Childhood Frenemies: The Crappy Friends We Thought Were Awesome At The Time

Having a frenemy sucks. But at least there is some sort of unspoken agreement there—that you both acknowledge the sense of competition. The other night, some friends and I were talking about the concept of frenemies at a bar and I realized that I actually had my very first one in high school—only I had no idea that’s what was going on. Leslie* and I were best friends for about a year. But though I couldn’t identify it at the time, there was definitely something off about our friendship. Leslie would always ask me what score I got on a test, only to tell me that she had done better (even if it wasn’t true). And when I told her about the awesome job I’d gotten at a local movie theater, she apparently went in and applied without saying a thing to me about it. But the worst was when I told her about a mega crush I had on a guy in one of my classes. Apparently, at a party one night, she made out with him. When another friend told me this, I confronted Leslie. “Oh,” she said. “I wanted to find out for you if he liked you or if he would kiss another girl.”

At the time, I actually thought, Of course! She was just doing reconnaissance for me. I’m so lucky to have a good friend who looks out for me. But now I get it: she always needed to one up me to make herself feel better.

Talking to other women, it seems like a lot of us had this type of proto-frenemy relationship like this and didn’t quite realize what was going on. After the jump, The Frisky staff tells their tales. Add yours in the comments section. Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Lawsuit Against “The Help” Author Kathryn Stockett Dropped

  • Yesterday, a Mississippi judge threw out a $75K lawsuit against Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, by Stockett’s brother’s maid. Ablene Cooper claimed the author used her likeness without permission in her novel about white women and their black maids (including one named Abilene) in ’60s Jackson, MS. The judge dismissed the case because a one-year statute of limitations had passed between the time Stockett gave Cooper a copy of the book and the lawsuit was filed. Stockett has long denied the characters in the book were based on real life people. [NPR]
  • Gwyneth Paltrow has always been anti-cosmetic surgery. But she is now considering a boob job for “breast correction” after breastfeeding her two kids. Hypocritical? Or understandable? [Celeb Dirty Laundry]
  • Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Ke$ha, and duh, Madonna, are rumored to be in MTV’s VMAs tribute to Britney Spears. Sounds pretty hot. [Pop Crush]
  • This might be the plot of the “Arrested Development” movie. Then again, it might not. [BuzzFeed]

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Ed Westwick’s Hot British Accent Comes Out In “Gossip Girl” Blooper Reel

Why are all these other people in this “Gossip Girl” blooper reel? A perfectly fine video would have been the world’s sexiest Brit, Ed Westwick, struggling to pronounce words like “favor” in an American accent and failing adorably. Penn Badgely and Chace Crawford roughhousing is pretty cute, too. [YouTube via NYmag.com] Keep reading »

Infographic: How To Score A Guy By Following The Movies

Last week, guys were schooled on how to snag a girl by following the great advice in movies. This week, we decided to do you ladies a favor and show you just how easy it is to land the guy of your dreams. All you have to do is fail math, get a makeover, play the drums, date within your family or, uh, lie about your age, your job or who you are. Easy, right? Keep reading »

Lingerie For Little Girls? Yep, A French Company Went There

Forget about candy-colored bra and panty sets from Target; there’s ickier underwear for little girls afoot. It’s lingerie, to be exact, although the French line Jours Aprés Lunes calls it “loungerie,” because it is for lounging around instead of, uh, looking sexy prior to f**king . Why, praytell, would girls ages four through 12 want to wear lingerie? To look like mommy, of course. This shouldn’t be a surprise, seeing as little girls are painting their nails, and getting facials and spray tans just like “big girls” these days. Companies will introduce “new” adult products to little girls any way they can as a way to make more money. Keep reading »

Julianne Moore To Star In A New “Mad Men”-esque Show

“Dope” is a new television show that sounds like the perfect combination of everything I love—one part “Mad Men,” one part “Breaking Bad,” one part “Bored to Death,” and one part “The Good Wife.” And even better—it will be produced by and star the amazing Julianne Moore. Julianne is developing the show for HBO alongside Todd Haynes, who directed her in “Far From Heaven” (pictured here) and who more recently turned out Kate Winslet in “Mildred Pierce.” Based on the novel by Sara Gran, “Dope” tells the story of a woman in 1950s New York who becomes a private eye, despite her past as a heroin addict. Which sounds pretty juicy to me. And hey, i’s exciting to see a period drama in the works that centers on a female character—and one who is not in a bunny tail or formfitting Pan Am stewardess get-up. [Huffington Post, TV Line] Keep reading »

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