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“Saturday Night Live” Celebrates Barbie’s Birthday

Oh Kristen Wiig, is there nothing you can’t do? On Saturday’s episode (with musical guest Kelly Clarkson, whose new album drops tomorrow), Barbie dropped by “Weekend Update” to celebrate her 50th birthday with Seth Meyers. She revealed what we’ve always suspected about her on/off boyfriend Ken — that his little penile nubbin isn’t good for much. Keep reading »

Meghan McCain Fights Back Against Fat Attacks

Meghan McCain, daughter of John McCain and current Daily Beast columnist, has a new piece up on the website about the recent attacks on her weight by conservative pundit Laura Ingraham. Ingraham is Ann Coulter-esque — blond, rabidly conservative, c**ty — and she and McCain have been engaging in a war of words over the future of the Republican party. Meghan, who is socially liberal and fiscally conservative like many young people who vote Republican, has blogged and made TV appearances since the election, talking about how the party needs to get back to their core ideals and get with the times when it comes to social issues like gay marriage. Ingraham response to Meghan’s thoughtful perspective? “[She's] just another Valley Girl gone awry,” she said on MSNBC, and, in a mocking faux-Valley Girl voice, Ingraham made fun of McCain’s body, joking that she didn’t get a “role in the Real World” because “they don’t like plus-sized models.” Even still, McCain, who is half of Ingraham’s age, refused to stoop to her level. Check out her response to the attack, after the jump… Keep reading »

Intern At The Frisky!

Hey! The Frisky is looking for a few good interns to help us out in our New York office. If you’re interested, keep reading for full details…. Keep reading »

Women Who Rock: Dorothy Parker

March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.

DOROTHY PARKER (1893-1967)

Renowned writer Dorothy Parker was born Dorothy Rothschild in Long Branch, N.J.. Her mother died shortly after her birth, leaving her to be raised by her father and stepmother, both of whom she grew to detest. Her unhappiness at home contributed largely to the literary work she would soon produce.

Parker began her career as a poet, writing for Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines. It was at this time that she came into her own, writing comic analyses of the hypocrisies of modern life. After being terminated from these positions due to her acerbic writings, she went to work as an editor for the newly founded New Yorker magazine. There she published poems that comically depicted her own failed romances.
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From Strip Clubs To Hotel Beds: The Lay Of Sex Laws

You can take our dignity but not our porn! New York’s Governor Paterson is pitching new taxes to help the state’s $14 billion budget deficit. Among them: a $10 tax for strip club patrons and tax on Internet downloads for web porn. Similarly, Texas pols want to place a $5 “pole tax” which was struck down as unconstitutional by a state judge. Oh yeah, the forgotten “right to bare boobs.” Most of these skin taxes have stalled because of conflicts with the First Amendment. No porno, no peace! After the jump, other laws striving to cash in on sex… Keep reading »

Lesbian Teen Sues To Wear Tux To Prom

A 17-year-old senior is suing Lebanon High School in Indiana because her principal told her she couldn’t wear a tuxedo to the prom. The teen, whose name hasn’t been released, believes wearing a dress conveys a sexual identity she rejects. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis on behalf of the girl, and it says that although the school dress code doesn’t specify gender-based requirements, the senior prom dress code dictates that girls wear a formal prom dress. The lawsuit alleges that the prom dress code policy discriminates against students based on gender and the policy violates federal law because the school receives federal funds. The ACLU is seeking an injunction that will allow the teen to wear the same attire as males attending the prom. Meanwhile, school officials are discussing whether to allow the teen to wear a pantsuit, instead. Clearly a women’s pantsuit doesn’t convey the same message as wearing a tux would.

Cases like this seem to come up each year around this time as LGBTQ teens try to enjoy a right of passage that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. After the jump, other instances in which LGBTQ teens have dealt with similar situations.
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Another Grey Gardens Trailer To Tease You

We got all excited about the two short trailers that were just released for HBO’s upcoming movie “Grey Gardens,” and now there’s another even longer one! Can. Not. Wait. For. April. 18. Can I come to your house and watch? I don’t have HBO. Keep reading »

The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For March 14-15th 2009

Saturday

  • “E! News Weekend” on E! at 9 am
  • “Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane” on Style at 10 am
  • “Yves Saint Laurent: Beauty” on QVC at 11 am
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    Quickies!: Adriana Lima Is Married To An Alleged Pervert

  • Adrianna Lima’s husband, basketball star Marko Jaric, has been accused of sexually assaulting a Philadelphia woman. [TMZ]
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jaime Kennedy are dating. There’s a D-lister out there for everyone. [Dlisted]
  • We can now add Katy Perry to our list of celebs who don’t wear pants. Check out pics from her “Waking Up in Vegas” video. [Perez Hilton]
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    Women Who Rock: Margaret Mead

    March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.

    MARGARET MEAD (1901-1978)

    Margaret Mead was born in 1901 to Quaker parents, making her the fruit of a sexually repressed culture at a time of great sexual repression. Surprisingly, she not only railed against the mores of the time, but also permanently altered the way Americans viewed sex and gender. Mead studied as a cultural anthropologist with a focus on gender norms of other cultures. When she saw that women in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands seemed content, liberated, and empowered compared with American housewives, Mead dedicated her life to pursuing change in American attitudes toward gender and sex that dominated the era. In turn, her work empowered the women’s liberation and sexual revolution movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Keep reading »

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