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Barbie just can’t seem to get a break, despite celebrating her 50th birthday this month. A West Virginia lawmaker, Democrat Jeff Eldridge, has proposed the Ban Barbie Bill because he believes dolls like this place too much importance on physical beauty, and not enough on intellectual and emotional development. “I just hate the image that we give to our kids that if you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful and you don’t have to be smart,” said Eldridge. Other dolls that are believed to send this message will also be banned if the bill is passed. Eldridge admits some Barbie dolls, like Doctor Barbie and Veterinary Barbie, are better, but would nevertheless be outlawed in West Virginia also. Forget the fact that Eldridge is perpetuating a sexist double standard — action figures teach little boys that aggression, physical prowess, and weapons trump intellect. If he’s looking to place blame for kids thinking beauty is the be all and end all, maybe he should look at the parents in his own state, where mothers enter their daughters in pageants like the “Toddlers & Tiaras“-featured Southern Celebrity Beauty Pageant in Charleston, West Virginia. These mothers primp, bleach, and tan their daughters, as young as six months, into sashaying and dancing living dolls. That’s got to be more damaging than child play. [MSNBC.com] Keep reading »
We here at The Frisky live for celeb gossip, chocolate, and your comments. What can we say, you bitches crack us up! So 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 an awesome internet chatty Cathy’s a little something special. This week five winners will receive Weleda Everon Lip Balm. So, without further adieu, here are the lucky winners of this week’s Gift For Gab… Keep reading »
After prohibiting smoking in bars in January, the French government is now cracking down on other vices by banning open bars and happy hours. The measures come after rising binge drinking trends among its country’s youth. This may come as a surprise to Americans accustomed to college kid-culture which traditionally stands in contrast to Europe’s seemingly refined youth who have profited from liberal attitudes on drinking. But, it appears weaning youngsters on beer and wine is no longer working as alcohol-related visits for minors rose 50 percent in the past five years. The law will also raise the drinking age from 16 to 18. While wine and cigarettes might be health threats, they’re also staples of French culture. If the government continues this trend, what’s next? Better start clinging to those croissants for dear life. [Reuters] Keep reading »
We can barely make it through family dinners without getting into a fight with one of our siblings, so we think it’s kind of a miracle that brother-sister duo Angus and Julia Stone make such beautiful music together. A Book Like This, their first release in the States, is perfect listening for when you’re making waffles on Sunday morning, or when you’re wallowing because you’ve just been dumped, or when you’re making sweet, sweet love. You choose. [$9.99, iTunes]
After the jump, watch the video for “Hollywood,” one of our fave songs on the album.
We’re giving away five copies of A Book Like You, but you have to work if you want it! The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, March 6 through Thursday, March 12 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules.
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The final season of “The L Word” is almost over, tear! This Sunday, the last episode of the groundbreaking show will air. Ilene Chaiken, the creator of the Showtime hit, lamented that she thought there would be more gayelle hours of TV power on the air before hers came to an end. While LOGO has done a great job of identifying what we girls want to see — like the prison drama, “Bad Girls,” and”Curl Girls,” about lesbian surfers — what about the primetime networks?! We’ve taken it upon ourselves to pitch some shows we’d totally watch. Network execs, call us!
Celebs are fond of dual careers, especially careers that allow them to indulge their many “creative” endeavors — painting, music, fashion design, etc. But with the recent reveal of the cover for Lauren Conrad’s first chick lit novel, “L.A. Candy,” and the news that hot smarty pants, James Franco (he has a degree from Columbia), is working on a book of short stories, it seems “novelist” is the hot new resume addition for the rich and famous. But will Conrad and Franco’s novels be any good? My hunch is a resounding “no,” at least for Conrad’s effort, but I may be willing to give Franco a chance. Of course, they are hardly the first celebs to pick up a pen — after the jump, seven celebrity penned books that should be burned. Keep reading »
March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.
Today, tabloids (and websites like us!) report on what designers’ clothes celebrities wear to movie premieres and trips to the grocery store. If we had been following star style from the 1920s through the 1950s, we would have written about designer Valentina. Back then, everyone was on a first-name basis with Valentina, who designed clothing and costumes for great actresses like Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, and Norma Shearer, along with socialites such as the Vanderbilts and the Whitneys. She even introduced a perfume, My Own, in 1950. Valentina once said, “Simplicity survives the changes of fashion,” and the five little black dresses hanging in our closet couldn’t agree more.
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If you’re thinking of taking a swing at it, being prepared is key if you don’t want your first time at a sex club to be your last.
Establish Ground Rules. Before stepping foot in a club — especially if you’re going with a significant other — know your limits. A few weeks before my first swing club outing, Tom, the polyamorous married blogger behind Polyamorously Perverse stressed to me the importance of knowing what you can and can’t handle. “It’s one thing to imagine it, and it’s another to actually confront it,” he warned. “If you and your boyfriend are at a swingers club with another couple, and she puts his cock in her mouth, are you going to freak out?” Point taken. Keep reading »
Totally Stylin’ Tattoos Barbie hit store shelves recently, and parents aren’t happy. What’s disturbing most parents is the “tattoo gun” that comes with each doll and allows children to put temporary tattoos on Barbie, her clothes, and themselves. “Now she’s teaching our little girls how to apply tramp stamps. Next she’ll have her very own Barbie’s Hot Brothel. Way to go Mattel,” said one parent. So basically, tattoos lead to prostitution? As someone who played with Barbie dolls until I was 13, is an adult collector, and has six-soon-to-be-seven tattoos, I’m rather offended. Keep reading »