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Completely Superficial: Judging The Presidential Candidates’ Style

I’m not going to sit here and tell you who to vote for, or attempt to suss out an official Frisky-approved political platform. But what I can tell you? Who wore it best. Sure, most politicians don’t wear the most cutting edge looks, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t assess their outfits and judge their personal style. All opinions expressed are strictly non-partisan and based purely on the cut of their jibs and the comb of their hairs. Tell us who you think has the best look in the comments.

The 6 Craziest Christmas Crimes So Far This Year

Christmastime means Christmas crimes. People do stupid crap all year-long, but the holidays inspire a special brand of crazy. The 2011 holiday crime season is just ramping up. Just this week a burglar broke into a Pittsburgh liquor store and made off with two bottles of alcoholic egg nog. I mean, egg nog is good, but not worth going to jail for. Click on through to see some of the craziest Christmas crimes committed so far this year. [Huffington Post]

Date Rape PSA By PA’s Liquor Control Board Accused Of Victim-Blaming

Drunk Is A Feminist Issue
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Too Drunk?
If you're a drunk woman who gets raped, will you be taken seriously? Read More »
Rape Checklist
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Date Rape Drug Test
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Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board is under fire for a new PSA campaign called Control Tonight, which critics say puts the onus on women for “not getting raped” while drunk and is blaming the victim. The ad in question depicts a woman’s bare legs on what looks like a tiled bathroom floor with her panties pulled down to her ankles and the text reads:

02:19 a.m  SHE DIDN’T WANT TO DO IT, BUT SHE COULDN’T SAY NO.

When your friends drink, they can end up making bad decisions. Like going home with someone they don’t know very well.

Decisions like that leave them vulnerable to dangers like date rape. Help your friends stay in control and stay safe. Keep reading »

Reader Mail: “Thank You For Giving My Sister Something To Smile About”

We get quite a lot of reader mail at The Frisky; notes urging us to keep up the good work, some corrections or complaints, lots of tips for stories we should cover, and plenty of letters responding to posts we’ve run. We read and appreciate them all. But occasionally an email arrives that immediately gets shared with the entire staff and, on rarer occasions, is one we want to share with the site’s readership. Today, such an email found its way into my inbox. With the writer’s permission, I’m printing it after the jump. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Took Plan B

Birth Control Facts
Did you know any of the 10 bizarro facts on this chart? Read More »
EC On Drugstore Shelves?
FDA considers putting the morning-after pill on drugstore shelves. Read More »
Should Men Pay?
Should men help pay for the Pill? Read More »

Typically before heading into the office, I make a pit stop to get coffee. Yesterday I had to swing into the pharmacy instead—to get Plan B.

As I walked through the drugstore doors, I recalled the news from the day before: The FDA was considering allowing the emergency “morning after” pill to sell on drugstore shelves, to anyone, without a prescription. I envisioned myself snaking through the aisles and grabbing the box, stashing it in my bag at self-checkout, and resuming my life, waiting for my next period just a little less anxiously. But, as many suspected, only hours after my trip to pick up the controversial contraceptive, I’d learn that Plan B would stay behind the counter, and my daydream scenario would remain a fantasy for many women, not just myself. Keep reading »

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Daughters Are Not Allowed To Ask Boys On Dates

8-Yr-Old Schools Michele
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An 8-year-old boy tells Michele Bachmann she's a bigot. Read More »
Michele Serves The Men
Michele Bachmann poured water for all her male contenders. Read More »
Bachmann Stupidity
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Sorry, Michele, "the morning-after abortion pill" doesn't exist. Read More »
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Michele Bachmann: People do find out [in my book] that I did not get asked to my senior prom.
Sean Hannity: Well, neither did I. And nobody would go with me.
Michele Bachmann:  Well, in my time, girls didn’t ask boys to prom. If you didn’t get asked, you didn’t go.
Sean Hannity: Yeah, well let me tell you, I have a 13-year-old son. Those days have changed big time.
Michele Bachmann: And our girls are not allowed to do that in our house. They have to wait for the boy to call.

Facepalm. Wilma Flintstone Rep. Michele Bachmann explains on “Hannity” that her daughters have to sit around and wait for a boy to call. I don’t even think kids these days use the telephone to ask each other out on dates, but that’s besides the point. What kind of message is Bachmann sending to her daughters? Eh, probably the same message she sent when she got up and served all the men water at a GOP debate.

In slightly-more-entertaining news, nobody wanted to go with Sean Hannity to prom. Oh, whyever not, ladies? [Jezebel via Think Progress] Keep reading »

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