Attorney General Fired After Harassing Gay Student

Well, it’s about time: Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvelll, who admitted to harassing the openly gay student president of the Michigan Student Assembly, was fired this past week. His boss, Attorney General Mike Cox, said he fired Shirvell after discovering he was using state resources in an inappropriate way.

Cox initially defended Shirvell, on First Amendment grounds. And in a statement after firing Shirvell, Cox reiterated his stance. “To be clear, I refuse to fire anyone for exercising their First Amendment rights, regardless of how popular or unpopular their positions might be,” said Cox. “However, Shirvell repeatedly violated office policies, engaged in borderline stalking behavior, and inappropriately used state resources, our investigation showed.” Keep reading »

Designers Imagine Bella Swan’s Wedding Gown

Oops, spoiler alert. (Oh, come on, you had to live under a rock to not know that Bella and Edward end up together.) InStyle found nine designers with a bunch of time on their hands to imagine a wedding gown for bride-to-be Bella Swan. Let me repeat: actual, working designers like Zac Posen, Christian Siriano and Badgley Mischka made wedding gown sketches for a fictional character. What is this world coming to? [InStyle] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Breaking The Cycle Of Bad Parenting

We love to blame our parents for all sorts of things. It’s their fault that you’re still single. If only they hadn’t made you wear corduroys, you might not be so self-conscious today! If mom had been less hard on your schoolwork, then you might not be failing to get that promotion. And, oh Dad, why did you make me write so many thank-you notes? Now everyone mistakes my politeness for insincerity. And so on …

But if truth be known, the snippets from childhood that we blame for our adulthood failings may not be the correct ones at all. If you really want an accurate demonstration of what your parents were like as parents, then life does offer you a second chance to recapture their parenting skills. All you have to do is wait until they become grandparents. It is unlikely that their parenting skills have changed in the 20 to 40 years since they became parents, and you will be flooded with stark memories and realizations as their parenting successes and failures are revealed through the way in which they interact with your children. Keep reading »

Madonna Owes Everything To The Gay Community

“I know a number of people have spoken out about it but I feel like I need to say something. The gay community has been incredibly supportive of me. I wouldn’t have a career if it weren’t for the gay community. …I have a teenage daughter and I have ongoing discussions with her about this topic so I feel like I need to say a few words.”

Madonna takes on gay bullying, and the recent spate of gay teen suicides, during her appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” [Dlisted] Keep reading »

Bed Intruder Antoine Dodson On “Lopez Tonight”

Antoine Dodson, the first news-to-viral-video-to-auto-tuned-single celebrity, was a guest on George Lopez’s show the other night. Good thing “he be funny being mad.” Because “Bed Intruder” is a Billboard chart topper. I’ll be looking forward to his next single, “Stupid, You’re So Dumb.” Uh, celeb-obsession alert. [The Daily What] Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: The Comediennes Behind The Web Series “Vag Magazine”

Even those of us who proudly call ourselves feminists can admit that sometimes other feminists can be a wee bit extreme. That’s why “Vag Magazine,” a new webisode series about a cabal of young feminist hipsters who buy out fashion magazine Gemma with proceeds of their Etsy shop and replace it with uber-P.C. mag Vag, had me peeing my pants laughing. (Pants, of course, being what I wear, as skirts and dresses are tools of the patriarchy.) Staff members Sylvie, Fennell, Bethany, Heavy Flo, and Reba have big dreams for Vag, but Meghan, the lone holdover from Gemma, is increasingly terrified at how little sense these ladies make.

I watched five episodes of “Vag Magazine” — you can watch a couple more after the jump — and I knew I just had to talk to its creators, Upright Citizens Brigade alums/comediennes Caitlin Tegart and Leila Cohan-Miccio. After the jump, read my chat with Caitlin and Leila about third-wave feminists, their hilarious cast of improv stars-to-be, the MarieClaire.com piece about “fatties,” and what it’s like for ladies in comedy. Oh, I’m sorry, womyn in comedy. Keep reading »

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