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Psychology Today Asks, “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?”

What’s worse than offensive articles, like “The Top 10 Hottest Female Sex Offenders” — that are ‘just kidding’?

Offensive articles, like “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?,” published in reputable (?) magazines like Psychology Today that are serious.

Yesterday, Psychology Today pulled an article it posted online by evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanzawa, which sought to explain why black women are considered “unattractive” based on a study of the attractiveness of different races. (However, you can still read the article and see the illustrated graphs here.) Satoshi Kanzawa referenced a study in which white, Asian and Native American women were rated “attractive,” while blacks were markedly not, and men of all races were rated equally “unattractive.” Keep reading »

Parents Name Daughter “Like”

Beware of pressing the “like” button on this story, as we may have created a monster. Lior and Vardit Adler, a couple in Israel, just had a baby girl and decided to name her … “Like.” Yes, as in the Facebook‘s universal sign of approval, or as in a Valley Girl’s most frequently uttered word. “I wanted something unique,” explains Lior. “At first I was looking at Chinese names, and considered the name ‘Qing Yu Lang.’ But in the end, my wife responded to ‘Like.’ I have very few friends on Facebook—only about 120.  So far only 50 of them like ‘Like.’” 

This isn’t the first time a social networking site has inspired a name. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Head Of The IMF, Arrested For Attempted Rape

  • This weekend, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, was arrested in New York, minutes before his flight to France took off, for the alleged attempted rape of a hotel maid. The bigwhig in French politics allegedly sexually abused a 32-year-old maid who came into his room at the Sofitel hotel in NYC to clean; he allegedly attempted to rape her and forced her to perform oral sex on him. He has been charged with attempted rape, forcible touching, sexual abuse, and unlawful imprisonment, among other charges. Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been denied a $1 million bail. The lawyer for French journalist Tristane Banon also announced her intention to file sexual assault charges against Dominique dating back to an incident in 2002. [Guardian UK]
  • Everyone wants to see movies with smart, strong and funny female characters succeed. But is “Bridesmaids” under too much pressure to make movie history? The fabulous feminist film critic Jenni Miller investigates. [Movies.com]

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What Compels A Woman To Want The World’s Biggest Boobs?

Ah, boobs. On a good day they look gorgeous, make us feel womanly and sexy, and perhaps even feed a baby. But on a bad day, they’re sensitive to the touch, totally difficult to keep under wraps, and amongst the more well-endowed ladies, give us an aching back. I have average-sized boobs myself, but I’ve heard many a big-breasted lady say again and again that her boobs are killing her. Plenty of women even undergo breast reduction surgery.

With that in mind, here’s something I’ll never understood: the small group of women with with cup sizes in the middle reaches of the alphabet, who vie for the title of “world’s largest breasts.” Keep reading »

Girl Talk: My Ladyparts Hurt

Two years ago, I was sitting in the bathtub cheerfully shampooing my unruly mop of hair and engaging my morning ablutions. When the time came to wash my privates, a sudden, sharp, stinging sensation arose the second I touched soap to vulva. I actually cried out, causing my curious cat to peek over the tub rim at my submerged body. I rinsed the soap off quickly, but the burning sensation lingered.

And I remained both in pain — and dumbfounded — for the next 18 months. Keep reading »

Letter From The Editor

Dear Frisky readers,

I have been thinking about writing this post for awhile, flip-flopping back and forth between whether I wanted to engage the community we’ve built here in this manner or just leave things be and hope they get better. In the end, I’ve decided to respond, as succinctly as possible — not my strong suit — to what I see as growing nastiness pervading the comments on The Frisky. Keep reading »

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