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

Jessica Wakeman | November 19, 2013 - 7:30 pm

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 celebs… More »


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

Ami Angelowicz | November 19, 2013 - 12:40 pm

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 requirements… More »


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

Ami Angelowicz | November 19, 2013 - 9:20 am

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?

Amelia McDonell-Parry | November 16, 2013 - 9:00 am

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

Ami Angelowicz | November 12, 2013 - 4:00 pm

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

Jessica Wakeman | November 11, 2013 - 4:30 pm

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

Rachel Krause | November 8, 2013 - 10:20 am

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

Claire Hannum | November 7, 2013 - 2:20 pm

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 »


Kylie Jenner Sparks Twitter Frenzy Over Her Misuse Of The Term “Bipolar”

Rachel Krause | November 7, 2013 - 12:40 pm

The kombined Kardashian-Jenner klan is famous (“famous”) for lots of things (or, rather, one thing that has splintered off into lots of things): multiple revealing reality television shows, media ubiquity, 72-day marriages, explicit discussion and occasional tasting of bodily fluids, giving birth on camera … you get it. Not one of these things even begins… More »



Female Genital Mutilation Should Be Treated As Child Abuse: Report

Jessica Wakeman | November 4, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Female genital mutilation (also called female circumcision) should be treated just like child abuse and considered a crime, according to a new report called “Tackling Female Genital Mutilation In The UK.”

The report, which was put together by Equality Now, the Royal Colleges of Midwifery, Nursing, Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the union Unite,… More »


Lit Medicine: 11 Books To Save Your Ass (Or Just Your Weary Soul)

Laura Barcella | November 4, 2013 - 1:00 pm

“There’s more to life than books, you know, but not much more.” Ah, the immortal words of my beloved Morrissey — they served as a kind of mantra for me as I stumbled and bumbled through adolescence and early adulthood. Books have been a vital part of my everyday existence for far longer than Moz, though (WHAT?! More »


This Brave Bus Driver Saved A Woman From Jumping Off A Bridge

Claire Hannum | November 3, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Darnell Barton, a Buffalo bus driver, saw a woman who’d climbed over a guardrail and was leaning over traffic on the expressway below her. He knew he had to do something. Because nobody else was stopping their car, Barton wasn’t sure at first whether the woman was in distress. But he’s a former volunteer firefighter… More »



Appeals Court Allows Texas Anti-Abortion Law To Go Into Effect

Jessica Wakeman | November 1, 2013 - 11:20 am

Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled that parts of a new anti-abortion law in Texas were unconstitutional and could not go into effect on Tuesday.  That part of the HB2 law, which would have been enacted on Tuesday, would have required doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of… More »


Women With Big Butts Are Brainier

Ami Angelowicz | October 31, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Another reason to love your big butt! Not that you needed one. According to a study done at the University of Oxford, the bigger the bum, the brainier the woman — and also, the healthier. The research team analyzed the behinds of  more than 16,000 women and found that fat bottomed girls really do make… More »


Texas AG Calls For Repeal Of Abortion Court Decision

Jessica Wakeman | October 29, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Like clockwork, a Texas Attorney General has asked an appeals court to reinstate the part of a new anti-abortion law which was ruled unconstitutional just yesterday. I’m shocked, shocked! [Reuters]
A 13-year-old girl in Pakistan was raped and buried alive by the perpetrators, but luckily she was able to escape. She then sought… More »



Significant Part Of Texas Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules

Jessica Wakeman | October 28, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Parts of a new anti-abortion law in Texas are unconstitutional and will not go into effect, a federal judge has ruled. The laws, expected to be enacted on Tuesday, would have required doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic. Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that particular provision… More »


How A Happy Marriage Can Save Your Life

YourTango.com | October 27, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Healthy people aren’t just the happy ones — they’re now the married ones. And if you thought that a significant other was more woe than it was worth, turns out you were painfully mistaken because a mate won’t just keep you happy; they’ll keep you living longer, too. Read more at Your Tango…More »


Most Women Have Never Been Asked About Domestic Violence By Their Doctors

Jessica Wakeman | October 24, 2013 - 7:30 pm

A whopping 76 percent of women have never been asked about domestic violence during a medical exam, according to a shocking new study from More magazine and the Verizon Foundation.  My gyno always asks me about how my partners treat me and yours should, too — let them know you feel this way. [Feministing]… More »



The Skeevy Dudes Of Simple Pickup Motorboat For Money For Breast Cancer Awareness

Rachel Krause | October 16, 2013 - 1:20 pm

Let’s get one thing straight: I would not permit the bros behind YouTube channel Simple Pickup to motorboat me for any amount of money for any cause. That would be a resounding NO. In the name of breast cancer awareness, however, the guys managed to persuade over 100 women into allowing one of them to… More »


Colorado Anti-Choicers Get Enough Signatures For Fetal Personhood Ballot Initiative

Jessica Wakeman | October 15, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Anti-abortion activists have been successful in collecting enough signatures to get a fetal personhood ballot initiative for the 2014 election.The initiative will ask voters if they would like to change the definition of a person to include fetuses, or in anti-abortion parlance, the “unborn,” in the state’s criminal code. … More »


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