Does The Internet Need A Geek Culture Site For Women?

The Mary Sue, a new geek culture blog, just launched a hot second ago, and in one of the very first posts, a staff blogger explains to readers why a geek site “for women” is really necessary. It was an explanation I needed, frankly, because at first blush, I saw an Oscars roundup and a pic of a little girl dressed as a princess next to an R2-D2 and I wondered what made this site different from existing ladyblogs like The Frisky, Jezebel or The Hairpin — really, what made it needed. (By the way, the phrase “the Mary Sue” is a term used to describe a cliché, idealized female character often found in “dude literature.) After reading Susana Polo’s thoughtful first post, however, I can see why some of the existing spaces online don’t work for many geek girls who dig comics and “Star Trek” more than eyeshadow and “The Real Housewives.” Keep reading »

What’s The Most Inappropriate Time You’ve Dropped The F-Bomb?

Watching Melissa Leo drop the f-bomb during her Oscar acceptance speech made me feel a little bit better about my own f-bomb mishap. Sometimes it just happens at the most inappropriate moments. For me, it was back in my days as a high school teacher. It was 8th grade visitors night and parents and potential students were coming through my classroom to watch my students rehearse for an upcoming school play. One of my actresses fell on the stage and her skirt flipped up so all of our visitors saw her underwear. That’s when I started to laugh uncontrollably. I know it’s wrong, but I just couldn’t stop. I laughed so hard that I got a gushing nosebleed. Don’t think this story can get any worse? You’re wrong. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: “Bachelor Pad”‘s David Good On Manhood, Natalie Getz, And Who Brad Womack Should Choose

We watched as season five “Bachelorette” contestant, David Good, got a second chance at love on “Bachelor Pad.” After all the pie-eating, backstabbing, and unitard-wearing was said and done, David walked away the big winner with $125,000 in his pocket and Natalie Getz on his arm. Not too shabby! Since then, David has been busy penning a book, The Man Code: A Woman’s Guide To Cracking The Tough Guy. As unlikely a messenger as he may seem, his book gives women a look under the hood, helping them crack the code to understanding “men’s men.”

I had an email conversation with David to find out more about his thoughts on manhood, his love life, and who Brad Womack should choose. Check it out after the jump. Keep reading »

Gross Talk: Do You Pop Your Tonsil Stones?

Yesterday morning, I woke up with a rather painful sore throat. I headed straight for the mirror and open my mouth as wide as I could, peering down my throat in search of swollen glands or major redness. Instead, I saw white bumps on what I assumed to be my tonsils. I headed straight for the internet to do a little self-diagnosis, thinking surely I had strep throat or some other incredibly annoying infection that would require a trip to the doctor. And while I might have an infection that requires a trip to the doctor, the point of this post is not my health and well-being. The point is to discuss a little thing I discovered while doing my research called “tonsil stones.” (Gross photo after the jump, FYI.) Keep reading »

Lady Gaga Debuts Truly Bizarre And Epic Video For “Born This Way”


So. Lady Gaga‘s music video for “Born This Way” is out. It is the rather epic — over seven minutes! — story of a government-owned space territory called G.O.A.T. (no idea what that stands for but I’m sure I could take some acid and figure it out), where, like, a super harmonious group of people were born. Gaga explains in a voiceover (as kaleidoscoped images of childbirth give off some rather vaginal overtones):
“As the wombs numbered and the mitosis of the future began, it was perceived that this infamous moment in life is not temporal, it is eternal. and thus began the the beginning of the new race, a race within the race of humanity, a race which bears no prejudice, no judgment, but boundless freedom. But on that same day, as the eternal mother hovered in the multiverse, another more terrifying birth took place: the birth of evil.”

So how does Gaga fight the evil? By dancing in a bikini of course. I’m a big fan of sci-fi, so I can get down with this video’s story line. Also I am high on cold meds. Still can’t get over the horns though. Keep reading »

The 20 Best Pieces Of Bling At The 2011 Academy Awards

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While watching stars arrive on the red carpet and judging their fashion choices is a fun way to pass the time before an awards show starts, I’m always a little bummed that so little attention is paid to the jewelry they’re wearing. Zoom in, dammit! Gimme close-ups! Often times, the bling choices celebs make are far more exciting than the the dresses themselves, and not just because these borrowed baubles are worth way, way more. Diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and platinum abound, and at this year’s Academy Awards (and at the parties afterward), the stars really rocked it. Let’s zoom in on some of their choices shall we? Here are our favorite jewelry pieces from the the big night…
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