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Rep. Jackie Speier, Who Revealed Her Abortion On House Floor, Is Our Hero

Forget Ah-nold: this to me is what a hero is. While debating whether or not to de-fund Planned Parenthood (which passed 240-185) because the organization offers abortion services, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) revealed last night on the floor of the House of Representatives that she had an abortion on a desired pregnancy at 17 weeks. “[I am] one of those women [Rep. Smith] spoke about just now. … I lost the baby,” Rep. Speier said. “And for you to stand on this floor and suggest that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought, is preposterous.” She was responding to Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), who apparently made a reference to women making the decision to have an abortion without any thought. Keep reading »

House Of Representatives Votes To De-fund Planned Parenthood

FUDGE. The House of Representatives voted 240-185 to block federal aid from Planned Parenthood.

According to The Washington Post, the pols are taking particular aim at funding through Title X, the “$327 million program founded in 1970 that covers family planning and reproductive health. By law, Title X funds can be spent on family planning and contraception but not on abortion services.” Out of concern and suspicion these funds are used to pay for abortions, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) is spearheading the effort to de-fund Planned Parenthood, while other Republicans are aiming to defund Title X entirely. And wouldn’t you know, Rep. Pence referenced that sting video by anti-abortion extremist group Live Action that was filmed inside Planned Parenthood clinics undercover as they counseled actors pretending to be pimps with teen prostitutes? Well played, Live Action and the Republican Party. Keep reading »

Kittens In Bowls, Just Because


You can’t watch this bizarro Asian TV video clip of kittens climbing in bowls while the Beatles’ “Ob La Di” plays in the background and not smile. It’s humanly impossible. Is there a word that means random and awesome? Rand-awesome? Because that’s what this is. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Female Competitor Gets A Shot At High School Wrestling Greatness

In my high school, we had a girl on our football team. I always thought she was pretty awesome because A) she had an insane level of knowledge of football statistics, B) she played pretty well, and C) no one ever made a fuss about her being there. Cassy Herkelman and Megan Black—two female high school students who’ve made it to this year’s Iowa state high school wrestling championship—aren’t getting quite the same treatment. In the competition’s 85-year history, this is the first time girls have competed. And while it’s mainly a non-issue, they are finding that not everyone is excited to wrestle them. Keep reading »

Well That’s One Way To Overcome Claustrophobia

How did 23-year-old Kristy Nicholson go from severe claustrophobic to genie in a bottle circus performer? Oh, she had her mother stuff her into a cupboard every day. Kristy was a skilled contortionist with a dream of joining the Circus of Horrors, but her fear of tight spaces held her back until her mom had a brilliant idea. She would help Kristy overcome her fear by shoving her into laundry baskets, cupboards, and animal cages a few times a day. Once Kristy got used to the enclosed spaces, she began using her skill to hide in unlikely places and scare her family members. All the practice paid off and now she is able to squeeze herself into a two-foot by 18-inch glass capsule, but only after getting her appendix removed. And that, my friends, is one way to cure claustrophobia. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Toronto Cop Says Don’t Dress Like A “Slut”

  • A cop speaking at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto suggested a woman could prevent sexual assault by not dressing like a “slut.” Also, men could prevent sexual assault by not sexually assaulting women. It’s that easy! [Excalibur]
  • Attention, men who like to “mansplain”: here are the things you can and can’t get away with saying about CBS reporter Lara Logan’s beating and sexual assault in Egypt last week. [Slate]
  • British model Claudia Aderotimi, who died recently from getting butt implants from a person unlicensed to perform plastic surgery, wanted to become a hip-hop video vixen. Claudia had silicone injected into her rear end at a Hampton Inn in Philadelphia, but the silicone poisoned her vascular system and she died shortly thereafter. [The Grio]
  • Oh good. South Dakota decided it’s not entirely reasonable to allow people to kill abortion providers as “justifiable homicide” for protecting the fetus. [New York Times]

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