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Nuns Reprimanded By Vatican For “Radical Feminism”

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  • Leaders from a group representing the majority of U.S. Catholic nuns will meet with the Vatican this week to discuss a concern that nuns are enveloped with “radical feminist themes.” [CNN]
  • A women’s health clinic in New Orleans was destroyed last week by an arsonist. Women With a Vision offers HIV testing and assists many low-income women, women of color, and sex workers. Last week, two abortion clinics in Georgia were both set on fire. The FBI is investigating those Georgia fires as possible anti-abortion clinic violence. [Think Progress]
  • A justice system watchdog group released a report last week that says inmates at Alabama’s Tutwiler Prison for Women have been victims of “frequent and severe” sexual abuse and sexual harassment by male guards. [blog.AL.com] Keep reading »

Michelle Obama Talks Race, Her Girls & Being Tucked Into Bed On “The View”

Tucked Into Bed
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The President makes sure to tuck the First Lady into bed each night. Read More »
Romance, Barack-Style
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How young Barack Obama wooed the ladies, according to his ex-GFs. Read More »
Fierce FLOTUS
The First Lady does a mean push-up. Read More »
Michelle Obama on "The View"
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Michelle Obama kept it classy on “The View” this morning, as always. The First Lady gamely fielded questions about the president tucking her into bed at night and whether she would ever consider running for office. (Answer: hell no!) She also discussed the continued prevalence of racism in this country. But I was most interested in hearing her discuss how the Obamas raise their daughters and make sure Malia and Sasha are happy, even with all the craziness swirling around them. “The thing I always want my girls to know is their life is good either way,” she said. “They understand their world is secure no matter what. They’ve grown to understand home is wherever we are. … Dad is always going to be Dad.” Well said. [Mediaite]

Mirror, Mirror: What Does It Take For You To Believe You’re Beautiful?

Tell Me I'm Pretty
Is it so much to ask to want to be told I'm beautiful? Read More »
Mirror, Mirror
A size zero's lament on the changing body "ideal." Read More »
I'm Not Beautiful
But that's okay. Read More »

We were laying on the couch in the darkness, the new Sofia Coppola movie flickering on the TV screen. Even in my lightest pajamas with the AC blaring, my skin soaked with sweat. I’d just taken a cool-off shower, which washed off all my carefully applied makeup from dinner. My wet hair hung around my face, drying as much as frizzing in the humidity. 

But still, when he stroked my leg, looked me straight in the eye, and told me, “You’re so pretty,” I believed him.  Keep reading »

Eye Roll: John Edwards Is Flirting With A Juror

Mistress Allowance
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John Edwards' mistress Rielle Hunter got a monthly $9K allowance. Read More »
Icky Details
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More dirt about Senator John Edwards' extramarital affair. Read More »
Abducted By Aliens?
John Edwards
Rielle Hunter wanted to claim she'd been abducted by aliens. Read More »
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Oh, John Edwards, you never stop being entertaining, do you? Last week, various news reports suggested that there’s some trouble in the North Carolina courtroom where Edwards is on trial for allegedly using campaign funds to hide his pregnant mistress. Namely, he is flirting with an alternate juror. As ABC News put it:

[I]t has been impossible to ignore the dynamic between Edwards and one of the female alternates, an attractive young woman with jet-black hair, who seems to have been flirting with Edwards for days. The juror clearly instigated the exchanges. She smiles at him. He smiles  politely back at her. She giggles. He blushes. Keep reading »

Fairy Tale Makeup Kit

Pore Me!
With POREfessional, you will never say "pore me" again. Read More »
BTD: Cheek Tint
Jessica loves Benefit's Cha Cha Cheek Tint. Read More »

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Why, you, my dear! Just in time for “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Benefit is releasing a makeup kit called Rare Beauty to get your own fairy tale look. There’s a rosy lip/cheek tint sample, highlighter sample, a full-size pore minimizing balm, and a full-size mascara, all in a really pretty makeup bag. If you’re looking to freshen up your summer makeup bag, it’s a good way to test out some of the company’s best products … even if your name isn’t Snow White. [$45, BenefitCosmetics.com]

Sleepy & Stupid: Key Qualities Men Look For In One Night Stands

Trashy Hookups
Oh dear. What were they thinking? Read More »
One Night Stand Wisdom
Eight things we've learned about men from having one night stands. Read More »
Hookups We Regret
Don't remind us we did that. Read More »
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Ladies, if you’ve ever wondered why you’re always heading home from the bar alone, the answer could be depressingly simple: you are too intelligent and alert. Slate.com has a really fascinating piece about an article soon to be published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior about “sexual exploitability,” or how the male of the species chooses to pursue a female of the species who seems most sexually susceptible. Or, put it in English, they wanted to find out how men figure out with whom they can score.

You should read the entire piece yourself for the full explanation, because it’s complicated and long-winded. But the bare bones version is men were studied as they responded to a bunch of qualities in potential long-term and short-term mates. And interestingly enough, pictures of women looking sleepy or intoxicated, as well as stupid or immature-seeming, were seen as the most easy lays and most attractive.  Keep reading »

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