Zergnet: Simply Irresistible
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- On Thursday night, France‘s government approved a proposal to add “psychological violence” to a law that intends to help domestic abuse victims. The proposal does not allow a husband or wife to “act or repeatedly say things that could damage the victim’s life conditions, affect his/her rights and his/her dignity or damage his/her physical or mental health.” Punishment for breaking the “psychological violence” law could be three years in prison or a fine of around $100,000. Some are skeptical that the law will be applicable, but the sponsors say it will help victims by taking into account non-physical acts of intimidation, like aggressive text messages or emails. [New York Times]
- Nineteen-year-old Hani Khan, who is of Indian and Pakistani descent, said she lost her job at the mall clothing store Hollister because her Muslim headscarf violated the “look policy.” Khan’s manager had told her, in accordance with the “look policy,” she had to wear a scarf that was white, gray or navy blue. Khan consented and worked in the stockroom without any problems for six months. Then the store manager popped in for a visit and six days later when Khan came to work, she was put on the phone with Abercrombie & Fitch‘s human resources. (A&F owns Hollister.) The HR person told Khan her headscarf violated the “look policy” and when Khan refused to remove it, she was taken off the work schedule. A&F declined to comment. [AOL News]
Oh, shut up, Apple. You asked for it by giving the iPad a stupid name: Fab crafters HipHandmaids on Etsy have stitched up a $30 maxi pad-shaped “iMaxi” carrying case. The iMaxi, with a vinyl exterior and cotton interior, comes in white, red or white/red if you’re going for that “thank God I’m not pregnant” look. The HipHandmaids promise its the only iMaxi case you’ll find with wings. “It’s the perfect one-of-a-kind embarrassing gift for the Apple geek in your life,” they say. “Don’t be caught letting your iPad show.” Yes, we’ll just walk around in public with a two-foot-long sanitary napkin instead. [Etsy] Keep reading »
US Weekly reports that Brazil’s Secretariat for Women’s Affairs is calling for a sexy beer commercial starring Paris Hilton to be pulled. The commercial advertising Devassa beer — which means “debauched” or “lewd” in Portuguese — features the skimpily-clad Hilton rubbing a can of beer sensually over her body while standing before a window of tongue-wagging onlookers. (Perhaps too much Devassa would explain what the hell Paris was doing when she was photographed on all fours recently?) “It’s an ad that devalues women — in particular, blond women,” the spokeswoman for the Secretariat claimed.
But what Brazil clearly does not understand is that here in America we have a rich cultural history of using women’s bodies and the promise of sex to advertise alcoholic beverages. Ugh. Get some frickin’ cultural sensitivity, Brazil. [US Weekly] Keep reading »
Heads — who needs ‘em? Not the comely pair of Louboutin-clad legs in this poster for the movie “Middle Men.” The flick, starring Luke Wilson and Giovanni Ribisi, is about a straight-laced businessman who helps start one of the world’s first porn websites and gets entangled with the Russian mob. Do we think Luke is offended his crotch didn’t make the “Middle Men” poster? [Slash Film] Keep reading »
We typically hear stories about the dangers of breast implants. Let’s take a moment to talk about the upside of breast implants: they can save your life.
At least, that’s the case for Canadian woman, Eileen Likness, who is eternally grateful for her decision to get breast implants. This past week, she testified that her fake boobs saved her life. When her ex-boyfriend, Fernando Chora, fired his gun at her point blank back in January of 2006, she claims that the “implants took the brunt of the force.” The bullet entered her right breast, grazed her chest and exited her body through her left breast. Her silicone implants were destroyed, but she lived to testify against her attacker … and eventually get a brand new set of breast implants. Hooray for her implants! [Huffington Post]
Eileen Likness isn’t the only lady whose life has been saved by her own body. Click through to see how women’s lives have been saved by their love handles, their abs and even a weave.
A few nights ago I met up with an older journalist for cocktails. We sipped our drinks and talked about work, men, the usual subjects. Then she mentioned she’s going to New Orleans for a week with nine of her friends from college to build homes. “That’s so cool!” I exclaimed.
“Oh, we’ve done a vacation together every year,” she explained. “We don’t all go every year, because when the first one of us had a baby, we made a rule that no children are allowed to come. Usually the ones with younger children miss a few trips. But most of us go each year and leave our kids home with our husbands.”
Color me flabbergasted. My stay-at-home mom never did anything like that. And my three sisters, who are moms, have behaved at times like they can’t go see a matinee with me without Navy SEAL-level advanced planning.
“I’m a bad mom,” my new friend smiled, sipping her cocktail while her two kids sat at home with a sitter.
“Oh, no!” I assured her. “You’re the kind of mom I want to be!” Keep reading »
- Utah’s House of Representatives and Senate have approved a bill which would criminalize miscarriage caused by an “intentional, knowing, or reckless” act, such as drinking while pregnant. The bill is in response to a 17-year-old Utah girl who, while seven months pregnant, paid a man $150 to beat her up and induce a miscarriage. The girl was not successful and gave the child up for adoption. The Utah bill, which would not criminalize abortions obtained legally, is presently awaiting the governor’s signature. [Salt Lake Tribune, Cleveland Leader]
- Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin will headline the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, this May. [CNN]
- Oh no! Girl Scout Cookie recall! It’s the Lemon Chalet Cremes, I am sorry to report. The cookies are not thought to be dangerous, but have an unusual taste and smell. [Louisville Business First]