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Women On Waves’ Abortion Boat May Be Permanently Docked

The Women on Waves boat, a vessel which sailed to international waters outside countries where abortion is illegal and terminated pregnancies, may be docking for good.

A little backstory: Founded in 1999, WoW is a Netherlands-based charity with a boat that docked 12 miles off the coast (which constitutes “international water”) of places like Ireland, Portugal, and Spain, where women must rely on illegal abortions to end their pregnancies. WoW provided contraceptives, pregnancy testing, information about STDs, and prescribed the abortion pill (RU-486) to women who came on board. (WoW never actually performed surgical abortions on the boat, although it has had permission since 2008 to use a converted vessel to terminate pregnancies up to 12 weeks.) Keep reading »

It’s A Mad, Mad “Mad Men” Casting Call For A Walk-On Role On The Show

If you actually won a walk-on role on an episode of “Mad Men,” wouldn’t you be hyperventilating too heavily to do Sterling Cooper justice?

Probably, but apply to Banana Republic’s contest anyway! Starting today, upload a photo of yourself decked out in righteous ’60s style on AMC’s website, using a code number from Banana Republic stores before August 11. The lucky winner will receive a $1,000 gift certificate to Banana Republic and a scene-stealing cameo on “Mad Men.” So far the contest entries, available for viewing online, look like a lot of cheesy Hollywood-wannabes who uploaded head shots which aren’t in authentic ’60s style, so your chances look good! [Simcha, this looks like a contest for you! -- Editor]

But, if upstaging Don Draper isn’t your thing, whittle away the afternoon on MadMenYourself.com (Adobe Flash Player 10 required), where you can create your own “Mad Men”-style avatar and deck her out in ’60s threads. A fur stole? A pencil skirt? Cat eye glasses. We’re so on it. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Fox Won’t Broadcast “Family Guy” Episode About Abortion

  • Fox will not broadcast a “Family Guy” episode dealing with abortion. In a statement released yesterday, Fox said they “fully support the producers’ right to make the episode,” called “Partial Terms of Endearment,” and the producers can distribute it however they want. [The Hollywood Reporter]—How long before this banned episode hits the web? We’re curious to see it!
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Meet The Press it will take “the right woman” to become President and she’d love for that woman to be a Democrat. [Jezebel] Translation: Snowball’s chance in hell, Sarah Palin.
  • Speaking of Palin, she stepped down as governor of Alaska on Sunday, because that’s what’s best for Alaska or something. [LA Times]
  • —Something tells me this isn’t the last we’ll be seeing of her, though.

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I Want To Hold Your Hand (And Walk Your Dog)

Oh, no! Someone captured Thing from “The Addams Family” and glued him to a dog leash!

Usually, disembodied hands are pretty creepy, but, we gotta say, the handle on this leash is pretty cool. Probably not as nice as holding a real human hand while walking a pooch, though. [price unknown, Alice Wang] Keep reading »

Can Feminists Learn From Sarah Palin?

Ahh, Sarah Palin. Plenty of us feminists just want the soon-to-be-former Alaskan governor to just go away, far enough so her silliness and inarticulateness is out of earshot. (Russia, perhaps.) But writing in the liberal The American Prospect, Courtney E. Martin suggests ol’ Sara Barracuda might have a thing or two to teach us feminists about powerful women. Keep reading »

Pillow Cases: 37-Year-Old Japanese Man In Love With His Anime Cartoon Pillow

Meet Nisan, a 37-year-old man who lives with his parents outside a suburb of Toyko. Now meet his girlfriend Nemu, who is about 12 years old.

Nisan’s girlfriend isn’t a real 12-year-old girl, fortunately. She’s a body pillow with a picture of an X-rated anime character on it, from a game called Da Capo. Nisan brings Nemu, who has wide, child-like eyes, a pixie haircut, a blue bikini and gold ribbons in her hair, to restaurants, karaoke and the beach.

A reporter for the New York Times magazine joined Nisan and his pillow for lunch to talk about their real-life “Lars And The Real Girl” relationship—glibly scribbling about their sick relationship with no mention whatsoever of how this tween girl fetish is one wrong move away from being criminal. Keep reading »

What Does BMW’s New “Gentleman Function” Do?

Some vehicle engineer at BMW thought they’d put a “gentleman function” in the 2009 BMW 750i. What is a “gentleman function,” you ask? On the driver’s side door, there is a switch allowing the driver to adjust the passenger’s seat—forward, backward, up, down.

It registers a “meh” on the chivalry scale. And with a name like the “gentleman function,” it’s clear what kind of genitalia BMW thinks is behind the wheel of their cars. Really, if the BMW did something chivalrous as a “gentleman function,” I’d prefer it paid for dinner. [Edmunds Inside Line] Keep reading »

“Twilight” Threads For Sale At Nordstrom, Of All Places

How convenient for rich tweeners who need both a $300 pair of shoes and “Twilight” t-shirt: Nordstrom will be hawking “New Moon” clothes come October 15. R-Patz obsessives can snatch up both a $32 “Team Edward” tee and a $30 necklace that features the family crest of the fictional Edwards clan. (There are tank tops and plaid jackets, too.) The price range is cheaper than we’d suspect from Nordstrom, but it’s also merch we’d expect to find at Hot Topic instead. Guess Nordstrom must really need the clams? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

Would You Take Your Dog’s Teeth Out So He Couldn’t Bite?

Cotton is a white poofball, an American Eskimo dog with perky eras and a long, lolling tongue. But underneath her cuddly exterior masked a mouthful of sharp teeth. Small-child-shredding, lawsuit-spurring sharp teeth.

Cotton’s owners tried all kinds of things to stop him from biting: a muzzle, puppy classes, books, videos, a dog aggression expert, a low protein diet and even an herbal remedy. They even tried less, uh, kind routes, like pepper spray and empty soda cans filled with rocks. (Jeez.) But nothing makes Cotton chill out.

So Cotton’s owners, the Krieger family, did something unusual. They had a doggie dentist zap away four millimeters of the pooch’s teeth using a laser. Keep reading »

Orphans Not Actually Sick, Twisted And Murderous, Like In “Orphan”

Breaking: orphaned children are not actually hellbent on killing their adoptive families, like Esther, the 9-year-old in the horror flick, “Orphan.”

Adoption and foster child advocates aren’t happy about how the girl is portrayed in the scary movie, and some have even started a Facebook group called “I Am Boycotting Warner Bros.’s ‘Orphan’ Movie.” Over one hundred thousand kids are in the foster care system and advocates are worried the Peter Sarsgaard/Vera Farmiga movie will reinforce negative stereotypes about the kids being problem children.

Fair enough point. While we haven’t seen the movie yet, we’re pretty sure, though, that most would-be adoptive parents are smart enough to realize their new little bundle of joy won’t be an actual demon (or whatever Esther’s problem turns out to be).

Next up, zombie advocates protest against the zombie rape scenes in Deadgirl. [NY Daily News]
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