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When Our Wallets Are Empty, We Buy Lube

Further confirmation that sex-related industries continue to do well during a recession: Sales of personal lubricants increased 32 percent this quarter, up to $41.2 million. “When the economy goes down, sex goes up,” according to a spokesman for Johnson & Johnson, the company behind K-Y Yours & Mine his-and-hers lubricants. The “sexual-enhancement” product category is growing even faster, with sales up 74 percent this quarter. So, it seems the recession is good for something, namely taking away everyone’s money so they can’t afford to see a movie in the theater, but they have enough to pick up a few ounces of lube. But while you’re at the store, don’t forget a pack of condoms. An increase in unemployment rates increases fertility, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, and we see a mini-baby boom as a result. [Ad Age] Keep reading »

11 Reasons Facebook Is Really Dead

A new Vatican website, Pope 2 You, has launched, and on it you’ll find an application called “The pope meets you on Facebook.” Yes, the pope is on Facebook. The Vatican is using social networking tools in an attempt to reach young believers. But you can’t “poke” him or write on his wall, so what’s the point? Lately, we’ve been asking the same thing about Facebook in general. After the jump, 11 reasons why Facebook is really dead. Keep reading »

Gift For Gab: Your Best Comments For The Week Of May 22nd 2009

We here at The Frisky live for celeb gossip, chocolate, and your comments. What can we say? You bitches crack us up! In honor of you, our smart, sexy, and incisive readers, who aren’t afraid to talk smack on the Internet, we’re giving away prizes! Each week we’ll award you awesome chatty Cathy’s a little something special. This week, five winners will receive products from the Aveeno Nourish+ Hair Care Collection. Without further adieu, the lucky winners of this week’s Gift For Gab. Keep reading »

Cricket Player Benched For…Genital Warts?

Pakistani Cricket player Shoaib Akhtar has been benched from playing in next month’s World Twenty20 tournament due to an injury. You’d think most fans would be satisfied with the word “injury” as an explanation, but the Pakistani Cricket Board decided it was cool to divulge in a freaking press release exactly what his “injury” was. Dude has genital warts. Since his wounds (way TMI) need treatment for another ten days, the board will have to appoint a replacement player. Now, we’re all for full disclosure, but it just seems wrong for the Cricket Board to announce to the world that Akhtar has genital warts. What will this mean for his ability to pick up cricket groupies? [GuardianUK]
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Give Yourself An Inside Out Self-Love Makeover

I often find myself writing about self-love, simply because I know that that is the key to accomplishing absolutely anything we want in life. Self-love breeds confidence, and once we’re confident, the sky’s the limit! I think that we tend to overcomplicate things, or get “stuck in the muck” of what happened in the past. Keep reading »

Laundry: The Adderall Of Chores

One of the reason why I love Sarah Haskin’s “Target: Women” videos is that sometimes they force me to laugh at my own stereotypical womanly ways. This week, she goes off on detergent commercials which make it seem like women love doing laundry. “Why can’t we break the spin cycle?” she asks. “Because when you’re high on laundry, life is just better… it smells better.” Can I just say, this fits me to a T? I love doing laundry and nothing makes me squeal like the downy freshness of just washed towels. The only thing better? The smell of bleach. Keep reading »

Is Nancy Botwin A Hooker Or A Drug Dealer?

I was making my way through the subway station this morning, when BAM! there was Mary-Louise Parker, splayed out across a spider web wearing a green bustier and bejeweled undies. Great!, I thought, another season of “Weeds” is on its way. But why do they have to make Mary-Louise all sexy to advertise the show? Keep reading »

Should Adam Lambert Be Queen’s Next Frontman?

You know that Queen song where they chant “no time for losers” really obnoxiously for, like, five minutes? Well Entertainment Weekly is suggesting the band make time for “American Idol” loser runner-up Adam Lambert. Since Queen’s lead singer, Paul Rodgers, recently peaced out the band, they need a replacement ASAP. And on the last episode of “Idol,” Kris Allen did a duet of Queen’s “Champions” with Lambert, and his flamboyancy totally reminded us of late Queen singer Freddie Mercury. EW says Adam “has the musical chops and stage presence vital to preserving Queen’s signature sound.” So, should Adam pick up the phone and call Queen, stat? Or should he concentrate on churning out his own tunes? [EW] Keep reading »

Mary Kay Letourneau Hosts “Hot For Teacher” Bar Night

Teachers hooking up with their students used to be a rarity — and pretty scandalous. In the last couple years, instances have become commonplace. Now, the practice is going mainstream. Mary Kay Letourneau, the former teacher who was sent to prison for molesting a 12-year-old boy (and then ended up marrying him), is hosting “Hot for Teacher” nights in various clubs and bars around the country. Girl’s gotta make a buck somehow, since she obviously can’t go back to teaching. Her husband, Vili Fualaau, DJs the events. [via Nerve] Keep reading »

Black Women Can’t Get No Love From The Beauty Industry

African-American women may spend almost eight billion dollars a year on beauty products and cosmetics but they still can’t get no satisfaction. That’s what a new study by Essence magazine revealed. During a breakfast conference at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York this week, a panel, which included Essence’s beauty editor Mikki Taylor and legendary makeup artist Same Fine, discussed the findings.
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