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HIV/AIDS Ad Is So Clever, Yet So Tacky

Condom Commandments
The rules of condoms. Read More »

Clever use of Facebook Places, Finnish condom PSA! Too bad you had to resort to slut-shaming to do it. Twenty sexual partners might sound like a lot, but all you need is one roll in the hay with one person with HIV. The number of partners a person has really isn’t the point. (And FWIW, there’s also a male version of this PSA where the dude had 35 sexual partners. Point still holds true.) [Copyranter via Buzzfeed]

Dear Prudence Advice Columnist Suggested Possibly-Date Raped Woman Is “Trying To Ruin Someone Else’s Life”

I Was Date Raped
Amelia was date raped in college by a guy she liked. Read More »
Date Rape PSA
date rape poster
This date rape PSA has been accused of blaming the victim. Read More »
Drunk Is A Feminist Issue
Why women everywhere should be concerned about binge-drinking. Read More »
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“Trying to ruin someone else’s life is a poor way to address one’s alcohol and self-control problems.”

This is true. But is this really the most intelligent — to say nothing of compassionate — thing for an advice columnist to say to someone whose friend was possibly date raped?

No, Dear Prudence at Slate.com, it was not.

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Komen Reverses Decision On Defunding Planned Parenthood

How To Support PP
You can support Planned Parenthood even if Susan G. Komen won't. Read More »
I Stand With PP!
The importance of Planned Parenthood in women's lives. Read More »
Komen Website Hacked
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Hackers pranked the charity's website on Wednesday. Read More »
US Gov't Vs. PP
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7 things to know about the shutdown over Planned Parenthood. Read More »

Susan G. Komen for the Cure just released a statement this morning announcing it will reverse its decision to defund Planned Parenthood and continue to fund breast exams for women who otherwise could not afford them. I wonder how many PR wonks burned the midnight oil writing this up. 

The statement references how grants to Planned Parenthood were halted by Komen because  the organization is “under investigation,” although, as the blog Reproductive Health Reality Check points out, yesterday Komen denied the defunding had anything to do with the investigation. It does not go into detail about how the “investigation” is actually just some BS from anti-abortion politician Rep. Cliff Stearns, who wants make sure that no public money has been spent on abortion, which is illegal. (You can read more about that here.) The statement also doesn’t address how the recent hiring of Karen Handel as Senior Vice President of Public Policy, a former candidate for governor of Georgia who ran on an anti-abortion platform. (You can read more about that here.) 

But no, Susan G. Komen assures us, yanking funding from Planned Parenthood had nothing to do with politics at all!

The statement, with emphasis mine, after the jump. Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Willow Smith Shaves Her Head

JGL Shaves His Head
For his new cancer comedy "50/50." Read More »
Horrible Haircuts
How these very bad haircuts went down. Read More »
Evening Quickies
Leslie Carter photo
Leslie Carter, sister of Nick and Aaron, died from a drug overdose. Read More »
Willow Smith shaves her head photo
  • But how is she supposed to whip it back and forth?! [Madame Noire]
  • Britney Spears is launching her own version of Twister. We know how much she loves some good, wholesome fun. [StarPulse]
  • Roseanne Barr has filed papers to run for president under the Green Party. I suspect this will go as well as her singing “The National Anthem”? [Newser]
  • Pippa Middleton is reportedly dating a college pal named George Percy, an heir to the Duke of Northumberland and owner of Alwick Castle, which was used as the setting of the Hogwarts School in the “Harry Potter” movies. [People]
  • Lana Del Rey might have blown “Saturday Night Live,” but last night on “Late Night” was a slam dunk. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Thoughts From Guys On Our IM: What Do Men Think About Valentine’s Day?

V-Day Survival Guide
For all your Valentine's Day needs. Read More »
Skipping V-Day?
Here are some ways to avoid the holiday altogether. Read More »
History Of V-Day
All about the day honoring Saint Valentine. Read More »
Mind Of Man
It's not about who loves you, but whom you love. Read More »

Confession? I love Valentine’s Day. I know it’s not cool to admit, but I’m a big soppy romantic at heart. Any day devoted to chocolates, flowers and other showy displays of l’amour is okay by me. (And even if I’ve been single on V-Day, my dad has always sent me a box of chocolate in the mail!) This year my dude has been warning me to keep my expectations low, which I guess means we’re taking a hot air balloon ride instead of a private jet to Mustique? I know I am alone in my Valentine’s Day love … so I chatted with some of the dudes on my IM to plumb the depths of their hatred. Keep reading »

Jamie Lynn Spears Was “Really Scared” To Ask For Birth Control Before She Got Pregnant

Abstinence Message
Abstinence-only sex education is rebranding its message. Read More »
More Pregnant Teens
Teen pregnancy has been on the increase these past few years. Read More »
Bristol Makes Bank
The teen mom is paid a lot of dough to preach abstinence to others. Read More »
Faked Pregnancy
A high school girl faked a pregnancy for a class project. Read More »
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“I had been on a Nickelodeon show, ‘Zoey 101,’ and after we wrapped shooting, I just wanted to go home to Louisiana and finish high school, be a cheerleader, all that. Then I found out I was pregnant. I was 16. I’d had one boyfriend. It doesn’t make it perfect or all right. But I was judged for something that probably most everyone does … I was like every other teenager, except I had this last name … I believe in safety and birth control as prevention. But like many young girls… I was really scared to go to the doctor. And I was on a Nickelodeon show, and it (felt) especially embarrassing to ask someone to put me on birth control. I didn’t want to ask my doctor.

It’d be dumb to sit here and say that [four-year-old daughter] Maddie isn’t going to like a boy one day and she isn’t going to have a boyfriend. I’ll just have to handle that the best way that I can. Both her daddy and me will caution her (about having sex), and I would hope that she would not want to do that at all, but I have to make sure that I’m realistic too.  I’ve got to figure out a way to communicate to her to make smart choices and make the best decisions she can.”

Whoa. Not that there is much competition, but Jamie Lynn Spears is the smartest-sounding member of the Magnificent Performing Spears Family by leaps and bounds. Jamie Lynn talked to Glamour magazine about getting pregnant at 16 and it made me feel empathetic towards her situation. Keep reading »

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