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Pregnant Mother Of 5 Died After Drinking Vinegar In DIY Abortion

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2012

Catherine Furey, 38, of the UK,  died in December 2010 after drinking concentrated vinegar, a DIY abortion she read about on the Internet. Furey had a “violent reaction” to the vinegar, was rushed to the hospital and died.

The details of her death have only now come out in relation to a trial… More »


Catholic Orgs File Massive Organized Lawsuits Against Obama Administration Over Birth Control

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2012

Earlier today, 43 Catholic dioceses, schools and other institutions filed lawsuits in 12 federal courts over birth control coverage in President Obama’s plans for health care reform. The Obama administration has long touted its compromise that contraception coverage will be provided free by health care insurers if the employer refused to cover it; however,… More »


12 Ways To Love Your Body Without Hitting The Gym

By: YourTango.com / May 17, 2012

Hate working out? Join the club. While exercise is important, it isn’t the only way to improve the way you look. In fact, there are plenty of painless ways to freshen up your appearance and feel better about your bod.

We polled our experts to find out some things you can do to… More »


Coat Hanger Abortions? No Biggie!

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 16, 2012

Here’s a lovely comment on the value of a woman’s life from Republican Mississippi State Represenative Bubba Carpenter. In a video filmed a county GOP meeting, Rep. Carpenter is heard saying (emphasis mine), “You have [pro-choice supporters] … like, ‘Well, the poor pitiful women that can’t afford to go out of state are just… More »


Girl Talk: I Don’t Know Why I’m Crying

By: Kate Hakala / May 14, 2012

Do you remember laying flat on your bed, eyes gushing like Old Faithful, unsightly snot dripping down way too close to your open mouth? This is you after your dog died. This is you after a break up. This is you after failing to assemble an Ikea chair.

This image comes frighteningly close… More »


Tips For A Hollywood Hourglass Figure

By: TooFab / May 13, 2012

Celebrity personal trainer Gunnar Peterson’s client list reads like a who’s who in Hollywood: Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Sofia Vergara, just to name a few.

Now you can get the same access A-listers have via The Gunnar Challenge. The 8-week online fitness program, launching May 21, provides customized exercises and low-calorie meal… More »


H&M Under Fire For The Use Of A Ridiculously Tan, Blatantly Altered Model

By: Rachel Krause / May 12, 2012

H&M made Tanning Mom so proud with their new swimwear ad, which features model Isabeli Fontana flaunting skin the color of coffee beans. The Swedish fast-fashion retailer was forced to apologize Thursday after the campaign in question left doctors, critics, and cancer groups roaring with outrage. The photos are clearly altered — though Fontana, who… More »


A Fair Trade?

By: Ami Angelowicz / May 7, 2012

In this Craitgslist ad, a woman offered to trade her three-month-old weave for a prescription for birth control. A fair exchange? Hmmm. I guess it depends on how many months supply of the Pill she would be getting.  But don’t forget about the complimentary bottle of hair conditioner. That’s worth something. I wonder if there… More »


Man Claims Motorcycle Gave Him A Two-Year Erection, Sues BMW For Emotional Distress

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 1, 2012

When Henry Wolf hopped on his BMW motorcycle to take a leisurely four-hour ride, he never imagined that the ridged seat would give him an epic erection that was still going strong 20 months later. Now he’s suing BMW for lost wages, medical expenses, and mental and emotional distress. Since suffering from priapism (the medical… More »


Teen Activist Asks Seventeen Magazine To Skip The Photoshop

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 1, 2012

Julia Bluhm, a 14-year-old from Waterville, Maine, was hearing a lot of negative self-talk in her ballet class. Her peers often complained about feeling fat and exhibited signs of warped body image. “To girls today, the word ‘pretty’ means skinny and blemish-free,” says Julia. “Why is that, when so few girls actually fit into such… More »


Today’s Lady News: Judge Rules Texas Can’t Withhold Funding From Planned Parenthood

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2012

A federal judge ruled today that a new Texas law banning Planned Parenthood from receiving state funds through its Women’s Health Program — so targeted because it provides abortion services in addition to cancer screenings, etc. — is unconstitutional. In his ruling, the judge noted, “The court is particularly influenced by the potential for… More »


Planned Parenthood Believes It’s The Target Of A Sting Operation By Anti-Choicers

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 25, 2012

Planned Parenthood Federation of America clinics in 11 states have reported a string of suspicious incidents where women come in asking questions about sex-selective abortions, leading the organization to believe it’s being targeted with a “hoax” by an anti-abortion sting operation.

Women claiming to be pregnant came into clinics over two dozen times,… More »


Young Mother Dies From 2-Gallon-A-Day Coca-Cola Habit

By: The Huffington Post / April 21, 2012

Experts say a New Zealand woman’s 2-gallon-a-day Coca-Cola habit probably contributed to her death, a conclusion that led the soft-drink giant to note that even water can be deadly in excessive amounts.

Natasha Harris, a 30-year-old, stay-at-home mother of eight from Invercargill, died of a heart attack in February 2010. Fairfax Media reported… More »


Finally! Why Women Have More Migraines Than Men

By: Julie Gerstein / April 18, 2012

New evidence has come out on why women suffer from more migraines then men. And this is appropo today because I am having a migraine at this very moment! Yes, yes! It’s migraine time, today, so I totally get it when Dr. Andrew Charles, director of the Headache Research and Treatment Program in the UCLA… More »


8 Reasons You Shouldn’t Go On A Diet

By: Kate Fridkis / April 16, 2012

It’s spring! The trees are blossoming! All six of them! Or maybe that’s just on my block. The several tufts of grass are violently green. I suddenly want to buy at least two pairs of gladiator sandals. Because suddenly one doesn’t feel like enough. And also, because it’s spring, weight-loss advice is blooming. It’s everywhere. More »


Kids These Days Just Aren’t Getting Pregnant Like They Used To

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 13, 2012

Kids these days! They just aren’t getting pregnant like they used to. The birth rate for young women ages 15 to 19 fell to its lowest ever recorded in 2010, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States with the lowest teen birth rates are in the Northeast with Massachusetts,… More »


Girl Talk: I’m A Binge Eater (Sometimes)

By: Rachel Kramer Bussel / April 10, 2012

A few weeks ago, I was sitting at my boyfriend’s living room table, alone, in the middle of a weekday afternoon, my laptop open, trying to fend off both a cold and a bad mood. I was frustrated that I couldn’t pick amongst the multiple documents I had open that required my urgent attention, and… More »


10 Eco-Friendly DIY Spring Cleaning Ideas

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 9, 2012

Do you smell it in the air? Do you feel it in your bones? It’s spring cleaning time! The internet (and when I say “the internet,” I mean “Pinterest”) is overflowing with DIY cleaning recipes and ideas that make scrubbing your bathtub seem almost fun. But the real bonus? Whipping up your own cleaning solutio… More »


Today In WTF: Bill Comparing Women To Livestock Passes

By: Julie Gerstein / April 5, 2012

Seriously, ladies, what is this fuckery? As we reported earlier, a Georgia bill criminalizing abortion after 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest, has passed Georgia’s Senate, and is expected to be signed into law by Republican Governor Nathan Deal.

This bill has affectionately been referred to as the “women a… More »


The Soapbox: In Response To Vogue Editor’s Speech On Eating Disorders

By: Rachel Krause / April 4, 2012

Franca Sozzani excels at many things. She is the long-standing editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia and, in 1994, she was even made the editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Italia in its entirety. She is acknowledged as a contemporary and collaborator to, among others, Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, and Paolo Roversi, unarguably the most influential fashio… More »


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