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

Backstreet Boy Style
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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 »
Abortion Rights
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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

Courtney Confronted
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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Finally, An “American Horror Story” Season Two Trailer!

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Target's selling a kinky "Horror Story" inspired costume this year. Read More »
S2 Creepy Promos
Season two of "American Horror Story" looks pretty creepy already. Read More »
S2 "Horror" Casting
American Horror Story
Your definitive guide to casting on "American Horror Story" season two. Read More »
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"American Horror Story" Season Two Trailer

Ryan Murphy is no fool. The “American Horror Story” creator knows he has to release a steady stream of teasers to keep interest piqued … which is really annoying for fans like me who want trailers with some substance. Finally we’ve got something to work with: here’s the new trailer for “American Horror Story”‘s season two — which is set in an East Coast mental institution run by priests and nuns — and it promises to be all kinds of fucked up in whole new ways. We’ve got electroshock therapy, sex addicts, and sadism. Oh, and we’ll finally see if Adam Levine knows how to act. (I though I don’t know if you can call love scenes with Jenna Dewan Tatum “acting.”) The show returns on FX on October 17. [AV Club]

Deal With It: The End Of “30 Rock” Is Also The End Of “MILF Island”

Baby For Liz Lemon?
Liz Lemon baby photo
This photo of Tina Fey is totally incriminating. Read More »
Lochte On "30 Rock"
He's bringing his sweet abs to Liz Lemon's office. Read More »
SH*t Liz Lemon Says
Sh*t Liz Lemon Says
Blerg! I want to go to there. Lemon, out. Read More »

Last night I was just about crying into my Cheesy Blasters watching the season premiere of “30 Rock”‘s final season. The only reason I could possibly handle this is because Tina Fey confirmed she’s trying to make a “Mean Girls” musical happen. Anyway,  NYMag.com is keeping themselves busy with 10 classic “30 Rock” jokes presented as infographics and they even made a cut of the jokes in non-graphed form. Somebody in that art department has the best job.  I’m terribly disappointed D’Fwan from “Queen Of Jordan” didn’t get his own chart, though. [NYMag.com]

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