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The New Mary Kay: Sell Shaping Undies, Make Bank?

Body Magic isn’t just a $140 corset/girdle combo that claims it’ll help you “drop 3 sizes in 10 minutes.” Nope, it’s also the newest answer to Avon, promising the (mainly) women who peddle them that they can earn big bucks without the constraints of an office job. Since it’s creation in 1991, Ardyss International, the company that makes Body Magic, has signed on more than 100,000 active distributers to hawk their underwear, nutrition, and skin care products—and the grand majority of their sellers are black and Latina woman. Just as Mary Kay is booming in the recession, Ardyss has seen its business has skyrocket. In the past six month, they claim to have grown 600 percent.

CNN reporter Jessica Ravitz recently headed to an Ardyss convention in Atlanta, which more than 3,000 people attended. “They say money doesn’t grow on trees,” said a speaker. “Well, I’ve got a money tree in my backyard, and Ardyss planted it there!” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Coming Soon, Nights With Diane Sawyer (Instead Of Mornings)

  • Diane Sawyer will be replacing Charlie Gibson as anchor of ABC’s “World News” when Gibson retires at the end of the year. Sawyer, who currently anchors “Good Morning America,” (admittedly, a fluffy morning news show) will be the second woman, after Katie Couric, to anchor a prime-time TV news program by herself. [NY Daily News]
  • The Miss Universe beauty pageant may be fixed! A choreographer for Miss Universe alleged that Donald Trump picks out the six of the 15 finalists so he can personally assure the prettiest ones are included. [Fox News]
  • Teenaged girls in the U.K. are the sub-group most likely to drink too much, a new study has found. Fifty percent of 15-year-old British girls have been drunk, according to a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation. One in five 13-year-old British girls has been drunk at least twice, which is four times higher than in the U.S. [BBC]—We know that Europe has looser drinking regulations than the U.S. does, but 13 is way too young to be getting wasted.

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Today’s Lady News: Young OB/GYNs Worry About Doing Abortions

  • Out of concern for their safety, young OB/GYN students admit to reconsidering whether or not they’ll do abortions after the recent murder of Dr. George Tiller, a physician in Kansas who terminated pregnancies. “Our doctors are graying and are not being replaced,” the president of the National Women’s Health Foundation has said. [Washington Post]
  • Ex-schoolteacher Tiffany Sheperd, 31, has turned to porno after bikini pics got her fired from Port St. Lucie High School in Florida. Shepherd alleged she sent out 2,500 resumes after getting canned last April and has not been hired for a teaching position anywhere. In her new career, Shepherd’s stage name is Leah Lust and she has filmed five flicks, including one called “My First Sex Teacher.” [NY Daily News]
  • The attorney for Rifqa Bary, the 17-year-old who ran away from home in Ohio to Florida because she fears her Muslim parents will kill her for converting to Christianity, filed a court memorandum requesting that the girl not be forced to go home. Bary has said her father threatened to kill her and her mother threatened to send her back to her home country of Sri Lanka after they discovered she is a Christian, although both her parents have denied the claims. Presently, the girl is living in foster care. [Fox News]

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Roz Savage Is Rowing Solo Across The Pacific Ocean

Roz Savage not only has the best name in the world. This 33-year-old chickadee is also a bad-ass rower. After being bored to tears at an office job, she decided to leave it all behind in 2000, and head out on a mission to row across the Atlantic Ocean. Now that she’s completed that, she is on a voyage to become the first woman to cross the Pacific Ocean solo. She’s been on her journey for 99 days now, and is writing blog posts as she makes pit stops at RozSavage.com. (That’s her passing Diamond Head in Honolulu, Hawaii, above.) Other than that, it’s just her, the seagulls, and her oars.

Roz’s mission has got me thinking—if you left your job and, uh, money weren’t an issue, what would you do? I think I’d start a gourmet ice cream cart in Central Park. Keep reading »

Oops! We Missed National Go-Topless Day!

We’re not exactly sure how we missed it, but apparently last Sunday was “National Go-Topless Day.” Groups of women gathered in New York City, Venice Beach, and other hot spots around the country, and took off their tops to support women’s right to go au naturale in public, just like men. I love this video because it illustrates just how prudish we are as a country. Hardly any of the gals are filmed below their necks, even those who have shirts on. Why? Presumably because they aren’t wearing bras. Gasp! By the way, if you ever get the desire to shed your shirt in the outside world, you can do it legally in New York—the only state that supports our right to bear breasts. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

Abortion: Is It The Last Taboo Of Comedy?

I know what you’re thinking: there’s nothing funny about about abortion! Mostly, I agree with you. Politicians who make decisions about what women can do with their bodies and wackjobs who try to kill abortion providers are scary.

A very not safe for work clip of Chris Rock on abortion, and further unpacking the notion that there is something funny about abortion, after the jump:

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Voicemail From A Crazy Person

What’s better than emails from crazy people? Voicemails from crazy people!! And, boy, is this a doozy. The story is: a woman was out with some friends at a bar in Toronto when she was approached by an aggressive guy who wouldn’t leave her alone. Finally, to get rid of him, she gave in and gave him her number. We’ve all been there, right? Only, she made the big mistake of giving her business card with her real number. He, in turn, left these crazy-ass voicemails, which I hope will prove a valuable lesson to all of you singles out there: NEVER give your real number to someone you don’t want to hear from! Full text is here. [Current via Emails From Crazy People] Keep reading »

Holler! Ladyfolk Have Had The Right To Vote For 89 Years!

Today, August 26th, is a really big day in U.S. history. Yes, it’s Macaulay Culkin’s birthday, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. Today, 89 years ago, the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution went into effect, giving women the right to vote. Today has officially been dubbed Equality Day and lots of ladies around the country are celebrating.

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Film Version Of Tucker Max’s “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell” Does Not Thrill College Women’s Center

You’ve probably heard of Tucker Max, blogger and author of the memoir I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, who regaled the bestseller list with stories of sex with many, many women and excessive drinking. (The charming cover illustration is of a man holding a beer bottle and pointing to a blonde chick, whose face is cut out with the words “Your Face Here” written instead. Because we’re all inter-changeable, you see.) Max is that particularly awful brand of d-bag who is proud of critics who call him morally depraved and immature; in fact, his book is blurbed with hateful things people have said about him.

So, of course, Hollywood gave this fellow a movie deal! The film version of “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell,” which focuses on strip club/bachelor party shenanigans, debuts on September 25 and North Carolina State University planned an advanced screening today, followed by a Q&A session with Max.

But then the campus Women’s Center caught wind of the flick, which it said is sexist and encourages behavior leading to sexual assault. Surely you’re wondering, what’s so bad with this film? Keep reading »

Five Women Who Paved The Way On Wall Street

Wall Street is mostly a man’s world. Even as our economy has fallen apart, most of the people making headlines are male (and some go as far as to believe the collapse of the financial markets might not have happened if there had been more women involved). But Wall Street’s minority is being honored with an exhibit at the Museum of American Finance, an affiliate of the Smithsonian in New York City. “Women of Wall Street” runs through Jan. 16, 2010, and features five historical and five contemporary females who made a name for themselves in finance. After the jump, a quick intro to Wall Street women who led the way — and inspired us to contribute a little more regularly to our 401(k). Keep reading »

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