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Hold That Latte, Lady! Extra Pounds Could Chop $13K Off Your Salary (But Dudes, Go Right Ahead)

You know you’ll get penalized at work if you stumble in every day of the week at 11 a.m. hungover. Who knew your salary would be penalized for binging on those Mallomars in your desk, too? An analysis of two studies, one tracking over 11,000 Germans and one tracking almost 12,000 Americans, found women who clocked in at 25 lbs. less than the group norm pulled in over an average of $15,000 more per year more than women of average weight, while women who weighed 25 lbs. more than the group norm earned an average of $13,000 less than women of average weight. Boys, the opposite is true for you: thin men earn less, but a guy actually rakes in more dough as he packs on the pounds, up until the point he becomes obese. Ah, the joys of sexism. Keep reading »

Krystal Ball: Enough With The Sexy Photos, Let’s Get Back To Business

Krystal Ball, the Virginia Congressional candidate whose sexy photos were posted by a right-wing smear blog attempting to discredit her campaign, never intended to steal the 24-hour news cycle away from Christine “I Am Not A Witch” O’Donnell. But 28-year-old Ball has no desire to feed tabloid fodder. She spent a week giving media interviews and even released a brilliant statement on how she would not let dirty politics humiliate her. But this morning, Ball announced she is back to focusing on her campaign. In a statement released the morning, provided to us by Krystal Ball For Congress, she said:

“I felt it was important to speak out on this issue and I have done so. I believe that I was treated fairly by the media and able to answer to the voters of Virginia. Now they deserve a discussion regarding issues such as reforming government, getting people back to work and improving our education system. I feel deeply blessed to be interviewing for the job of Congresswoman in front of the citizen’s of the first district of Virginia. I will not be granting any additional interviews on this issue for the remainder of the campaign.”

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“What Do You Do?” Week: Lynn, Rad Radio DJ

This week, we’re spending a little time learning all about you and the awesome and unexpectedly cool jobs you do. Each one of these profiles was culled from you, dear Frisky readers, and we’re amazed by the incredible jobs you have. This is our attempt to learn more about what you do for a living.

After the jump, read all about Frisky reader Lynn’s job tearing up the airwaves as a radio DJ. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Rachel Maddow Narrates Documentary On Abortion Provider’s Murder

  • MSNBC will air a new documentary called “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller,” narrated by cable talk show host Rachel Maddow, on Monday, October 25, at 9 p.m. (EST), Maddow announced last night. Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider, was shot dead in his family’s church in Wichita, Kansas in May 2009 by anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder. Work on the documentary has been “a long time coming,” Maddow said. We’ll be sure to watch. [MSNBC].
  • The Washington Post‘s website allowed Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, which is against homosexuality, to write a blog post about the bullying of gay students on National Coming Out Day. His post mentioned compassion and not casting the first stone. But it also said “homosexual conduct” is associated with more sexual promiscuity, drug use, and mental illness. Really, Washington Post, you published his allegation that the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is “exploiting” the recent gay suicides for its own “agenda” ON FREAKIN’ NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY? Tactless. Tasteless. Shameful. [Washington Post]

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Want Gender Equality? Head To Northern Europe

If you need us, we’ll be in Iceland. That’s because according to a new report from the World Economic Forum, Iceland is tops for women. The Global Gender Gap Report found that women do best in Iceland, Norway and Finland. What makes these Nordic countries so much better than the rest of the world? A smaller gender gap. As the study states, “The Index rewards countries that reach the point where outcomes for women equal those for men, but it neither rewards nor penalizes cases in which women are outperforming men.”

The study evaluated four main categories: economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, political empowerment, and health and survival. The U.S. came in 19th. And at the bottom of the list — Pakistan, Chad and Yemen. [NPR] Keep reading »

Kind Of Romantic: Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Ghosts” Photos

If you are a fan of the novel Wuthering Heights, then you’ve imagined the Gothic landscape upon which Catherine and Heathcliff’s tortured relationship played out. You can see if your imagination syncs with reality in Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Ghosts” photo exhibit, on view at the Brooklyn Museum of Art this fall. The snaps were taken in 2008 within a 4-mile radius of the Yorkshire moors that inspired Emily Bronte’s fictitious masterpiece (and near Taylor-Wood’s country home); the dark skies, turbulent clouds, and windswept grasses do echo the drama of that famous story, no? The timing of this photo exhibit is perfect, not just because Halloween is around the corner, but because Sam Taylor-Wood is most certainly having a moment this fall. Keep reading »

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