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Celebrity Weddings: Once Is Not Enough

As you would expect during a recession, couples who are getting married are spending less on their weddings, cutting back on guest lists, wearing family rings instead of a new ones, and assembling their own invitations. According to a nationwide survey by David’s Bridal, 75 percent of weddings are being scaled back to save money. Early spending estimates suggest the average wedding this year will cost $19,000. Two years ago, the average was $28,000. Wedding dress designers who understand brides may not have as much to spend on their dresses are offering less expensive options, but some women are still spending $10,000-plus on dresseses. Keep reading »

Susan Boyle Offered Big Money To Lose Her V-Card On Film

Scottish songstress Susan Boyle needs a makeover, but L.A.-based Kick Ass Films doesn’t care. The company offered Boyle $1 million to lose her V-card on camera. [NY Daily News] — But this isn’t the first time a tabloid fave has been offered cash to get down and dirty. Keep reading »

Earth Week Field Guide: The Eco-Consumer

Yep, it’s still Earth Week, y’all. So far, we’ve discussed the Freegan, the Locavore, and the Righteous Recycler. Now, let’s turn our eyes towards Eco-Consumers, who aim to shop their way to a greener planet. You know, the ones who brush with organic toothpaste, wear clothes made from sustainable materials, and wipe with recycled TP. Keep reading »

Quote Of The Day: Lorena Bobbitt Explains Why She Tossed Her Husband’s Penis

“I remember throwing something out of the [car] window because I couldn’t drive. Obviously, one hand had the d**k and the other hand had the knife, so I couldn’t drive.”

— Lorena Bobbitt on “Oprah Keep reading »

Is This Fake Calvin Klein Bra Ad Sexist Or Just Clever?

Is advertising that uses women’s sexuality always sexist? Feminsting.com blogger Samhita says this advertising student’s project is “sexist, voyeuristic and pervy.” It’s a fake Calvin Klein billboard featuring a woman wearing a white blouse. In the sunshine the white blouse looks normal, but when it rains the billboard morphs and reveals the model’s black bra underneath, like a real white blouse would if it were to get wet. Clever, huh?

We’re no Don Draper or Peggy Olson, but we think the two advertising students behind this project were really thinking outside the box with this idea. According to the duo, they hoped their idea would “give a life to Calvin Klein’s sexy feeling.” This billboard certainly accomplishes that goal. What do you think? Tell us in the comments. [Ads Of The World via Feministing] Keep reading »

Working Retail Is Reality, Not Entertainment

Most of us have had to work retail at some point. We were desperate for extra cash, we wanted a store discount, or we needed a job. But after dealing with annoying customers and folding and re-folding clothes until your hands hurt, most of us vowed never to be a sales associate again — at least, I did. So, I can’t for the life of me figure out why TV producers think we would want to watch people working at a boutique. Keep reading »

Supreme Court Debates Strip Searching Middle Schoolers

The Supreme Court spent an hour yesterday debating, as the New York TImes put it, “what middle school students are apt to put in their underwear.” The case dealt with a 2003 incident in Arizona when then 13-year-old Savana Redding was strip-searched by school officials who suspected she was hiding prescription ibuprofen in her undies. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Jessica Valenti Braves “The Today Show”

Jessica Valenti was on “The Today Show” this morning to promote her new book The Purity Myth. Instead of discussing her book in depth, the producers pitted her against abstinence education champion Lakita Garth in a debate moderated by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, who always looks slightly perplexed. The result was that Garth got way more speaking time, although Valenti held her own as best she could, and Kathie Lee positioned herself on the issue of virginity loud and clear. “It’s much easier to give it away than keep it, right?!” Keep reading »

Quickies!: TMZ Wants You To Think Sasha Fierce Isn’t The Best Singer

  • TMZ says audio of Beyonce singing really badly on “The Today Show” was doctored. The jokes on … who? [Perez Hilton]
  • Sean Penn admires President Obama for his pearly-whites? [Très Sugar]
  • Foreign relations offer a welcome reprieve for one writer. But is a no-strings-attached relationship worth it? [Lemondrop]
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    Earth Week Field Guide: The Righteous Recycler

    Big ups for Earth Day! On Monday, we gave you the skinny on Freegans, and yesterday we profiled Locavores. Today, we’re loving on the Righteous Recycler. You know, that friend who picks your Diet Coke can out of the trash and keeps it until you pass a recycling bin, unplugs all electronics, and composts foodthings in her kitchen. Keep reading »

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