Profile for Jessica Wakeman
Blogger Amanda Hess of The Sexist took her video camera around D.C. and asked a bunch of dudes to explain how different types of women-controlled birth control work, including the Pill, the patch, diaphragms, and Nuva-ring. Some guys get an A+ for looking adorable while trying … while others don’t know what the eff they’re talking about. (Like the guy who says the birth control pill is the same thing as emergency contraception. No sex for you until you straighten that one out, bucko!) And an A++ for the guy wearing flannel and glasses who uses the phrase “sexual congress” with a straight face. Whoever he’s schtupping is a lucky woman.
We haven’t read Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide yet because we’re lazy, though we’ve heard glowing reviews about the book by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl Wu Dunn. Fortunately, tonight is a one-night-only film screening of a special “Half The Sky” event at hundreds of movie theaters in the United States and Canada. (You can find a PDF of all theaters showing the film here.) The film, which plays everywhere at 7:30 p.m. local time, explores major problems facing women worldwide, including sex trafficking, violence against women, and maternal mortality. India.Arie performs music in the film and actress Marisa Tomei will be premiering a short film she co-directed, based on a true story, about a teenager from a small village in Ethiopia who overcomes sexual violence. “Half The Sky” will surely be a heavy film — but then again, this is half the world’s population we’re talking about. ["Half The Sky" at NCM Events] Keep reading »
We know all you nerds were psyched when toy company Mattel announced “computer programmer” came out on top in a contest for Barbie‘s next career. But for those of us who don’t know binary code from biceps, there’s another career for Barbie’s ever-changing resume: president.
President Barbie actually appeared back in 2000. However, women’s rights activist Marie Wilson, founder and president of The White House Project, which seeks to put a woman into the White House, will be out on the road promoting Madame President along with Computer Programmer Barbie and the number two winning career, News Anchor Barbie. Keep reading »
- A lesbian couple was the first couple to file for a same-sex marriage license in today in Washington, D.C. Angelisa Young and Sinjolya Townsend have been together for 12 years and plan to marry next week. Aww, reading the post about this is making my eyes tear up! [DCist]
- A topless bar on Long Island has been accused of firing a 29-year-old employee for getting pregnant. Jennifer Paviglianiti has filed a discrimination charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Cafe Royale and claims she was told by her boss customers are “not coming in to see sexy bartenders that are pregnant and bulging out.” [Nerve.com]
That iconic image of bitchy sorority girls using a marker to circle the “fat” on a pledge’s body may not exactly reflect real life. But sadly, body image issues were disproportionately tilted towards those sorority wannabes according to a new study published in the journal Sex Roles. Ashley Marie Rolnik, who performed the study of 127 first-year college women at an anonymous Midwestern university, found that the ones who pledged rush week were more likely to judge their bodies by others standards and to have eating disordered behavior. Keep reading »
Oh, those libertine Europeans! After studies have shown increased sexual activity by 12- to 14-year-old boys (um, eww?), a Swiss condom manufacturer has created “Hotshot” condoms in smaller sizes. According to the Telegraph, various studies across Europe have shown teens don’t use condoms if the sizes are too big for them. So while a standard size condom is two inches in diameter, Hotshot condoms are 1.7 inches to cater to the teeny weenies.
A six-pack of Hotshots will set you back $7 — but don’t count on the smaller condoms being made available here anytime soon. Hotshots are not even for sale in the UK, which has Europe’s highest rate of teen pregnancy. Hey, at least the kids are wrapping it up … right? [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »
As if ruptured implants and leaky silicone weren’t scary enough, a woman in Staten Island, New York, is suing the plastic surgeon of her 2003 boob job, claiming she was given four breasts, instead of two, in a botched breast implant procedure. According to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, Maria Alaimo paid $7,000 cash for a pair of 36-C cups, but Dr. Keith Berman accidentally implanted a “double-bubble” of boobies. Alaimo is asking for $5 million to compensate for the pain she’s suffered from her freaky mammaries — which poor jurors at the Staten Island Supreme Court had to look at in pictures. (How about that for doing your civic duty!) According to the New York Daily News, post-op photos depict Alaimo’s quad-breasts as “flattened on the bottom with severe swells the size of a softball on top. (Imagine what this would look like on Pamela Anderson, left, thanks to the magic of Photoshop.)
Sarah Palin may not think “Family Guy” is funny, but the former governor of Alaska tried to show off her funny bone with a stand-up set on last night’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Her potshots at the White House were lame, but she made a few good jabs at Alaska. I think we can all say that Palin killed! No, not really. I was just making a hunting joke. [NBC] Keep reading »