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Liz Lemon Attempts To Use Her Feminine Wiles To Save Her Staff

On last night’s episode of “30 Rock,” the company has to undergo some cuts, and Liz Lemon is told she has to pare away 25 percent of her budget. But she can’t find anything to get rid of (straw are not an unnecessary expense!). Liz tries to play by the rules, pleading her case to the consultant who is overseeing the budget cuts, but that doesn’t help. So, she decides to try to give the budget consultant “a taste of the Lemon” in exchange for her staff not getting fired. Things work out in the end, but not because she dons a slutty red ruched dress and hooker boots.

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Cha-Ching! Meghan McCain Scores A Book Deal

So, hip-hip-hooray, Meghan McCain got a book deal! For six figures! It’s not Ann Coulter money, but I’m totally jealous. Also, a little irked. What does Meghan McCain have to offer the world that’s worth that many greenbacks? While her new publisher, Hyperion, isn’t saying McCain will be writing about, her columns on The Daily Beast suggest she’ll continue pontificating on the future of the Republican Party and how they can better appeal to her generation. Given the sea of old face that one typically associates with Grand Ol’ Party, pimping Meghan out as the new face of young conservatism is probably a good idea. Then again, maybe it will be a style guide to workin’ a fabulous curvy figure? Conservatives and liberals would buy that. Except Laura Ingraham, of course. [New York Observer] Keep reading »

Don’t See It: Seth Rogen’s Date Rape Movie

I thought losing weight was to blame for Seth Rogen’s fall from funny. But maybe we never had the same sense of humor to begin with. How else to explain his starring role in “Observe and Report,” which opens today, the extended trailer for which shows his character, Ronnie, a mall cop, having sex with a woman (Brandi, played by Anna Faris) who’s passed out drunk, covered in vomit? This scene has caused quite a bit of controversy, with everyone from The New York Times to Salon’s Broadsheet weighing in on whether the scenario classifies as date rape. (The scene, FYI, is embedded in the trailer, after the jump. Warning: the language in the trailer makes it NSFW.) Rogen says it is not.

“You can literally feel the audience thinking, like, how the f**k are they going to make this okay? Like, what can possibly be said or done that I’m not going to walk out of the movie theater in the next thirty seconds? … And then she says, like, the one thing that makes it all okay.”

That one thing? When Rogen stop manically pumping away, Brandi, vomit oozing out of her mouth, comes to, and says, “Why are you stopping motherf**ker?” The Times agrees that this is her giving “permission,” writing in their review, “He forces himself on a makeup-counter saleswoman after a date of heavy drinking and drug use. (Before the scene is over she indicates that she had given her consent.)”
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Will Brown Fat Make You Thin? Yes! Sort of.

Finally, a weight loss strategy that requires me to do absolutely nothing! From now on, your fat will make you thin. According to three papers published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, humans are filled with “brown fat” (gross) which burns calories at super speed. [WebMD] Keep reading »

Quickies!: Pete Wentz Parties With Strippers While Ashlee Is Stuck With The Baby

  • When Ashlee is away, Pete will play! [Dlisted] — With bikini wearing skanks that is.
  • Nerve’s guy blogger has a list of his favorite feminist icons. We love guy feminists! [Nerve]
  • Sam Ronson won’t be bring a restraining order against Lindsay. [Celebitchy]
  • What? Cancer survivor Christina Applegate was spotted smoking. [Oh No They Didn’t]
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    The Chia Obama Is Offensive. Really?

    Walgreens stores in Chicago and Tampa have removed the Chia Obama from their shelves because they’ve deemed it “objectionable.” “Since when is an Afro racist?” asked Joseph Pedott, founder of Joseph Enterprises, which manufactures Chia Pets. “Owners can trim Chia Obama’s ‘hair’ to any length they want,” he added. I personally don’t see what’s so offensive. Joseph Enterprises, which doesn’t have any plans to halt production, is just trying to capitalize on Obama hysteria like so many other entrepreneurs. Seriously, Walgreens? The Chia Obama is basically a Chia Head, so where else did you expect the plant to grow from? His nostrils? Get over it. I plan to buy one just as soon as I decide between the determined pose and the happy pose. [Perez Hilton] Keep reading »

    The Five Most Important Things You Should Know About: Bacterial Vaginosis

    Bacterial vaginosis, also known as BV, isn’t the most pleasant of subjects in polite company, but it’s something that every woman needs to know about. Not only is it the most frequent cause of vaginal infections, it’s also common during pregnancy and can cause problems as serious as miscarriage, pre-term labor, ectopic pregnancies, serious uterine infections, or even infertility if left unchecked.

    1. Bacterial vaginosis means that the balance between good bacteria and harmful bacteria is upset and the harmful bacteria end up overpowering the good. The cause of bacterial vaginosis is unclear, but if you’re experiencing unpleasant discharge with a bad odor, burning, itching, or pain, see a doctor as soon as possible, especially if you’re pregnant. Bacterial vaginosis is not something you should attempt to self-diagnose because symptoms can be confused with urinary tract infections. Most women have no symptoms at all and discover the problem during a routine gynecological checkup.

    2. Bacterial vaginosis is not strictly an STD. Your risk for bacterial vaginosis increases when you engage in sexual activity with a new partner or have multiple sex partners at one time, but virgins can get bacterial vaginosis, too. Don’t worry about getting it from public toilets, swimming pools or casual contact; that’s a myth. Douching, however, can greatly increase the risk for BV. Keep reading »

    The Guerrilla Girls Go Down In History

    The Guerrilla Girls, a group of anonymous activists whose mission is to fight discrimination against female and minority artists in the art world, have sold a bunch of documents, letters, and artwork to the Getty Research Institute for an undisclosed sum. This is kind of ironic because the Guerrilla Girls have protested against the art establishment (which includes the Getty family) since 1985.

    The Guerrilla Girls started protesting the lack of women in museums and cultural institutions, covering New York with posters saying things like, “Does a woman have to get naked to get into the Met?” To get noticed, the women began wearing gorilla masks, and their posters became collectors’ items over time, with people spending money to purchase them (which then allowed the Guerrilla Girls to buy ad space on billboards to promote their causes even more).

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    Poll: Should You Lie About Your Age?

    In this week’s issue of Time, the magazine asks feminist author Suzanne Braun Levine whether women should lie about their age. Levine has a new book out, 50 is the New Fifty, and she believes that society has a mental block about people older than 65. “And I was not so afraid of being old or being that age as I was of being pushed aside by people that I still had a lot in common with and wanted to stay connected to, particularly women in their 40s who were in their own kind of inventive process and who had a lot to say about their lives that I was interested in,” Levine told Time. She was worried that people would stop thinking she was relevant after becoming eligible for Social Security. Keep reading »

    Will Have Sex For Meat

    You know how women get offended when a man expects a little nooky after paying for an expensive steak dinner? A woman should never be pressured to do something sexually she doesn’t want to do, but there is scientific evidence that suggests the man’s expectations are only natural.

    German researchers have found that female chimpanzees mate more often with males who have shared their meat with them (no pun intended), suggesting that chimps exchange sex for meat. Males who shared their meat with females mated twice as much in general, and they mated frequently with the females they gave meat to on a regular basis. Females who had difficulty obtaining their own meat seemed to find it more beneficial to trade sex for meat, rather than exerting themselves hunting and risking potential injury. Sounds like a win-win situation. The females increased their caloric intake, and the males sowed their oats. Chimps are highly promiscuous animals, males have a choice of females to a certain degree, and hunters can usually control who shares their kill, so the sex-for-meat hypothesis is a plausible explanation for male-to-female meat sharing, according to the researchers. Researchers say these findings will help to explain human male-female relationships. [Reuters] Keep reading »

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