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In San Fran, Happy Meals Will Soon Be Sad

Although Prop 19, legislation that would have legalized marijuana in California, didn’t pass on Nov. 2, a new controversial bill has just gone into effect in the state: San Francisco passed an ordinance yesterday that prohibits toy giveaways in fast-food children’s meals that have more than 35 percent of their calories from fat. Yes, kids, that means no more free toys in Happy Meals. Public health advocates see this as a victory in their battle to stop the fast-food industry from marketing to kids and as a major step forward in curbing childhood obesity and diabetes. Though San Francisco is the first city to pass such a law in the U.S., it’s expected that many cities will soon follow suit.

Really? This news makes me kind of sad … Keep reading »

Is Having A Sister Better Than Having A Brother?

It strikes me as interesting that a short but sweet essay on the benefits of having a sister, called “Why Sisterly Chats Make People Happier,” has been one of the most popular articles on The New York Times website for over a week. The essay is in response to a recent Brigham Young University study which claims that men who have sisters are happier than those who don’t. The essay’s author, linguist Deborah Tannen, expands the discussion to theorize that this is because women, and thus sisters, are more talkative, so they are better at communicating … Keep reading »

According To Stephen Fry, Women Only Have Sex To Get A Relationship

British Actor Stephen Fry is the latest in a line of celebs to quit Twitter, but is the first to do so because he didn’t like being called “sexist.” The actor, who’s not such a big deal in the U.S. (though I loved him as Oscar Wilde in the 1997 film Wilde) is a mega personality in England, an accomplished actor, comedian, writer and host of BBC quiz show “QI.” The Twitter kiss-off to his 1,910,676 followers was in response to getting called out by bloggers for the following remarks he made in an interview with Attitude magazine recently: “I feel sorry for straight men. The only reason women will have sex with them is that sex is the price they are willing to pay for a relationship with a man, which is what they want.”

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Brainy Types Booze More — Are You Surprised?

Are you nursing a four-alarm hangover today? (Yeah, us too.) Were you an excellent student as a child? If your answers were “yes” and “yes” – that’s not a coincidence. This week, Psychology Today’s Satoshi Kanazawa blogged about a study which proves that intelligent people are more likely to drink. The study analyzed kids’ intelligence and then their drinking behaviors as adults and found that “bright” kids in the U.S. and the U.K. are more likely to grow up to consume alcohol and binge-drink more frequently than their “very dull” classmates. Huh. Keep reading »

Risk Of Divorce Is Higher For Couples With Daughters — What?

Initially reading about this study made me sad, as I assumed there were some kind of sexist explanation for the statistic. headline made me sad ’cause it feels like there must be some kind of sexist reason behind it. But, thankfully, the r Apparently, past census data studies have revealed that couples …But not that I’m thinking about it … more of my girlfriends’ parents are divorced than my guy friends. I’d still like to think this is a coincidence.

erkeley, found that couples with a first-born girl were about 5 percent more likely to divorce than parents of a first-born boy. When there are as many as three daughters that difference spiked to 10 percent. Keep reading »

Kind Of Romantic: Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Ghosts” Photos

If you are a fan of the novel Wuthering Heights, then you’ve imagined the Gothic landscape upon which Catherine and Heathcliff’s tortured relationship played out. You can see if your imagination syncs with reality in Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Ghosts” photo exhibit, on view at the Brooklyn Museum of Art this fall. The snaps were taken in 2008 within a 4-mile radius of the Yorkshire moors that inspired Emily Bronte’s fictitious masterpiece (and near Taylor-Wood’s country home); the dark skies, turbulent clouds, and windswept grasses do echo the drama of that famous story, no? The timing of this photo exhibit is perfect, not just because Halloween is around the corner, but because Sam Taylor-Wood is most certainly having a moment this fall. Keep reading »

Behold, A Sculpture Made Out Of Underpants

Figuring out what to do with old or unwanted undies is quite the conundrum, am I right? You can’t take them to the Salvation Army; you can’t use them as dishrags ’cause that would be weird, but it feels wrong to throw them away. Swiss-born artist Pipilotti Rist figured out just how to recycle undergarments: turn them into art. Though I kid, “Massachusetts Chandelier,” featuring undies collected from the artist, her mother and friends and hung in tiers illuminated by video light projections, is actually quite beautiful … Keep reading »

Is It OK For An Elementary School Teacher To Have A Sordid Past?

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How would you feel if you knew your young child’s art teacher used to be a prostitute? This is the question at the heart of a news story making waves this week in New York City. Melissa Petro, a “well-liked” elementary school art teacher in the Bronx for the past three years, was recently reassigned to administrative duty after the school system caught wind of her history as a prostitute. Petro was never arrested and has no criminal record. So, how did the school find out about her past? Oh, because she blogged about it for the Huffington Post a couple of weeks ago.

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What Does Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress Mean?

Leave it to the Brits to get philosophical about Gaga’s dress, while we Americans are busy being freaked out by it. BBC News asked a group of experts to weigh in on what message Gaga was delivering by draping herself in cheap steak rather than couture. The so-called experts, who came up with five possible interpretations, think the dress symbolizes the following: 1.) an “anti-fashion statement”; 2.) a “feminist statement”; 3.) a “commentary on aging and decay”; 4.) a comment on our “hypocritical attitude toward meat”; or 5.) no statement at all — the joke’s on us for thinking otherwise. Keep reading »

Our Crazy College Hookup Tales

While we may not miss early morning classes, soul-less buffet-filled dining halls and Cup ‘O Noodle dinners, crazy roommates, or being piss poor, there are plenty of things we Frisky chicks miss about college. Freedom from the “real world” might just top that list. But coming in at a close second? Just how sexually liberating it was. Ah yeah, all those raging hormones, that freedom from the ‘rents, parties and flexible schedules equals time to explore sexually. That’s not to say our college years were like a big, happy, free-wheeling orgy (we were serious students, thank you very much). But from gettin’ it on in the common area to gettin’ in on with a group of coeds, this back-to-school time of year has us reminiscing about our wild ‘n’ crazy college sexcapades. We divulge all some of these tales, after the jump. Keep reading »

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