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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 »

Women Who Rock: Mary-Ellis Bunim

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

MARY-ELLIS BUNIM (1946-2004)
If you grew up watching soap operas or spent your high school and college years slacking off on homework in favor of a little show called “The Real World,” you have Mary-Ellis Bunim to thank. The TV producer was born in Massachusetts in 1946 and spent a significant chunk of her career working in daytime television, overseeing over 2,500 hours of programming as executive producer of classic soaps like “Search For Tomorrow,” “Loving,” “Santa Barbara,” and “As The World Turns.”

But in the early ’90s, the ambitious Bunim founded Bunim-Murray Productions with Jonathan Murray, and pitched a bunch of scripted soap operas to MTV. When they discovered that it was too expensive for the network, they decided to try out a new model — unscripted TV starring “real” people, as opposed to actors. “The Real World” was born, and the series was a such a massive success, it’s spawned a spin-off, “Road Rules,” and is now in its 21st season, with a 22nd season to debut later this year. It’s no wonder The New York Times dubbed her, “the mother of reality television.” Keep reading »

Ad For Skin Whitening Pill Is Simultaneously Racist, Sexist, & Disgusting!

This print ad for Imedeen’s skin whitening pill is so awesomely offensive because A) the very nature of skin whitening products is racist, B) making a blow job joke to sell a product is sexist, and C) suggesting she swallows (especially as I am eating a yogurt) is disgusting! It’s a triple threat! Way to go, Imedeen! [Feministing] Keep reading »

Grandpa’s Got AIDS? Older People Contracting HIV In Greater Numbers

Sexually-active people aged 50 and older face a greater risk of HIV infection, according to a study published by the World Health Organization. People in this age group are more likely to engage in unprotected sex than younger people — after all, after menopause, she can’t get pregnant! — plus erectile dysfunction drugs, like Viagra, are keeping their sex lives active. But despite all this, screening by doctors for HIV is less common for older people because it’s assumed they aren’t at risk. Also, the period of time between diagnosis and the onset of AIDS is shorter because age quickens the progression of the disease and doctors don’t consider HIV as a diagnosis. The WHO also found that older women seem to have a greater risk of contracting HIV if they have unprotected sex because the vaginal mucous membrane thins with age and can get tiny tears without proper lubrication. Keep reading »

Quickies!: Holly Madison To Become “Dancing” Queen

  • There’s speculation that Holly Madison will replace Jewel, who has been struggling with tendinitis, on “Dancing with the Stars.” Despite being Hef’s number one chick for awhile, Holly doesn’t look rhythmic. [Us Weekly]
  • Couples who use a DVR to record TV shows are happier than those who don’t. They don’t fight over what show to watch and, I bet, they don’t think about what shows they’re missing while having sex. [Your Tango]
  • Where exactly does Tilda Swinton get these horrendous clothes? She should just wear her White Witch costume from “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” [Candy Kirby]
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    Charting The Life Span Of A “Bachelor” Relationship

    This week’s season finale of “The Bachelor” may have been exciting, but really, when you think about it, the results were pretty typical of past seasons. Former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Melissa squealed as Papa/Poo-Poo Bach slipped a ring on her finger. The episode ended with the two of them jumping in a pool for a smoochfest. Then, two seconds later, came the “After the Final Rose” special. And a teary eyed Jason proceeded to dump Melissa because “the chemistry had changed” and he was totes hung up on Molly, the girl he’d sent packing.

    Shocker? Sure. But “The Bachelor” hardly has a track record for couples staying together for longer than their 15 minutes of fame. Currently, Poo-Poo and Sloppy are still together, but the likelihood of that lasting doesn’t look good. After the jump, exactly how long the “Bachelor” couples have stuck it out. Any woman thinking of responding to their next casting call, beware. Keep reading »

    Rotten Eggs Make Men Horny, Being Fat Doesn’t

    Men with libido problems might find themselves taking food fetishes one step further. A new study from the National Academy of Sciences finds that the scent of rotten eggs can have the same effects of Viagra on men. It turns out that the smell, hydrogen sulphide, is released in small amounts from a guy’s penis through nerve cells. We can see it now — Eau des Oeufs Outréfiés by Dior.

    What doesn’t turn him on? Being a fatty. Researchers have discovered that excessive weight relates to lower testosterone levels. (Although we have to question if overweight men just have a harder go at it in finding mates, and eventually get used to a life without sex. Sad!) But not to worry! A little gastric bypass surgery can turn men back into love machines, as participants in the study reported better sex lives post-op. Keep reading »

    Women Who Rock: Lois Long

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

    LOIS LONG (1901-1974)

    One of the first female writers at The New Yorker, Lois Long initially covered nightlife for the magazine under the nom de plume Lipstick. That’s right, she got to party for a living. Since no one knew who this Lipstick character was, Long could be as sassy as she wanted her columns, writing memorable lines like, “It was customary to give two dollars to the cabdriver if you threw up in his cab,” and the prohibition was the result not teaching the countries youth “to drink with aplomb.” Not only did she went on to start the “Tables For Two” column, but she continued to write “On & Off The Avenue” for the magazine until 1968. An editor at the magazine has said that Long was the first American fashion critic to approach fashion as an art.

    Further Reading:

  • Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern by Joshua Zeitz
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    Liveblogging “The Bachelor: After The Final Rose” Special … Again!

    It just won’t end will it? ABC must be in cahoots with my local wine shop, because this show has cost me a pretty penny in libations. But they’re the only thing that keep me sane during this travesty! Tonight, Jason and his trade-in, Molly, come back to talk about what’s gone on since the FIRST “After The Final Rose” was filmed. Melissa is back too. We hope she’s no longer sad and humiliated. Anyhoo, the drama goes down at 10 pm EST — in the meantime, a poll… Keep reading »

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