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An Anatomically Correct Anthony Weiner Doll

Action figurine company HeroBuilders.com has wasted no time jumping on Weinergate. They have released an Anthony Weiner doll that comes in two versions—regular ($39.95) and anatomically correct ($49.95). While the face looks nothing like Weiner to me, he does come bedecked in gym clothes and has a label on his shorts that says “Tweet this.” I guess you could make him bump plastic parts with Barbie? [Newser] Keep reading »

This Dad Is More Embarrassing Than Your Dad

If you took the bus to school, you probably remember the days your parents waved goodbye to you from the end of the driveway or the front porch. Depending on your mood, your age, and whether or not your crush was aboard the bus, this was either a sweet gesture or the most mortifying moment of your life.. One Utah dad decided to take the embarrassment factor up a notch, and dressed up in costumes ranging from Ariel (shown) to a mariachi band member to see his teenage son off to school. Neighbors and friends provided all the props and costumes, and of course he turned he documented his daily outfits on a hilarious blog, Wave At The Bus. Kind of puts your dad’s bathrobe in perspective, doesn’t it? Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Reader Submission Edition!

Jessica is still off wearing an eyepatch and nursing her burnt eyeball, but will be back in biz tomorrow. So, Today’s Lady News will, again, be a reader submission edition! The rules are the same: Submit your own links to news articles and blog posts about women, girls, trans-identified people, gender roles, feminism or sexism in the comments. Just write a sentence or two summary explaining what the link is about and give everyone a heads up if it has language or imagery that’s NSFW. Keep reading »

Infographic: What It Takes To Get An Abortion In The U.S.

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The feminist activist group Third Wave Foundation put together this incredibly informative infographic depicting what it takes for a woman to obtain an abortion in the United States. The graphic calls attention to “the barriers … that are overshadowed in current debates,” particularly those affecting low-income women who have “limited access to money, safety, shelter, transportation, and documentation.” Seeing all of it together is, well, striking and depressing. Click the link above to see the graphic blown up to full size. [via Psychotropic Politics] Keep reading »

Mommyrexia: When Moms Fight To Stay Thin While Pregnant

Ahh, new parenthood. Full of excitement, late nights, priceless memories, and small joys. But for some women, motherhood comes with a hefty price — MOMMYREXIA. An article in today’s New York Post explores the, ahem, important issue of moms — specifically on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, so specifically white and upper middle class/wealthy — who are obsessed with pregnancy weight gain. This fear of being a, well, fat mom (fat by completely bizarro standards, BTW) is so overwhelming, that the mommyrexics struggle to stay thin while knocked up and don’t waste any time before hitting the gym once their little one is no longer in their taut bellies. Keep reading »

Gross Talk: Yo, What’s Wrong With My Belly Button?

Last night, I was reclined on my bed, reading my Twitter feed on my iPad — I am such a modern gal! — when I felt a weird pricking in my abdomen. My belly button, to be more specific. I lifted my shirt to get a better look, my index finger doing the bulk of the investigating. I felt more pricking and my finger unearthed some crusty gunk. Normally such a discovery would excite me; I am fascinated by the gross things our bodies flake off and have been known to peel my own foot skin and pick at head scabs. But my initial glee was thrown off by, of course, the naval pain and the fact that underneath the crusty bits, my belly button was moist.

I hate the word moist and I resent having to use it to describe a part of my body. I prefer wet, but “wet” implies a certain volume of discernible liquid and that doesn’t apply here. It’s not like my belly button was gushing fluid. It just didn’t feel dry inside. Keep reading »

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