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Somewhere Out There, A Male Mouse Is Singing His Heart Out

If you think the mouse squeals you can hear between your walls are gross, just wait until you listen to the ones that are normally (and luckily) inaudible to the human ear. Sure, over hearing a neighbor or roommate having sex can be quite traumatizing, but male mice screech higher than Michael Jackson when they’re getting tail. Researchers at the University of Toronto, have discovered that boy mice actually have feelings and real emotions — it’s in their genes. For example, when a male mouse encounters a female or even simply smells one, it gets so excited that it will chirp in a special way based on its individual genetic make up. Basically, male mice sing sweet ballads to show their softer side — remember Fieval from American Tail? [New Scientist] Keep reading »

Happy Black Day!

Think we have too many lame romantic holidays in the U.S.? Don’t visit South Korea. There, marketers have cooked up even more days to make single people feel bad about themselves. White Day, on March 14, is when men give gifts to women. (Local custom dictates that women give men presents on Valentine’s Day.) Black Day is today, and it’s when singles wear dark colors and commiserate over meals of black food, the favorite being Chinese-style noodles topped with a thick black bean paste sauce. Yum. If Valentine’s Day, White Day, and Black Day aren’t enough for you, there’s Green Day in August, but it hasn’t gotten much traction. Celebrating Green Day involves drinking cheap liquor from green bottles and walking in the woods. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Women Dominate Spain’s New Cabinet

Spain has a female Defense Minister for the first time EVER. Not only is Carme Chacon 37 years old and totally cute, but she’s also pregnant (gasp!). Major props to Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero for selecting her and the eight other women who now fill the 17-person cabinet. And shame on the conservative commentator who referred to them as “ZP’s battalion of inexperienced seamstresses.” [The Independent, U.K.] Keep reading »

Just ‘Cause She Dances Go-Go…

I’ve always been a little curious about what being a stripper, I mean dancer, involves, exactly. If you’re at all interested, you should read Ruth Fowler’s account of how she came to New York from the U.K. and began stripping because she wasn’t making enough to survive as a waitress (plus she was in the States illegally and didn’t have many options, job-wise). She wore clear plastic heals, learned that dancers love their dogs, and even dated a guy she met at work — it didn’t work out, though. He didn’t want her to take off her intense stage makeup. [The Observer, U.K.]
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Ladies Love Hot Lesbians

In the past I have said that if I was going to hook up with a woman, she would need to be busty and very womanly because, otherwise, what would be the point? But over the years, the true girl crushes I’ve had (not the “oh my god, isn’t she cool”-girl crushes we write about on The Frisky) have been a lot more masculine than I thought they would be. Like Ellen DeGeneres, who I find very attractive. And the chick who briefly hosted “Queer Eye For The Straight Girl” — I think her name was Honey Labrador or something. Anyway, apparently, I am not alone. The New York Times had an interested article this weekend about how women — from city gals to suburban moms — are totally obsessed with the host of Bravo’s Work Out, Jackie Warner, who’s gay. This makes me happy, mostly because the most mainstream acceptance of lesbianism has been when it’s pornified in Girls Gone Wild videos or at your local bar, where girls make out with each other for the viewing pleasure of men. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Haven’t We Seen This Chick Flick Before?

One movie The Frisky will not be reviewing in our “We See Chick Flicks” column? Made Of Honor. Why? Because you’ve already seen it. It was released in 1997, under a different title, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and it starred Julia Roberts, not Patrick Dempsey. It was a terrible movie. Pretty sure this new version is going to be just as bad. Keep reading »

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