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“Black Out In A Can” Alcoholic Energy Drink Four Loko Just Got De-Caffeinated

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Before it got spanked by the FDA for selling an allegedly unsafe beverage, the makers of alcoholic energy drink Four Loko have opted to remove its caffeine and other stimulants themselves. In a statement on the company website, Phusion Projects said, “We are taking this step after trying — unsuccessfully — to navigate a difficult and politically charged regulatory environment at both the state and federal levels.” (The FDA, which had been reviewing alcoholic energy drinks for the past year, was allegedly moving towards issuing Phusion Projects a warning.) Several states had already banned, or were on their way to banning, Four Loko after way too many college kids have died or fallen ill from a “blackout in a can” binge. People who’ve quaffed the fruity drinks said that the equivalent of a six-pack of soda’s worth of caffeine hid the fact that they’re 12 percent-alcohol and, not surprisingly, lead drinkers to make more poor choices. Of course, anyone who really wants a “blackout in a can” can still just mix their 23.5-ounce cans with a caffeinated beverage themselves. (Or move on to wine in a box, which is what classy people drink.) [Reuters] Keep reading »

Willow Palin Uses Homophobic Slurs, Bad Grammar, On Facebook

It’s wash-your-mouth-out-with-soap time at the Palin household. After people criticized the family’s new TLC reality show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” on Facebook, little sis Willow Palin busted out with homophobic slurs, put-downs and grammar gone rogue.

“Haha your [sic] so gay. I have no idea who you are. But what I’ve seen pictures of, your [sic] disgusting,” the 16-year-old wrote. “Tre stfu. Your [sic] such a fa**ot,” this charming child wrote elsewhere. Willow also accused commenters of being “jealous of my families [sic] success and you guys aren’t goin [sic] to go anywhere with your lives.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Lesbian Students Claim Oklahoma School Won’t Let Them Graduate

  • Two lesbian students said their Oklahoma high school won’t let them graduate as long as the girls are living together. Melissa McKenzie moved in with her girlfriend Kelsey Hicks and Hicks’ family. But McKenzie claims she was kicked out of school when administrators learned that and told her she could return when she went back to her parents’ home. Hicks had also dropped out of school last month, but said the principal discouraged her from returning. Although Hicks admitted she’s been in trouble at school in the past, she said the principal pushed her towards getting her GED instead because she’s gay. [Advocate.com, News9.com]
  • One of the U.K.’s leading midwives has accused the National Health Service of “scaring” women out of having a home birth. [Telegraph]
  • Watch a trailer starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard as Winnie and Nelson Mandela in a biopic of her life, “Winnie.” [Clutch Magazine]

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We See Chick Flicks: “Made In Dagenham”

Starring Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, Rosamund Pike, and Bob Hoskins

We all know what 1960s America looked like for white-collar professional women like the ones on “Mad Men.” While Joan and Peggy were fighting off handsy account men in New York’s office towers, women in working-class towns like Dagenham, England, were doing hand-to-hand combat as well — only against the entire Ford Motor Company. “Made In Dagenham” is based on the true story of 187 women who sewed car seat upholstery for a Ford plant in Britain and what happens when they banded together to fight exploitation by their bosses. Their classification as “unskilled” laborers and the fact that they earned a fraction of the male employees’ paychecks led these strong, brave ladies to launch a history-making 1968 strike. Keep reading »

Look, It’s Baby Gleeks!

Annoying Gwyneth Paltrow‘s hogged all the headlines lately with her “Glee” appearance and that’s sadly overshadowed the real good news: adorable children. Even if you’re not a Gleek, you’ll still find this behind-the-scenes clip of kindergartners dressed like Baby Mercedes, Baby Rachel, Baby Puck and the rest of the gang squeal!-worthy. Child actors are so adorable before they get screwed up, aren’t they? [YouTube] Keep reading »

Kate Middleton Debuts Her New Engagement Ring

It’s the rock we’ve all been waiting for: Kate Middleton debuted her engagement ring from Prince William and it’s huuuuuge. Of course it is, because it’s Princess Diana’s engagement ring. “As you may recognize now it is my mother’s engagement ring, so of course it is very special to me,” William told the BBC. “And Kate is very special to me now as well. It is only right the two are put together.” [11/16/10] Keep reading »

Female Balkan War Victims Pen Open Letter To Angelina Jolie

Female victims of the Balkan war have penned an angry open letter to Angelina Jolie regarding her movie “Untitled Bosnian Love Story,” in the English language newspaper The Balkan Chronicle. Angie’s directorial debut is a taboo love tale about a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman during the war that took place between 1992 and 1995. It is currently being filming in Hungary. But rumors have circulated that the characters aren’t just a Serb and a Bosnian, but a Serbian rapist and his Muslim victim. Although Angelina, her producer and even a local Sarajevo actor have all steadfastly denied that plot line (the producer called it “insane”), the Association of Women Victims of War’s open letter accuses her of trying to “falsify the historic truth about the crimes of mass gang rapes of Bosnian women.”

The letter reads: Keep reading »

Last Call On Canned Crazy: FDA May Issue Warning Against Alcoholic Energy Drinks Like Four Loko

Stock up on your Four Loko now, kiddies! (Just kidding.) Following a string of deaths and near-deaths around the country related to alcoholic energy drinks, the FDA might crack down on manufacturers as soon as tomorrow. The FDA has been reviewing the safety of these “blackout in a can” drinks for a year. But it’s getting a kick in the pants to act more quickly now that the liquor authorities in several states — such as Washington, where nine college kids recently fell ill — are in various stages of banning the party drinks. Distributors are closing in as well: New York’s largest beer distributor announced yesterday that it would stop selling alcoholic energy drinks and it will clear its inventory by December 10th. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Tina Fey Owes It All To Sarah Palin

  • Check out Tina Fey’s acceptance speech for receiving the Mark Twain Prize for humor last week. Tina is only the third woman in history to do so after Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg. “I do hope women are achieving at a rate these days that we can stop counting what number they are at things,” Fey said. “Yes, I was the first female head writer on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and yes, I was the second woman to be pregnant on the show, and yes, I am only the third recipient of this prize. I would love to be the fourth woman to do something, but I just don’t see myself married to Lorne [Micheals, producer of "SNL"].” She also thanks Sarah Palin: “My partial resemblance and her crazy voice are the two luckiest things that have ever happened to me.” [NYMag.com]
  • Four hundred schools in the U.K. changed “gingerbread men” to “gingerbread persons” on a school newsletter in an attempt to be politically correct. [The Gloss]

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NY Times Mag Profiles Evangelical Housewives Who Submit To Their Husbands

I am absolutely fascinated by people’s reasons for holding onto stiffly defined gender roles. For that reason, this weekend’s New York Times Magazine article, “Housewives of God,” was an absolute treat. Journalist Molly Worthen profiled Priscilla Shirer, an evangelical Bible teacher who has published numerous religious books and workbooks and accepts 20 out of 300 speaking engagements per year. She is also the mother of three young boys and depends on her husband, Jerry, to pick the kids up from school, do laundry and prepare dinner. As journalist Worthen put it, “Priscilla Shirer’s marriage appears to be just the sort of enlightened partnership that would make feminists cheer.”

But Jerry Shirer is the head of the Shirer household. All phone calls regarding Priscilla’s career and decisions — including what to name the couple’s youngest baby — go through him. Priscilla also sees herself not as a rah-rah-independent woman, but as a “complementarian”: She and her hubby both have separate, defined roles from their gender and are “complementary” to each other. Keep reading »

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