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Today’s Lady News: 25 Percent Of Women Feel “Meh” On Getting Pregnant

  • A new study suggests that one in four women feels ambivalent about getting pregnant, essentially saying they could take or leave having kids. [Baby Chums]
  • Which may explain why women are waiting longer to have children and are more likely than ever to have them without being married. [Baby Chums]
  • Blogger Lena Chen discusses the “Rethinking Virginity” conference she planned at Harvard University and corrects those who think “rethinking virginity” means an overarching endorsement of abstinence and the abstinence movement. [Slate]
  • The murder of lacrosse player Yeardley Love has caused the University of Virginia to “consider changes to campus public safety policies and state laws to enable more information sharing between police and college administrators.” Love’s ex-boyfriend, George Huguely, has been arrested and charged in her death. [Security Info Watch]

  • Among the 10 Commandments of Pop Culture Feminism? “Thou shalt criticize the culture, not the women (employ the pro-woman line)” and “Thou shalt not see a sexist, misogynistic ad, say “that sucks” and leave it at that.” [Feminist Fatale]
  • The Green Bay Phoenix Women’s Basketball team was recognized for the second year in a row by the NCAA for excellence in the classroom, ranking in the top 10 percent of all NCAA Division 1 programs in Academic Progress Rate in the country. [Examiner]
  • So, seriously, there’s a bill called the “Potty Parity Act” which seeks to address the unequal number of women’s restrooms in federal buildings. Actually, I see the point — women take forever in the bathroom (even though dudes totally take longer dumps), so we need more bathrooms and stalls. [Examiner]
  • Speaking of things that make babies, men who eat lots of celery make more sperm and have higher levels of pheromones, which makes us lady folk want them more. The next hot guy I see at brunch is getting a Bloody Mary with extra celery sticks on me! [Asylum]
  • Check out this essay at Salon about a husband and wife who went to a “marriage retreat,” had a terrible time, and ended up saving their marriage as a result. [Salon]
  • Attention, Amelia! Working too much can cause women to develop ailments like heart failure and low libido. This shall be my excuse to take a day off next week — not that my boss cares about my ability to get horny. [Daily Mail]
  • Um, sororities sure are partying in strange ways these days — feces and vomit abound? What? [Jezebel]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has assured Afghan women that the U.S. government will not abandon them, even as the administration supported Hamid Karzai’s efforts to allow former Taliban fighters and Islamic extremists to attain positions within the government. Afghan women have expressed concern that the extreme anti-women views held by right-wing Islamic leaders could chip away at the strides they’ve made to achieve equality in the country since the U.S. gave the Taliban the boot. [AP]
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