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From women’s health to feminism to politics – news that’s real and relevant to you.

Light Yogurt Is Not Dessert

Jezebel is reporting that Yoplait is pulling some ads after complaints have been rolling in that the women in the ads echo the inner monologues of people with eating disorders.

I don’t want to get into that (except to say I really wish the whole planet could get past the concept of “I ‘deserve’ to eat this or that”–we don’t really ‘deserve’ anything, food-wise, except maybe food that isn’t smeared with fecal matter) but I do want to say it’s about time Yoplait is being brought to the floor for another reason: their commercials give the impression that dessert flavored yogurt is as good as dessert, and that is simply not true. Keep reading »

Couple Gets It On In The Midst Of Vancouver Riots

Last night, after the Vancouver Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals (we’re talking hockey here), fans of the team lost their shizz, taking to the streets and rioting. I truly cannot comprehend why human beings would destroy property, light cars on fire, and loot businesses in their hometown, especially over something as irrelevant as a sporting game. I am genuinely disturbed. Uproxx has some startling photos of what went down last night in Vancouver, including this incredible shot of a couple making out in the middle of the street with riot police all around. [Uproxx] Keep reading »

Woman Finds God In Her Leg

 

Kansas woman Audreanna Phelps was at the mall one day when she noticed the word “God” on her leg, spelled out by a vein. Her first thought? God was telling her that her prayers have been heard and everything was going to be okay. My first thought would be, I’m too young for varicose veins! And that’s why some of us are religious and some of us are not. Final question: if there really is a God, why would he/she choose to make contact with humankind while shopping at the mall, the world’s least spiritual place? I guess God works in mysterious ways. [FOX] Keep reading »

Strippers, Guns & Booty Shaking: Behold, The Most Offensive Political Ad Ever


Strippers, guns, rap music, booty shaking, gangstas … why, it’s the most offensive, sexist, racist political ad you’ve ever seen. This NSFW commercial called “Hahn’s Homeboyz” begins to criticize Janice Hahn, a Los Angeles City Councilwoman running for a Democratic Congressional seat, for her proposal to use “taxpayer money” to hire former gang members in prison “so they could rape and kill again!” I mean, so they could teach current gang members how to quit the life. Which, uh, actually doesn’t sound like a bad idea, when you think about it.

But no matter. There’s race-baiting to be had. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: North Carolina To De-Fund Planned Parenthood

  • Planned Parenthood clinics in North Carolina will lose their federal and state money as of July 1 after Republican state representatives overrode a veto by NC’s Governor Bev Perdue. NC follows Indiana and Kansas in defunding Planned Parenthood over outrage that tax money goes to clinics that perform abortions (even if the actual funds are not used on abortions themselves). I guess these politicians think the women whose cancer screenings, STD testing and Pap smears will be adversely affected are just collateral damage? [Huffington Post]
  • A gay judge’s ruling on same-sex marriage — that California’s ban on gay marriage should be abolished — was upheld by a federal judge on Tuesday. Supporters of the ban say former Chief Judge Vaughn Walker should have recused himself or let the court know that he was gay and stood to benefit from his own ruling. [
    • Hold on to your testicles, boys! Liberal women are “neutering American men.” Or so says the Tea Party’s Rep. Allen West of Florida. [Think Progress]
    • Iranian-American journalist Azadeh Moaveni (and author of the amazing memoir Lipstick Jihad) asks if the Islamic veil has to be a symbol of patriarchy or could it also be a symbol of Muslim feminism? [TIMETIME]
    • Dios mio: anti-abortion billboards are now targeting Latinas. [Ms. Magazine]
    • Tracy Morgan’s five-step guide on how to get lesbians and gays to stop hating him after his recent verbal diarrhea. [Queerty]
    • Riot grrl Kathleen Hanna is reviving her old solo project as a new five-piece band, the Julie Ruin. [Pitchfork]

    INTERNATIONAL

    • Ayat al Qurmezi, a 20-year-old girl, was beaten, threatened with rape, and imprisoned for one year because she dared to read her own protest poetry in public. [McClatchy DC]
    • Good news, randy Brits: the number of diagnosed STDs has dropped! It’s a measly one percent … but hey, it’s still a drop. [BBC]

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Juror Faces Jail Time For Friend Requesting Defendant

Things not to do if you are a juror in a high profile case: friend request the defendant on Facebook. That’s exactly what British woman Joanne Fraill did and the action may just land her in jail for being in contempt of court. Fraill was a juror in a drug case with four defendants. After one of them was acquitted—a 34-year-old woman named Jamie Sewart—Fraill found her on Facebook and struck up a conversation. Apparently, she felt for Sewart. Keep reading »

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