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Today’s Lady News: Iowa’s House Passes Ban On Abortions After 20 Weeks

  • Iowa’s House of Representatives advanced a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, based on the claim touted by anti-abortion activists that after 20 weeks a fetus can feel pain. The bill only offers an exception to save the life of the mother. It now heads to Iowa’s Democrat-controlled Senate, where it is unclear whether it will pass. [Reuters]
  • The International Olympic Committee announced today it would add women’s ski jumping to the 2014 Olympics. Last year, women ski jumpers filed a lawsuit in Canada to compete in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, but lost. [New York Times]
  • The CEO of Gearbox, which created the sexist video game Duke Nukem Forever, in which players get to slap women across the face to “calm them down,” says Duke isn’t “misogynist,” he’s just “ego-centric,” and that’s why the character acts so macho. Mansplaining at its finest! [Escapist Magazine]
  • Texas’ House of Representatives passed an amendment on Friday to establish “Student Centers for Family and Traditional Values” at universities, presumably to counteract the ill effects of the LGBT and women’s centers. [Hay Ladies]

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Mexican Airline Stewardesses In Sexy Calendar Get Cover Of Playboy Mexico

In December, I wrote about stewardesses for Mexicana Airlines who funded a sexy calendar of themselves in order to raise money for the tanking airline. The sexy calenders sold for $12 a pop and enjoyed multiple printings. Now the flight attendants are appearing on the cover of Playboy Mexico in getups that leave little to the imagination about where they store those extra bags of airline peanuts. [Guanabee] Keep reading »

NYC Cop Allegedly Raped Drunk Woman In Her Apartment After 911 Call (While His Partner Napped)

A bizarre and troubling story out of New York City this week: police officer Kenneth Moreno, 43, is standing trial for the alleged rape of an intoxicated woman whom he and his partner were called to help.

What happened next is beyond f**ked up … and a “Law & Order: SVU” episode just waiting to happen. Keep reading »

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Naked Mariah Carey Poses Pregnant For Life & Style

Will someone explain to me the impulse of pregnant celebs to pose naked? Mariah Carey posed nude for the cover of Life & Style, flaunting her pregnant belly carrying the twins — a boy and a girl — she’s expecting with hubby Nick Cannon. “I was feeling very vulnerable about taking pictures at all right now, but then I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to document this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Mimi told Life & Style. “My ultimate goal was to share this incredibly personal moment with my true fans.” I’d love to be there, 1,000 years from now, when archeologists unearth these mags and wonder why, at one point in time, our society photographed our richest pregnant women naked. Should be fascinating. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Quickies: Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson Are Dunzo? And Kate Hudson Drinking While Pregnant!

  • Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are reportedly “on a break,” apparently because their work schedules are so hectic and they both eventually developed “apathy” about trying to see each other. Fourteen-year-old girls, here’s your shot at R-Patz. Seriously, go for it. [Oh No They Didn't!]
  • Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey took “artistic nude photos” of her while she’s pregnant. He’s already apologizing to his future children for taking these pics. [People]
  • Kate Middleton will have six hair stylists on her wedding day. Kate does have a lush head of gorgeous brown hair, but isn’t six hairstylists overdoing it? [NY Daily News]
  • Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page are “butt buddies.” You know you want to read that interview. [Blackbook]

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Today’s Lady News: Bristol Palin Makes Bank Preaching Abstinence For The Candies Foundation

  • According to an investigation by Jezebel reporter Irin Carmon, The Candies Foundation paid $252,500 in fees in 2009 to pro-abstinence teen mom Bristol Palin, while only giving $35,000 to actual anti-teen pregnancy initiatives. Color us shocked. That PSA that Bristol Palin made sure paid big, didn’t it? [Jezebel]
  • Vince Neil of Motley Crue has been charged with domestic violence and disorderly conduct for allegedly forcefully poking his ex-girlfriend in the shoulder blade with his finger in March while in Las Vegas. Neil reportedly began poking several people with his finger, including his ex, while saying “f**k you.” [TMZ]
  • Remember the anti-abortion billboards in Chicago depicting President Obama which imply women who have abortions could be “killing” the next great leader? Well, abortion rights activists hung banners over them. [Chicago Tribune]

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The “Tiger Mother”‘s Daughter Accepted Into Harvard: Was Mom’s Strict Parenting Worth It?

Earlier this winter, Yale Law Professor Amy Chua published Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mother, a memoir about her strict parenting style rooted in her Chinese upbringing. A “Chinese mother” is a broad term to describe a sub-set of strict parents who expect excellence from their children and force them to both study and rehearse instruments for hours a day. Chua’s two kids were not allowed play dates or sleepovers; she harshly admonished them and punished them throughout their childhood for not devoting themselves to schoolwork and musical study. The book — and her Wall Street Journal op-ed excerpted from it — unsurprisingly caused a huge kerfluffle among parents. Many thought she was was downright abusive.

But consider this: earlier in the week, Amy Chua’s elder daughter, Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, learned that she was accepted to Harvard University‘s class of 2015, and plans to attend. It begs the question, was growing up with a “tiger mother” worth it? Keep reading »

Sweet Jealous Vs. Crazy Jealous: A Primer

As just about any episode of “Jersey Shore” can prove, there’s nothing more poisonous to a relationship than unbridled jealousy. (*cough* Ronnie and Sammi *cough*) Nothing is quite so off-putting as the insecurity that makes you not trust someone — or makes your partner think you can’t be trusted.

But let’s be honest: sometimes a little jealousy is appreciated. It shows he cares! I thought it was totally adorable last week when the dude I’m dating confessed to a bit of seeing green. We were at a party playing air hockey when a platonic male friend/former coworker of mine walked in. I stopped air hockey for a second and greeted my buddy warmly with a hug. Later on, my dude told me he felt a little twinge of jealousy watching me hug another guy (even though he knows we’re just friends). I thought, Aww, that’s silly — but cute that he cares! Even if jealousy isn’t always rational, it can be kind of sweet.

After the jump, a primer on “sweet jealous” versus “crazy jealous” — an important distinction: Keep reading »

When Is Cosmetic Surgery The Answer To Bullying?

Bringing a whole new meaning the concept of “It gets better!” ABC News asks in an article about children getting plastic surgery procedures, “When is cosmetic surgery the answer to bullying?” Um, how about never, ABC News? Cosmetic surgery is never the “answer” to bullying. [ABC News] Keep reading »

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