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A Porta-Potty Fit For A Clinton

So, when Bill Clinton wants to take a nervous crap on daughter Chelsea‘s wedding day, this is where he’ll do it. You’re looking at the porta-potties the Clintons have rented for the occasion at a grand total of $15,000. It goes without saying that these bathrooms are nicer than mine, not to mention The Frisky’s ladies room, where we recently found a cockroach! However, we do have a stack of gossip mags in ours, so there. [via Gawker] Keep reading »

New Video Game Is Like “Avatar,” But Teaches Teen Girls About Abstinence

An open dialogue about sex? That would be much too simple. Instead, the University of Central Florida has created an “Avatar”-like video game “that promotes sexual abstinence,” according to Fox News Orlando. How does it work? A pre-teen girl puts on a “motion capture” suit outfitted with marks which are picked up by infrared light and then simulated on-screen. Then the girl gets propositioned by another avatar. “A boy similar in age might approach the person playing the game and might ask her to make out or there might be some sexual innuendo,” explained UCF Professor Anne Norris of the UCF Institute for Simulation and Training. “They’ll have an opportunity to interact with the avatar and they’ll get points for social skills that they develop.” Which I assume means she says “no” to sex.

And hey, Floridians, the whole shebang will cost you $434,000 in federal tax dollars! Keep reading »

Insecure People Have A Greater Chance Of Health Problems

Are you insecure in your relationship? Distrusting of your partner, constantly worried of their motivations, or scared of being rejected? Insecurity is never a good feeling or a positive quality to possess, especially now that there is proof that people who are insecure might actually be at a greater risk for a number of health problems. A new study shows that people with relationship insecurity, which researchers classify as insecure attachment, are more likely to experience stroke, high blood pressure, and even heart attacks than their secure counterparts. According to the study, there are three primary types of attachment. Which one do you have, if any? Keep reading »

Cat Gives Birth To A Dog?!


Yesterday, we discussed dealbreaker pets. Would any of you be opposed to dating someone with a catdog? This woman Georgia claims her cat gave birth to a dog — the little kittypup has the tail and ears of its mommy, but the rest of the body is more dog-like. Shut the front door! Apparently, vets think that the animal’s, um, unusual-ness is more likely the result of radiation, not a dog and a cat procreating; this story is decidedly less adorable now. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: “Abusers” Co-Creator Tami Outterbridge

Last week we learned about a potential new show that made our jaws drop: “Abusers,” a reality TV show about domestic abusers and their victims. There were few details about the proposed show beyond a press release online and few details about the show’s co-creators, Tami Outterbridge, a writer, and Albert Harris, Jr., a former aide to New Jersey ex-governor Jim McGreevey.

On Friday I spoke with Outterbridge, who said the show (currently called “Abusers Intervention,” as Harris told me in an email) is being shopped around to several networks. She explained that “Abusers Intervention” will not depict physical violence onscreen but will instead “show and identify the patterns of red flag behavior” of abuse. “Domestic violence never happens in a vacuum or a void,” Outterbridge said. “There’s a pattern that delivers you there.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Sophia Bush Slams Urban Outfitters Over “Eat Less” Shirt

  • “One Tree Hill” actress Sophia Bush has penned an open letter to Urban Outfitters, demanding the company issue a public apology for its women’s T-shirt that says “Eat Less.” “Shame on you. I will no longer be shopping at your stores,” Bush wrote. “And I will encourage the tens of thousands of female supporters I have to do the same.” [SophiaBush.com]
  • An all-male panel of men who work at “The Daily Show” say the men who work at “The Daily Show” are not sexist at all. [NYMag.com]
  • Britain’s Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone will hold a series of meetings this fall with mag editors and ad execs to discuss airbrushing, Photoshopping and hiring models who are far skinnier than the average woman. [Guardian UK]

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