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Pinterest Is Making Money In A Slightly Shady Way

I’ve recently developed a fairly severe addiction to Pinterest, as has pretty much everyone else I know (related: do you follow The Frisky’s boards? You totally should!). Pinterest allows users to “pin” pictures of things they find on the internet to themed boards and share with friends: in effect it gives people a way to organize all the fun stuff they find online, and it’s a pretty amazing resource for style inspiration, home design, recipes, and random memes. It’s easy to see why Pinterest recently became the fastest growing site ever, surpassing 10 million visitors in the last month alone, and did we mention it’s only existed since May 2011? And it’s actually still in beta? Yeah. Pinterest is obviously a force to be reckoned with.

But now some interesting questions are surfacing about the way Pinterest has been making money… Keep reading »

Lost In Translation: Here’s One Ironically Big Foreign Language Foul

Concierge. Chignon. Soirée. Saying things in French just makes you seem so fancy, right? Hate to break it to you, Nancy’s, purveyor of fine frozen foods, but your use of “petites bites” isn’t what you think it means. Because the French translation of this is “little dicks.”

Little dicks, big compliments? Well, that’s one way of saying size doesn’t matter.

Today’s Lady News: British Plastic Surgeons Say Advertising Their Procedures Should Be Banned

  • The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, a society of plastic surgeons, says what they perform are medical procedures and the procedures should not be advertised the same way clothing or cosmetics are. BAAPS also asked that annual checks be carried out on surgeons. The group said it is concerned by the increasing attitude that just anyone can perform plastic surgery, even people without a license, and believe that advertising and makeover TV shows are only furthering that reputation. Interesting. [BBC
  • Chart time! Abortion rates are lower in areas of the world where abortion laws are more liberal, according to the medical journal The Lancet. [Ms. Magazine]
  • A judge tried to force sterilization and an abortion on a schizophrenic woman in Massachusetts. [Boston Globe]
  • Jezebel founder Anna Holmes has a great op-ed in the Washington Post about how female anger is dismissed. [Washington Post] Keep reading »

A Scrotum Itch Commercial Worth Watching, Even For The Scrotum-Less

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I have no business watching a scrotum itch commercial, much less one in Japanese. But I don’t regret the minutes of my life I’ll never get back after watching this on repeat. There’s itching. There’s singing. There’s dancing (sort of). Why can’t Vagisil commercials be this funny? (I mean, outside of “Saturday Night Live.”) [Copyranter]

The French Can Even Sexualize Friggin’ Weight Watchers Ads

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First of all, we need to discuss: the French have Weight Watchers? Whatever happened to French Women Don’t Get Fat? Zut alors! Excuse me while I call Le Boyfriend toute suite to inform him of this stunning factoid, as his most beloved leisure time activity is to sneer at Americans licking Cheeto dust from between their fingers.

But of course, since France does have Weight Watchers, they will find a way to make it sexy. Super-sexy. Phallic-foods-enticingly-fed-into-glossed-and-lipsticked-mouths-super-sexy. 

See images from the French Weight Watchers campaign after the jump:

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Beyoncé’s Album Promo Photos Are Unrecognizable

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The rampant white-washing of models, actresses, and musicians of color is not a new concept. Freida Pinto, Rihanna, and Aishwarya Rai have all previously fallen victim to white-washing on magazine covers and in promotional images. Beyoncé’s skin was lightened dramatically in a 2008 cosmetics ad by L’Oreal, where she is the spokesperson. These incidents can be contributed to digital retouchers and the outlets that choose to release the images … but what about your own album cover and promo ads? The photos accompanying Beyoncé’s most recent release, 4, have stirred up controversy and it’s not a struggle to see why. Beyoncé is a fairly light-skinned black woman and she generally keeps her hair lightened to a shade that’s more caramel than chocolate. But these shots have her looking straight up like Lindsay Lohan with a subtle tan. If you showed me this image on its own and asked me who it was, Beyoncé would be my last guess.

Again, these light-skinned images are promotional ads for Béyonce’s own album, which leads me to believe that she absolutely approved the photos. [NYMag.com

Libra Tampon Ad Called Transphobic For Implying “Real Women” Have Periods

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When pop culture depicts transgender people, they usually do it in such a facepalm way that I wonder why anyone bothers anymore. The latest what-were-you-thinking? comes courtesy of Libra tampons in New Zealand, which aired a commercial that implies trans folks who dress as women are not “real women.” The commercial shows an ostensibly “real” woman standing next to a trans person in the bathroom, who I guess is a drag queen. They both put on their lip gloss and mascara and adjust their boobs in their tight party dress. Then the “real” woman pulls a tampon out of her purse. The drag queen makes a “hmmph!” face and walks away. Keep reading »

Jennifer Hudson Duets With Her Larger Self In Weight Watchers Ad

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Jennifer Hudson duets on “I Believe In You & Me” with her larger self — the self that competed on “American Idol,” the self that starred in “Dreamgirls” — in a Weight Watchers commercial that I have to admit is kinda touching. (And that’s not usually something I would say about a Weight Watchers commercial.) The “new” Jennifer is much more polished; yes, she is slimmer but her movements less theatrical, her outfit is more chic and her hair is straightened. In short, she’s conforming to a more mainstream version of beauty — some might even say a white standard of beauty. I’m happy if she’s happy (and, perhaps, healthier, although we know people are created in all shapes and sizes and can be healthier at a larger body weight). I just thought the “old” Jennifer — who made it in Hollywood on her considerable talent despite being larger than the average starlet — was cute, too. [Essence] Keep reading »

Girls Can Like Superheroes, Boys Can Like Pink Stuff

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Let’s do the Time Warp, yeaaaah!

Amelia has gone back in time and unearthed a video of Baby Jessica Wakeman (real name: Riley), who is just as opinionated as she is in adult form. Riley is seen shopping in a toy store, with a man I presume is her father, when she goes off on a rant about how pink is not just for girls. You tell ‘em, Riley! And in another 15 years, there is an internship waiting for you at The Frisky. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Durex Ad Promotes Not Discussing Using Protection

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Look, I get it. This Durex condom ad, which is running in India, is supposed to be funny. The condoms are so thin, she can’t feel ‘em! But the obvious problem is that these ads teach the most important lesson about safe sex — discuss the use of protection before you f**k! Don’t let a dude stick it in unless you’re sure he has a condom on! Protect yourself. The fact that this ad got approved boggles the mind. Truly. [The Gloss]

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