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Shhhh! Don’t Wake The Babies

A successful baby jump in action! Yeah, you heard me. Baby Jumping (El Colacho) is a real thing in Spain. During the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi men dressed as the Devil jump over babies born in the past year. This ritual, which has been around since the 1600s, is supposed to cleanse the babies of original sin and protect them from evil spirits. This sounds like a prospective Olympic sport to me. [BuzzFeed, Wikipedia] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Dr. Oz Spanked For Naughty Nurses Segment

  • Time for some triage, Oprah: “The Dr. Oz Show” is in trouble for stereotyping naughty nurses! A November segment featured six women — uh, not nurses — dressed in retro nurse costumes with red lingerie peeking out and high heels as they danced around host Dr. Mehmet Oz. Klassy! A group called The Truth About Nursing called the segment a “sexist caricature of nursing” that further demeans the predominantly female profession. “The Dr. Oz Show” apologized and called it an “attempt at humor.” [AP]
  • The Catholic Anchor, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, published an article which said Planned Parenthood would be offering gift certificates for abortions. This article got picked up by other news outlets, despite the fact that it’s patently untrue: Planned Parenthood is, in fact, offering coupons for preventative services, such as birth control pills, but the coupons are not available for abortions. [Care2.com]

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Naked Barbie Calendar Is Creepin’ Us Out

Breno Cosa and Guilherme Souza created the 2011 Matchbox Barbie Calendar which features two dolls, naked, posing for the camera like they’re sexy. Or as the artists claim, they made the calendar to show that “sex is used to sell everything in society.” Well, Mattel ain’t buying that line and the two students at the Brother Ad School in Buenos Aires are now being sued. Mattel’s spokeswoman, Dr. Stephanie Wegener, said, “We don’t want Barbie portrayed in this way, especially with our logo.” But you know what I think is more messed up? White Barbie comes with plastic panties built-in for modesty, but black Barbie doesn’t. WTF?! [Trend Hunter] Keep reading »

In Memorium Of Elizabeth Edwards: 5 Things To Know About Her Life

Yesterday, the world lost Elizabeth Edwards, 61, to cancer. Although her husband, former North Carolina Senator John Edwards, was the one who ran for office, Elizabeth was always an impressive co-pilot, charting her own way as a lawyer and political advisor. While the end of her life was marred by her husband’s cheating scandal with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter (which led to the couple’s separation), Elizabeth’s many contributions should not be forgotten. Keep reading »

HIV+ Porn Star Speaks Out



The L.A. Times has an interview with Derrick Burts, the 24-year-old male porn star who contracted HIV recently. Burts, who has worked in gay and straight porn, as Derek Chambers and Cameron Reid respectively, discovered in early October through the adult industry’s AIM Healthcare Foundation that he had contracted the virus. Burts believes that he was infected by a fellow performer on the Florida set of a gay porn movie while AIM has previously stated that Burts was believed to have been infected through personal sexual contact and not while working in the porn industry. Whatever the case, Burts is speaking out now in an attempt to bring attention to the fact that most porn sets do not require condom use during sex scenes. “It’s very dangerous,” he stated of working in porn. “It should be required that you wear a condom on the set.” [L.A. Times] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Had Labiaplasty Surgery

I first heard the word “labiaplasty” three years ago. Immediately, my interest was piqued. My unruly butterfly wings — otherwise known as my labia — interfered with my sexual activities. Riding a bike for more than 15 minutes? Painful. Camel toe? Obvious. Intercourse? Lube did little to relieve all that smooshing, pulling, stretching, especially when condoms were involved.

And then there were the unsolicited anatomical editorials that I’d received over the years, ranging from the respectfully observant, “You’re very floral,” to the horrifying, “Damn, girl. You got a fat p***y!,” to the complimentary, “Actually, I like it full and lippy … That’s my thing.” Keep reading »

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