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The Merging Of Two American Icons: Marilyn Monroe And Mickey Mouse

Pop artist Ron English and vinyl toy manufacturer Garage Works teamed up to create “Marilyn Mickies,” limited-edition fiberglass statues of Marilyn Monroe with Mickey Mouse’s face as her breasts. If art is meant to be interpreted, what the heck do you think this means? [Garage Works Industries via Highsnobiety] Keep reading »

Baby Gender Mentor Kit Is A Rip-Off, Say Moms

The Baby Gender Mentor kit seemed like a godsend to expectant mothers who wanted to know the sex of their babies before the delivery. The mothers shelled out $25 for the kit and $250 for results. But the company couldn’t deliver on its promise. Although it promised 99.9 percent accuracy, the Baby Gender Mentor kit inaccurately concluded the sex of six infants. The moms have filed a lawsuit in New York City because they say they were stiffed out of a promised 200 percent refund, and the incorrect results severely impacted their lives. Keep reading »

Pregnancy + Anorexia = Pregorexia

I’ve always wondered what happens to women who think the scale is their enemy when they get pregnant. Most women are fine, and realize that gaining weight is just a part of the cycle. But in other cases, the result is “pregorexia,” a rare disorder in which pregnant women starve themselves and over-exercise. This week, Maggie Baumann, the pregorexia survivor pictured here when she was seven months pregnant, wrote on MomLogic.com:

“Pregnancy was a nine-month battle in which I lived in a dissociated state from my body—horrified by my expanding ‘self’ that protested every ounce of weight I gained…I did not experience the freedom to eat for two; rather, I experienced the restriction of starving for two.”

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Lessons From Dad: Take It Slow

We’re celebrating dads this week in preparation for Father’s Day this Sunday, June 21. What’s the best thing your father ever taught you? Tell us by sending an email to tips@thefrisky.com or tweeting @thefrisky. Keep reading »

David Letterman Should Not Have Apologized To Sarah Palin

You may have heard that David Letterman and the governor of Alaska are in a bit of a tiff over jokes he made in reference to her family — particularly jokes he directed at one of her daughters. After much back and forth, Letterman apologized for the second time last night — this time, without sarcasm. Personally, I don’t think that he should have. Keep reading »

Sex & Celluloid: Sex Scenes That Made Us Queasy

Sex and violence sell, and it’s as true in Hollywood today as it was during Shakespeare’s time. But combining the two seat-fillers tactics can often result in the opposite of sexy, and as many hot sex scenes involve a little bit of teeth and nails, the examples below represent the most borderline-disturbing sex scenes mainstream Hollywood has ever confronted us with. Keep reading »

Is Photoshopping OK When It Makes Someone’s Body Bigger?

I think we all agree that magazines have gone a little overboard with Photoshopping photos in a quest for perfection on their beautiful, glossy pages. It can be detrimental to women’s attitudes about our own bodies when we see models with pencil-like legs and whittled-down waists. But what about when photo retouching makes women larger than they are in real life? Is that also bad for us “real” women? Keep reading »

“NYC Prep” Preliminary Reaction: OMFG

“NYC Prep” is set to debut next week, and as I expected, reactions from the Upper East Side community have increased in anticipation of the premiere. The show, which will follow five privileged Manhattan teens, has trouble written all over it. Recently, we’ve learned a bit more about the filming process, parental reaction, and have even gotten to know one of the characters, Sebastian, better because he naively accepted our Facebook friend request! Keep reading »

Dating On The Cheap: Head To Ikea

You probably won’t find Michelle and Barry O. making eyes over a plate of Swedish meatballs in the cafe any time soon (though you never do know!), but The New York Times is claiming more and more of us are heading to the Scandinavian superstore for a few romantic moments alone. Ahh, love amongst the Lack storage solutions! And parents are taking full advantage of the child care centers called “Smaland,” dumping the little rugrats off for up to an hour and a half of supervised playtime in the ball pit, and heading to the couch section to read the paper together in silence. (Actually, Ikea estimates that “Smaland” attendance has jumped roughly 20 percent so far this year in its stores in major American cities.)

I bet it makes for a tab that you’ll both be fighting to pay. Don’t worry, sweetums, it’s my treat this time! [NY Times] Keep reading »

A Girl’s Guide To The Roller Derby

I am admittedly not the most athletic lady alive. Last time I was on wheels was at a friend’s 8-year-old birthday party at the local roller rink. I held onto the outside rail and eventually ditched the rink altogether to eat a soft pretzel on the sidelines. That’s why I am obsessed with the roller derby, which the New York Times is dubbing a new trend even though it’s been back with a vengeance for years. It’s awesome to watch girls tearing it up out there on the rink—even if I can’t. From the punk-meets-club kids style to the quirky team names (Texecutioners, Mason Dixon Roller Vixens), roller derby is faster and sexier than it was in the ’70s. Here’s what you need to know about “jamming.” [New York Times] Keep reading »

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