I have an aversion to the phrases “feminine products” and “feminine hygiene,” probably because they bring to mind cheesy commercials about having “better periods” and boxes covered in pink flowers. I’m not against the actual use of feminine products, because, well, some are sort of essential every month. However, feminine products encompass more than just pads and tampons. I just took a survey of a few friends and learned that many of them carry “feminine wipes” (an equally icky phrase) in their bags. Some do this because they don’t know who’s going to be down in their feminine area after a night out, and others because they don’t want to offend their waxer when they have an appointment late in the day. Even if they are useful, can we please come up with a cuter name for the things? Keep reading for the names of the nine products pictured about, which include “Fresh Wipes” and “On-the-Go Wipettes.” Wipettes? Really? They’re just that cute and little? Keep reading »
Last year, Dr. Shirolyn Ruth Moffett delivered a baby by Cesarean to a woman in Berryville, Arkansas. I know you’re probably thinking, “Big whoop!” But the shocker is that Dr. Moffett decided to perform a tubal ligation at the same time without the woman’s permission. Dr. Moffett claims she feared the woman’s uterus would burst if she became pregnant again. Not only did the doctor not have authorization, but she didn’t tell the woman after the procedure and made no notation in the woman’s medical chart. Officials at St. John’s hospital, where the procedure took place, stopped Dr. Moffett from seeing any patients after they became aware of the situation. But regulators at the Arkansas State Medical Board feel a reprimand is more appropriate for the offense and voted last week to allow Dr. Moffett to keep her medical license. “I know now that [it] was a mistake,” she told the Medical Board. “I had not made this kind of error my whole medical career. I was appalled.” Officials at St. John’s issued a release expressing surprise at the Medical Board’s decision. And I have to say I’m equally as appalled. I would think performing a tubal ligation without permission would be enough cause for revoking a medical license, but the fact that Dr. Moffett tried to keep it a secret makes the situation that much worst. [Parent Dish]
The woman recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest woman died yesterday at age 53. Sandy Allen, who was 7 feet 7 inches, had grown to more than six feet by age 10, and she passed the seven-foot mark by 16. Her speedy growth was caused by a tumor on her pituitary gland, which she had removed in 1977. Earlier in her life, Sandy was uncomfortable with her height, but being recognized by Guinness in 1974 helped her accept and even laugh at her size. She spoke to school groups about how about different is okay and wore shirts that said “The weather up here is fine.” [AP via CBS News] Keep reading »
- Jonas Brothers A Little Bit Longer
The Jonas Brothers have put out! Sadly, we mean just another record. Despite the suggestive title, the handsome teen trio won’t give it or the music biz up anytime soon and they’re pretty hip for being squares.
- The Cure “The Perfect Boy (Mix 13)”
While Robert Smith has been a bit of a Debbie Downer, singing sad songs since the ’90s, it looks like even he’s coming back with the ’80s. The Cure just released a new single, “The Perfect Boy”, and it’s as sexy as the guy it’s about. No word on whether Smith has wiped off his runny mascara and smeared lipstick look too, but hey, at least he still sounds good!
Each season of America’s Next Top Model has a sob story or a gimmick, a model that is just so different from the competition, that host Tyra Banks has decided to take under her wing and mold into the perfect supermodel. Usually this gives Tyra a platform to “save” someone and then applaud herself for being so courageous — at first, this “different” model was just, say, overweight (only last season did a big girl actually stick around long enough to win), or from the streets. But as the seasons went on, Tyra and crew had to find someone with a more dramatic story — a refugee from Africa, a woman with Asperger’s Disorder, a woman who had been raped and molested, and a woman who had experienced domestic violence. Last season, I thought Tyra peaked with the sadness by casting an African woman who had experienced genital mutilation. Though she was gorgeous and certainly a worthy competitor, it did seem like another cheap ploy for Tyra, again, to toot her own groundbreaking horn.
Well, this season the gimmick isn’t sad, but it sure is daring. One of the models on the new season, which premieres September 3, is a transgender woman (who was born a man) named Isis, 22, from Maryland. Sure, in the past many of the models who have appeared on Top Model have looked like drag queens (love you Dominique!), but this is a pretty fantastic step for a popular reality show on a major network to take. While transgender characters have appeared on TV shows like Nip/Tuck, The L Word, Ugly Betty, and even the soap opera All My Children, but never on an American reality show. So here’s a pat on the back Tyra, from The Frisky. Give that hand a rest! [Us Weekly] Keep reading »
In June, there was a controversy in the news about a high school in Massachusetts with 17 pregnant students — four times as many as the school usually has. When Time first wrote about it, they interviewed the school’s principal, Joseph Sullivan, and he talked about how there was a pregnancy pact among the teenagers. Well, now the Gloucester, MA, mayor and school district’s superintendent say there’s no evidence of a pregnancy pact, and this story ends with the news that the principal has resigned over the issue. [AP via CBS News]