Profile for Jessica Wakeman
What do these things have in common other than indicators of a good time (except for, uh, the cigarettes)? They were all banned products at Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy, a Catholic pharmacy in Chantilly, Virginia, that went out of business in March. DMC Pharmacy, which opened in October 2008, refused to sell the Pill or condoms “on the grounds they caused abortions, lead to promiscuity or endangered a woman’s health,” according to The Washington Times. Wow, what a bunch of hooey. Condoms and the Pill are actually protecting women from STDs/STIs and potentially dangerous unintended pregnancies. Keep reading »
Recently, I put myself in a tangle that I will be the first to admit was stupid: I took someone’s bait when I just should have kept my head down and my mouth shut. And this chafed like a subcutaneous rash. Ugh … you did it again! You need to have more control over yourself!
I sat with this for a few days, wondering why I keep letting myself keep doing this. One of the things I admire about my boyfriend is when emotions are running high, he can just check out — deescalating a situation like a good police officer. Me? I take that bait. I escalate. And you know what? It wasn’t worth engaging in. The woman who was baiting me was just being a bully. She was trying to intimidate me and demarcate lines of power, which pissed me off. I’m not keen on authority that I don’t respect.
Then something brilliant occurred to me last night: I can’t control petty behavior and I can’t control what other people’s defense mechanisms are, but I can change the way I see situations like this. And the way I see it now is I don’t need to be a bitch to get what I want. Keep reading »
- OK, this is a sad one: a spokesperson for Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights says a 13-year-old girl in Yemen died of severe bleeding to her genitals four days after an arranged marriage. Question: why does the AP not use the words “sexual assault” once in this article? Recently a religious decree in Yemen forbade the marriage of girls younger than 17 years old, which prompted top Islamic leaders there to declare supporters of the ban “apostates.” [AP]
- The City Council of Austin, Texas, ruled this morning that so-called “crisis-pregnancy centers” that don’t offer or refer women to abortion or birth control services must post signs on their premises clarifying this. Supporters of abortion rights say CPCs, which are not medical clinics, are often located near actual abortion clinics and try to dissuade women from terminating their pregnancies. [Austin American-Statesman]
Thankfully, the evening news program “Dateline” has stepped in to keep a steady stream of spoiled-child dumbassery flowing freely! Friday at 9 p.m. (EST), “Dateline” will air a spot on the Hollywood “bling ring,” which is the group of Los Angeles teenagers — including Alexis Neiers, pre-reality show — who allegedly broke into the homes of actors and actresses to steal their clothes, money and jewelry. (You can read more about the Hollywood “bling ring,” and how they got busted, here.)
Prince William and his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton, may announce their engagement in June, with a wedding possibly to follow in November. Tina Brown at The Daily Beast swears up and down “a highly placed source in royal circles” says it is so! Brown’s source claimed June 3 and 4 have been “mysteriously blocked out on the palace diaries” — because I guess when you are British royalty, you need a whole damn weekend to tell people you’re gettin’ hitched. Brown also speculates Will and Kate’ll make it legal during a November ceremony, because by then a Parliamentary election will be over. Plus, November is the same month Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip married in 1947.
There are three things any person, anywhere in the world, who uses the subway is deathly afraid of happening:
- The subway gets stuck underground while the mariachi band is inside your car.
- A crazy guy pulls a knife on you.
- You barf.
Most people will be lucky enough to never experience their public transportation worst nightmare. But not me. No, not me!
Classy move, Tiger Woods, invoking your dead father in your new Nike ad. Opportunistic. Gross. Typical of you.
I’m sorry, Tiger, but are we supposed to feel bad for you because you are a cheater and a liar? Because your father died? Because you lost some endorsement deals? Ummm, we don’t. [YouTube] Keep reading »
Hey, there’s a reason the cast and crew of “Mad Men” aren’t in musical theater! But if you can ignore how they all sound like a cat slowly dying, it’s pretty cute. And yes, somebody gets naked. (It’s not Jon Hamm, unfortunately.)
“I’m not going to lie: There are times I play mind tricks on myself, like that the French fries are poison. With desserts, I’ll let myself have just one bite, but I’ll look like a freak when I’m eating it, like when I did Duncan Hines commercials as a kid, just savoring every morsel.”