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LBD, Matchy-Matchy, And Other Hilarious Word Additions To The OED

Every year, the Oxford English Dictionary adds a couple thousand new words and terms to its roster. In 2010, quite a few from the fashion world made it into the OED, including LBD, jeggings, match-matchy, and wardrobe malfunction. Interested in what else is now officially included in the dictionary? Some more slightly unbelievable additions after the jump! Keep reading »

Meet The Girl Who Was Born Without A Vagina

We’ve heard of pretty painful things happening down there. Childbirth, for one. But nothing compares to an 11-year-old girl in India who was born without a vagina. Doctors did not notice her missing hoo-ha until she began having severe abdominal pain and a sonogram revealed that the girl didn’t have a lower vagina or vulva. Her period blood was collecting inside her each month and she was developing cysts. Ouch! Luckily, this deformity, called “cryptomenorrhoea,” cryptomenorrhea could be fixed with vaginoplasty surgery and now she is the proud owner of a new vagina. No need to hit up that woman with two vaginas to lend one of hers. [Times of India] [Ed Note: At left is just a stock image photo and not a photo of the girl without a vagina.] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Happy 90th Birthday, (White) Women’s Right To Vote!

  • Happy 90th birthday, women’s right to vote! Let’s all nerd out and brush up on our knowledge of the hella important 19th Amendment, including one oft-overlooked fact: it only assured the right of white women to vote. [Oxford University Press]
  • Former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin is not one to let a holiday like this pass by without a comment. She tweeted from her Twitter account earlier today, and I quote, “Who hijacked the term ‘feminist?’ A cackle of rads who want 2 crucify other women with whom they disagree on a singular issue; it’s ironic (& passé).” Rads means “radicals,” maybe? The Frisky office is still trying to figure out if by “cackle” Palin meant “gaggle” or “coven” or something else entirely. [SarahPalinUSA on Twitter"]

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Hollywood Party Crashing Could Soon Earn You Jail Time

Thanks to movies like “Wedding Crashers” and incidents like the Salahis’ not-so-official invite to the White House, party crashing has become more of an occupation than a form of trespassing. Well, California is trying to take the glamour out of sneaking in through a window or slipping past a bodyguard; the state’s lawmakers are looking to make inviting yourself to someone else’s shindig an offense that is punishable by six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Keep reading »

Coffee Chaos: Woman Kicked Out of Starbucks Over Bagel Dispute

Lynne Rosenthal just wanted a plain multi-grain bagel — and because of that she was kicked out of a New York City Starbucks.

It seems Rosenthal, who is a college English professor, wanted the bagel plain, without any butter, cream cheese or other condiments on top. But when her Starbucks barista asked her whether she wanted “butter or cream cheese” with it, she flipped out. Keep reading »

Will You Take It All Off On Topless Saturday?

The right to bare … breasts? This Saturday marks the third annual “Go Topless” protest in which women are encouraged to take off their shirts and go topless in the name of gender equality. Held simultaneously in nine cities around the country — including Denver, Chicago and Miami — it aims to end shame around women’s bodies. The group’s founder and “spiritual leader” Maitreya Rael (yes of the cult The Raelians) says, “as long as men can be topless, constitutionally women should have the same right, or men should also be forced to wear something hiding their chest.”

The GoTopless group sees their cause as aligned with the fight for women’s suffrage and equality. They also “aim to help men differentiate between nudity and sexuality” by demystifying toplessness and rendering it normal. Keep reading »

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