Country music, Chick-fil-A, and teen pregnancy: three things that can be found anywhere in America but are heavily concentrated in the South. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released reports last week which show the top 10 states with the highest rate of pregnant teens in 2008 sweep across the Bible belt: Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas (along with New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada, which are more in the Southwest). Obviously, geographic location alone doesn’t make someone eligible for “16 & Pregnant.” Experts say the same states full of pregnant teens are the ones in which “sex education” teaches abstinence as the only form of birth control. Keep reading »
Campaign commercials are getting dirty down south. North Carolina politician Wesley Meredith is challenging State Senator Margaret Dickson for her seat and ran an ad depicting a cash-carrying woman making herself up with lipstick and mascara. You know, like whores do. Keep reading »
It was a fruity, caffeinated alcoholic beverage called Four Loko, not the date rape drug, that sent a gaggle of Washington state college kids to the hospital during a house party on October 8. Police had suspected “roofies” had effed up the Central Washington University students. Instead, it was a 12 percent alcohol malt liquor/energy drink equivalent to six beers that got to these party monsters.
In other words, I thought this story would be a Lifetime original movie, but it turns out it’s an episode of “Jersey Shore.” Keep reading »
I have spent many an hour studying Jon Hamm’s raw, natural manliness. But is studying “Mad Men” in the ivy-colored halls of academia an equally frivolous pursuit? The University of California at Berkeley, a.k.a. a school with free-thinkin’ hippie roots, offers a two-credit class in which students analyze “Mad Men” like a work of literature. Keep reading »
This video has been on the YouTubes for awhile, but it just crossed Amelia’s and my path today. If this guy who calls himself Jerry Crew on YouTube is legit, he and his wife were trying for another child, but at 16 weeks, they were told the fetus was basically dead and went in to have an abortion. (In the comments section on YouTube, he says the fetus had sirenomelia, or “mermaid syndrome,” a rare deformity in which the lower half of the body is fused together and missing several internal organs.) Naturally, the anti-abortion protesters standing outside the clinic screaming at his wife as she went inside didn’t think of that. Watch as this “angry dad” confronts two protesters on the street who seem rather sure of themselves that it’s their business to butt into other people’s medical decisions. [YouTube] Keep reading »
A Texas high school has taken “school spirit” to the extreme and kicked a cheerleader off the squad after she refused to cheer for a football player who sexually assaulted her. According to Ms. magazine, player Rakheem Jamal Bolton, 19, of Silsbee High School in Hardin County, TX, and two other males were accused of sexually assaulting a female student (identified only as H.S.) in 2008 at a post-game party. H.S. claims the three young men forced her into a room, locked the door, held her down and sexually assaulted her. Other party-goers tried to get in the room and two of the three men, including Bolton, fled through the window … Keep reading »
I love a meta-commentary as much as the next person, but some things are just tacky — invoking the Nazis while discussing health care reform, for example. T-shirts emblazoned with the words “I love anorexia” also fit the bill. Keep reading »
Wouldn’t you just about die to be in the same room as Brooke Shields, Padma Lakshmi, and Crystal Renn all in the same day? Then take a day off of work and make it to New York City for Glamour magazine’s 20th annual “Love Your Life” conference on Monday, November 1.
Held at the city’s prestigious 92nd St Y, the conference only costs $79 for an all-day pass, which includes two panel discussions and an evening of entertainment. The “Love Your Work Life” panel features Anna Sui, Bobbi Brown, Arianna Huffington, Lakshmi, Dylan Lauren and Deborah Roberts, while the “Love Your Body” panel features Renn, Paulina Porizkova, Bethenny Frankel, Katherine Schwarzenegger (daughter of Ah-nold), Dr. Ann Kearney Cooke, and Mika Brzezinski … Keep reading »