Jon Stewart Takes On Rush Limbaugh Over “Slut” Slur

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 6, 2012
Jon Stewart took on Rush Limbaugh's "slut" slur on last night's show and put it best, as always: "Personally, I don't get too worked up by the things Rush Limbaugh says because he is, and has been for many years, a terrible person." This is so amazing, I have nothing better to say tha… More »

Today’s Lady News: 11 Advertisers Drop Rush Limbaugh’s Show

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 5, 2012
As of this evening, 11 advertisers, including corporate biggie AOL, have dropped their $$$ from Rush Limbaugh's show after he called a woman a "prostitute" and "slut" on air. [Think Progress] Could — and would — Sandra Fluke sue Rush? [The Daily Beast] Women earn less then men at every education level, according… More »

Today’s Lady News: Women More Likely To Support Obama’s Birth Control Decision

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 29, 2012
Women are more likely than men to support President Obama's mandate that insurers cover the cost of birth control, according to a new poll of registered voters by Poll Position. Forty-six percent of women supported the mandate, compared to only 37 percent of men. Anyone else surprised these numbers are so low? [… More »

Carré Otis Gives Her Support To The Model Alliance

By: Rachel Krause / February 29, 2012
For as long as the modeling industry has boomed, there has been tales of abuse exacted upon fashion models. In some ways, it comes with the territory: it's a business that banks upon barely nubile girls, frequently but not always sourced from poverty-stricken backgrounds in foreign countries, valued solely for their competency as human clothe… More »

Today’s Lady News: More Birth Control Pills Recalled

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 28, 2012
Birth control pills made by Glenmark Generics are being recalled because some of the active/non-active pills have been placed in the wrong order. Check at the link to see if one of your packets of pills has been recalled and use another form of birth control in the meantime! [MSNBC] An Alabama lawmaker… More »

Today’s Lady News: WA Pharmacies Don’t Have To Sell Plan B, Judge Rules

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 27, 2012
Pharmacies in Washington state are no longer required to carry the morning-after pill/Plan B following a ruling by a district judge. Two pharmacies had claimed that being forced to provide the morning-after pill infringed on their freedom of religion. [Nerve] Jan Berenstain, the children's book author who co-wrote The Berenstain Bears series with… More »

I Have Fibroids

By: Caren Lissner / February 24, 2012
When I was 32, I started feeling something heavy in my stomach when I lay in bed at night. Something, I wasn't sure what, pressing on my bladder. I knew I couldn’t be pregnant, since none of my recent dates had led anywhere special. I reasoned with myself. It was probably a urinary tract infection. I’d… More »

Today’s Lady News: I Think They’re Just Messing With Us Now

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 17, 2012
Oh, look at this all-male TV panel that MSNBC convened to discuss yesterday's all-male hearing discussion about birth control coverage in healthcare reform!  Oklahoma's state Senate advanced a "fetal personhood" bill on Wednesday that criminalizes all abortion by defining a "person" as the fertilized egg. A bill like this would also criminalize in vitro fertilization,… More »

Girl Talk: Why I’ve Never Been Waxed

By: Kate Fridkis / February 16, 2012
I am the only woman in NYC who has never gotten waxed. This is a fact. If someone collected statistics, the numbers would definitely confirm it. You could say I'm a bit of a wild woman. My hair is unpredictable, my nail polish is usually mostly chipped off, I can't do a pantsuit to save… More »

10 Outrageous Fertility Myths

By: Steph Auteri / February 16, 2012
According to a recent study by the Guttmacher Institute, young women underestimate their ability to get pregnant, while women in their 30s and 40s overestimate, and continue to wait. Whichever side of the fertility divide you fall on, there way too many myths floating around that have nothing to do with age. Here… More »

Jon Stewart’s Send-Up To The “Holy Sausage Fest” Freaking Out Over Birth Control

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2012
Sean Hannity from Fox News had a whole bunch of dudes — white dudes, black dudes, all dudes — stop by for a big ol' sausage-fest discussion of the birth control debate. Comparisons between health care reform to getting taken over by the Nazis? Oh, yeah, somebody went there.  Jon Stewart's response is on point,… More »

Obama Settles Birth Control Debate, Telling Insurers They Must Pick Up Tab If Employer Won’t

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 13, 2012
Every woman will have access to birth control under the Obama administration's latest decision regarding health care reform, which was meant to appease Catholic bishops who balked at a previous iteration of the rule. White House officials stated on Friday that insurers must create a policy that doesn't offer coverage of contraceptives that can be… More »

Who’s Been Called In As “Experts” To Talk Birth Control On Cable News?

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 11, 2012
Who's been called in as "experts" on cable news to discuss the current debate over birth control? More men than women, that's who. Across all the networks, 91 men appeared to talk about the birth control debate, while only 55 women appeared on-air. The greatest disparity was at the Fox stations, but the "liberal"-leaning network… More »

Math Teacher In Trouble For Giving Her Student Morning-After Pill

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 10, 2012
This is a sad story that underscores how the age requirement on the morning-after pill doesn't work:  a math teacher in Austin, Texas, resigned after she was caught having helped a student acquire the morning-after pill. Two weeks ago, a 16-year-old came to her teacher, Tracy Lee Steinberg, 32, in tears and told her she wa… More »

Evening Quickies: Lady Gaga Talks Bulimia

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 9, 2012
Lady Gaga spoke to high school girls earlier this week about having bulimia as a teen and fighting with her Italian dad over his spaghetti and meatballs.  [PopCrush] Oh dear. This is roughly how much money Lindsay Lohan is spending on her legal fees. [Betty Confidential] Naomi Watts has been cast… More »

I Have ADD

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 9, 2012
When I first started taking Adderall, it wasn't prescribed to me -- it was my boyfriend's. It was 2006, and I had a fun but creatively unfulfilling job at a men's magazine. On the weekends, I was determined to grow a freelance career that, god willing, would allow me to quit. Freelance writing, especially whe… More »

Brilliant Idea: PA College Dispensing Plan B From Vending Machines

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2012
Taking the morning-after pill in a timely fashion has been one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when it comes to reproductive rights. Emergency contraception (which prevents ovulation so an egg cannot be fertilized, as well as thins the lining of the uterus so a fertilized egg cannot be implanted) is most effective if take… More »

Mitt Romney Calls Morning After Pills “Abortive Pills”

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2012
Fact checking time! Mitt Romney hit the campaign trail in Colorado last night and referred to emergency contraception/the morning-after pill as "abortive pills." This could be because he or his team genuinely doesn't understand that emergency contraception (Plan B) and the abortion pill (RU-486) are two completely different pills. Or it could be because he'… More »

Health Secrets I Learned From A Sex Toy Party

By: The Daily Muse / February 6, 2012
When my friend asked me if I wanted to accompany her to a “Passion Party,” I said “Absolutely!” Whether or not I was in the market for adult toys was beside the point—I’m always in the market for a good laugh. But surprisingly, what we got was more than a case of the giggles, a… More »

How To Support Planned Parenthood In Light Of Susan G. Komen Halting Its Grants

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 1, 2012
Yesterday, cancer survivors, their loved ones, and loved ones of those who succumbed to the disease, reeled to learn that Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the charity synonymous with breast cancer research, halted grants to Planned Parenthood. The charity caved to pressure from anti-abortion activists who have the nationwide clinics under investigation at… More »

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