Sex Sells, Just Not As Much As It Used To

We all enjoy indulging in a guilty pleasure. It might be a drink after work, hitting the slot machines, or perhaps, if you feel Frisky-ish, renting a porn. But in tough economic times, the industries considered to be recession proof, like sex, gambling and alcohol, are feeling the pinch just like everyone else. People are cutting back on extravagant pleasures in life, like their porn habits, lap dances, and shots of tequila. Even Playboy has been hit hard by the recession — their stock is down by 80% in the past year, they’ve cut jobs, closed their New York office, and canceled their Super Bowl party. Private Media Group, a porn company based in Barcelona, Spain, saw revenue drop in the third quarter. Rick’s Cabaret International, a chain of high-end strip clubs, also saw a decrease in earnings. No wonder Hustler magazine publisher, Larry Flynt, asked the government for a $5 million bailout for the porn industry. Other “vice” industries are taking a hit as well. Gambling in Las Vegas was down more than 6% from last year. Alcohol consumption is still going strong, but people are switching to cheap brands of liquor as opposed to premium brands. I guess we have to find other cheap ways to entertain ourselves now. This video is a start! [MSN: Money Central] Keep reading »

Quickies!: Demi And Ashton To Adopt & Chris Brown’s New Girl

  • A dad took his kid to the dentist to have an extra tooth removed. Afterwards, he filmed him, feeling a little kooky! Kids are funny. [YouTube]
  • Four thousand women are running for political office in Iraq this year. Amazing. [Feministing]
  • Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher have supposedly decided to secretly adopt a baby. If anyone is going to have children, it should be these two. [PerezHilton]
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    Are Plus-Sized Woman Finally Acceptable Fashion Icons?

    Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is not known for loving larger women. In fact, she even got Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy to see a trainer and go on a diet for a story in the magazine’s April 2008 issue. But it seems as though Wintour is changing her tune. The British, Grammy-nominated singer Adele was recently photographed by Annie Liebovitz for an issue of Vogue, and Wintour took such a liking to her that the editor offered to style her for the Grammy Awards. Hmm… This sounds a lot like the time when Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley took Jennifer Hudson under his Balenciaga-designed wing, after she was nominated for an Oscar for “Dreamgirls.” Could it be possible that Vogue has, at last, realized that amazing women come in double-digit sizes? We certainly hope so, because most of us look a whole lot more like Adele in clothes than we do Kate Moss. Now, if Wintour can aid Adele in landing a deal as the face of some fashion house, then we’ll really know that change has come. Keep reading »

    The Sexiest Shows On Television

    Soft-core porn used to be reserved for pay-per-view channels like Skin-imax, but now it’s all over the boob tube! And it’s not Lifetime movie-esque storylines with wives in floral print dresses waiting for their husbands to feel them up so, so gently you can hardly tell what they’re doing is a sex act. Lucky for me and all you pervs out there, TV has gotten so meaty. Yeah, baby, we like it raw! Here are the top shows to watch, if you want to see some gratuitous soft-core sex scenes… Keep reading »

    RuPaul’s Drag Race: You Betta Work!

    Last night, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” premiered on LOGO and since then I’ve been strutting around my apartment trying to impersonate female impersonators. Those girls have got it going on! When the contestants were all hosed down washing cars for their first photo shoot, not one of those hos lost their makeup. While I get runny mascara if I just break a sweat, the drenched drag stars were still flawless! How do they do it?! (See video above) The contestants are full of surprises, just like the show. Although there is one particular casting that stood out — Santino Rice from “Project Runway” is a judge. Sadly, he’s total d-bag as a panelist. Bummer. I liked him better when he was impersonating the gentleman judge, Tim Gunn. But RuPaul has been lifted up to where she belongs, as the mother hen of how to work it! She advises the glitterati as a man, but then snaps into her persona once they’re all gussied up. Her delivery is as strikingly seductive as her look. Glowing in soft light and blonde curls, Ru looked straight into the camera as she said to the two contestants facing elimination: “Lip sync — for your life!” All hail the Queen! Keep reading »

    Celebrity Men Who Were Hot Until They Opened Their Mouths

    As we all know, TMZ has treated us to the audio of the f-bomb tirade Christian Bale launched on a director of photography while filming “Terminator Salvation.” We found Bale’s rant to be rather unprofessional…and unbelievable. We didn’t realize he could be such a douche bag, which got us thinking about other male celebs who lost their hotness when they opened their big fat mouths. Keep reading »

    Love Vandal: A Pessimist’s Point Of View

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    Have you seen graffiti that’s kind of sweet (even if it is against the law)? Send your pic to tips@thefrisky.com. Keep reading »

    Politically Incorrect: From Miley Cyrus To Mary Rambin

    In recent years, a bevy of celebrities — from A-list to Z-list — have been busted using language or behaving in a way that goes against typical societal notions of political correctness. And thanks to the Internet, everyone on the planet is the wiser. This week, a photograph of Miley Cyrus slanting her eyes in a mock-Asian gesture hit the web. Fans, haters, and the Asian-American community were on her instantly, demanding an apology. Suffice it to say, if you’re anywhere near the public eye, you have to be smart if you’re going to be offensive. Keep reading »

    Crave: Important Artifacts… By Leanne Shapton

    How do you remember a relationship after it has ended? By letters sent? Photos from vacations? Recipes from desserts eaten together? In Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry (Sarah Crichton Books), author Leanne Shapton recounts the relationship, from beginning to end, between fictional characters Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, through an auction catalog of items amassed during their time together. It’s compelling, yet heartbreaking, to see how they fall apart, as shown through notes, emails, gifts, books, photos, and clothes that are up for (fictional) sale at the Strachan & Quinn auction house. [$10.80, Amazon.com] Keep reading »

    Thoughts From Guys On Our IM: All About Nipples

    Lately I’ve noticed that a lot of stars are showing up events or are photographed with visible nipple action, either in the form of hard, erect nipples poking through shirts (Paris Hilton), or thin fabric exposing the slightest bit of areolae shape and color (Beyonce, I am talking to you). With the insane array of products on the market to prevent such displays — from, you know, bras to breast petals — I’ve been wondering why on earth these ladies are walking out of the house with their headlights on. But beyond that, what do guys think? I mean, i think it goes without saying that breasts are beloved by all straight men, but is it true that guys are really hot for hard nipples? And what do they think of nipples in general? I think you know who I asked… Keep reading »

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