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Album Drop: the Latest From The Jonas Bros, Jill Hennessy, Laura Izibor & Sarah Jarosz

It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin. This week’s big release is from the Jonas Brothers—and sorry, but it’s pretty blah since all the boys do is whine about “Lines, Vines and Trying Times.” Luckily, there are some great new albums coming at ya from a few musicians and bands you may or may not have heard of—including Laura Izibor, Street Sweeper Social Club, Jill Hennessy, Sarah Jarosz, and Among The Oak And Ash. Keep reading »

OCD On VH1

We’re all a little bit crazy. I know I am. After battling a bout of depression in my teens, going through therapy in my 20s, and ultimately becoming a happy, more well-adjusted person, I decided to get my masters in psychology. Why? Because people are endlessly fascinating and complex. So I get a little too excited watching shows like “Intervention,” “Obsessed,” and “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.” Sometimes my friends make fun of me, pointing out that I am the one who is “addicted” or “obsessed” with these shows. Laugh all you want, but I don’t watch because I get off on other people’s problems. I just think it’s important to have empathy for what other people are going through. I watch to be a better person, darn it. And that’s why I am so psyched that VH1 has created a new reality series that follows people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder. Keep reading »

Wisconsin-ites Want To Burn A Book About A Gay Teen

Author Francesca Lia Block, we hope you’ve got Judy Blume on speed dial! Some wackos in Wisconsin are calling for one of your books to be censored in a good ol’ fashioned book-burning. Block‘s young adult novel, Baby Be-Bop, is the story of how a teenage boy comes out of the closet to his grandmother. And it upset a group called the “West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries,” who tried to remove it from the public library, along with a bunch of other books with gay and lesbian themes. The group says they were trying to “protect children from accessing [the books] without their parents’ knowledge and supervision.” Of course! Because teens don’t ever go to the adult stacks. Ever. Keep reading »

British Vogue Editor Puts In Her Two Cents On The Size Zero Debate

Yet another person is weighing in (sorry, I couldn’t resist) on the so-called “size zero debate,” and those of you who are tired of looking at girls who can count their vertebrae in magazines will love this. British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman sent an angry letter yesterday to a bunch of leading designers and fashion houses telling them that the clothes they were sending her magazine were just too freakin’ small. Only anorexic gals can fit into these teeny tiny garments, she says. And she went on to confess that her team often has to retouch photos just to make the girls look slightly less skeletal. [Metro UK] Keep reading »

A Real Shoe Vixen Has Been Unmasked

A forest worker has solved the mystery of the missing shoes in the small western German town of Foehren. It turns out a fox was stealing the shoes overnight from outside the locals’ front doors. The worker came across a pile of shoes strewn in front of a fox den and discovered even more shoes down the hole. “There was everything from ladies’ shoes to trainers,” said a local police spokesman. “We’ve found between 110 and 120 so far.” The spokesman suspects the vixen thought the shoes would make great playthings for her cubs. Although, many of the shoes were missing laces (See even thieves can be good moms — She didn’t want her cubs choking themselves, so she removed the laces.), they were still in great condition and the owners were happy to claim them, said the spokesman, who added that there was no planned retaliation against the fox. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Sweet Bits From Lauren Conrad’s Novel, L.A. Candy

Lauren Conrad has gone from reality TV starlet to fiction writer. That’s right, “The Hills” star’s first novel, L.A. Candy, comes out today. For a book supposedly based on Lauren’s experience in La La Land, I’ve got a bit of a beef with main character Jane’s portrayal. Now I’ve only loosely skimmed, but so far Lauren describes Jane’s L.A. digs as having “urine-colored walls” and being filled with “cute things” bought at Target. Umm, stretching a little, L.C? I seem to remember a killer apartment with Ralph Lauren paint and vegan home décor by Stella McCartney. But, hey, it’s fiction right? Wait. Besides the living situation, there are many bits in L.A. Candy that I feel like I’ve seen before. After the jump, some choice gems. Keep reading »

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 »

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