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The Trials And Tribulations Of Hemp In America

Today is Earth Day and Monday was 4/20, which means we’re smack in the middle of a confluence of fascinating issues; specifically, issues surrounding hemp, America’s needlessly illegal and potentially ecologically beneficial agricultural phantom. Scientists, farmers, retailers, and even growing numbers of American lawmakers across the political spectrum know that hemp and marijuana are chemically and…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 26, 2015

Loretta Lynch Confirmed As Attorney General

Loretta Lynch has been confirmed as the United States’ first Black female Attorney General.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 24, 2015

Absolute Beginners: Exercise Motivation For The Extremely Anxious

So, big question for people who are getting into fitness and are coping with anxiety over it: How do you find exercise motivation when you really, really, really just want to stay in bed or on the couch or safe at home? I know how this goes; every few weeks I seem to fall into…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 24, 2015

Women In Washington, D.C. Can Now Be Fired For Using Birth Control

A House committee voted to overturn a new Washington D.C. law that would have banned employment discrimination based on reproductive health decisions like using IVF, having an abortion, or even using birth control.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 23, 2015

…So, I Have A Sugar Addiction.

I found out last week that I have a sugar addiction. And I don’t mean “sugar addiction” as in “I have a sweet tooth” or “LOL cupcakes are so great!” (even if that is a true statement, long live cupcakes). I mean “sugar addiction” as in “this is interfering with my health and could possibly…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 23, 2015

Vice Week: On Gluttony

Gluttony is an outdated sin, in my opinion. I’ve said it before: Never, ever, ever stop eating. If you stop eating, the advertisers and the tabloids and self-hatred win. Here’s the thing: Gluttony was a sin mainly because eating too much meant depriving other people of food. And that was true, when we lived i…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 23, 2015

Today’s Lady News: Earth Day Edition!

It's the one day of the year we acknowledge this beautiful planet of ours and all the ways we've destroyed it!

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 22, 2015

Art Institute Of Chicago Becomes Whiter And More Male With New $400 Million Acquisition

The Art Institute of Chicago just got a huge gift: $400 million worth of contemporary artworks from philanthropists Stefin Edlis and Gael Neeson, including nine Warhols and works by Cy Twombly, Jeff Koons, Charles Ray, Richard Prince, Roy Lichtenstein, Gerhard Lichter, and Cindy Sherman. Great, right? Eh. I really don’t think so. The problem, to…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 22, 2015

Adrienne Truscott Does Rape Comedy Right

See, rape jokes can be funny!

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 21, 2015

Cory Booker Is Calling Congress Out On Its “Pot Hypocrisy”

Or is it hyPOTcrisy? Heh heh heh.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 20, 2015

Instagram Specifically Bans Female Nipples, Is Totes Fine With Male Nipples

Instagram’s new guidelines specifically ban images of female nipples except in the case of breastfeeding mothers, post-mastectomy breasts, and artwork.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 17, 2015

PornHub Buys Jumpy Masturbator New Laptop After Mom Walks In On Him Wacking Off

So apparently, some poor dude was watching PornHub, and the site decided to freeze right when his mom was coming up the stairs. Logically, he did this: Mum was walking up the stairs and Pornhub decided to freeze, I had no other choice. pic.twitter.com/duxjrgv987 — Denzel (@DenzelMichaelUk) April 12, 2015 >.< YOU COULD’VE CLOSED IT,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 17, 2015

Absolute Beginners: Know When To Stop

Right now, I have tendonitis in my left ankle, tenosynovitis in both of my feet (it’s an inflammation of the sheaths that protect tendons), hammer toes, and my marathon-induced avascular necrosis still hasn’t quite healed. I have a vertebra that’s still healing from being cracked when I fell backward down a flight of stairs last…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 17, 2015

Fight For $15 Protests Are Taking Place In 230 Cities Nationwide Today

Fight for $15 protests are expanding today, with demonstrations taking place in 230 cities across the United States in support of raising the minimum wage.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 15, 2015

Trans Man Aydian Dowling Might Be Men’s Health’s “Ultimate Guy” This Year

Trans bodybuilder and activist Aydian Dowling is in the lead in a Men’s Health competition to find “The Ultimate Guy” to put on their cover. Thoughts, in no particular order: HUBBA HUBBA YAY! The Men’s Health competition web site defines the “Ultimate Guy” as someone who’s “fit and fearless, a doer who gives back and…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 15, 2015

Read About Wonder Woman’s Longstanding Place In Art

Plus, Joss Whedon takes on "Jurassic Park" and lady blog The Mary Sue in Today's Lady News!

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 14, 2015

Janelle Monae Drops Mic: “I’m Not For Male Consumption”

Some dude on Twitter made a big mistake, critiquing Janelle Monae’s signature suits: “girl stop being so soulful and be sexy ...tired of those dumbass suits..you fine but u too damn soulful man.” Monae’s response is absolute perfection and requires no further comment: @mellow_saa sit down. I'm not for male consumption. — Janelle Monáe, Cindi…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 14, 2015

China’s 5 Arrested Feminist Activists Have Been Released From Custody

The five Chinese feminist activists who were arrested in the days leading up to International Women’s Day for handing out brochures about sexual harassment have been freed from custody.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 13, 2015

The Soapbox: We Can’t Address Poverty Until We Listen To People Who Are Living It

I’ve gotten a lot of feedback about last Friday’s article on Gwyneth Paltrow and the Food Bank Challenge. From that feedback I’ve learned a lot of useful things, like that the $29-per-week allocation is supposed to be for three people; you aren’t allowed to buy prepared food on SNAP in Illinois, Ohio, and I assume…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 13, 2015

I Don’t (Have $637 To Spend On Each Of My Wedding Guests)

Holy Good Lord Baby Jesus, people, the average American wedding is entailing the bride and groom spending $673 per guest, and guests can expect to spend $310 each on the wedding - unless you’re an attendant, in which case that shoots up to $701. And apparently 43 percent of people who have been invited to…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 13, 2015

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