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Porn, Starring Grandpa

Competition is stiff in the porn industry (Get it? Stiff? Ha.), and specializing is really the way to go. Since most porn features strapping, young men and women, the niche that’s more open — and actually doing quite well in Japan — is that involving old people. The stars are balding or gray, their skin sagging, but stars like Shigeo Tokuda, 74, have no problem undressing for the camera. Shigeo has appeared in about 350(!) adult films over the past 14 years, and his wife and daughter have no idea. Elder-porn seems to appeal to older people who can’t relate to the young ‘uns, and younger people like it because there is this something that only an older generation has and the young people do not possess,” said director Gaichi Kono. Sadly though, there is age discrimination in this line of work. While a popular young actress might earn $100,000 per film, a “mature” one might only be paid $2,000. That’s why it’s so important to love your job. [Time] Keep reading »

Transform Your Face Into A Whole Lotta Ugly

Top Row: Original, Child, Teen; Middle Row: Afro-Caribbean, East Asian, Masculinese; Bottom Row: Modigliani, 50% Ape, Manga

How much do I love fun online gizmos which allow you to upload a photo and distort your appearance in bizarre ways? The Face Transformer allows you to see what you’d look like as a baby, a teenager (always uglier, fyi) Afro-Caribbean, East-Asian, Manga cartoon, or muse of Modigliani, amongst others. Needless to say, I look scary as anything other than a young adult white woman. Though I do think I am a touch fetching as a Manga cartoon. Now go have fun! [The Face Transformer] Keep reading »

He Says/She Says: The Ting Tings’ “Great DJ”

I tend to like guy-girl duos and upbeat music, so I made my friend Nathan listen to the Ting Tings’ song “Great DJ.” Katie White and Jules De Martino come from England, and they named themselves the Ting Tings because Katie worked with a girl named Ting Ting and thought it sounded lovely, “like the ‘ting’ you hear when you get an idea.” Have a listen and let us know whether you’re inspired. Keep reading »

Prom Crosses The Pond

Here’s a switch: there’s an American teen invasion in Britain. High schoolers in the U.K. who see movies like Napoleon Dynamite and Mean Girls want proms of their very own. Over the past few years Hummer limos, tuxedo rentals, and candy-colored ball gowns have been selling/renting like hot cakes across the country. Really, of all our American traditions — baseball, putting cheese on everything, driving on the right side of the road — why, oh why, did they pick this one? To the senior class of the U.K., let The Frisky save you $1000 bucks and some emotional scarring — forget the frills, kids. Stay home, buy a six-pack, crank up the radio, and invite your date over. The best things about prom night are free. [Wall Street Journal] Keep reading »

Top Five Songs That Objectify Men

5. “My man gives real loving that’s why I call him Killer/He’s not a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am, he’s a thriller/He takes his time and does everything right/Knocks me out with one shot for the rest of the night/He’s a real smooth brother, never in a rush/And he gives me goose pimples with every single touch” — Salt ‘N’ Pepa featuring En Vogue, “Whatta Man”, Very Necessary
This is, like, the ultimate man objectification song. Remember how awesome the video was, with Pepa in the bathtub? I wish Salt could get it together so there could be a real reunion.
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Shopping For Lingerie In Saudi Arabia

In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, lingerie stores that display their wares on mannequins make many people uncomfortable. “If I was passing by with my family and saw something displayed vulgarly on a mannequin, we would all find the situation awkward and embarrassing,” said one shopping mall manager. However, the store owners displaying lingerie in their windows don’t think they should stop showing people what they sell — how else will people know what they have inside? One 21-year-old woman even said she hates passing by lingerie stores because men often hang around them. The cultural differences between there and here are so interesting and apparent in regards to lingerie shopping. When I was in middle school, it was a huge rite of passage when you started shopping at Victoria’s Secret (and stopped getting embarrassed when your mother mentioned the word “bra”). [Arab News] Keep reading »

Sexual Preference From A Fertility Gene?

One of the questions in the nature vs. nurture regarding homosexuality is if homosexuality is hereditary, and those in same-sex relationships can’t reproduce, why hasn’t homosexuality disappeared? A new Italian study might explain part of this. According to findings from the University of Padova in Italy, homosexuality in males might be caused by the same genes that increase fertility in females. This would mean that in the same family, if a male inherited this gene, he would be gay, and if a female inherited this gene, she would be more fertile and possibly give birth to more babies than normal, making up for her brother’s lack of offspring and passing on the gene. Now, this conclusion seems to make sense for gay men, but not for lesbians, and the researchers think there’s an entirely different explanation for that. [LiveScience] Keep reading »

Wonderbra Plans The Largest Lingerie Shoot Ever

Wonderbra is trying to organize the world’s biggest underwear shoot ever, and let me tell you, there is a lot of competition in this category. They’re looking for 1,000 women in London to photograph in their new line of bras. We smell a bigger version of Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty. At least with so many models, the people will be so small that airbrushing won’t really be a factor. [MarieClaire.co.uk]

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The Daily Squeeze: Lil Wayne’s Success, Carbs, And Another Cindy McCain’s Recipe Blunder

  • Lil Wayne’s album Tha Carter III is the first album since 50 Cent’s The Massacre to sell more than a million copies in a single week. The first single off Lil Wayne’s album is “Lollipop,” and the first single off 50 Cent’s was “Candy Shop.” Is this a coincidence, or do songs about oral sex sell records? [NYMag.com]
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    Tuesday Quickies!

  • Kate Beckinsale hates her butt. Who hates Kate Beckinsale’s self-loathing? We do! [Candy Kirby]
  • John McCain is doing a fundraiser with a guy who compared rape to the weather saying, “As long as it’s inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it.” Ick. [Feministing]
  • Girl-on-girl action: why chicks dig other chicks. Cause boobs are soft and cuddly? [College Candy]
  • Growing up with a feminist dad is awesome. [Daily Bedpost]
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