Girl Talk: Why Do Girls Slut-Shame Each Other?

There’s that scene in “Mean Girls” where Tina Fey, exasperated by the high school antics, shouts, “You’ve got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores.” I had just graduated from high school when the movie came out and sitting in the theater, I couldn’t believe how much this line resonated for me. All of a sudden, I was transported back to those halls I’d just escaped. I could hear the cool girls greeting each other at their lockers with the words, “What up, sluuuuut?”

Reclaiming words like bitch and slut may have started as something political, something third wave feminist, but the words ended up in malls, emblazoned in rhinestones on baby tees at Deb and Rave. Keep reading »

Get “Inside Scientology” With This Page-Turning Book

Full disclosure: before I was hired to conceptualize and edit The Frisky, I spent 10 months working on a book about Scientology, written by journalist Janet Reitman. (I transcribed the vast majority of the interviews Reitman conducted with current and former Scientologists and organized the exhaustive collection of research she did.) As a result, I became pretty familiar with the material and extremely eager to see the book in its final form. Well, that day has arrived as Reitman’s book, Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion, hits shelves this week. While the last few years has seen numerous scandalous allegations against the church flood the interwebs, Reitman’s book is full of new information you haven’t heard elsewhere. It’s also an impeccable investigation into the church’s early development under founder L. Ron Hubbard and the downward spiral it’s seen in the last 25 years under current leader, David Miscavige. Inside Scientology is a fascinating read, one that never resorts to criticizing the faith of its members, but does reveal the disturbing control exerted over them by the church and its leaders.

[$16.80 Amazon]

Newsflash: Reese Witherspoon Apparently Has A Large Stomach Tattoo


It’s kind of hard to shock me. I mean, the video of the woman bathing on the subway got barely an eyebrow raise. But finding out that Reese Witherspoon has a tattoo — on her stomach! — made me gasp. Photographers captured a few different glimpses of the ink over the holiday weekend, as Reese and her family spent some time at the beach. I could maybe see Little Miss Goodie-Two-Shoes (and I say that affectionately) having a second shot of tequila and indulging her inner “bad girl” by getting a butterfly on her ankle or something, but a stomach tattoo? No offense to those of you who have ink in that area, but it is a rather daring spot, considering how susceptible to, uh, stretching it is. I mean, Reese has hinted she wants more kids — what will her tattoo look like at seven months pregnant? Check out a photo of the tattoo, as well as my theories about what it is exactly, after the jump… Keep reading »

Extreme Germophobia Alert: Woman Showers On The Subway

 

For some, the New York City subway doubles as a shower. This video of a woman bathing on the train is one of those things that I wish I had never seen. I cannot express to you what kind of crazy germophobia this activates in me. I often fear that something unhygienic has gone on in my subway seat without my knowledge. And then I will sit there, blissfully ignorant as I contract scabies (or bed bugs, or lice … the list goes on). It’s easier to tell myself that this fear is irrational when I have no specific imagery to accompany it. But now, thanks to the magic of the iPhone, I do. [NY Mag] Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Jay-Z Cheating On Beyoncé? And Natalie Portman’s (Maybe) Baby Name

  • The gossip blog Crazy Days & Nights claims Jay-Z has been two-timing Beyoncé with a French model. Somehow I don’t believe it. These two really seem in love. [Bossip]
  • Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are giving their relationship another try. [Us Weekly]
  • Jennie Garth and “Twilight”‘s Peter Facinelli have allegedly separated. Kelly, no! [Celebitchy]
  • Add Miley Cyrus to the list of celebs who tweeted about Casey Anthony’s acquittal: “You know the world is skewed when people get away with murdering children but we can’t get gay marriage legalized in the state of California.” Damn straight. [Gossip Cop]

Keep reading »

The 6 Things I Was Embarrassed To Learn As An Adult

I know there are a lot of things I don’t know even though I’m a fairly well-educated woman. The revelation that you have been totally in the dark about some widely-known piece of information can be, well, humiliating. Especially when it happens in front of a group of people. On their Facebook page, NPR asked readers to share something they were embarrassed to learn as an adult that they should have learned much earlier like “realizing that New York City is not just Manhattan or that ‘character witnesses’ are not witnesses who are ‘characters.’” The research was for a piece called “I Was Absent That Day” about educated adults’ unavoidable knowledge gaps. Nothing to be ashamed of, we all have them. But people’s confessions of ignorance were oh-so-entertaining, like the person who thought that “pubic hair” was pronounced “public hair.” Haha! After the jump, I share with you a few of my most embarrassing knowledge gaps. I encourage you to share yours in the comments. Keep reading »

  • Zergnet: Simply Irresistible

  • HowAboutWe

  • Popular
  • We’re Loving