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Today’s Lady News: More Than Half Of Young Adults Misinformed About Birth Control

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  • Here’s a depressing statistic: 60 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds may not understand how to properly use birth control to prevent pregnancy, according to a new study of 1,800 young adults by the Guttmacher Institute. Shocker of shocks, abstinence-only sex education — which refuses to teach children how contraception works — is being fingered as a prime reason for the misunderstanding.  [International Business Times]
  • Tennessee’s governor signed into law on Friday a bill that bans teaching students about “gateway sexual behavior,” which includes everything from outercourse to hand-holding and hugging. The bill requires sex ed instructors to teach only abstinence and fines teachers $500 for each violation. Clearly this entire state did not read that Guttmacher study.  [Feminist.org]
  • Arizona Governor Jan Brew signed into law on Friday a bill that allows any employer that identifies as “religiously affiliated” to refuse to cover birth control in the company’s health insurance plan. Thankfully, an even crazier original version of the bill was changed. [Feminist.org] Keep reading »

Reporter Fired For Stripping Files Gender Discrimination Complaint

Stripper Fired
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Newspaper fires reporter because she also works as a stripper. Read More »
Sex Work Past
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Is it OK for an elementary school teacher to have been a stripper? Read More »
Sarah Tressler stripper photo

This past March, the Houston Chronicle fired society reporter Sarah Tressler from her job after the city’s rival newspaper exposed her as a stripper. The Chronicle claimed it only fired Tressler because she did not reveal that job — not, say, because it actually had a problem that one of its reporters worked the pole at upscale strip clubs and wrote about her adventures on a blog called Diary Of An Angry Stripper.

Now Tressler, 30, has retained the notorious feminist lawyer Gloria Allred to fight back. On Thursday, she filed a federal gender discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the Chronicle, alleging that she’s being unjustly targeted because stripping is a female-dominated field. Keep reading »

Marissa Alexander Of Florida Sentenced 20 Years For Firing Warning Shot At Abusive Husband

Trayvon Martin
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Will there be justice in the death of this innocent teen? Read More »
On Abused Women
Facts about why abused women stay with their abusers. Read More »
I Was Abused
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Judy McGuire was physically abused by a boyfriend. Read More »
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A Florida woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday for firing a warning shot — note: not actually injuring anyone — at her abusive husband.

Marissa Alexander, 31, said that in August 2010, her now ex-husband Rico Gray read messages from her ex on her cell phone, became enraged, strangled her and threatened her life. When Alexander broke free, she tried to run out of the house but couldn’t get out of the garage; so she grabbed a gun from the garage and fired it into the air to attempt to scare Gray off.  

No one was injured, but the “warning shot” hit a wall near where his two kids were standing. As such, she was charged and found guilty by a jury of three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, which carries a 20-year sentence. Keep reading »

Nightmare Moms Of Men We’ve Loved

Don't Date A Mama's Boy
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Nine reasons to steer clear from a mama's boy. Read More »
Inspiration: Lucille Bluth
How to capture this drunk matriarch's effortless style. Read More »
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Now that Mother’s Day is over, it’s time for some real talk on this “mothering” thing. Own own mom might be in line for sainthood, but we’ve dated some dudes whose mamas made “Monster-In-Law” look like an episode of “Teletubbies.”

My personal least-favorite mother-of-an-ex-boyfriend was the one who didn’t think I was good enough for her son because I didn’t attend an Ivy League college and repeatedly put down my writing career. This she-beast asked me about my salary and insinuated more than a few times that I should get a  ”respectable” job in finance or law.  I guess loving her son with all of my heart was not good enough? 

I’m not the only one with a nightmare mom-in-law. Anonymous tales from the Frisky dating crypt, after the jump: Keep reading »

Amy Winehouse Was “Freaked Out” By Adele’s Success, Mark Ronson Reveals

Amy's Blood Painting
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Pete Doherty auctions off a painting featuring Amy Winehouse's blood. Read More »
Why Amy's Death Hurts
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Amy Winehouse's death hits hard for the loved ones of addicts. Read More »
Amy Lives On
These previously unheard tracks shouldn't be missed. Read More »
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[Amy Winehouse and I] spent a little time together and talked about [working together]. But, what little time we had, well, it was tense. She was in a bad state, God knows why. I think that the Adele thing had Amy freaked out. She liked her, but Adele’s success was making Amy feel upset, competitive, restless. Anyway, we lost touch briefly. And before she and I could really start the process of beginning a new album, it was too late. 

–Mark Ronson reveals that Amy Winehouse, with whom he worked on her “Back To Black” album, was feeling really competitive and anxious about the success of another young, talented British female with a big voice: Adele.

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Affordable Lingerie On ShoeDazzle? Yes, Please!

I Love Granny Panties
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This woman hates wearing sexy underwear. Read More »
Shoedazzle Lingerie

I don’t know about you all, but my lingerie budget is really cramping my everything-else budget. So I’m always thrilled to find a new outlet for my lingerie fetish and I am obsessed with Lace, the new lingerie  line at ShoeDazzle. Yup, ShoeDazzle, the shoe-of-the-month club that you’ve probably seen Kim Kardashian promoting, sells sexy underthings. Nightgowns, bustiers, chemises and matching bra-and-panties sets can be bought (in sets only) for around $32 each. I’m loving the lacy, ultra-feminine looks, but you might fancy the seductive satin ones — and don’t even get me started on all the bustiers with straps for thigh-high stockings. Boo hoo for my single status … it’s your loss, boys!  Now pardon me while I go stock my lingerie war chest. [ShoeDazzle.com Lace] Keep reading »

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