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Princess Propaganda Giving Us The Runs

Last night I was watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians — in the episode, Khloe and Kourtney got pissed at Kim because she was buying a Bentley and acting like a big princess. Their retort was that Kim may be a princess, but that they, Kim and Kourtney, are queens. Ooh, snap, right? Then this morning we got this annoying press release in our email for a book called Princess Bubble, which seeks to show girls that being a princess in modern times does not mean being a damsel in distress, but rather “traveling the world, helping others, and finding ‘happily ever after’ even before she finds her Prince!” May we be the first to say BARF? Seriously, so over this women as princesses and queens nonsense. What happened to being a person? This isn’t progressive, even if the effing princess is “single and proud of it!” A Princess is still an a-hole in a poofy skirt, acting like she’s God’s gift to the universe. It’s still a horrible gender stereotype. Why aren’t there any books targeted at boys telling them how to be amazing princes? Because princes are worthless, that’s why. So can we please cut the Princess in Fairy Tale Land crap? Thanks! [PrincessBubble.com] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Humans Almost Disappeared, Another HPV Warning, And Pregnancy Cravings

  • A new gene study supports the theory that humans nearly went extinct 150,000 years ago, when the species was down to just 2,000 people. That’s the same number of people who participated in Birmingham Mail’s fun run this weekend. [AHN, Birmingham Mail]
  • HPV could have a role as a co-carcinogen, meaning the virus’ presence might increase the risk of lung cancer for smokers. [ABC News]
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    Even If Wanted Is No Good, We Still Want To See It

    Angelina Jolie hasn’t signed on for a movie that didn’t suck for years (except, maybe, A Mighty Heart and, of course, Mr. & Mrs. Smith), but I really hope that Wanted will be an exception. James McAvoy. Actually using his sexy brogue. Guns. Violence. Assassins. Morgan Freeman narrating. A sex scene that even from the preview looks loin-burning. I haven’t been this excited for a movie that could seriously suck in so long. Keep reading »

    Friday Quickies!

  • Our six words to describe love and heartbreak? Mac ‘N’ Cheese Hurts Way Less. [SmithMag.com]
  • Watch a black-and-white film this weekend. [DAME magazine]
  • Are you a flirt? We are. [Tango]
  • We all use Facebook to keep tabs on our exes. [DearSugar]
  • Huge shocker! Feminists can be funny! [Salon]
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    Frisky Chatter: Dish From The Frisky Forums

    So this weekend, while you’re waiting for everyone to arrive at your green party, or you’re twiddling your thumbs until the Bust Craftacular starts, or you’re counting the seconds until you see Baby Mama, may we suggest you take a gander at the latest happenings on The Frisky Forums. Reader de la thea inquired today if moving in with a boyfriend of three months is too soon, while Elle wants to know how you feel about open relationships, abstinence education, and designer babies. And don’t forget, Kiki T is always on the horn, ready to answer your burning questions about sex and love, through her mind-meld with the cosmos. So what are you waiting for? Keep reading »

    Coming To A TV Near You!

  • Nick Lachey is set to host a High School Musical-inspired talent show competition. Get ready for some show tunes! [Just Jared]
  • Could the 90210 remake start to suck even before it’s begun filming? E! Online reports that the CW may have reached out to Hilary Duff about starring in the series. No, no, no! [E! Online]
  • HBO is well-endowed with a new dark comedy called Hung. True to its title the show will focus on the sex life of an aging athlete still trying to use his impressive physical attributes to the best of his ability. [Variety]
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    Email Order Baby Brides

    While my Jewish mother would do almost anything to marry me off, apparently I should thank my lucky stars that she hasn’t put me up for sale! Although, I’m already past peak for this eBay-style site of teen brides — MarryOurDaughter.com. On the page, parents advertise their young daughters and sell them through an online form to turn a profit. Like happy mother, “Mrs. James P”, who wrote this testimonial: “Our 15-year old daughter Mary wasn’t very popular and did nothing but mope around the house bringing everybody down, so we decided to marry her off through your site. Now our house is a lot cheerier and we love our new swimming pool and Jacuzzi! We’ve told our youngest that when she turns 15 we’re going to marry her off too!” Satisfaction guaranteed has never sounded so disgusting. [Via Nerve Scanner] Keep reading »

    The Hard & Soul Of Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    Yesterday we posted a review of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a movie which has an R-rating despite the fact that there’s a whole lotta peen to be seen. Apparently, the film was able to avoid an NC-17 rating because the ratings board told the filmmakers that star Jason Segal’s penis would have to remain flaccid during the scene in which it’s exposed — an erect penis would have garnered an NC-17 rating. We’re not quite sure why a shriveled penis is less “offensive” than a hard one. Is it because a hard penis implies sexual arousal and THAT is what is inappropriate for children under 17? Segal says that in order to comply with the board’s standards, while still not embarrassing himself on a celluloid with a cold and shriveled package, he went for just slightly engorged. We asked our friend Jon how he would do such a thing, and Jon said that he probably got himself aroused and then let his boner subside a bit before filming began, getting that “meaty” effect. We swear, we have not learned so much about penises in our entire life as we have in the last two days. Anyway, what do you think about how this movie is rated? Do you think it’s strange that the film ratings board makes such a, um, stiff distinction between the two? Keep reading »

    Florida’s Plan To Obliterate Bull Testicles From Cars

    Some lawmakers in Florida are hoping to make it illegal for motorists to dangle fake bull testicles from the back of their vehicles. These novelty items, sold under names like “Truck Nutz,” and come in many colors, as shown above. While the Florida Senate voted to ban the fake testicles, the House version of a broader transportation bill does not include such a proposal. The anti-bull testicle bill’s [Say that five times fast! -- Editor] sponsor doubts it will succeed. You know what? He needs to get some balls. [Reuters and TruckNutz.com] Keep reading »

    Don’t Drink The Bathwater, Even If It Is Beer

    Beer is a tasty beverage, but I’m not sure I would want to immerse myself in a tub of the stuff. In the Czech Republic, the Chodovar Family Brewery offers just that. The beer is warm, not steaming, and herbs and beer foam float at the surface. Klara, a balneologist (balneology=the science of baths) at the brewery says a beer bath can soothe muscles, warm joints, and heal the complexion. Supposedly, it’s not as sticky as a bar floor, so maybe I would enjoy soaking up some hops. Bubbles are overrated, anyway. [Sydney Morning Herald] Keep reading »

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