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10 Better Body Commandments For The Holiday Season

When The Hairpin published a Guide To Eating Very Particular Feelings, we laughed, but it was a slightly bitter laugh, a nervous “Oh my God this is my life” chuckle. For those of us who eat our feelings or struggle with body image issues (so sadly, many of us), the holidays are especially treacherous time… More »


No Thanks: Co-Ed, Naked Yoga

By: Ami Angelowicz / December 13, 2013

I know that naked yoga exists (if only in the deep recess of my consciousness, right near the part of my brain that remembers to do taxes each year). So far, this naked yoga trend has been mostly a male-only endeavor. Go figure. Women are already weary of being leered at by mnn in theirMore »


Porn Industry Shuts Down As Yet Another Adult Film Performer Tests HIV-Positive

By: Claire Hannum / December 10, 2013

Another adult film actor has tested HIV-positive, making this anonymous person the fifth case in the industry this year. Filming has shut down for a third time since this summer as doctors trace the outbreak. The Free Speech Coalition, which is a trade group for the porn industry, announced the halt on filming on Friday. More »


Most Americans Don’t Know What The HPV Vaccine Does

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 9, 2013

… other than turn the adolescent girls who get it into raging sluts, that is. [Think Progress]
Breaking news: wealthy women are able to financially support their husbands as stay-at-home dads. Call me when this “trend” affects someone other than people who work on Wall Street. [New York Times]
Meet Chirlane McCray,… More »


Science: Marijuana Use Might Be Causing Man Boobs

By: Rachel Krause / December 5, 2013

Oh man, I better call up all my high school boyfriends and tell them the news before it’s too late. Actually, on second thought, I’ll let them suss this one out for themselves. According to experts (yeah, you heard me, experts!!), regular marijuana use could be to blame for a hormonal imbalance leading to excessive… More »


Is Sex Exercise? Sorry, It’s Only “Moderate Exercise” & Only Sometimes

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 5, 2013

Given how more than one huffing and puffing old man has suffered a heart attack underneath his mistress, you might believe a romp is the sack is akin to a SoulCycle session. Your heart rate is going! You sweat! Afterwards you want a Gatorade!

Well, The New York Times Magazine is here to… More »


Australian Researchers Develop Possible Male Birth Control Pill To Stop “The Transport Of Sperm”

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 4, 2013

The development of a male birth control pill is a myth like the existence of the Sasquatch or buying anything decent on Gilt Groupe before it sells out.  Yet another team of researchers has claimed women of the world may see our dream come true within the next decade. The one about the male pill,… More »


Frisky Rant: Why Highly Qualified Veteran Nurses Are Being Sent Back To School

By: Katie Oldenburg / December 4, 2013

What would you do if your employer told you that you had to go back to school for more training in your profession — even after years, maybe decades, working in a field you’ve already excelled in? Ask a nurse.

New recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, a non-profit group that advises the… More »


Today’s Lady News: ACLU Sues Catholic Bishops Over Abortion Policies At Hospitals

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 3, 2013

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Catholic bishops for denying medical care to women by refusing to provide the morning-after pill and perform abortions in their hospitals. In some counties, a Catholic hospital is the only place for a pregnant woman to receive medical care. Such was the situation for… More »


Supreme Court To Take Up Hobby Lobby Birth Control Case

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 26, 2013

The case filed by Hobby Lobby, a craft store owned by Christians who don’t believe in birth control and refuses to cover it under the Affordable Care Act, is headed to the Supreme Court. In March 2014, the highest court in the land will take up the question of whether a company can refuse… More »


Bad News: The Morning After Pill Could Be Less Effective For Women Over 165 Lbs

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 25, 2013

A European company making a morning-after pill similar to Plan B says it has found its product, Norvelo, to be less effective for women over 165 lbs. and to not work at all for women over 176 lbs. Obviously, this has implications for American-made emergency contraception and whether it, too, is ineffective for some… More »


The 5 Different Categories Of Boredom (As Determined By Scientists)

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 23, 2013

Not many kids dream of growing up and spending their days studying the nuances of the most apathetic feeling known to the human race, yet, Thomas Goetz, a professor of empirical educational research at the University of Konstanz in Germany, found the subject of boredom at least marginally interesting enough to delve deeper into it. More »


Albuquerque, New Mexico Votes Today On 20-Week Abortion Ban

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 19, 2013

Voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will decide via special election today whether to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.  If the measure passes, Albuquerque will become the  first city in the country to adopt such abortion restrictions. [Albuquerque Journal]
Comediennes Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead and a whole host of pro-choice cele… More »


Parent Fined For Forgetting To Pack Ritz Crackers In Kids’ Lunch

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 19, 2013

We can thank the good people of the Manitoba Government’s Early Learning and Child Care program for enforcing the most bizarre lunch regulation you’ve ever heard of. In order to ensure that kids’ lunches are “balanced”, each one is checked against Canada’s Food Guide and “supplemented” by the school if any of the customary requirement… More »


Cuddling With A Stuffed Animal May Help Cure Your Depression (Seriously!)

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 19, 2013

Most of the “scientific studies” in the Daily Mail make me chuckle (new survey from a contact lens manufacturer says that 90% of people feel self-conscious about wearing glasses!) but this one — about low self-esteem, existential angst and stuffed animals — is worth serious consideration. More »


Are Silent Farts Really More Deadly?

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 16, 2013

You know you’ve wondered. And lucky for us, there’s a video that answers that very question! Spoiler alert: Unless your audible farts are packing an excess of sulfur, your silent farts are probably stinkier. Science! [ANIMAL New York]… More »


Mom-To-Be, Loni Jane Anthony, Brags About Eating 10 Bananas A Day, Thinks You Should Do The Same

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 12, 2013

Instagram-famous photographer and mom-to-be Loni Jane Anthony decided to share her diet secrets with the world in a feature that ran today on an Australian news site. The 25-year-old makes the claim that eating 10 bananas a day “saved her life.” And what exactly did she need saving from?

The Aussie claims her “excessive partying” and… More »


Texas Religious Right Now Basically Advocates Kidnapping Women Who Seek Abortions

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 11, 2013

Fund Texas Women, a nonprofit that helps support women who seek abortions, has warned that anti-choicers are encouraging members of Christian groups in Texas — where abortion rights have just been gutted — to join an email list of volunteers to take women to abortion appointments. But instead of actually taking women to their abortions,… More »


Homeless Army Veteran Gets A Life-Changing Makeover

By: Rachel Krause / November 8, 2013

Look, this might sound terrible, but I’ve got to say it: this time-lapse video of a homeless U.S. Army veteran’s voluntary aesthetic transformation makes the case for vanity if there ever was one. Jim Wolf has struggled with alcoholism since leaving the service and has found himself, like many others like him, without a home. More »


Not This Crap Again: Horrible Gynecologist Secretly Took Pictures Of His Patients During Exams

By: Claire Hannum / November 7, 2013

How’s this for horrifying? A Baltimore gynecologist was found to have taken thousands of secret photos between his patients’ legs during exams over the course of his career. Dr. Nikita Levy, who practiced at Johns Hopkins Hospital, committed suicide earlier this year as investigators started to close in on him. Now, thousands of his ex-patients are… More »


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