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Five Puppies Cloned From 9/11 Rescue Dog

You might not remember Trakr the dog, but even after his death, he’s still making headlines. Trakr was the hero dog that located the last survivor amid the smoking rubble at Ground Zero. Five puppies were cloned from Trakr’s DNA after his search and rescue handler, James Symington, won the opportunity in an essay contest. Symington says the puppies look identical to Trakr, even down to the minute details. He plans to train the puppies to be rescue dogs if they have the same abilities as Trakr. “Few dogs are born with exceptional abilities – Trakr was one of those dogs,” he said in a statement released by BioArts International, the California company that arranged the cloning procedure. [People]

I’ve never been a fan of cloning, but I guess if it’s for a good cause like this — [Or cloning my dog Lucca. -- Editor] — then it’s OK. I just wonder if the puppies will have any health complications or will even survive their first year, though. Keep reading »

Is A He-Cession Good News For Women?

According to researchers, bloggers, and bitter, unemployed men, our recession has a gender-specific twist. They argue that the recession is in fact a “he-cession,” since four out of every five people who have lost their jobs during the past two years have been men. The shift in unemployment is due primarily to job losses in manufacturing and auto industries; men make up the majority of these work fields. Keep reading »

Is This Safe Sex Ad Offensive And/Or Misogynist?

To see the full NSFW ad, click past the jump. This Portuguese ad, targeted at women, promotes safe sex. It’s hard to read, but the text up top says, “Girls, protect yourself. Demand your partner wear a condom.” It’s some seriously shocking imagery, but does it go too far? Megan at Jezebel wrote (in a post that’s since been taken down):

Sexualizing rape and domestic violence and putting the onus on women to protect themselves scream “safe” to me, too.

On one hand, I see her point. Pointing a gun at a vagina is certainly graphic and sexually violent imagery out of context. However, each of us is responsible for protecting our bodies from STDs and this ad is trying to imply that having sex without a condom is the equivalent of firing a loaded weapon at your, uh, vital parts. Is that message clear without the text? Not necessarily, so in that regard, it doesn’t work. But in combination, it’s certainly powerful. What do you think? Keep reading »

Being Gay Is Natural, It Happens In The Animal Kingdom, Too

For all those critics of homosexuality and same-sex marriage who say that being gay is unnatural, get a load of this: scientists have found that homosexual relationships are quite prevalent among reptiles, mammals, amphibians, and even insects. In studying a group of Laysa albatrosses (birds) where the number of males outnumbered the females, researchers found that many of the ladybirds paired with other females to raise their babies. What’s more is that dude dolphins get it on together as a way of bonding with other males. Nathan Bailey, an evolutionary biologist explains the importance of studying this behavior: “Once [same-sex sexual behavior] exists within a population, it could change the social dynamics of that population.” Is this what the homophobes are afraid of? Because, change, is, you know…so Obama. If flies can be gay…can it really be so harmful? Mother Nature clearly says no. [USA Today] Keep reading »

Could Men-Only Subway Cars Become A Reality In Tokyo?

Men don’t always know how to keep their hands to themselves on crowded, rush-hour subways. In Tokyo, Seibu Holdings—the company that operates their trains—has set up women-only cars to prevent the morning commute from becoming a gropefest. But now, Seibu shareholders are asking the company to designate men-only cars, too. Why? So that women can’t falsely accuse guys of copping a feel. “While measures against groping, such as setting women-only carriages, have been effective to a certain extent, no measures have been taken against false charges of groping,” said the shareholders who’re requesting a vote at the annual meeting next week. “In the spirit of gender-equality, a male-only carriage must be introduced.” Seibu’s board of directors, however, isn’t so into this idea since only a few customers have made requests for male-only cars. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Feminism In Iran Is Going Strong

Sometimes, I think we assume that women who live in super-sexist countries are helpless while we—the almighty Americans—are enlightened and free. We look at gals in countries like Iran and feel pity, or the need to rush in and save them from having to wear burkas. But I think we’re being way too presumptive. Women everywhere can confront difficult circumstances and overcome obstacles, no matter what their race, economic background, or living situation. We aren’t stronger because we don’t have to wear floor-length skirts or look down when a man walks by. We’re just lucky.

Hear me out, I’m not saying that women in Iran are treated as well as women in the United States. They aren’t, by a long shot. But just because a woman is in an oppressive situation doesn’t mean she’s helpless or hopeless—believing that is an insult to women everywhere. Women in Iran don’t just passively take their treatment. Believe it or not, there is a strong feminist movement in Iran. Women aren’t exactly burning their bras (and did that even happen/work?), but they’re trying hard to force change. Keep reading »

Chatter Boxes: What Women Op Ed Writers Are Saying This Week

Ever glanced at an op ed page and noticed that it’s bit of a boy’s club? Us, too. In fact, The Op Ed Project, which teaches women how to write and submit opinion pieces to newspapers, reports that 85 percent of op eds are written by men. While we do love us some guys, we want to show our support for female columnists, too. In Chatter Boxes, we’ll point you towards a few of the most thought-provoking. This week, Maureen Dowd tackles the meaty subject of Obama’s cheeseburgers, Kathleen Parker hopes women’s rights will get their due in Iran, and Meghan Daum begs the president to smoke a cigarette. Keep reading »

Lauren Conrad Doesn’t Care Who Knows “The Hills” Is Fake

Lauren Conrad was on “The View” this morning to promote her “novel,” L.A. Candy (we’re going to a “reading” tonight!). The interview was pretty awkward and the ladies spent about, oh, six seconds discussing the book, after they peppered L.C. with questions about Heidi and Spencer. The greatest revelation? You know that little “apology” Spencer delivered to Lauren, over the phone, in order to get her to come to the wedding? Never happened. See the clip above… Keep reading »

Quick Vid: Barack Obama Kills A Fly & PETA Flips Out.

When I watched this, I was pretty impressed with Obama’s fast hands and ninja-like focus. When a fly buzzes around my head there’s usually nothing I can do, but Obama smacked that little sucker dead. PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, however, were not pleased. This crazy organization said they wished he had not killed the bug. They’re sending him a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, which allows people to trap a bug inside and release it later. Puhleeeze! PETA needs to realize that if they continue to get upset about things like killing flies NO ONE is going to take them seriously. Wait, too late. [AP]
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An Open Letter To Steve Zalewski

Dear Steve,

We hear from Star magazine that you’re trying to sell some tapes, which show Danielle Staub giving you your “routine blow job,” as Teresa once eloquently phrased it. Some kind advice: Don’t do it. For the sake of our eyes not running away from their sockets, if nothing else. While we understand that you’re upset because you had to spend thousands of dollars on Danielle (even though she outright says that she only dates men for their money), you don’t really need to make this quick buck. Everyone totally thought you were gross for getting fellatio from her, but then we totally loved when you were holding in your laughs during the break-up scene, so why not quit while you’re ahead? Destroy the videos, save your reputation (or what’s left of it), and just continue on down the path of life, wearing your Ed Hardy hats that almost cover your premature bald spot. K?

Sincerely,
The Frisky Keep reading »

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