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Perez Gets Spanked
Perez gets spanked by Rihanna in her new video. Read More »
Eden Gets TV Show
"Toddlers and Tiaras" Eden Wood gets her own show. Read More »
Eden Retires!
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6-year-old Eden Wood retires from pageant circuit. Read More »

What kind of evil overlords conspired to create this union — Perez Hilton and little terror Eden Wood? And how is it that Eden seems to be floating in space like that? Is that what happens when you get in Perez’s orbit?

Bad Ideas: There Is A Chinese Sunglasses Company Called Helen Keller

Look, I can’t even pretend like I can read Mandarin or Cantonese. All I know is that I was scanning a story on the English-language website China Daily and there was an ad for a company called Helen Keller on the bottom, so of course I clicked on it. Helen Keller, it seems, is a very poorly named eyewear company in China. I mean, you just don’t name your company after America’s most famous blind deaf mute, do you now? [Helen Keller]

Samantha Brick Still Doesn’t Understand The Real Reason Women Don’t Like Her

Samantha Brick
The Brit thinks other women hate her because she's beautiful. Read More »
Victim Is "Too Pretty"
Today's Lady News
NY Post claims alleged victim is "too pretty" to be credible. Read More »
Tell Me I'm Pretty
Is it so much to ask to want to be told I'm beautiful? Read More »
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Since Samantha Brick exploded (maybe imploded?) onto the scene earlier this week with her Daily Mail article on the vagaries of being a beautiful woman, she’s been making the media rounds. Yesterday, Brick appeared on the UK show “ITV This Morning,” going head-to-head with the show’s hosts and psychologist Emma Kelly. Despite their best efforts, though, Samantha Brick still doesn’t get it — she still thinks that women don’t like her because she’s beautiful. But actually, that’s got nothing to do with it, Sam. Keep reading »

Get Naked, But Keep Your Clothes On

Sustainable Style
A month of eco-friendly fashion on The Frisky! Read More »

These days, it’s pretty cool to call yourself eco-friendly, and in the fashion world, that’s especially true. Lots of brands say they’re sustainable, but don’t actually have the environmental chops to back it up. Enter Naked Fashion, a book from author Safia Minney, with contributions from a slew of her famous friends, including designers Vivienne Westwood and Orla Kiely and actress Emma Watson. Minney and Co. give you the skinny on sustainability, covering everything from Fair Trade and the environment, styling and modeling, up-cycling and “slow” fashion, and even provide a directory of ethical brands and designers. After all, fashion and the environment impact everyone, especially women. As Watson explains, “I still find it hard to convey how much Fair Trade means to those producing our fashion – it’s just so impressive to see how the women have used Fair Trade to escape poverty and empower themselves and their children.” [$12.20, Amazon]

Phyllis Schlafly Warns Dudes Against Dating Feminists

Teaching Boys Feminism
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How to teach boys to be feminists. Read More »
On Sex Work & Feminism
Actress Billie Piper talks about sex work and feminism. Read More »
Frisky Feminism!
Everything The Frisky has ever written about feminism! Read More »

“Feminist is a bad word and everything they stand for is bad … Find out if your girlfriend is a feminist before you get too far into it. Some of them are pretty. They don’t all look like Bella Abzug.”

– O.G. feminist hater Phyllis Schlafly, to a group of cadets she’s instructing at the Citadel. She’s teaching a new course there titled “Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America” and wanted to warn the cadets that evil feminist impulses might be lurking beneath their demure feminine girlfriends. [Post and Courier]

Study: People Who Spend Their Money On Experiences Are Happier

Shopping Ban
This writer banned herself from buying -- and it backfired. Read More »

How you spend your money says a lot about you — and it says even more about whether or not you’re a happy person. A new study from San Francisco State University asked nearly 10,000 people to evaluate how happy they were. It found that people who spent their money on experiences were generally happier than people who spent their money on material goods. Experience-oriented spenders–people who’d rather spend their cash on a dinner with friends, a trip or a movie rather than a new shirt — also reported that they got along better with others and experienced less anxiety than their materialistic counterparts. 

That’s in part, said the study’s lead researcher Ryan Howell, an assistant professor at San Francisco State, because experiential spenders are bigger risk takers. “You are taking a bigger risk on a night at a new restaurant or play,” he said. “You can’t return a trip or a meal the way you can return something from a store.”

So what kind of spender are you? Experiential or material? [NY Times]

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