America has its first black president in the White House—and now we’re about to have our first female black rabbi in the holy house. On June 6, Alysa Stanton will make history when she is ordained as the FFBR by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. She certainly didn’t see this in her cards growing up. She was raised in a Pentecostal fam, but she was always interested in other religions. “Judaism was what resonated with me. It’s what touched my soul,” says Stanton. She reportedly drove 144 miles a week to meet with the rabbi who agreed to perform her conversion ceremony. “I’ve been breaking down barriers the moment I stepped out of the mikvah, but the amount of attention that it’s been getting and the well-wishers have been amazing to me,” she said. Well, we’ll drink to that. L’chaim! [Jewish Journal] Keep reading »
It’s Friday, and the weather reports are predicting rain, rain, rain all through Memorial Day weekend. Very sad, but this news does automatically increase your chances of heading to a movie theater sometime over the next three days. So what should you see? After the jump, John Connor becomes a sexy bitch in the form of Christian Bale in “Terminator Salvation,” Steven Soderbergh pops a porn star’s mainstream movie cherry in “The Girlfriend Experience,” and Ben Stiller is lost in a museum. Again. Keep reading »
Further confirmation that sex-related industries continue to do well during a recession: Sales of personal lubricants increased 32 percent this quarter, up to $41.2 million. “When the economy goes down, sex goes up,” according to a spokesman for Johnson & Johnson, the company behind K-Y Yours & Mine his-and-hers lubricants. The “sexual-enhancement” product category is growing even faster, with sales up 74 percent this quarter. So, it seems the recession is good for something, namely taking away everyone’s money so they can’t afford to see a movie in the theater, but they have enough to pick up a few ounces of lube. But while you’re at the store, don’t forget a pack of condoms. An increase in unemployment rates increases fertility, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, and we see a mini-baby boom as a result. [Ad Age] Keep reading »
“I love how some dudes hate me for dating their fantasy girl, as if they were going to if I hadn’t.”
– John Mayer via Twitter Keep reading »
A new Vatican website, Pope 2 You, has launched, and on it you’ll find an application called “The pope meets you on Facebook.” Yes, the pope is on Facebook. The Vatican is using social networking tools in an attempt to reach young believers. But you can’t “poke” him or write on his wall, so what’s the point? Lately, we’ve been asking the same thing about Facebook in general. After the jump, 11 reasons why Facebook is really dead. Keep reading »
We here at The Frisky live for celeb gossip, chocolate, and your comments. What can we say? You bitches crack us up! In honor of you, our smart, sexy, and incisive readers, who aren’t afraid to talk smack on the Internet, we’re giving away prizes! Each week we’ll award you awesome chatty Cathy’s a little something special. This week, five winners will receive products from the Aveeno Nourish+ Hair Care Collection. Without further adieu, the lucky winners of this week’s Gift For Gab. Keep reading »
Some female bloggers call the U.K. paper the Daily Mail the “Daily Fail” because the paper likes nothing more than to bait its readers, especially on its women’s interest “Femail” section. It’s the go-to source for incendiary articles about how bosses should distrust women who don’t have children and you can’t have a family and a career. Nope, we weren’t making those up.
But nevertheless, the paper is fascinating to us—especially a recent article about what it is supposedly like to be a French wife. We romanticized about the sexy accents, and yummy facial hair, but zut alors!, it sounds a bit like being the captive of a very demanding tyrant.
Read on for more tips from French wives… [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Pakistani Cricket player Shoaib Akhtar has been benched from playing in next month’s World Twenty20 tournament due to an injury. You’d think most fans would be satisfied with the word “injury” as an explanation, but the Pakistani Cricket Board decided it was cool to divulge in a freaking press release exactly what his “injury” was. Dude has genital warts. Since his wounds (way TMI) need treatment for another ten days, the board will have to appoint a replacement player. Now, we’re all for full disclosure, but it just seems wrong for the Cricket Board to announce to the world that Akhtar has genital warts. What will this mean for his ability to pick up cricket groupies? [GuardianUK]
Keep reading »
Summer has (almost) arrived! You know what that means? It’s time to put down the Dostoyevsky and put that dogeared copy of “Siddhartha” back on the shelf — those books are for the damp, frigid winter — and pick up some trashy, sexy, and deeply enjoyable beach reading. Our first recommendation for your summer of pleasurable page turning? “Bought” by Anna David. The novel is a followup to “Party Girl,” and continues to follow the oh-so-exciting life of L.A. magazine writer, Emma Swanson. This time around, she’s writing a story about a high-class call girl and discovers some tricks of the trade in the process. But it’s not all fun and games, as Emma must contend with a moral quandry of her own. Hooked yet? [$14.99, Amazon]
We’re giving away five copies of “Bought” by Anna David, but you have to work if you want it in your beach bag. The five best commenters for this coming week—from today, Friday, May 22 through Thursday, May 28—will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »