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Girl Talk: What Taking Good Care Of Yourself Really Means

Ami Angelowicz | January 9, 2014 - 12:00 pm

“What time do you go to bed?” the acupuncturist asked while monitoring my pulse.

“Like, midnight?” I said.

“And what time do you wake up?” she asked, examining my tongue.

“Um, 6:30,” I said, proudly.

I’ve always thought of excessive sleeping as a sign of weakness. Just… More »


Texas Hospital Is Forcing Brain Dead Pregnant Woman To Stay Alive, Against Her And Her Family’s Wishes

Jessica Wakeman | January 8, 2014 - 12:20 pm

At 14 weeks pregnant, Marlise Munoz of Texas suffered what appeared to be a pulmonary embolism (blood clot) in her lungs and collapsed on the kitchen floor. She lay there for an hour until her husband found her, during which time her fetus was possibly not exposed to oxygen.

Marlise was a paramedic… More »


And Your New Body Insecurities For 2014 Are …”Bingo Wings” And “Buffalo Humps”

Ami Angelowicz | January 8, 2014 - 11:20 am

A big shoutout to the Daily Mail for coming up with fun and creative ways to body shame. A new survey — done by … oh, does it even matter? — found that “bingo wings” and “buffalo humps” were among the most rapidly increasing cosmetic treatments. “Bingo wing” and “buffalo hump” sounds like an indie… More »



The Truth About Egg Donation

The Gloss | January 5, 2014 - 2:30 pm

I donated eggs — to gay men, through an agency, in exchange for money — twice in my twenties. At one point, I was in the Washington Post about it. As a result of going public, I’ve gotten a good number of questions about it, and more requests than I can count from young women writing for… More »


Here’s A Resolution: Stop Complaining About People Taking Over Your Gym, And Encourage Them Instead

Katie Oldenburg | January 3, 2014 - 4:00 pm

It’s safe to say that if you’re a human between the ages of 18 to 65 with a Facebook account, your friends’ New Years Resolutions have been popping up on your news feed from the moment the ball dropped.

Some hope to cut back on their vino intake, others are trying to become… More »


There’s A Lot More Than See-Through Yoga Pants To Fear At Lululemon,Like Murder

Ami Angelowicz | January 2, 2014 - 12:40 pm

With all the unflattering Lululemon headlines this past year, and CEO Chip Wilson’s recent resignation, it was only matter of time before one of the overly friendly, insanely in shape employees opened their gluten-free yappers about what was going on behind the scenes at the yoga retail empire. Mary Mann did us that favor. InMore »



This Feelings Map Explains So Much

Ami Angelowicz | January 1, 2014 - 10:00 am

The feelings map you see above is a visual representation of the findings from a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, which found that emotions influence our bodies in consistent, universal ways. Finnish researchers asked 701 participants in three countries to identify where they felt certain sensations while reading… More »


Israel Might Cover Cost Of Abortions Next Year For All Women Age 20 To 33

Jessica Wakeman | December 30, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Throughout 2014, Israel could cover the cost of all abortions for women age 20 to 33, regardless of their reason for needing the procedure.

Is it just me or is anyone else’s brain exploding? … More »


10 Better Body Commandments For The Holiday Season

Ami Angelowicz & Winona Dimeo-Ediger | December 16, 2013 - 1:30 pm

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 times… More »



No Thanks: Co-Ed, Naked Yoga

Ami Angelowicz | December 13, 2013 - 10:20 am

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

Claire Hannum | December 10, 2013 - 4:30 pm

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.
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Most Americans Don’t Know What The HPV Vaccine Does

Jessica Wakeman | December 9, 2013 - 7:30 pm

… 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

Rachel Krause | December 5, 2013 - 3:30 pm

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

Jessica Wakeman | December 5, 2013 - 1:20 pm

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”

Jessica Wakeman | December 4, 2013 - 5:30 pm

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

Katie Oldenburg | December 4, 2013 - 3:00 pm

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

Jessica Wakeman | December 3, 2013 - 6:30 pm

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

Jessica Wakeman | November 26, 2013 - 6:30 pm

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

Jessica Wakeman | November 25, 2013 - 7:30 pm

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)

Ami Angelowicz | November 23, 2013 - 12:00 pm

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 »


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