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Menstrual Cramps Not Only Cramp Your Style, But Maybe Your Brain, Too

Severely painful menstrual cramps may alter your brain‘s grey matter, according to researchers at the Institute of Brain Science at National Yang-Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan. Business Week reports that IBS’ brain scans suggest “repeated bouts of excruciating aches make the brain unusually sensitive to pain — in effect, making the experience of pain worse.” The scans revealed decreased activity in the areas of the brain that probably handle pain processing, pain modulation, and emotional regulation, among other things. In this way, the pain of severe cramps can alter your brain in the same way doctors suggest chronic pain does. Keep reading »

Good Job, Levi’s: An Ad Campaign That Doesn’t Make Me Wanna Scream

I’m channeling my inner Stephen Colbert to offer a “tip of the hat” to Levi’s for advertisements that don’t make us wanna scream and pull our hair out. Walking to work this morning, I saw two print ads from their summer campaign that I just love. One depicts a man and a small child, presumably a father and son, and reads, “Everybody’s work is equally important.” The other depicts an older man standing with a young woman and a young man, with the same tag line. Wow, I thought. How cool that a clothing company would make such a progressive statement about gender? Keep reading »

Do Women Actually Wear “Sexy Nurse” Outfits?

Luxury lingerie designer Kiki De Montparnasse is having a sale and panties are only $85 now, ladies! (Sarcasm.) One Kiki item particularly puzzles me, not because it’s discounted, but because it exists at all: Kiki’s “Night Nurse” costume. Do people actually wear those get-ups for sexy bedtime role-playing? Keep reading »

The “Cathy” Comic Strip Was “Sex & The City,” “Bridget Jones,” And “30 Rock” Before Their Time

By now you’ve probably read a news article with the lede: “Ack! The ‘Cathy’ comic strip is ending!” Yes, it’s true. Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite, 60, announced yesterday that she will retire the 34-year-old comic strip in October for the usual reasons: to spend more time with her family and pursue other creative projects.

It’s as good a time as any to put the old girl down. After decades as a swinging desperate single gal, the Cathy character married her cartoon beau, Irving, in 2005. Cathy’s other trials and tribulations — fending off both unwanted pounds and unwanted mothering — are neuroses she’ll apparently never get over.

As stereotypical as the “Cathy” comic strip (which I’ll admit I haven’t read regularly since high school) was regarding single ladies, I’m not about to say “Good riddance!” Yes, she was obsessed with finding a husband. Yes, she was obsessed with her scale. I’ll just say it: she was annoying. But “Cathy” was also pretty groundbreaking. Keep reading »

Meet Carnitas, The Mini Potbelly Pig Who Loves Beer And Potato Chips

This is Carnitas, a miniature potbelly pig after my own heart. He likes potato chips and beer and squeals if you bother him. I’m not sure what’s cuter: Carnitas prancing around or the reactions of the person holding the video camera. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Jennifer Aniston Glamorizes Single Motherhood, Says Bill O’Reilly

  • Do you know who is the most raging feminist ever to encourage women to leave their husbands, kill their babies and practice witchcraft? Jennifer Aniston. Comments she made about women not needing men to become parents while promoting her new movie “The Switch” (plot: she is 41, single and gets pregnant via a sperm donor) are apparently glamorizing single motherhood for the 12-year-old girls at home. This is an outrage, says Bill O’Reilly and his guest, Gretchen Carlson, who had no idea Aniston was once married to Brad Pitt. [Gawker]
  • An anti-abortion billboard alleging to depict an aborted fetus went up last week in Midland, Texas, across from a Planned Parenthood clinic. “Of course we have freedom of speech, but it’s another form of intimidation,” said a Planned Parenthood rep. [NewsWest9.com]
  • Dr. Martin Luther King’s niece, Dr. Alveda King, addressed an anti-gay marriage rally last weekend and said same-sex marriage will lead to “extinction” and “genocide.” [Black Voices]

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Sorry, Reality TV Producers, But Your “Scandals” Aren’t Interesting Anymore

OMFG Snooki got punched in the face! OMFG the boys call ugly girls “grenades”! OMFG Ryan called Preston a “fag”! OMFG he’s trying to shove his girlfriend down a waterslide and a security guide standing there does nothing! What’s going to happen?!?! What’s going to happen?!?!

Nothing. Nothing ever happens. Keep reading »

2010 Is So Overrated

Quotable: Please Don’t Ask Dev Patel To Play A Terrorist

“Because ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was such a big hit, there was a lot of pressure in terms of what I did next. For my second film, I wanted a role that would stretch me, but all I was getting offered were stereotypical parts like the goofy Indian sidekick. Asian actors tend not to be sent Hollywood scripts that are substantial or challenging. I’m likely to be offered the roles of a terrorist, cab driver and smart geek. I want to show that I have versatility. You have to remember that, before ‘Slumdog,’ the last film about India that went big at the Oscars was ‘Gandhi,’ as played by Ben Kingsley. The fact that me and Freida [Pinto, his girlfriend] have any kind of platform in Hollywood is a big step forward.”

— Cutie patootie Dev Patel, star of the Oscar-winning flick “Slumdog Millionaire” and my fave TV show EVER, “Skins,” is not getting much work. Get on that right quick, Hollywood! [Vancouver Sun] Keep reading »

7 Baby Names For Alanis Morrisette And Souleye’s Kid

Mazel tov, Alanis Morisette! The queen of broken relationships has announced in US Weekly that she is expecting her first child with rapper Souleye. The happy couple are getting right down to business after wedding in May.

Obviously, this baby will need a colorful and stupid-sounding name just like his papa. We’ve got some ideas after the jump. Keep reading »

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