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From women’s health to feminism to politics – news that’s real and relevant to you.

Behold: The Bacteria Living Inside Your Belly Button

We all get a little lint stuck in your belly buttons every now and again, but have you ever wondered if there was anything, uh, growing inside of it? Scientists at 2011 Science Online Conference took samples from the belly buttons of volunteers and displayed the bacteria growing inside them in these petri dishes. Interested in having your belly button bounty analyzed? They’re doing another sampling event February 12 at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Dare I say belly button bacteria is … beautiful? [Boing Boing] Keep reading »

Women Are More Effective Politicians, Study Says

Women politicians bring home the bacon more to their district, not to mention sponsor, co-sponsor and get enacted more bills than their male counterparts, according to a forthcoming study in the American Journal of Political Science. Univeristy of Chicago professor Christopher Berry and Stanford doctoral candidate Sarah Anzia compared male and female politicians to discover who is more effective. Not who is more popular or who gets more votes, but who can be the most effective lawmaker. Berry and Anzia concluded that because women are far less well-represented than men in all levels of government, perhaps it is only the best-of-the-best who make it and as a result, women get more done. Between 1984 and 2004, women brought an average of $49 million more back to their home districts than their male counterparts did, which held true regardless of geography. Women also sponsored an average of three more bills per Congress, co-sponsored an average of 26 more bills per Congress, and attracted more co-sponsors than their male colleagues. These findings don’t mean that women are better politicians, of course, but it appears to mean that when a woman finally gets elected, it is because she is really good at what she does. Hmph, I wonder if there’s some way this study could explain Sarah Palin? [Newsweek] Keep reading »

PETA Wants To Run Commercial Of Hot Girls Fellating Vegetables During the Super Bowl


You work that carrot, baby! In 2009, PETA was willing to pay millions to run a commercial during the Super Bowl of scantily clad women making out with vegetables. The networks declined to air “Veggie Love” — think of the children! — but now PETA is trying again with an “outtakes” video. Once again they’ve upset the delicate balance between animal rights/objectifying women. But when it comes to PETA, what else is new? Hey, how many meateaters became vegans or vegetarians because a bikini model fellated a stick of celery? [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Why Are Politicians Attempting To Redefine Rape?

The “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act” redefines “real” rape as only that which is “forcible” and has been co-sponsored by 173 mostly Republican legislators and was called a “top priority” by Speaker of the House John Boehner. Likely knowing that fully criminalizing abortion is impossible, politicians are going after the funding of abortions in certain cases of rape and incest. Slipped a roofie and raped while you are unconscious? Raped while you are blackout drunk and unable to consent? Sexually assaulted by your uncle at age 19? If you are poor and need governmental funding to help terminate a pregnancy resulting from this horrific acts, there will be no help for you.

I hope your breakfast is sitting well with you, because you’re about to get queasy if you read on. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: New Mexico Introduces Parental Notification Law For Abortion

  • A state representative in New Mexico has introduced a bill that would require the parents of girls ages 17 or younger to be notified if she has an abortion. [Daily-Times.com]
  • A lesbian from Uganda has gotten a temporary reprieve from being deported by the U.K. Brenda Namigadde said she could be killed if she is sent back to Uganda, where homosexuality is against the law. [BBC]
  • There’s a “Xena: Warrior Princess” conference in L.A., people! [Los Angeles Times]

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Don’t Eat Your Food, “Whaf” It

Eating was so 21st Century. Forget about eating, “whaffing” is the way we’ll be consuming food in future. A real life Willy Wonka, Professor David Edwards, has invented a new way to eat … by inhalation. The Le Whaf, which looks like a cross between a bong and fishbowl, allows you to cut calories without sacrificing the flavor of your favorite foods. Find out how this revolutionary invention works after the jump. Keep reading »

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