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Gift For Gab: Your Best Comments For The Week Of March 6th 2009

We here at The Frisky live for celeb gossip, chocolate, and your comments. What can we say, you bitches crack us up! So in honor of you, our smart, sexy, and incisive readers, who aren’t afraid to talk smack on the Internet, we’re giving away prizes! Each week we’ll award you an awesome internet chatty Cathy’s a little something special. This week five winners will receive Weleda Everon Lip Balm. So, without further adieu, here are the lucky winners of this week’s Gift For Gab… Keep reading »

France Bans “Le Open Bar” to Curb Binge Drinking. Sacre Bleu!

After prohibiting smoking in bars in January, the French government is now cracking down on other vices by banning open bars and happy hours. The measures come after rising binge drinking trends among its country’s youth. This may come as a surprise to Americans accustomed to college kid-culture which traditionally stands in contrast to Europe’s seemingly refined youth who have profited from liberal attitudes on drinking. But, it appears weaning youngsters on beer and wine is no longer working as alcohol-related visits for minors rose 50 percent in the past five years. The law will also raise the drinking age from 16 to 18. While wine and cigarettes might be health threats, they’re also staples of French culture. If the government continues this trend, what’s next? Better start clinging to those croissants for dear life. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Kiss “The L Word” Goodbye

The final season of “The L Word” is almost over, tear! This Sunday, the last episode of the groundbreaking show will air. Ilene Chaiken, the creator of the Showtime hit, lamented that she thought there would be more gayelle hours of TV power on the air before hers came to an end. While LOGO has done a great job of identifying what we girls want to see — like the prison drama, “Bad Girls,” and”Curl Girls,” about lesbian surfers — what about the primetime networks?! We’ve taken it upon ourselves to pitch some shows we’d totally watch. Network execs, call us!

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Women Who Rock: Valentina

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

VALENTINA (1904-1989)

Today, tabloids (and websites like us!) report on what designers’ clothes celebrities wear to movie premieres and trips to the grocery store. If we had been following star style from the 1920s through the 1950s, we would have written about designer Valentina. Back then, everyone was on a first-name basis with Valentina, who designed clothing and costumes for great actresses like Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, and Norma Shearer, along with socialites such as the Vanderbilts and the Whitneys. She even introduced a perfume, My Own, in 1950. Valentina once said, “Simplicity survives the changes of fashion,” and the five little black dresses hanging in our closet couldn’t agree more.

Future Reading:

  • Valentina: American Couture and the Cult of Celebrity by Kohle Yohannan
  • Valentina, A Designer Of Clothes For Stars In The Theater, Dies at 90
  • Couture, the Great Designers by Caroline Rennolds Milbank
  • Costume Design on Broadway: Designers and Their Credits, 1915-1985 by Bobbi Own
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    Dr. Manhattan’s Big Blue Penis

    If you live under a rock, you might not be aware that “Watchmen” opens this weekend. Based on the comic book series of the same name, the superhero flick is set in the Cold War era of the ’80s, a Doomsday world in which superheroes are more complex than heroic. Billy Crudup stars as Dr. Jon Osterman, a.k.a. Doctor Manhattan, a computer-generated superhero who glows a digital blue after a radioactive accident. (Check out the trailer here.) So, what’s the big deal? Well, Dr. Manhattan is causing a kerfuffle because he spends part of the movie totally naked. Now, movie critics are left figuring out how to describe the Dr.’s dangle. A few of the best, after the jump. Keep reading »

    Quickies!: Vince Vaughn Goes Down, Robin Williams Has A Heartache

  • You should see what Vince Vaughn can do with an ice cream cone! Oh yeah, and he’s getting married to Kyla Weber, a real estate agent. Expect Jennifer Aniston to start talking about how “not cool” their engagement is any day now. [DListed]
  • Rihanna’s camp isn’t denying the engagement/marriage rumors. In fact, they didn’t have any information to offer. [Perez Hilton]
  • And speaking of Rihanna (isn’t everyone these days?), maybe she didn’t have a cold sore in that photo earlier this year. Maybe that was more evidence of Chris Brown’s wrath. [Mediatakeout]
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    Get Your Rocks Off: Love Songs To Stop The H8

    Last May, after the California State Supreme Court’s groundbreaking civil rights decision that same sex marriage bans were unconstitutional, 18,000 couples, including Ellen and Portia, were finally able to tie the knot! However, in November, Proposition 8 passed by a narrow majority, putting all those wedding bands in jeopardy! Luckily, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger listened to the public outcry for equal rights and stepped in to try and terminate the proposition. Today, the court began hearing oral arguments over the legality of outlawing gay marriage and promised a verdict in 90 days. So, while we gals at The Frisky keep our fingers crossed that love will conquer all the H8, after the jump listen to 10 sweet songs that show just how beautiful a same sex union can be!

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    Glamour Celebrates 12 Female Icons

    The April issue of Glamour features a pretty awesome spread of current female stars channeling icons in women’s history. My favorites? Alexis Bleddel as Rosie the Riveter, Hayden Panettiere as Amelia Earhart, and America Ferrera as Dolores Huerta. Some of the choices were more pop culture oriented (Lindsay Lohan as “Like A Virgin” era Madonna, Emma Roberts as Audrey Hepburn), while others were kind of random (Odette Yustman, Spencer Grammer, and Rumer Willis as “The Women Of Woodstock?”). Of course, had they devoted more pages to the feature, there were other women’s history icons I would have liked them to show, but maybe that’s because we’re devoting the whole month of March to National Women’s History Month, so I’ve got cool, kick ass women on the brain. Anyway, after the jump, 10 other female icons I would have loved to see portrayed by current female stars… Keep reading »

    America’s Next Top Model: The Goddess Of Fierce Returns!

    Hooray! America’s Next Top Model is BACK and more ridiculous than ever. The best part of each season’s first episode is finding out what theme TyTy and the Jays have decided on for that cycle. Last season, the theme was so ridiculous (um, sending the models into this weird chamber, in some sort of weird laboratory/space motif) that she scrapped it by, like, episode three. This season, Tyra decided to go back in time, to the Roman era, as she — “The Goddess of Fierce” — begins her quest for America’s…Next…Top…Model. In the clip above, TyTy’s disciples freak the eff out as she makes her entrance, and one model declares her to be “extra-terrestrial.” From the Planet Fivehead? We couldn’t agree more.

    Tune in NEXT WEDNESDAY at 8pm EST, as we begin our weekly “Top Model” liveblogging, with yours truly, and a few other Frisky guest bloggers! Keep reading »

    No Need To Be Ugly To Save The Planet!

    Apparently you can save the whales AND have perky double-D’s. Or so says Belgian biodegradable cosmetics company Biocorner. Their recently published “No need to be ugly to save the planet” ad gloriously frees us from thinking that a unibrow and hairy pits are synonymous with love for the environment. The ad features a “before” and “after” shot — “before” is a pockmarked woman wearing one of the those tragic knit caps, while “after” is a glossy-haired femme-bot in a cocktail dress. The idea seems to be that women who care about the environment are BUSTED, so let’s prove that they don’t have to be that way by…photoshopping them to the point where they look barely human. Yeah, that makes sense. [AdRants, The F Word] Keep reading »

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