The Soapbox: Porn Stars Learn They Can’t Bank On Chase

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I’ve written before about issues around payment processors and the sex industry, how businesses like Paypal, WePay and Google Wallet were shutting anyone they suspected of sex work out of using their services.

Well, turns out that a trickle down effect is happening within the banking world, as Chase recently sent letters out to hundreds of porn performers telling them their bank accounts would be shut down May 11th. Perez Hilton posted a photo of one of these letters from adult performer Teagan Presley, and while I am somewhat loath to link to his blog, I think it’s important to read the language. You’ll notice that Chase never specifically cites adult work in their decision, just that they “reviewed the account and determined that we will be closing it on May 11, 2014. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.”

I’m sure they’re terribly sorry. Just as they were really apologetic for refusing to process payments for Lovability CEO Tiffany Gaines. Her crime? Selling condoms, because they’re “adult-oriented material”. The same adult oriented material, of course, as Trojan, who could process their payments with no issues through Chase, but never mind. As long as they’re really sorry about it. Keep reading »

Lupita Nyong’o Named People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful” Person

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  • Lupita Nyong’o has been named People magazine’s Most Beautiful person because duh. [People]
  • NEW BEYONCE SONG! [Pitchfork]
  • HBO announced it will begin streaming shows on Amazon and that HBO Go will become available on Amazon’s new Fire TV. [NYmag.com]
  • Matt Bomer secretly married his husband Simon Halls, a publicist, three years ago. The couple has three kids together, as well. Mazel tov! [US Weekly]
  • Selena Gomez has unfollowed Taylor Swift from her social media accounts and has deleted all photos of Kylie and Kendall Jenner. Apparently, all four of them are fighting about Justin Bieber. So. Not. Worth. It. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

Cheers! 30 Not-As-Obvious Occasions That Call For Champagne

30 Less Obvious Occasions That Call For Champagne

The champagne toast is one of my favorite customs. I’m all about celebrating happy moments with sparkly wine, so hey, what’s not to love? But lately I’ve been thinking that the traditional requirements for what constitutes a champagne-worthy moment are way too predictable (not to mention way too rare). Major milestones like engagements, weddings, buying a house, having a baby, or getting a promotion certainly deserve a toast, but what about the less obvious occasions that may or may not be life-changing, but sure as hell feel like it at the time? Things like paying off your credit card debt, adopting a pet, or finding out you’re STD free. I’ll drink to all that! Here are 30 oft-overlooked life moments that totally deserve a glass of bubbly, AKA 30 reasons we should all be joyously drinking champagne all the time… Keep reading »

Frisky Reader Revealed: It’s A Pleasure With Vanessa

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Hands down, the best thing about working at The Frisky is our amazing readers. We so heart all of your witty, thoughtful, and informative comments — heck, we even appreciate the mean ones. Sometimes, we can’t help but wonder about the faces behind the avatars. So we decided to bring back our regular column where we learn all about a Frisky reader. After the jump, meet Vanessa!

(And if you’re interested in being featured as a Reader Revealed, shoot me an email with “Reader Revealed” in the subject line!) Keep reading »

Must Haves: 11 Quirky Tea Infusers For Funny Folks

The only thing better than a good cup of tea is a good cup of tea that makes you laugh. Don’t think that exists? You’re wrong. The next time you’re entertaining guests or in the mood to sip on some loose leaf, consider one of these clever infusers to stir things up a bit. If you’re serving a group, bring them all out! You’ll be the talk of the tea party.

Drew Barrymore Gives Birth To Baby Girl Named Frankie!

  • Drew Barrymore has welcomed baby girl Frankie Barrymore Kopelman, her second child with husband Will Kopelman. The couple already have a two-year-old daughter named Olive. Mazel tov! [People]
  • Emma Stone wouldn’t let Andrew Garfield’s sexist comments about sewing a Spiderman costume go unchecked. [Yahoo]
  • Actor Daniel Franzese, who played Damian in “Mean Girls,” penned a letter to his character about his struggle to come out of the closet. [IndieWire]
  • Iggy Azalea stopped crowdsurfing at concerts because her fans were fingering her — that is, sexually assaulting her. [Uproxx]
  • I have no idea whether James Franco is being serious here, but he said Kanye West called him and Seth Rogen up and asked them to perform their spoof of the “Bound 2″ video at the wedding.  [US Weekly Keep reading »

How Sex Education Changed Denmark, South Carolina

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NPR recently reported that thirty years ago, Denmark, SC, had one of the state’s highest teen pregnancy rates. Due to comprehensive sex education starting in middle school, students in Denmark, SC now have the lowest pregnancy rates in South Carolina. For the United States as a whole, it is a tiny step; yet a step in the right direction because the United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the industrialized world despite easier access to birth control and sex education. Read more on Your Tango…

Watch This: A Hilarious (And Painfully Accurate) Parody Of Dove’s “Real Beauty” Ads

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"Wow, You Must Hate What You See In The Mirror."

Dove has had a few moments of brilliance over the course of its decade-long Real Beauty campaigns — I genuinely enjoyed the “sketches” ad last year, for example — but the entire premise of a company that sells anti-cellulite cream trying to teach women to love themselves exactly as they are has always been problematic. Whether you think Dove’s Real Beauty messages are malicious, annoying, or inspiring, I think we can all agree the over-the-top ads are ripe for satire. Enter this hilarious parody of a Real Beauty ad, that asks a group of women to confront their reflection in the mirror … in the form of a man in a gorilla suit. It’s pretty absurd, but is it any more ridiculous than the cringe-worthy “beauty patch” ad Dove released 4 realz earlier this month? [Feministing]

Russian Politician Tells Aides To “Violently Rape” Pregnant Journalist

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  • A Russian politician ordered his aides to “violently rape” Russia Today journalist Stella Dubovitskaya, who is six months’ pregnant, when she asked him about the Ukraine. He also said pregnant women shouldn’t be working and then called anyone who stood up for Dubovitskaya “lesbians.” [Huffington PostRaw Story]
  • Whoa, what would it look like if Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2014 on a two-woman ticket? [New York Times]
  • The NRA is changing its stance on domestic violence, sort of. [Huffington Post Keep reading »

Conspiracy Theorists Think The Rapper Pitbull Predicted The Malaysian Airlines Crash/Disappearance 2 Years Ago

Conspiracy Theorists Think The Rapper Pitbull Predicted The Malaysian Airlines Crash/Disappearance 2 Years Ago
"Two passports, three cities, two countries, one day."

Welp, now I’ve heard everything. A few conspiracy theorists have decided that the rapper Pitbull predicted the Malaysian Airlines plane crash/disappearance two years ago in his song “Get It Started” (above). These folks with too much time on their hands — i.e. YouTube commenters — say the lyrics to the song makes references to certain aspects of the plane’s mysterious disappearance. Specifically, “No Ali, No Frasier, but for now off to Malaysia” and “Two passports, three cities, two countries, one day.” According to the UK’s Daily Mirror:

Viewers on YouTube are convinced the two passports is a reference to the stolen Austrian and Italian passports used by two Iranians to board MH370. They also believe the three cities refer to the capital cities of Malaysia, China and Vietnam and the two countries are Malaysia and Vietnam. Furthermore, they assert the lyrics “No Ali, No Frasier, but for now off to Malaysia” are a reference to Mr Ali, the man who bought tickets for the two Iranians to travel on board MH370.

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