Posts tagged "world cup"

The Soapbox: On The World Cup, Objectification & The Problem With Thigh Candy

When my feminist friends and I began our communal Facebook message thread, we envisioned a no-holds-barred place to discuss careers, gender politics, and the gospel of Beyoncé. But ever since soccer season took the Internet by storm, our only mentions of "Flawless" have concerned abs. In the past week alone, my "progressive" peers and I…

By: Jen Winston / July 11, 2014

This #StandUpWorldCup Domestic Violence PSA Reminds Us That The Event Has A Dark Side

This short, simple PSA says so much in just a few seconds. It's easy to forget that the World Cup often correlates with increased levels of domestic violence (as I'd imagine many major sporting events do). For some people, the games are less about fun and more about living in fear. The PSA is part of Tender…

By: Claire Hannum / June 26, 2014

Iranians Break Taboo To Watch World Cup Together In Public

Breaking a cultural taboo, men and women in Iran have been watching the World Cup together in public. The genders are not supposed to mingle in public (and women have been banned from attending most sports events since 1979), but several restaurants and bars have been airing the games for everyone to watch. [CNN] The…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 23, 2014

Here’s What You Need To Know About Sex At The World Cup

I may not care about the results of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but I do care about sex with hot soccer players. (Or, as they are called in most of the world, "football players.") Fortunately, Quartz has researched a handy-dandy list of all the countries' team sex policies for the 2014 games. The long and short…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 17, 2014

Terrible News: Baby Pandas Will Not Be Predicting The World Cup

You're breaking my heart! Just weeks after a panda conservation center announced that pandas would predict the results of the 2014 World Cup a la Paul the octopus, today we learn the plan is no more. Three baby pandas reportedly would have predicted the winner based on which country's flag was tied to food they…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 13, 2014

More Men Than Usual Are Buying Sex Toys This Week Thanks To The World Cup

On any typical day, sex toy sales are divided pretty equally between men and women buyers. But not today, my friends… today is different. With the 2014 FIFA World Cup beginning tomorrow in Brazil, new research conducted by sex toy brand LELO has determined that we can expect men to buy four out of every…

By: Katie Oldenburg / June 11, 2014

Baby Panda To Predict The World Cup Results

This existed on the Internet for 24 hours before I became aware of it, which means ALL OF YOU are in trouble: a baby panda will be predicting the winner of the 2014 World Cup. With the Cup taking place in Brazil in just one week, a panda conservation center in Chengdu, China, has "invited"…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2014

That’s Vaginal: Qatar’s New Stadium Looks Like A Big Ol’ Vulva

The advertising firm behind the new stadium being built in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup released an animated video revealing their plans and, well, it seems Al Wakrah sports stadium is gonna look like a big ol' vagina. This has naturally sparked some controversy, but I think critics should simmer down. The new stadium…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 18, 2013

Today’s Lady News: U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Headed To The World Cup Final

The U.S. women's soccer team is headed to the World Cup final! Let's have a repeat of 1999! Goooooaaaaaal! [AP] Oprah Winfrey named herself the CEO of OWN, her new television network, which debuted in January. Winfrey replaced her original CEO of OWN just two months ago. I guess she decided if you want something…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 13, 2011

Leonardo DiCaprio Attacked By Fans In Bathroom

This story took some time to hit the gossip scene, but Leonardo DiCaprio allegedly had a not-so-fun bathroom experience at the World Cup earlier this month. The actor attended a semi-final game in his usual disguise of a baseball cap and sunglasses. Apparently, the accessories didn't do him much good because he attracted the attentio…

By: Kelli Bender / July 26, 2010

Spain’s Goalie Can’t Resist Sharing His World Cup Winning Joy With Sportscaster GF

So, Spain won the World Cup yesterday. Yay! Boo! Whatever! What? Anyway, Spain's goalie, Iker Casillas, gave a post-game interview to Spanish sportscaster Sara Carbonero, who just happens to be his girlfriend. And, well, after seemingly thanking his teammates and his family, he just couldn't resist planting a big, fat, victorious smooch right on her…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 12, 2010

Porn Star Promises Sexual Favors To Fans If Netherlands Wins World Cup

Porn star Bobbi Eden, who calls herself "#1 Dutch Pornstar," says that if the Netherlands team wins the World Cup, she'll give all her followers oral sex. Impressive! Or, you know, sad. She won't be working alone, though, she says, but doling out said acts with fellow porn stars Vicki Vette, Missy Hybrid (???), and…

By: Susannah Breslin / July 8, 2010

Man Kills Stepdaughter For Crying During World Cup

I know most of us have been enjoying the World Cup with an appropriate amount of fervor, but then one psycho has to go and ruin it for the rest of us. A 27-year-old Texas man named Hector Castro has been accused of beating his 2-year-old stepdaughter to death because she wouldn't stop crying while…

By: Ami Angelowicz / June 29, 2010

Landon Donovan May Be A Baby Daddy

When Landon Donovan kicked that penalty shot in the World Cup match against Ghana on Saturday to tie up the game, I have a feeling most women in the U.S. would have swooned and dropped trough for him immediately. (Sigh, if only Ghana hadn't scored again and won the game.) Besides being an awesome soccer

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / June 28, 2010

In Bed With … Kaká

VITAL STATS Born: April 22, 1982 in Brasília, Brazil Sun Sign: Taurus Ascendant: Unknown Moon: Aries Mercury: Taurus Venus: Pisces Mars: Libra…

By: Kiki T / June 27, 2010

Team USA Hunk Benny Feilhaber Mimes “No Air”

So, I don't know how this video came to be, but I don't care, because I love it and cannot stop watching. Team USA soccer player Benny Feilhaber takes a break from kicking major ass at the World Cup to lip-dub Jordin Sparks "No Air." Why? Why not! Damnit, he's hot.

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 25, 2010

Octopus Picks World Cup Winners

Paul is an octopus at the Sea Life Aquarium in Germany. He's also psychic. Or at least, really freaking good at picking who is going to win World Cup matches. Aquarium workers place two boxes in front of Paul, one with the German flag and one with the flag of whoever they're playing. Both boxe…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / June 23, 2010

Algerian Soccer Player Slaps A Female Sports Reporter Across The Face

World Cup Algerian soccer player Rafik Saifi slapped a female sports reporter across the face with an open palm after his team lost to the United States earlier today. Witnesses say Saifi was walking through the interview area when he saw journalist Asma Halimi, who writes for the Algerian newspaper Competition, in the room. Without…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 23, 2010

World Cup Nails!

Hey Simcha, are you reading? We know you love nail art like Perez loves posting celebrity crotch shots. Check out these World Cup nails — they come in handy if you need to scratch another fan's eyes out. [AuH2O Designs]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 17, 2010

Quickies: The Dark Side To The World Cup & Jamiroquai Makes A Comeback

Behind the World Cup scene, some players are being subjected to human trafficking. Check out tonight's episode of "Vanguard" on Current TV to see the dark side of professional soccer, in which some young players are sold for $500. [Vanguard] Bon voyage on your summer travels! Before you go, read up on these travel ti…

By: Lauren Gold / June 16, 2010
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