Single women can learn a lot about dating from Michelle Obama, but one guy advises black women to take a different route than Michelle did, before another man passes them by. Most of his advice is logical. Some of it, I have to admit, I’m not ready to hear and probably never will be. Keep reading »
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or tweeting @thefrisky. Keep reading »
I am always a bit wary of writing about my personal life on the blogosphere. That being said, this is The Frisky and we are all about honesty and openness. Last Friday I took my first crack at publicly exploring a private issue. Not to air my dirty laundry to the world again, but I wrote about a problem I was having with my boyfriend. I was conflicted on many levels, not the least of which was wondering if it was even OK to write about him in the first place. In the end I decided to write the post. I had a lot of legitimate reasons for doing so, but I was also really really furious and didn’t care if he read it or not. Inevitably, he found out. He wasn’t upset with me, but the incident did get me thinking…. Traditional journalists have to protect their sources, but the blogosphere lacks a set of guidelines about what we can and cannot reveal about other people.This is why I feel the need to create The Blogosphere Privacy Bill of Rights. We need this, if only so we don’t scare away all our friends and family. Keep reading »
Weddings are just one opulent aspect of life that has gotten downsized during this recession. In an effort to at least make it look as though they’re not spending loads of dough on their wedding, more brides have been taking a “down home” approach to the ceremony and reception. The New York Times reports that more women are throwing backyard barbecue-like parties with pies instead of tiered wedding cakes, and slider burgers instead of salmon. This is cute and all, but more folksy weddings don’t actually cost less than extravagant ones. But, since we’re not really into excessive displays of wealth, here’s what we’d serve if we threw tradition (and smoked salmon) out the window… Keep reading »
Laura Sessions Stepp, a Washington Post reporter, pissed off a whole lot of people a few years ago when she published a book about why hooking up is bad for women, called Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose At Both.
Now the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy have asked the controversial writer to host a podcast on their new site aimed at 20-somethings and sexuality, SexReally, which promises to educate women on sex and relationships, especially how to “steer clear of unplanned pregnancy.” Somewhat predictably, Stepp’s first podcast is chock-full of both outdated ideas about “what women want”—not to mention baseball metaphors all about how it’s a bad idea to “make a home run” with someone who isn’t your boyfriend! Keep reading »
Lindsay Lohan took her brother Cody shopping at Blue & Cream on Bowery Street for his birthday. She may be the world’s most embarrassing older sister, but at least she knows how to make a kid feel special on his big day. [NYC, 6/16/09] Keep reading »
What’s the antidote to a culture that tells women, in a multitude of ways, “thin is better?” Marianne Kirby, 31, and Gabrielle Gregg, 22, who were interviewed by ABC News, both have felt the pressure to be thin, but have become the faces of the “fat acceptance movement,” which seeks to assure women that your appearance has nothing to do with your self-worth. This is certainly an attitude I can get behind, especially because there are many negative and untrue stereotypes made about people who are overweight. However, just as there is an obviously negative side to celebrating thinness, I believe the same danger exists in telling people who are very overweight that “fat is beautiful.” Keep reading »
Photos of Kate Gosselin spanking her daughter in public have sparked quite a bit of controversy. Some are calling it “normal,” while others are deeming it “abuse.” While Gosselin has used questionable scolding techniques in the past (she reportedly chased one of her kids with a wooden spoon), I don’t think she’s the only mother who spanks her kids. I, myself, am not a believer in booty-smacking, but if I had eight children, I might have to reevaluate my position…
What do you think? Are Jon and Kate child abusers? Or just average parents? [PopEater] Keep reading »
Normally, when reality TV stars talk about how in love they are, I involuntarily roll my eyes. (See: Paris Hilton talking about how she wants to marry boyfriend Doug Reinhardt, only to dump him, like, a week later.) But when I read that Bethenny Frankel from “The Real Housewives of New York City” has a new guy, I felt kind of giddy. “I’m in love,” she told People over the weekend. “I was getting my picture taken [at a restaurant in New York City] and I had a scowl on my face. He came up and said, ‘Are you going to get that stick out of your a–?’ I’m pretty much certain I’m going to spend the rest of my life with him…I’m really happy.” Her dude’s name is Jason Hoppy and they’ve been together for eight months. He’s a pharmaceutical rep who also does real estate. And look at his dreamy blue eyes! [People] Keep reading »
I’m the world’s slowest text messager. So I’m pretty darn impressed by the contestants who took part in LG’s third annual U.S. National Texting Championship on Tuesday. More than 250,000 applied, but only a very lucky 20 earned spots in the competition and got to show off their skills at texting blindfolded, texting while running an obstacle course, and (GASP!) texting without grammar and capitalization errors.
So who won? Kate Moore, a 15-year-old from Des Moines, Iowa, who sends about 14,000 texts per month—between 400 and 470 a day. (Geez, I hope her parents sprung for the unlimited texting package.) “Let your kid text during dinner! Let your kid text during school! It pays off,” she said, while cradling her trophy. She took home a ginormous $50,000 prize check. Let’s hope she doesn’t also take home texting thumb. [Yahoo News] Keep reading »