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Oscar Winner May Be A Craigslist Rapist

Joseph Brooks, the guy who wrote “You Light Up My Life” and won an Oscar for it, is facing 82 counts of rape-related charges against 11 different women since 2005. He lured these young gals into his apartment by dangling the fame carrot in front of them—he’d have them sit on his “casting couch” and tell them to drink a lot of wine, because the part they were auditioning for was a wine-swilling prostitute. If they refused he’d whip out his…Oscar. Eventually, this nasty dude allegedly attacked and raped them. Not surprisingly, he picked up most of his victims via Craigslist, with an ad that claimed an Oscar-winner was looking for someone he could turn into a star. [NY Post]

Geez, what’s with all these guys using Craigslist for nefarious purposes? First, it was the Craigslist killer. Then there was that guy who posted on CL to find someone to rape his wife while he watched. Now this? Here are some tips for making sure you’re not responding to some twisted guy’s ad. Obviously, there are no guarantees. But, hey, it’s a start. Keep reading »

Total Awesomeness At “The Real Housewives Of New Jersey” Reunion

The first part of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” reunion was on last night and it was genius. In addition to rehashing the table-turning drama at the final episode dinner and uttering an uncountable number of “bubbies,” the ladies discussed their family values. In particular, Caroline, Dina, Jacqueline, Teresa and Danielle all plan on teaching their daughters how to keep a clean house and select their future husband’s clothes for them. As for the sons? Well, they just hope their future daughter-in-laws baby their babies the way they do. Sigh. Also climactic? Caroline defending her husband and deceased father-in-law, who the media has claimed had mafia connections. Clip above! I got chills. Part two airs tomorrow night — can’t wait! Keep reading »

“Cat Ladies” Documentary Features Woman With 123 Cats

As “Grey Gardens” — both the documentary and the HBO film — proved, crazy cat ladies make good cinema. Debuting this week at the Silverdocs film festival in Washington DC, a new documentary, called simply, “Cat Ladies” hopes to capitalize on the popularity and cultural interest in the strangely endearing stereotype of a woman gone mad. While the one-hour film, which follows four ladies with a shit-ton of felines (one has 123!), is supposed to reveal a “sensitive and emotionally honest portrait of women whose lives and self-worth have become intractably linked to cats,” it’s hard not to laugh or cringe in disgust at some of the women’s antics. Watch the clip above to see what I mean. [via TresSugar]
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Bottoms Up! Drink Away Recession Blues

In rain or shine, economic ups or downs…people will hit the bars. The question is where can you find a bar that doesn’t exactly have set prices? Well apparently, the Dow Jones Bar. After hearing about this “great” spot from some of my new yorker friends I decided to investigate. Not only does New York have their own Dow Jones bar but forms of it are popping up in places from Barcelona and England to Kuala Lumpur. It works like this: prices will go up and down on screens depending on how many people are buying at the time. If a man next to you just bought a rum and coke, the price will go up andm if you’re not too tipsy to pay attention you can still strategically buy up all the cheaper drinks. Although it depends which bar you are in, Barcelona’s Dow Jones rigs its machine sot hat every half an hour the market crashes, orange lights go off and drinks drop to their minimum price which of course makes everyone run back and buy another round. The good news is, game or not, the bar never lets the price of drinks get too high to afford even if it is good business. Now, I’m not too sure if alcohol and stock exchanges are a good mix but in this recession, it may be a smart gamble. Finally a bar where you really can call the shots. [La Bolsa Bar (spanish stock exchange)] Keep reading »

Florida: The Pedophile Teacher State?

It seems like I keep seeing more and more news about teacher/student affairs…especially ones involving female teachers and their young male students. As a former high school teacher, this whole scenario never gets less despicable and disgusting to me. I know first hand how close you can become with your students and how much testosterone teenage boys have. It’s outrageous. Were there a few awkward moments when 17-year-old boys hit me on at school dances? Yes. But seriously, when you are a teacher, you are entrusted with a serious duty—the safety and well being of your students. Every fiber of a non-psycho teacher’s being knows that crossing sexual boundaries is the weirdest, wrongest possible scenario. But it’s still happening. Especially in the state of Florida. Huh? Keep reading »

Burger King Wants Their Super Seven Incher Sandwich To Remind You Of Giving Head

Burger King must be sweatin’ the competition because their latest ad for the “Super Seven Incher” makes Carl’s Jr.’s raciest ads seem, well, subtle. And just in case the woman with her mouth agape didn’t convey enough sexual innuendo, the copy at the bottom reads, “Fill your desire for something long, juicy and flame-grilled with the NEW BK SUPER SEVEN INCHER. Yearn for more after you taste the mind-blowing burger that comes with a single beef patty, topped with American cheese, crispy onions and the A1 Thick and Hearty Steak Sauce.” Um, yeah. Click past the jump to see the full ad. [Copyranter] Keep reading »

Nixon’s Extreme Racism Revealed In Newly Released Tapes

On January 23 ,1973, when the Supreme Court decriminalized abortion in the landmark case Roe v. Wade, President Nixon remained mum on the decision — publicly, that is. In private conversations, tapes released this week recorded by secret microphones in the Oval Office from January and February 1973, reveal Nixon expressing both ambivalence and shocking racism. He worried that easier access to abortions would foster “permissiveness” and that they would “break the family.” But he acknowledged that “sometimes an abortion is necessary,” like “when you have a black and a white,” he told an aide, before adding, “Or a rape.” Wha?? I wonder what he’d say about our current “black and white” president. Keep reading »

Are These Fat Of The Land Ads Offensive Or Motivational?

You may have to look very closely to figure out what’s happening in this ad. Still clueless? Well, the biker is trudging up the hairy belly of an obese man, warning us that if we don’t “stay in shape,” we’ll end up a sedentary slob. That’s my take on the ad, anyway, not that I agree. I think a more successful ad would have been to show overweight people that they can still do activities like riding a bike, not shame them. Or maybe SPW Bike’s goal was just to get attention in a clever way. What do you think? See the female version of the ad after the jump. [Copyranter] Keep reading »

Quickies!: Sarah Jessica Parker And Matthew Broderick’s Twins Are Born

  • Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s twin daughters were born yesterday via a surrogate. The babies’ names are Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick and Tabitha Hodge Broderick. [Quickies] — That first name sucks ass, even if it has familial significance.
  • Mattel is releasing “Twilight” dolls in the likeness of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s characters, Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. [Perez Hilton] — OK, Kristen officially has to give up her I’m-so-awkward-I’m-cool shtick because nothing spells conformity like M-A-T-T-E-L.
  • How did Tanner P. from “The Bachelorette” know that Jillian’s feet were “softer than s**t?” [E! Online] — I guess he’s had a ton of crap in his life.

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This Is What A Woman With Five Husbands Looks Like

While we struggle to get men to commit to one date, an Irish woman has managed to bag four husbands by age 23, five by 31. Sure, the courts are calling her a “very predatory female,” but we would like to take this moment to congratulate this totally average looking chick on suckering marrying so many men. How does she do it? Is it just the luck of the Irish? Is it her resemblance to Keanu Reeves in “The Matrix?” Find out her story after the jump!

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