Cheerleading isn’t just pom-poms and “Go team, go” these days. Nope, it’s a rough-and-tumble sport where women routinely fly 25-feet in the air and National Championships are won and lost by hundredths of a point. That’s what we learned reading CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleading, by The Frisky’s own Kate Torgovnick. Fractured skulls? Steroids? Secret Societies? In cheerleading? Yeah, we had no idea either. [$12, Amazon.com]
We’re giving away seven copies of CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleading, but you have to work if you want it! The seven best commenters for this coming week—from today, Friday, March 13 through Thursday, March 19—will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
We keep hearing that industries related to sex and dating are some of the only ones not being affected by the recession. Apparently, sex is one of those things that doesn’t need to be eliminated from people’s lives, even when their wallets are thin. After all, it’s free! Of course, extra equipment and accessories cost money. In past months, sales at sex toy boutique Babeland and lingerie stores like La Petite Coquette have seen an increase in sales, even while other parts of the economy have plummeted. Now, one sex toy company is coming to the rescue of women who have lost their jobs during these hard times. Keep reading »
Note: I just have to say that I, Kiki T., being of sound body and mind, in no way would ever want to get “In Bed With” this guy, but, like watching a car accident, curiosity makes you do (and write) some messed up things. In case any of you like car crashes too, here’s one for you…
Born: July 5, 1976 in Cleveland, OH
Sun Sign: Cancer
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I admit, there are certainly times when I’m out shopping or running errands that I feel like pulling out a gun and just totally going postal. Woman grabs the last pair of peep toe pumps just as I reach out to try them on? Bang! The cashier at the grocery store puts up a “closed” sign on her register after I wait in her line for 15 minutes? Bang! Make a special trip to Whole Foods to get my favorite organic ice cream just to discover they’re out? Bang, bang! Sprint down the stairway to catch the subway just as it’s closing its door and pulling away even though the conductor clearly saw me and could have waited five measly seconds to let me board? Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bag! But, fun as it would be to pull out this Lassey James-designed handgun-shaped coin purse and pretend to off every d-bag I come across, something tells the effect may not be quite as cathartic — or as safe — as I might like. Plus, didn’t this kind of accessory lose its edgy cool back in, like, 2006? [via Behance] Keep reading »
Jessica Valenti, Feministing editor and Full Frontal Feminism author, is getting married! Congratulations are in order! Wait, are they? Apparently not, if you believe feminism and marriage can never, ever go hand in hand. Certainly, marriage has its traditions that are problematic from a feminist perspective, which Valenti has addressed many times on the blog — and perhaps that’s why she seemed hesitant to announce her good news. But does the personal really always have to be political? Can’t she get married without every Gloria, Betty, and Camille judging if her wedding is “feminist” enough?
“I don’t want to feel that I must blog about getting married because it relates to the work that I do. I want to be able to have things that are just for me and not be judged poorly because of that…. I realized that I don’t feel like I had to blog about getting married — I wanted to…. I’m positive you’ll be hearing more from me on the marriage front: Like how to do it while shirking patriarchal tradition? Or why I decided to participate in an institution that still (for the most part) excludes same-sex couples.”
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Yesterday, President Obama celebrated National Women’s History Month by creating a special panel to focus on women’s issues. The council will seek new opportunities in the workforce, since women still earn only 78 cents for every dollar a man makes. This makes Obama mad, since he loves the ladies…
No, like, he really, really does. Which is more than kind of hot. Here’s a collection of his most toe-curling musings on the women in his life, from 2005 to now… Keep reading »
Our society has a lot of thoughts about what women should be, and many of these ideas have to do with weight and promiscuity. The ideal is that a woman is thin and pure. In an article on The Huffington Post, writer Charlotte Hilton Andersen considers whether it’s better to be called a slut or fat — two names that women usually don’t enjoy being labeled. So, which would you rather? Justify your choice in the comments! Keep reading »
March is National Frozen Foods Month. Who knew?! We here at The Frisky love our frozen foods — and not just because we’re too lazy to cook. Never in a million years could I make a vegetable lasagna as delicious as the ones I get in my grocery store’s freezer section. After the jump, 10 frozen foods that make our lives delightful. Share your favorites in the comments! Keep reading »
A 40-year-old Japanese man named Tatsuhiko Kawata has been sentenced to five years in jail for having cold feet and a cold, cold heart. Kawata, who had been married since 1994, started cheating on his wife three years ago with another woman whom he agreed to marry last October at the Risonare hotel. Still married to the first wife, Kawata tried to delay the wedding on the eve of the ceremony by dumping petrol in the hotel and setting it on fire! Thankfully, no one was hurt, and the woman Kawata was set to merry dodged a bullet, too. The presiding judge who sentenced Kawata called him “egoistic and short-sighted.” Guess we need to add a #10 to our Signs He’s A Cheater post: He carries a can petrol around with him and sets a hotel on fire. [via Telegraph U.K.] Keep reading »
I will start off with the players: Me, Leo 8/11/72, born approx 8:30pm, Eugene Oregon; my husband, a Virgo, 9/5/76, born in Kitchener Ontario, and the lover, a Gemini, 5/23/77, born in Poughkeepsie NY.
My husband and I married very quickly after being friends for a long time — there had always been some chemistry and attraction, but once we were married things really went downhill. It has reached the point that I don’t want to make the effort because I resent him so much, and also the lack of response and attention from him has affected my self-esteem. We ‘took a break’ in August, this was a huge relief for me. For a variety of reasons it is not possible for us to separate completely yet, and we continue to live together. He wants to reconcile, I do not think I will ever be able to be happy in this relationship. To his credit, he is very committed to me and willing to work on the relationship, but I just don’t feel like he’s ever going to get it — get me, and that is a very lonely feeling within a relationship.
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