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Today’s Lady News: Reader Submission Edition!

Jessica is still off wearing an eyepatch and nursing her burnt eyeball, but will be back in biz tomorrow. So, Today’s Lady News will, again, be a reader submission edition! The rules are the same: Submit your own links to news articles and blog posts about women, girls, trans-identified people, gender roles, feminism or sexism in the comments. Just write a sentence or two summary explaining what the link is about and give everyone a heads up if it has language or imagery that’s NSFW. Keep reading »

Jennifer Aniston’s New BF, Justin Theroux, Forgot To Break Up With His GF First

Remember when Angelina Jolie finally responded to the rumors that she and Brad Pitt had an affair while he was still married to Jennifer Aniston by saying she would never do such a thing to another woman because she saw her dad do it to her mom? That is one of the oldest and best excuses in the book — “That terrible thing happened to me or someone I love and I would never do that terrible thing to someone else!” — and tends to be pretty believable except when it’s not because, really, you never know what you might do when presented with a tempting but amoral conundrum. (Also, whether Brad and Angelina had a physical affair or not, an emotional affair clearly occurred and is that any better? Legalese!) Keep reading »

Infographic: What It Takes To Get An Abortion In The U.S.

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The feminist activist group Third Wave Foundation put together this incredibly informative infographic depicting what it takes for a woman to obtain an abortion in the United States. The graphic calls attention to “the barriers … that are overshadowed in current debates,” particularly those affecting low-income women who have “limited access to money, safety, shelter, transportation, and documentation.” Seeing all of it together is, well, striking and depressing. Click the link above to see the graphic blown up to full size. [via Psychotropic Politics] Keep reading »

Mommyrexia: When Moms Fight To Stay Thin While Pregnant

Ahh, new parenthood. Full of excitement, late nights, priceless memories, and small joys. But for some women, motherhood comes with a hefty price — MOMMYREXIA. An article in today’s New York Post explores the, ahem, important issue of moms — specifically on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, so specifically white and upper middle class/wealthy — who are obsessed with pregnancy weight gain. This fear of being a, well, fat mom (fat by completely bizarro standards, BTW) is so overwhelming, that the mommyrexics struggle to stay thin while knocked up and don’t waste any time before hitting the gym once their little one is no longer in their taut bellies. Keep reading »

Gross Talk: Yo, What’s Wrong With My Belly Button?

Last night, I was reclined on my bed, reading my Twitter feed on my iPad — I am such a modern gal! — when I felt a weird pricking in my abdomen. My belly button, to be more specific. I lifted my shirt to get a better look, my index finger doing the bulk of the investigating. I felt more pricking and my finger unearthed some crusty gunk. Normally such a discovery would excite me; I am fascinated by the gross things our bodies flake off and have been known to peel my own foot skin and pick at head scabs. But my initial glee was thrown off by, of course, the naval pain and the fact that underneath the crusty bits, my belly button was moist.

I hate the word moist and I resent having to use it to describe a part of my body. I prefer wet, but “wet” implies a certain volume of discernible liquid and that doesn’t apply here. It’s not like my belly button was gushing fluid. It just didn’t feel dry inside. Keep reading »

Zoe Kravitz Does Camo Right

Zoe Kravitz has cleaned up her image lately. Gone are the ripped and holed tights and scuffed shoes. In their place, Zoe has opted for this sweet Opening Ceremony dress and Nicholas Kirkwood peep-toe shoes. But the abstract camouflage print maintains the gritty way we’re used to seeing Zoe. Keep reading »

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