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Miss Montana Alexis Wineman Could Be The First Miss America With Autism

Alexis Wineman

Meet Alexis Wineman, 2012′s Miss Montana who is headed to the Miss America pageant this January. This year, Alexis will truly be unlike all the other pageant competitors: she was diagnosed with autism at age 11.

Alexis spent her childhood learning to cope with with the effects of autism, including having difficulty socializing with her classmates and taking “everything so literally,” she explained to DisabilityScoop. Performing — like the comedic monologue she’ll perform at Miss America — helped her gain confidence and socialize other people. Now Alexis is now 18 and travels across Montana as the state’s beauty queen teaching kids about developmental disabilities like her own. Keep reading »

RIP Society: Someone Made A James Holmes Halloween Mask

Tragedy In Colorado
A gunman killed 12 and injured 50 at showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." Read More »
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Ladies, he wants kids. Ugh. Read More »
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Don't marry the guy who ditched you and your child during a shooting. Read More »
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This James Holmes Halloween mask was listed on eBay for $500 by someone who claimed it’s a one-of-a-kind mask that was made for a movie. It’s no longer available, which can only mean one thing: Prince Harry has found a costume this year.  [BuzzFeed]

RIP Society: Teen Girl Gets Book Deal For One Direction Fan Fiction

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5 style lessons from the Backstreet Boys. Read More »
Who Cares About 1D?
Here's 9 things Winona knows about the Backstreet Boys instead. Read More »
I Love A Boy Band
Here's how loving a boy band shaped this woman's life. Read More »

Unfinished novel on your hard drive? Still paying off those loans for your MFA? It’s probably best to skip this post.

A 16-year-old girl named Emily Baker’s has gotten an e-book deal from Penguin for Loving The Band, which she originally penned online. For those readers who are not 14-year-old girls, One Direction is a boy band from the UK with that really annoying awesome song “What Makes You Beautiful.” (I just remembered boy bands have really rabid fans.)  Loving The Band stars a teenaged girl who gets caught in a love trial between two members of a boy band loosely based on One Direction and will be e-published on November 1. Keep reading »

Free Birth Control Means Fewer Abortions, Says Study (Which Proves Common Sense)

I Had An Abortion
A mother writes about choosing to have an abortion. Read More »
I Took Plan B
Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »
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All of The Frisky's posts about reproductive rights. Read More »
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A new study called “The Contraceptive Choice Project” outlined in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology tracked over 9,000 women in St. Louis and found free birth control led to drastically lower rates of abortion and births by teen moms. The study gave a range of free birth control options to poor and uninsured women (those at the greatest risk for an unplanned pregnancy) between 2007 and 2011.

Access to birth control, including the most effective, implanted options — meant women had fewer abortions: 4.4 to 7.5 abortions per 1,000 women in the study. Not only is that lower than the national average of 20 abortions per 1,000 women but lower than the abortion rate for women in St. Louis, which is 13.4 to 17 abortions per 1,000 women. The Obstetrics & Gynecology study, published yesterday, predicted that one abortion could be prevented for every 79 to 137 women being given free contraception. Keep reading »

“The Bachelor”‘s Ben Flajnik, Courtney Robertson Are Dunzo

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Courtney is brought to tears during "The Women Tell All." Watch »
Bachelor Manipulation
This season, Courtney taught us how to manipulate a man. Read More »
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"The Bachelor" Sletchbook By Lisa Hanawalt
This "Bachelor" sketchbook is a real work of art. Read More »
  • Well, that lasted 11 months longer than anyone expected it to last: Ben Flajnik and master man-manipulator Courtney Robertson have split. At least these two didn’t rush down the aisle to get married like other “Bachelor” contestants. [Us Weekly]
  • Scarlett Johansson is supposedly none too pleased that ex-husband Ryan Reynolds married his “Green Latern” co-star Blake Lively because their marriage was falling part as he was making the film and she thinks Blake swooped in to scoop Ryan up. Scarlett’s very “bitter” and thinks Blake is “phony” and a “fame monster.” Oh, but it gets even cattier: “Scarlett also considers Blake to be a cheap version of herself. They’ve actually auditioned for the same roles a few times and Blake has always lost out.” Gossip blogs sure do love the ol’ catfight narrative, don’t they? [Showbiz Spy]
  • How to get back the engagement ring, written by our very own Amelia. [Modern Man] Keep reading »

Oklahoma Cuts Funding For Planned Parenthood

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  • Oklahoma’s Department of Health has cut funding to three Planned Parenthood clinics in the state which have received funding for 18 years. The department did not provide a reason for not renewing its contract for the Women Infant and Children program, which provides food vouchers, baby formula and health screenings for low-income women and their kids. I love it when people are so “pro-life” that they can justify cutting health services for babies. Planned Parenthood sources say the cuts are politically motivated.  [Feminist.org]
  • Author Jennifer Weiner confronts her own daughter about body-shaming after she hears her kid calling another little girl “fat.” [Allure]
  • New research on working parents found that women are “more realistic” about combining a family with a career. [Harvard Business Review]
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