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Plastic Surgery Commercial Generates Controversy

Say hello to a plastic surgery commercial stirring up … controversy. But is the ad actually controversial — or not? I’m not entirely sure what the deal is, but it sounds like this commercial for Park Avenue Smart Lipo ran as an actual ad on Gawker last week. According to another sponsored post featuring the commercial that ran on Gawker today, “some readers of our sister site Jezebel were outraged by it, and the post was pulled after an hour.” So, this is a commercial, a paid spot, claiming that the commercial itself is controversial, which would increase views of the commercial. So, real controversy, or not? I am not entirely clear what the controversy would be, other than the women are asking the men what the men think of various parts of the women’s bodies and such. Which I guess is controversial. If you want it to be. And Park Avenue Smart Lipo sure does. What have we learned here? PASL FTW. [Gawker] Keep reading »

It’s Illegal To Refuse To Breastfeed An Adult Male In Saudi Arabia

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A new law in Saudi Arabia has caused quite a bit of confusion. Are you sitting down? OK, so a strict version of Islam forbids women to come in contact with men who are not their relatives. And so the Saudis have issued a fatwa demanding that women who come into regular contact with unrelated men should breastfeed them so that they can be considered relatives. But the big issue is not the law, believe it or not. The heated debate is about the logistics of the law. Keep reading »

Gift For Gab: The Best Comments For The Week Of May 28, 2010

We here at The Frisky live for celeb gossip, chocolate, and your comments. What can we say? You crack us up! Each week we’re going to shout out to our smart, sexy, and incisive readers, who aren’t afraid to talk smack on the internet. And you can get in on the action too. Tell us your favorite comments of the week below. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Wal-Mart Lawyers Warned Company Of Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit

  • Wal-Mart is the focus of the largest sexual discrimination lawsuit in history, but in 1995 the company actually hired a law firm to research their vulnerability to such a suit. A subsequent report found disparities in pay and promotion among men and women employed by the company as well as Sam’s Club. Men were found to earn 19 percent more than women in some positions and were found to be five and a half times more likely to be promoted. In 2001, seven women filed a class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart. [New York Times]
  • Black men are more frequently marrying women of other races, according to a study released today by the Pew Research Center. Interracial unions now account for one in six new marriages in the United States, a new high. Blacks and Caucasians are the least common type of interracial marriages (1 in 60 marriages) and unions between Asians and Caucasians are the most common. [New York Times]
  • Are the Kardashian sisters — and 637 “bikini body” magazine covers — bringing a newer, more voluptuous body ideal to Hollywood? [CNN]

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French McDonald’s Ad Focuses On A Gay Teenager


This is a new McDonald’s spot that has been running in France. It’s called “Come As You Are,” and it shows a teenage guy in a McDonald’s booth caressing his class photo while talking on the phone to a suitor. He hangs up as his dad returns to the table, and his dad begins to talk about how he was a ladies’ man when he was a teen. “Too bad your class is all boys,” he says. The teenager smiles a knowing smile. The words “Come As You Are” flash onscreen. It’s a sweet moment, though one that has you wishing the boy was ready to come out to his dad, and it seems pretty groundbreaking for McDonald’s to make it. But then again, were gay teenagers not welcome to enjoy a Big Mac before? Keep reading »

Now Joran Van Der Sloot Is Wanted For Extortion

There are only two options in the cases of Natalee Holloway and Stephany Flores, who were killed exactly five years apart to the day: either Joran Van Der Sloot killed them, or he is the unluckiest person on the planet and also the stupidest for continually fanning the flames. Remember in 2008, when he was recorded in a conversation with a friend saying that Holloway died when she had a seizure during sex on the beach, and that he’d called a friend to help him dump the body in the ocean? Van Der Sloot later claimed that this wasn’t true, and that he was lying to impress the friend. (Yeah. So impressive.) The tape was eventually deemed insufficient evidence. But, apparently, just a few weeks ago, Van Der Sloot was communicating with an unnamed party in Alabama about Holloway’s disappearance. And he allegedly said that for $250,000, he would reveal the location of her body. The money was supposedly wired to him, but the information he gave was not accurate. He has now been charged by the U.S. with extortion and fraud, in addition to the murder charge in Peru. Like I said, on the small sliver of a chance that this guy is innocent, he seriously has not done himself any favors. [Radar Online] Keep reading »

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