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“True Life”: My Mom Is Pressuring Me To Get A Boob Job!

This weekend there was a marathon of MTV’s “True Life,” all focused on body image issues, which made for an insanely unproductive Saturday for me. On “True Life: I Hate My Small Breasts,” Shacole, 18, was extremely insecure about her 32A cup but didn’t want to get breast implants, despite the fact that her mother really, really thought she should. Shacole’s mother Nicole, who has small breasts, thought her daughter should get her “boobs” enhanced if she wanted a chance at becoming a professional cheerleader — although she was quick to emphasize that wasn’t the reason she thought her daughter should get implants. “You need them,” her mother said. Nicole even suggested that Shacole join her in posting pictures of herself on a website where donors can sponsor breast enhancement surgery for those “in need.” Obviously, Nicole was a terrible mother with no concern over shredding her daughter’s self-esteem, due in no small part to her own insecurities, which she masks in gross, faux-confident exhibitionism. Hooray for Shacole, who didn’t give into her mom’s pressure and instead dealt with her low self-esteem through meditation.

Everyone in this episode of “True Life” referred to breasts as “boobs.” Every time, the entire time. Maybe if these women saw their breasts as part of their bodies, rather than ridiculously nicknamed accessories, they’d be happier with what they have naturally. Keep reading »

Lessons From Mom: Love Yourself

We’re celebrating moms this week in preparation for Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 10. What’s the best thing your mother ever taught you? Tell us by sending an email to tips@thefrisky.com or tweeting @thefrisky. Keep reading »

What’s With Guys Wanting Women Who Don’t Speak?

This morning, I flew back to New York and caught up on my pop music by listening to the Top 20on20 on XM radio, the one perk Airtran provides. Most of the music was expected — Lady GaGa, Miley Cyrus, Black Eyed Peas — but I’d never heard one of the songs that made it into the top 20: “Don’t Trust Me,” by the Boulder, CO, band 3OH!3. At first, I thought it was pretty catchy. That is, until it got to this part of the song:

Shush girl, shut your lips
Do the Helen Keller and talk with your hips
I said, shush girl, shut your lips
Do the Helen Keller and talk with your hips

Maybe I’m overly sensitive, but I couldn’t believe a pop song with such offensive lyrics was a hit. Not only is it regularly played on XM’s 20on20, but it popped to number 13 on Billboard’s Hot 100. What do I find wrong with these lyrics? The band disrespects a historically honored woman who persevered despite limitations — she could neither hear nor see, and yet she made a difference in the world. And the lyrics imply the guys don’t want someone who talks. They want a woman without a mouth, who doesn’t speak and uses her body to communicate, rather than making any noise. Keep reading to listen to the song yourself. Keep reading »

First Look: “Julie & Julia”

The trailer for “Julie & Julia” is out, and it looks amazing. Starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, the movie is based on Julie Powell’s blog-to-book in which she documented cooking a Julia Childs recipe everyday for a year. It was written by Nora Ephron, so how could it go wrong?! But did they succeed in making Meryl Streep, who is 5’7″, look as tall as Julia Child, who stood 6’2″? Keep reading »

Girl Power: Women Fend Off Bad Guys With Bras, Weaves, Implants, & Batons

Being a girly girl gets a bad rap. But as women across the globe can attest, our female frills aren’t just for show—lookin’ this good can actually save your life. Last week, we told you all about a woman whose cash stuffed bra took a bullet for her. Talk about a bodyguard. And she’s not the only woman whose been saved by her girly stuff recently. Here are some amazing true stories. Keep reading »

Swine Flu Ruins Prom!

Swine flu is effing things up around the globe. But did you know that it’s threatening prom? Around 300 schools in the US are closed because of the swine flu panic, and many are rejiggering prom plans for the weekend. But the girls have already purchased their dresses! And the dudes have already invested in boxes of condoms because they’re hoping to finally lose their virginity! What’s a teenager to do? After the jump, the deets on these events that would make John Hughes cry.

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It’s Kentucky Derby Time! Five Facts About “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports”

The Kentucky Derby, also known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” is going down today, and it’s about way more than a bunch of horses running in a circle. The Derby is an event in and of itself, spawning days of partying, drinking, and awesome clothing. After the jump, all you need to know about the event, from this year’s favorite to how many mint juleps will be made at Churchill Downs. Keep reading »

Quickies!: The Men Of No Doubt Still Look Like Sidekicks

  • The guys of No Doubt looked like orderlies at a mental institution while performing on “Today” this morning. [Dlisted] — They couldn’t fit into the Harajuku Girls’ costumes, so they had to rob a cricket team.
  • Hayden Panettiere might join Chace Crawford in the “Footloose” remake. [Perez Hilton] — Good thing because the “Heroes” ship is sinking.
  • “9 to 5: The Musical” opened last night, and the stars of the movie, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda, attended. [Pop Bytes]
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    The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For May 2nd-3rd 2009

    Saturday

  • “The Virgin Suicides” on Showtime at 9:45 am
  • “Millionaire Matchmaker” on Bravo starting at 10 am
  • “Today At the Kentucky Derby” on ESPN starting at 12 pm
  • “What Not to Wear” on TLC starting at 1 pm
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    Gift For Gab: Your Best Comments For The Week Of May 1st 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, internet chatty Cathy’s a little something special. This week, five winners will receive ClinQs Reusable Drink Stickers. Without further adieu, the lucky winners of this week’s Gift For Gab. Keep reading »

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