“Seventeen” Promises To Stop Photoshopping Models

  • In response to a Change.org petition, Seventeen magazine has said it will no longer alter the body size or face shape of the models posing in its magazine. The petition was created by Julia Bluhm of Waterville, Maine, and garnered over 84,000 signatures which were hand-delivered to the executive editor of Seventeen. [Change.org/Seventeen]
  • North Carolina’s Republican-controlled state legislature has overrode a veto by Governor Bev Perdue, effectively defunding the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics. State funding is not used for abortion services, so the defunding will only be hurting those who go to Planned Parenthood clinics for other services, like Pap smears and cancer screenings.  [Huffington Post]
  • The FDA has approved the first quick, over-the-counter HIV test. OraQuick uses a mouth swap and can tell your HIV status in less than 40 minutes. [AP]
  • Women in Mississippi are frantically calling the state’s only abortion clinic, which was temporarily saved from being forced to shut down after a federal judge stepped in this weekend. [New York Times]
  • Here’s an op-ed on why women and girls are the big winners of this week’s healthcare ruling. [Huffington Post]
  • Women motorcycle riders are on the rise! [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]


  • France will allow all gay couples to marry and to adopt children beginning in 2012, according to the Prime Minister. [Newser]
  • Egyptian women worry about the fate of their rights under their newly elected president. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Why did Britain’s highest-ranking female soldier resign? [New York Times]