Today’s Lady News: Jessica Alba Tells Woman Not To Get Plastic Surgery To Look Like Her

  • Jessica Alba thinks Xiaoqing — the 21-year-old Chinese woman who is allegedly getting plastic surgery to look like Alba because her boyfriend is obsessed with the actress — is as crazy as everyone else does. “I think you should never have to change yourself like that,” Alba said. “If somebody loves you, they’ll love you no matter what.” [New York Daily News]
  • Shoshana Johnson, 37, the nation’s first African-American female prisoner of war, talks about her ordeal in her a new book out this week, I’m Still Standing. Johnson, who was captured in Iraq in the same ambush as POW Jessica Lynch, says she hopes to bring more attention to post-traumatic stress disorder in soldiers. [Yahoo]

  • Antidepressants called SSRIs might block the effects of the breast cancer treatment tamoxifen, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. [Guardian UK]
  • A court in California has decided that the University of California at Davis must go before a jury on sex discrimination charges brought by women who were dropped from the school wrestling team in 2000. [Inside Higher Ed]
  • The American Civil Liberties Union has accused a science teacher at a community college in Fresno, California, of injecting his religious opinions into the classroom, including his assessment that being gay is a mental illness. [New York Times]
  • Anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, has taken to YouTube. The 10-minute video is a conversation with another anti-abortion activist. [KOAM-TV]
  • A writer for The Daily Beast argues that pro-choice men don’t speak up enough about their support for reproductive rights, an argument Maureen Tkacik at Lemondrop and we at The Frisky made months ago. Also, fun fact: did you know Jonathan Taylor Thomas from “Home Improvement” is against abortion? [The Daily Beast]
  • Jezebel has noticed that in various post-game votes about viewers’ favorite TV commercials during the Super Bowl, the sexist and misogynistic spots have ranked lower. Pay attention, advertisers! [Jezebel]
  • A blogger for the San Francisco Chronicle is concerned about the lack of female chefs in the Bay Area. [SF Gate]


  • A National Diet and Nutrition Survey in the U.K., which examined meals eaten over the course of four days, found that only seven percent of teenage girls eat enough fruit and vegetables. Also bad news: only 50 percent eat enough food rich in iron. Instead, Dr. Alison Tedstone at the U.K.’s Food Standards Agency said teen girls are major consumers of “cakes, chocolate, biscuits and soft drinks.” [Times of London]
  • A Canadian company called Corus Entertainment is debuting a female-oriented movie channel called W Movie. When it launches next month, W Movie will air flicks like “You’ve Got Mail” and “When Harry Met Sally.” [The Canadian Press]