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Girl Talk: How I Got Stuck In A Job Interview Straight Out Of The “Mad Men” Era

In honor of the season four premiere of “Mad Men” on Sunday, July 25th at 10/9 Central on AMC, this weekend The Frisky is re-posting a few of our favorite “Mad Men”-inspired essays.

It’s one thing to switch on the TV for “Mad Men” each week, vicariously sip whiskey and smoke stogies with Don Draper and Co., and experience (or re-experience) life in the 1960s. I, like most other women in America, jumped at the chance to give my look a makeover complete with red lips, the pencil skirts, the swooping coifs, and the tight cardigans that give Joan, Betty, and Peggy their sexy, vintage sizzle. Hell, I even found myself harboring the urge to tie on a frilly apron and bake something wholesome for my husband. It’s fun, escapist even, to dabble in outdated social stereotypes and play the victim to those womanizing ways that dominated the “Mad Men” era. We’re safe in the knowledge that times have changed, and we can go back to being empowered, successful, respected alpha-females whenever we feel like it. Or so I thought. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Bus Driver Refuses Women Wearing Islamic Veils

Today's Lady News
  • A 22-year-old Muslim student was refused a bus ride into London because she was wearing a niqab, which is a face-covering veil. The woman and a friend, who was wearing a hijab veil that covers her head only, claim the driver told them they were a “threat” to passengers. [BBC]
  • A new study from the University of Michigan found that African ancestry is linked to a more deadly type of breast cancer called “triple negative,” which contributes to evidence that indicates a genetic link. [Los Angeles Times]
  • “Mad Men” is bad for women. Just like Tina Fey and Taylor Swift and probably other things I like, such as kittens and peanut butter cups. [Salon.com's Broadsheet]

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6 Awesome Roles Intended For Men, But Cast As Women

Angelina Jolie looks so femme fatale-tastic staring out from the poster for “Salt,” with her black wig and heavily lined eyes, that it’s hard to imagine that the title role in the movie was actually written for a guy. But, yes, it’s true—Evelyn Salt was originally scripted as Edwin Salt. And lame name aside, the role was intended for Tom Cruise. It was only when Cruise backed out that the movie’s makers rethought the part and decided to cast Angelina instead. A seriously good move. [NPR]

Interestingly, this is not the first time a woman has played a role originally envisioned as a man. After the jump, some of our favorite examples. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Actor David Boreanaz Sued For Sexual Harassment

  • “Bones” actor David Boreanaz had a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by actress Kristina Hagan. Hagan is being represented by celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents another woman who is suing Boreanaz for sexual harassment as well. [RadarOnline]
  • Plus-size model Crystal Renn appeared on “Today” this morning to address a recent scandal in which pics of her were Photoshopped so that she appeared more like a size 2 than her normal size 10 or 12 frame. “I absolutely understand a reasonable amount of retouching, but to change my body completely, that is not what I’m about,” Renn said. “That’s not my message, and that’s so important to me.” [Oh No They Didn't]
  • A Texas bus driver has filed a lawsuit against his employer, claiming religious discrimination, after he was fired for refusing to drive a woman to Planned Parenthood. (Because he knew better than she did whether she was really just getting a pelvic exam or not.) Edwin Graning was fired the same day he refused service and is seeking back pay and other financial compensation. [CNN]

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Colorado Candidate Says Vote For Me “Because I Do Not Wear High Heels”

Politicians and stupid remarks go together like 90-degree days and Frappucinos. But you’d hope that in 2010, politicians would know better than to sling mud about each other’s gender. Recently, Jane Norton, a U.S. Senate candidate from Colorado, made the sexist comment that her opponent, Ken Buck, was not “man enough” to criticize her himself and instead had others do his dirty work. Then yesterday at a fundraiser, Buck sniped back with a remark about Norton’s femininity — by way of her footwear. When an audience member asked the Colorado cowboy why he deserved their votes, Buck responded, “Why should you vote for me? Because I do not wear high heels.”

In other words, because he’s not a woman. Or maybe a transvestite. But we think he meant a woman. Keep reading »

What The Hell Is “Breast Ironing”?

Hold on to your girls before you read this, ladies.

There is a practice called “breast ironing” in the African country of Cameroon, a practice which involves flattening a girl’s growing breasts with hot stones to prevent her nipples from being firm and “enticing men.” The news network CurrentTV filmed a short documentary on “breast ironing,” specifically how mothers believe it will “protect” their daughters from teen pregnancy if men are not tempted by their pert breasts. Keep reading »

Big Boobs Will Get You Raped, And Other Lessons From The Mel Gibson Playbook

We know Mel Gibson likes beavers. But the star has a terribly sexist attitude towards other ladyparts — breasts, to be exact.

A week ago we were all shocked and appalled by an audiotape in which Mel allegedly screamed at his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, “You look like a f**king pig in heat and if you get raped by a pack of n***ers it would be your fault.” (And yes, that’s not if she “is” raped, but if she “gets” raped.)

That wasn’t the last of Mel’s Reign Of Boob Terror. In the sixth alleged Mel/Oksana audiotape, released earlier this week, he is screaming at Oksana about her breasts yet again. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Safe Makeup Bill Introduced In House

  • Ingredients in makeup, hair care products, and toiletries would be scrutinized more intensively by the government, if a bill introduced yesterday by Illinois Representative Jan Schakowsky is passed. The bill would require more oversight by the Food and Drug Administration. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Police in Washington County, Oregon, are searching for a suspect who grabbed a woman’s butt while riding a bike near the Nike World Campus in Beaverton. This is the fourth time a female jogger or walker has reported a butt-grabbing in the area. [Oregon Live]

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Today’s Lady News: “Family Guy” Abortion Episode Will Finally Air — On DVD

  • A “Family Guy” episode in which Lois considers getting an abortion, called “Partial Terms of Endearment,” will be included on a 20th Century Fox DVD release in September. The Fox network had forbid “Family Guy” from broadcasting that particular episode on television. [Entertainment Weekly]
  • President Obama is urging Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which will help women sue their employers if they are paid less than their male counterparts. [New York Times]
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan by a 13-6 vote. If Kagan is confirmed by the full Senate, she will become the fourth female Justice. [Los Angeles Times]
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Today’s Lady News: UN Cuts Food Aid For 800,000 Pregnant And Nursing Iraqi Women

  • Due to a lack of funding, the United Nations has to cut back on food aid for 800,000 pregnant and nursing women and 960,000 children in Iraq. [AOL News]
  • The new wave of abortion providers might not just be exclusively abortion providers, but generalists who provide abortions at their practices. [New York Times Magazine]
  • The new season of “Degrassi,” which premieres today, will feature a transgender character, played by actor Jordan Todosey. [Feministing]

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