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Frisky Rant: The Real Housewives Of Atlanta Only Value Beauty

In the first few episodes of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” we noticed that the women, especially Lisa Wu Hartwell, always greeted each other by addressing each others beauty. They say, “Hey beautiful!” or “You’re so gorgeous.” At first we thought this was a fluke, that they’re just not used to cameras following them and are pulling for dialogue, but these exclamations have lasted through the season finale. We think it’s kind of sad that mothers who purport to be elite society with their own clothing/jewelry lines, charitable foundations or singing careers have to base their worth on physical attributes. We’re not saying these women aren’t beautiful, we just think they’re (supposed to be) much more than that. I have a girlfriend who has an adorable daughter. I mean, she’s so cute it hurts to look at her. But whenever I see her, I always say, “Hello, beautiful, intelligent girl.” I don’t want her to grow up thinking she’s valued just because she’s pretty. I know another six year old who bats her eyelashes to get what she wants. This girl is also highly intelligent, but she’s already learned to use her beauty, not her mind, to satisfy her wants. The real housewives are too old to change, but we’re comforted by the fact that we can stop this cycle with the little girls in our lives. Keep reading »

Gossip Girl: Maybe It Hasn’t Jumped The Shark

The gloriously gorgeous Nate Archibald is back and he brought a good storyline with him! The Captain, aka Nate’s father, is back and he has secret plans. While Nate is initially surprised that his dad wants to make a life with him and his naïve mother, he eventually finds out the truth with Vanessa and the FBI’s help. Extortion and kidnapping? Excellent work, writers of GG! To think Nate’s own father would basically hold his wife and child for ransom, is so terribly sad and pathetic. I’m glad Nate put on his big boy pants and turned him in. He is now truly the man of the family. Tear! Keep reading »

“Star Trek XI” Trailer Boldly Hits The Interweb

So, it’s still nearly six months until the moment Amelia and I have been waiting for — “Star Trek XI” comes out in May 2009! But they’re already Kirk-teasing us (get it?) with two movie trailers. I have to say both of them totally burst my nerd bubble. Ugh, the Captain Chris Pine looks like the kind of tool you accidentally have sex with while on vacation. Only the combination of sun and margaritas would get your guard down enough to do his kind of douche bag. Honestly, I’d rather have sex with 70-something Shatner. But on the up side, Spock is one hot of hunk of space junk! So, maybe, just maybe there’s hope this prequel won’t suck. Above is trailer #2, which at least has some original content. Trailer #1 is just about a boring blow torch. [Star Trek Movie Site]

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Hillary Clinton The Bitch?

Hillary Clinton laid pretty low following her withdrawal from the Presidential campaign back in June, although her historic run was somewhat overshadowed in the last leg of the race by Sarah Palin’s vice presidential bid. Now comes news that Clinton is a strong contender for secretary of state, replacing Condoleezza Rice. At the same time, a new New York essay asserts Clinton and Palin have set women back. Together, the author says, the women seemingly fit two sexist female stereotypes — The Bitch and The Ditz. I don’t entirely disagree with writer Amanda Fortini’s assessment of Palin’s mental prowess, but I do think she not only sells Clinton short, but misjudges her impact entirely — and that history will soon prove otherwise. Keep reading »

Lipstick and Playboy Economics

If history is any indication, you may want to stock up on your favorite lipstick before every tube is sold out, and go ahead, splurge on that cupcake — curves are coming back in vogue. Since our recent economic crisis, people are once again talking about the Leading Lipstick Indicator, a surprisingly reliable theory that suggests consumers turn to inexpensive little treats, like lipstick, when they start freaking out about the future. For example, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, lipstick sales doubled. The term was coined by Leonard Lauder (chairman of Estee Lauder), “who consistently found that during tough economic times, his lipstick sales went up.” Hmm…Sephora has been unusually crowded lately (last time I was there, I couldn’t find an available mirror to save my look, I mean life). Keep reading »

Get Your Rocks Off: Rhett Miller’s Perfect For Some Love

Rhett Miller doesn’t just have a pretty voice. He’s also quite a looker. So it’s inevitable to not get that weak-in-the-knees feeling when he sings, whether it’s with his prolific alt-country band, the Old 97s, or on his solo pop albums. Here, Rhett’s picks for songs to get it on to. Although Rhett cautions, “Don’t try to make love TO the song itself, let it play in the background while you and another human engage in this most primal act.” Wow. He’s smart, too!

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The Daily Squeeze: Gap’s Bike, Barack’s Hair, “Twilight” Tickets, And The First Wedding Ring

  • Gap is selling cute argyle bikes for the holidays, and we want one. [Racked]
  • Barack Obama’s barber says the President-elect has not gotten any grayer over the course of the last couple years. Even if it has, he still looks debonair. [Us Magazine]
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    Quickies!: Prince Alienates Fans With His Gay Marriage Stance

  • WTF of the year: Tight-purple-pants-wearing Prince is opposed to gay marriage. Check out what else he said as he tapped his Bible. [Candy Kirby]
  • Brooke Shields says “Lipstick Jungle” is not canceled. But we think it will be soon, since it’s been scheduled on Friday nights.[Us magazine]
  • Sex has other health benefits besides making you feel happy and relaxed. [Fit Sugar]
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    Barack Obama And His BlackBerry

    Over the course of the presidential campaign, Barack Obama was photographed many, many times with his hands glued to his BlackBerry, or with it attached to his hip in a holster. Soon, Obama’s love affair with his PDA may end. When he moves into the White House this January, his correspondence will be collected under the Presidential Records Act, and there is always the risk of messages being intercepted. No president has been able to have email, and it doesn’t look like Obama will be able to break that barrier. After the jump, read made-up email and text messages Obama would send if he were able to use his BlackBerry while in office. Keep reading »

    Tyra Surprises Isis With Sex Reassignment Surgery

    We’ll be the first to admit that we’re not big fans of Tyra Banks. We watch “America’s Next Top Model” like any other fashion, reality TV-loving girl, but most of the time we’re really annoyed by Tyra’s crazy antics. Today, however, we’re putting a shiny gold star next to Tyra’s name because she arranged for one of our favorite “ANTM” contestants, Isis, to have sex reassignment surgery. I blasted Tyra for using Isis as the “first transgender contestant” on “ANTM,” and then eliminating her for not being comfortable with her body. But at least Tyra is making amends. Of course, the big surprise occurs on “The Tyra Show” airing tomorrow because Tyra is a shrewd businesswoman. [Bossip] Keep reading »

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