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Lavish Gifts Of Jewelry For Condoleezza Rice And Others

Condoleezza Rice really isn’t someone we envy. I mean, she has to work with one of the most annoying men in the country. But we’d be willing to put up with a lot if it meant receiving lavish gifts from foreign heads of state and government and their aides. The kings of Jordan and Saudi Arabia gave Rice gem-encrusted baubles totaling at least $316,000 in 2007. King Abdullah II of Jordan gave Rice an emerald and diamond necklace, ring, bracelet and earrings estimated to be worth $147,000, according to the State Department’s annual inventory of such items released on Monday. The king and his wife Queen Rania also gave Rice a necklace, earrings and jewelry box valued at $4,630. But King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia would not be outdone and presented Rice with an diamond and ruby necklace with matching earrings, ring and bracelet worth $165,000. Unfortunately, Rice and other officials won’t be able to keep the gifts, which have been turned over to the General Services Administration and government archives in accordance with federal law. Since Rice doesn’t dress too flashy (though she does love her pearls!), we think she really won’t miss the jewelry. After the jump find out what other gifts were presented to U.S. officials. [AP] Keep reading »

Sweet Release: What’s In And Out The Week Of December 23rd 2008

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Lesbian Action Figures Snap Into Void In Market

Don’t want to give you baby girl some plastic doll with a wack sense of what women look like? Well, check out DYKEdolls, an alternative action figure that positively portrays ladies and the lesbian lifestyle. Just look at the adorable family of Kelly, Christine and baby Soo! Or how about a total Betty in a basketball uniform? There’s even a gayelle Cali skater chick! Now these are gals we’d all like to play with…regardless of sexual orientation. [DykeDolls.com via Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Barack & Michelle Obama Bid His Grandmother Farewell

The Obama family gathered to scatter the ashes of his maternal grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who died at age 86 just a few days before his historic Presidential victory. [Oahu, Hawaii, 12/23/08] Keep reading »

Beer Goggles Last Longer For Women

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If you’re a woman who drinks even moderately, you may have a harder time judging a guy’s level of hotness than women who never drink. A new study suggests that women who have even as few as five drinks a month “were less able to detect male facial symmetry, a marker of attractiveness and good genes.” Even when sober, researcher Dr. Kirsten Oinonen said, “these women are worse at judging facial symmetry, and therefore may find less attractive men more attractive.” The researchers say the results also suggest alcohol has a long term effect on the brain, reducing its visual perception abilities, but they aren’t sure how long the effects last or whether they are permanent.

I’m not sure how much of a drinker Jennifer Lopez is, but this could explain some things. Can you think of any other beautiful women who just might have beer goggles to blame for their unattractive mates? [Telegraph.co.uk]
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Are Noughties The New Feminists?

The Times says there’s a new brand of feminist on the march: Noughties. Instead of old school feminism, in which, to varying degrees, women worked together to achieve a common goal, the new new feminism is like a gender politics remix: “It’s like a pick-and-mix feminism, where you can choose the bits you care about yourself.” Want to wear lipstick? Go for it. Want to grow your armpit hair out? Why not. Theoretically, at least, there’s no “bad” or “good” feminists, but a rainbow of feminist beliefs from which women can pick and choose as they see fit, whether it’s sexual politics in the bedroom or protesting against discrimination in the streets. While this new brand of feminism sounds a lot like the late 90′s post-feminist movement to me, the neo-feminists promise theirs is a diverse movement within which all women can finally unite. So, what do you think? Is feminism dead in the water, or is it alive and kicking? [Times] Keep reading »

Quickies!: Paris Shows Off Her Pepto Pink Car

  • Paris Hilton rewarded herself for being such a good girl this year by buying a gag-me pink colored Bentley worth almost $200,000. [DailyMail]
  • Mary-Kate Olsen knows nothing about a recession. She just thinks there’s a big sale going on. [PerezHilton]
  • Jennifer Hudson is set to make her first public appearance since her family’s tragic murders. [People]
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  • Last 31 Days Of 2008: Donate To A Charity

    Donating to a charity will make you feel good about yourself and will help your community, country or planet. And if you make that donation before 2008 ends, it will also help your financial situation because you’ll be able to write off the donation on your taxes in 2009. If you don’t have a favorite charity already, here are some suggestions:

  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital provides patient care for children afflicted with cancer and other catastrophic diseases and researches these diseases.
  • The World Wildlife Fund aims to protect natural areas and wild populations of plants and wildlife worldwide. But if you’d like to give locally, check out Animal Charities of America, which is a nonprofit federation that pre-screens high quality national charities working to protect animals.
  • The National Veterans Foundation brings awareness to the needs of America’s veterans. It also provides veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment and other essential resources.
  • The Natural Resources Defense Council works to restore Earth’s air, land and water and defends endangered natural places.
  • If you can’t afford to make a monetary donation now, you can also make an in-kind donation or volunteer your time. Keep reading »

    In Defense Of A Semi-Real Semi-Housewife

    A New York Post TV critic has a real problem with the women on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” But we think Linda Stasi, the critic, should cut these women some slack, especially Gretchen Rossi. After all, we really can’t expect much from these saline/silicon-inflated women. I’ll make my case, after the jump. Keep reading »

    Last, Last-Minute Gifts That Don’t Seem So

    It’s Christmas Eve. Dinner is ready, the house is decorated, and the lights are aglow with holiday magic. You are about to relax in the recliner with some eggnog and watch “A Christmas Story” when you get a call from your brother. He has decided to bring his new girlfriend and he forgot to get her a present — would you mind? Or maybe you are heading out to a party and realize you forgot to get the host a gift. Maybe things have been so crazy, you forgot you have three nephews, not two. Whatever the reason, you need a gift, you need it now, and all that’s open is Walgreen’s, Bob’s Liquor, and Safeway. Take a deep breath, down the eggnog, and grab your keys. You’ve heard of last-minute gifts? Here are some last last-minute gifts that don’t seem so, well, last minute. Keep reading »

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