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The Daily Squeeze: Blondie, A Transgender Talk Show Host, Lindsay Lohan, And Online Safety

  • Blondie is touring this summer! What’s your favorite Blondie song? Lately I’ve been into “Denis.” [Blondie.net]
  • There isn’t much frank sex talk in India, but a transgender talk show host is changing that. [NPR]
  • Lindsay Lohan is trying to prove to people that she’s a serious actress worth hiring…so she’s playing a sex-crazed waitress in the upcoming movie Florence. [A Socialite's Life]
  • The U.K. government is proposing that sex offenders must supply all of their email addresses so they can be passed on to social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. While I’m all about online safety, I’m not sure how well this would work since it takes about two seconds to open up a new email account. [TechRadar.com]
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    Pregnant, Transgender Man Appears On Oprah

    A few weeks ago we wrote about Thomas Bettie, the Female-to-Male transgender man who’s currently six months pregnant. Yesterday, as the news of Thomas’ pregnancy spread like wildfire through the media (initially his story was reported in The Advocate, which everyone seems to be forgetting in lieu of the fact that People has jumped on it), he appeared on Oprah with his wife Nancy. It was kind of an awkward interview, honestly, because the audience had no warning and appeared flabbergasted the whole time, while Thomas and Nancy are clearly not media whores — they just want to get their story out into the public so they can go on with their lives, without scrutiny. I really do think this story is wonderful and phenomenal and give so much credit to Thomas and Nancy for being brave and telling their remarkable story. Oh, and as a side note, I totally think Thomas makes for a pretty good-lookin’ dude, but he was really hot as a woman too. Clip above. Keep reading »

    Wine Choice A Key To Sexuality?

    Everyone knows that Italians love wine, but one particular Italian thinks wine can tell you who your really love…sexually at least. Franco D’Eusanio has invented three wines which he says can help people determine their true sexuality — a masculine red wine, a feminine white wine, and a ambiguous rose. Um, I like all three — and a fourth! Boxed wine! — what does that mean? The test also comes with a psychological evaluation and a questionnaire about sexual behavior. Maybe he’s just trying to get you drunk so you’ll answer completely honestly? [Truemors] Keep reading »

    Madonna Featuring Justin Timberlake: “Four Minutes”

    Because who doesn’t love a lil’ Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Timbaland three-way to close their Thursday?

    {UPDATE: Apparently, Warner Bros. disagrees. The video is available exclusively through iTunes, so all of the clips on YouTube, etc. have been taken down. Boo hoo!] Keep reading »

    Lip Taken Out Of Service

    The 670,000 women in the British service industry won’t let you call them sweetheart — or baby, or darling, or sweet cheeks, or even honey. Just like the women in 9 to 5 sans the ball-gagged boss, Women and Equalities Minister Harriet Harman is putting an end to womanizing in overlooked workplaces. Minister Harman has used her new position to create a statute that will require bar, restaurant, hotel, and even gym managers to be responsible for protecting their female employees from sexual harassment. Since service industry jobs are known for their client lip service, the change is expected to cost British companies 10 million pounds to enforce, according to the government office. So while sexist comments might make the employees feel cheap, the repercussions certainly aren’t. Keep reading »

    Anne Boleyn’s Changing Reputation

    Who was Anne Boleyn, exactly? Whoever she was, she is portrayed differently according to the time period, writes University of Kentucky professor Susan Bordo in the Chronicle Review. Back in the early 20th century, Bordo says that Anne was depicted as a martyr to Henry and his quest for a male heir. These days, in this “post-feminist” era, Anne can be depicted not as a victim, but as a sly, sexual woman. That’s why in both The Tudors on Showtime and The Other Boleyn Girl, Anne is portrayed as a seductress. She wears dresses “designed more for a Pussycat Doll than a Tudor queen,” Susan writes. (We’re not sure the Pussycat Dolls would wear anything made with that much fabric, but we get your point, Susan.) Apparently, this rendition isn’t too far from what people in her own time period thought of her, because her enemies called her “the Great Whore.” [Newswise] Keep reading »

    Here Comes The Underage Bride

    Las year, Arkansas accidentally passed a law making it legal for anyone — even newborns — to marry as long as they had parental consent. The bill was supposed to have made 18 the legal age for marriage, but there was an extra “not” in the bill — oops! Lawmakers decided their error would make it easy for pedophiles to take advantage of the law, and repealed it this week, reinstating 17 as the legal age for men and 16 for women. While the whole “marriage-with-parental-consent” thing is bizarre, the fact that men and women can’t get married at the same age is truly strange. That, and laws making it legal for kids in Missouri and Hawaii to get hitched before they have their driver’s license. I guess they’d have a limo anyway. [USA Today] Keep reading »

    Personalize Your Smile

    There are a long list of inventions we wish we thought up: Post-Its…the completely backless bra…the Sharpee. One we’re glad we were smart enough not to think up is the tooth tattoo — yeah. K Art Dental Studio is reaching out to dentists around the world with their super special patented technology which can tattoo anyone’s tooth — with anything they want! — using “dental staining colors at 1775 degree Fahrenheit.” What does that even mean? Also, if need be — like if you have a job interview, or a wedding — the tattoo can be removed in two minutes. Honestly, many women state that a guy’s smile is one of the first things they check out when assessing his attractiveness, so I don’t know why anyone would choose to get a four leaf clover or Elvis stamped on their front tooth. [Tooth Tattoo via Tango] Keep reading »

    The Daily Squeeze: Sex Contracts, Drinking Water, And A Bitter Divorce

  • A member of parliament in Australia is proposing that men should carry around sex contracts in their pocket, “next to their condoms.” Women would sign the contract saying they agree to have sex, hopefully decreasing the number of false rape allegations. Not only would women have to sign the contract, but they would also have to write their marital status, whether they have kids, if they agree to being taken to another location to engage in sexual activity, and their driver’s license number. Can’t a girl get some privacy? [Thaindian News]
  • You know those people who carry around bottles of Evian? They’re idiots. New research shows that drinking eight glasses of water a day doesn’t clear out toxins, relieve headaches, benefit the skin, or help you lose weight by making you less hungry. [Reuters]
  • After a court ruled that Branko Zivkov, a Serbian farmer, had to split all of his property with his ex-wife, he used a grinding machine to cut his farm tools and machines in half. “I still haven’t decided how to split the cow,” he said. “She should just say what she wants — the part with the horns or the part with the tail.” [Reuters]
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    Does Tyra Want The Top Models To Act Like Street Walkers?

    Over the course of its many seasons, America’s Next Top Model (a new episode airs tonight) had tread into some fairly risque and/or controversial territory, though not in the way that Tyra Banks intends. Though she thinks the shoe has gotten “edgier” and more “fierce”, a number of women’s sites and organizations have cried fowl over some of Tyra’s creative choices when it comes to the photo shoots — a couple seasons ago, the models were photographed as highly sexy looking corpses, which many said glamorized sexual assault. Now a blog called “Menstrual Poetry” (stay with me ladies!) says that the current season’s opening montage features the women looking like less like models and more like, um, whores. “Her entire attitude in the first 15 seconds exudes sex–not modelesque, look at me kind of sexy, but look at me and give me a dollar bill sexy. When the America’s Next Top Model hopefuls are pictured, we are given a series of somewhat disturbing images including a few in particular of Kimberly, Dominique and Marvita, who look like prostitutes waiting in a dark alleyway.”

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