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Today’s Lady News: U.S. House Could Not Pass Anti-Child Marriage Bill

  • A bill to further protect girls around the world from child marriage failed to pass the House of Representatives yesterday, despite unanimously passing in the Senate. According to The Washington Post, some members of Congress had circulated memos urging people not to support the bill because it would “overturn pro-life laws.” However, the words “abortion” and “family planning” were not mentioned anywhere within the bill. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who sponsored the bill, said: “The action on the House floor stopping the Child Marriage bill tonight will endanger the lives of millions of women and girls around the world. These young girls, enslaved in marriage, will be brutalized and many will die when their young bodies are torn apart while giving birth. Those who voted to continue this barbaric practice brought shame to Capitol Hill.” Frankly, I’m disgusted right now. [Washington Post]
  • Air New Zealand will be taking down a billboard which reads “Fares lower than your grandma’s boobs” after complaints that it is sexist and ageist. [Stuff NZ]

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Don’t “Man Up Now,” Guys: It Might Make You Faint

Time to stock up on the Horny Goat Weed instead, you guys! (Just kidding.) The FDA issued a warning on Wednesday for Man Up Now, a “dietary supplement for men’s sexual arousal” because it could dangerously lower blood pressure. Although Man Up Now capsules market themselves as “all natural” and “herbal,” they contain an active drug found in Viagra called sulfoaildenafil. Sulfoaildenafil can cause blood pressure to plummet through the carpet and make you dizzy and lightheaded. So stop operating heavy machinery, you randy little minxes, and ditch your Man Up Now pills immediately, per FDA request. Keep reading »

WikiLeaks, But Our Menstrual Pads Don’t

This Pakistani billboard for Butterfly pads aptly describes what many of us ladies think when we hear the word “leaks.” Doesn’t it remind you of the days of yore when the iPad was the most period-y-sounding gadget ever? [AdFreak.com] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: There (Probably) Won’t Be A Proposal This Christmas

A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I were doing laundry at his parents’ house when I overheard him talking to his mom about his Christmas present for me. Neither, it seemed, realized how easily noise traveled from the kitchen through the dining room to the living room. I could only pick up a few words, like “reservations.” At a separate time, I told him how my present for him was waiting at my parents’ house to be opened on Christmas morning and he replied that it would be really awkward for him to give his gift to me in front of my parents. On top of this, he started teasing me about my present coming in the mail and forwarding me FedEx emails just to taunt me.

Naturally, I started to think he had bought an engagement ring. And in addition to being in love, I felt like I was walking on air.

Then, a few days later, the FedEx package arrived. Keep reading »

Because That’s What Ladies Be Talking About

The Onion magazine satire of “10 Most Powerful Women” articles might be a joke, but frankly this cover speaks for many profiles about Hillary Clinton or Condoleezza Rice. The article in Vogue about Hillary’s makeup regimen comes to mind. Ugh, I’d forgotten about that. [The Onion via Feministing] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: And Now, A 12-Year-Old Will Lecture You About Abortion

  • You know you want to listen to a 12-year-old girl spew anti-abortion rhetoric while comparing the procedure to a “personal choice,” like choosing chocolate or vanilla ice cream. I’m guessing she didn’t write the script for this lecture? [VideoGum]
  • A National Organization for Women chapter in California plans to file complaints against Hooters restaurants in the state for selling merchandise geared towards children, like tee shirts in child sizes with statements like “Future Hooters Girl.” Um, ew. [SFist]
  • The fifth season of “Skins” in the U.K. will star a gender-bending girl named Franky Fitzgerald. [AfterEllen.com]

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Tajazzle Your Vajayjay For The Ultimate In Personal Confidence!


Vagina got you down? Put some bling in your fling with Tajazzle! The Tajazzle system gives us ladies “personal confidence” with scented body powder, lotions to put on your “kissful areas” (read: smelly vajajay), and last but certainly not least, sparkly crystal tattoos made of “genuine Swarovski elements” to affix someplace intimate and show off to your lover. Because if you so desperately need a man to compliment your dirty, ugly and bad ladyparts, putting sparkly jewels on your inner thighs to distract surprise him is totally the way to go. You can learn all about how Tajazzle will give you personal confidence in this vaguely softcore infomercial. I promise you it is worth 14 minutes of your life. But do not take a shot every time it says Tajazzle will give you “personal confidence,” because you will be dead before it’s through. Keep reading »

8 Celebs Who’ve Been Fired From Roles

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We regular folks aren’t the only ones who get pink-slipped. Stars of Hollywood get canned from their jobs, too. On Friday, “Ghost World” and “American Beauty” actress Thora Birch learned she’d been fired from an off-Broadway show, “Dracula,” in which she was the star. Did we mention it was only four days before performances were to begin?

The director claims that Thora was fired because her father and manager, Jack Birch (a former porn star), threatened another actor for rubbing his daughter’s back during a scene. Director Paul Alexander, claims Jack told the actor, “Listen, man, I’m trying to make this easier on you – don’t touch her” and that actor felt “physically threatened.” But the Birch family claims Thora was fired because they weren’t happy with her performance. Thora herself is super confused about what went down. “For three weeks I was just doing my thing, and everything I hear was positive, that the work I was doing was wonderful,” she told The New York Times. “Maybe it’s some kind of misunderstanding. … I’m totally in a state of shock over this, I still can’t believe it.” Thora is now being replaced by Emily Bridges, the daughter of actor Beau Bridges. [New York Times]

Poor Thora! But she’s not the only star who’s been fired from a role. Let’s take a look at other stars who’ve rocked Hollywood’s unemployment line.

It’s Raining Hearts

We thought “pretty umbrella” was an urban legend like “comfortable stiletto” or “fun time at the DMV.” But this clear plastic, heart-splattered umbrella is just the accessory to keep you dry and adorable through the wet winter months. Take it from us: Brightly colored umbrellas perk up a drizzly day faster than a first kiss. (And doesn’t it just make you want to plant one on your sweetie in the pouring rain?) You’ll never leave behind an umbrella this cute on the bus again!

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Why We Love To Hate Amber Portwood

I remember when gossip columns devoted space to Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. Now we’ve got Amber Portwood, the young woman on “16 & Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” who Star magazine says is pregnant with her second baby. Amber is already the mother of a 2-year-old daughter, Leah, with ex-fiance Gary Shirley. Star says she’s dating a cage fighter named Clinton Yunker and “is hoping that the child is Shirley’s nonetheless.”

There’s no escaping the “Teen Mom” girls now. Just admit it: it’s dirt cheap for paparazzi to photograph them, so they are claiming tabloid domination. And while Catelynn and Tyler (who gave their kid up for adoption) are the couple who tug our heart strings, you couldn’t avoid Amber if you tried.

And that worries me. Keep reading »

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