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Seattle Man Forced His Pregnant Teen Girlfriend To Sign “Abuse Contract”

What kind of nonsense is this? Police in Seattle say Graydon Smith, 31, had an “abuse contract” with his pregnant 19-year-old girlfriend, stipulating he could beat her anywhere on her body “except on her pregnant belly.” Sick.

The police were called to Smith’s parents’ home on April 28 after the girlfriend reported he’d threatened to kill her. She then told cops Smith had assaulted her before and she believed he would do so in the future because he had made her sign a contract granting him permission to physically abuse her, so long as he stayed away from her pregnant stomach. When reached by a reporter from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Smith — who had a 2003 domestic violence conviction — confirmed the “abuse contract” existed. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Everyone Should Have A Retail Job At Least Once

I’ve never known how to properly fold a shirt. My dressers have always been an orgy of unorganized clothes—sweaters and socks spilling out of drawers—because my approach has always been to ball everything up, which is not really a great way to organize or prevent wrinkles. That all changed after my first day working in retail, a job, I have found, that revolves around a perfectly folded shirt. See, along with interning at The Frisky, I also have one of those typical college student I-need-to-make-rent jobs. For the past two weeks, I have been a sales associate at my university’s bookstore, which features a surprising amount of apparel. Already, I’ve gained enough knowledge from this job to endorse the idea that everyone should take a turn working in retail. Keep reading »

Do NOT Get Your Dad This For Father’s Day

Now, I know “clothing optional resorts” are about celebrating the human body and aren’t supposed to be at all sexual. But still, a weekend trip to one is the absolute WRONGEST gift that you could get your dad for Father’s Day. “A weekend for both of you in the nude. We set the mood. You provide the romance.” Let’s hope this ad is a joke or a horrible mistake. Oh, and here are some ideas for what you should actually get for a Father’s Day gift. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Former Scientologists Say The Church Pressured Them To Get Abortions


Not that we ever thought particularly good things about the Church of Scientology and their Xenu-fearing ways, but this new report from the St. Petersburg Times is particularly disturbing. While members of the Sea Org—the highest order of Scientology whose members supposedly sign an employment contract for one billion years—have been allowed to marry each other since 1996, they’ve been banned from having children. Why? Because kids distract from their duties to the church. And thus, women who get pregnant in the elite organization are allegedly pressured into having abortions. In the video above, three former Sea Org women tell their stories of being arm-twisted into abortions. They say that women who continued their pregnancies, and the husbands who stood up for them, were given harsh manual labor and were referred to as “degraded beings.” Keep reading »

What’s Your Definition Of Happiness?

The other day, I came across this post: “Does the meaning of ‘happiness’ change as we age?” It featured this quote: “The research finds that the meaning of happiness shifts as people age: Whereas younger people are more likely to associate happiness with excitement, older people are more likely to associate happiness with feeling peaceful—a change driven by increasing feelings of connectedness (to others and to the present moment) as one ages.” And it got me wondering how women of all ages define happiness. What does happiness mean to you? How do you define happiness? What makes you happy? Tell us in the comments and we’ll post a follow-up featuring our favorite Frisky readers’ answers on their idea of happiness. [Barking up the Wrong Tree] Keep reading »

Topless Stripper Pinatas Giving Texans An Eyeful

A pinata shop in Donna, Texas, sells the usual Elmo and Batman pinatas, but it also sells one particularly troubling item: a pinata of a topless lady on a stripper pole. Moms who drive past the nudie pinatas told the local news station it’s inappropriate for little kids to see. No one questions, though, whether there’s something wrong with the idea of swinging a bat at a stripper pinata.
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