaculation” problem. Hmm, maybe it was the fact that creepy Weien was jailed for 15 months and caned three times in 2002 for a similar conviction? [Straights Times, hat tip to True/Slant]
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