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Ringtone Promotes Safe Sex In India

There are many ways to let people know you’re into having safe sex. The easiest being to verbalize your needs: “I will not sleep with you unless you use a condom.” If you lived in India, you could always let your phone tell people for you. A cell phone ring tone was launched August 8 and features a singer chanting the word “condom” 50 times. So far it has been downloaded 60,000 times. “A ring tone is a very public thing,” said Yvonne MacPherson, the country director of BBC World Service Trust India. “It’s a way to show you are a condom user and you don’t have any issues with it.” We can think of a few other ringtones we wish existed… Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: All My Children Casting, A Celeb Fashion Line, And Avril’s Kuala Lumpur Concert

  • All My Children is looking for an Iraq war vet to play an Iraq war vet. How meta. [NPR]
  • David Arquette and Ben Harper are funding a new clothing line called Propr that will be unveiled at New York Fashion Week in September. [Showbiz Spy]
  • Malysia’s government has asked the promoters of Avril Lavigne concert tour to postpone her show in Kuala Lumpur because it could mar the country’s independence day celebrations. [Reuters]
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    Quickies!: Disney Princesses Ruined My Love Life

  • Disney princesses create unrealistic expectations about love and relationships all while maintaining a search for “happily ever after.” [College Candy]
  • Testing for HPV is not nearly as straightforward as HIV or chlamydia. [Daily Bedpost]
  • Here are the top 10 ways the environment can be blamed for your breakup. I’ve used #6. [Daily Bedpost]
  • Is it love or money that brings permanent, unshakable happiness? [Tango]
  • Lily Allen tried to throw a few punches at a heckler after some late night drinking. But I just really love her dress. [Popbytes]
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    5 Reasons We Love…Passion Pit

    1. Frontman Michael Angelakos took the band’s name from a slang term for drive-ins where teens ignored the screen in favor of other, um, activities.
    2. Their Chunk of Change EP was originally created as a belated Valentine’s Day present for Angelakos’s girlfriend.
    3. They’ve opened for Death Cab for Cutie and Girl Talk, two of our faves.
    4. The five guys who make up the band are super cute and nerdy looking. (We’re crushing on the three in glasses.)
    5. We listened to “Sleepyhead” 25 times in a row the other day (seriously) and still want to jump up and down every time we hear it.

    Download “Sleepyhead” for free at Music.Download.com. The Chunk of Change EP will be released September 16. Keep reading »

    Turtle Gets Wheels, Action

    We love animal love stories, probably because they seem a lot simpler than human relationships. Arava, a 55-pound turtle, arrived at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo unable to move her hind legs. The zoo’s staff attached a skateboard-like device to the turtle, and with her new set of wheels, Arava has been able to move around and even began mating with a 10-year-old male turtle that’s been chasing after her. However, in this photo, it looks like Arava is chasing after him. You go, girl. [Baltimore Sun] Keep reading »

    The Blame Game: Intoxicated Rape Victims Deserve Less Sympathy

    Peter Hitchens’ brother is writer Christopher Hitchens (who penned the book “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything”), so it should come as no surprise that mouthy, attention-grabbing runs in the family. Peter Hitchens just wrote an opinion piece in London’s Daily Mail entitled “How The Left Censored The Blindingly Obvious Truth About Rape”. That “truth”, Hitchens says, is that, “women who get drunk are more likely to be raped than women who do not get drunk” and “a rape victim who was drunk deserves less sympathy.” Keep reading »

    Bush Says Birth Control Equals Abortion

    The Bush Administration’s new reproductive health proposal is out and it’s getting some serious heat. In the proposal, recipients of federal aid for health programs (i.e. hospitals, health clinics, and phamacies) must “certify that they will not refuse to hire nurses and other providers who object to abortion and even certain types of birth control.” In other words, a women’s clinic cannot refuse to hire a nurse on the basis that she won’t perform abortions or dispense birth control or Plan B. Additionally, the proposal also classifies abortion as “any of the various procedures — including the prescription, dispensing and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action — that results in the termination of the life of a human being in utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation.” Made my head hurt too, but the last part is important — some people argue that the birth control pill and emergency contraception can prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg, therefore those forms of birth control and Plan B would be considered abortion under the proposal. So what do you think about this? Are you worried that the language in this proposal is a step in the direction of reversing Roe V. Wade or do you agree that abortion has been defined properly? Weigh in! [Salon: Broadsheet] Keep reading »

    Romance On TV: “The Hills” Is Back And More Scripted Than Ever

    By now, it’s pretty much accepted that The Hills is, to a certain degree, scripted. According to a recent article in Entertainment Weekly, parts of scenes are re-shot (for example, if the girls enter a nightclub and a crowd of people get in the way of the camera, the producers will have the girls enter again), Lauren Conrad and crew let the producers know in advance what their plans are (partially so that they can get approval to shoot at any venues and also so that they can devise a “storyline” for the week), and the producers also have no control over whether the girls play any of their conversations or actions up for the cameras. Keep reading »

    The Daily Squeeze: No Men In The Women, Diddy’s Favorite Sport, And Frank Sintra Kissed Kate Moss

  • The movie The Women, starring Meg Ryan, Annette Benning, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, and Jada Pinkett Smith, has absolutely no men it it, even in the background. [NY Post]
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    Quickies!: Give Yourself Awful School Yearbook Hair

  • See what you look like with really bad yearbook hair.We did! [YearbookYourself]
  • Prince William adjusts himself. [Candy Kirby]
  • Summer jobs can suck, but sometimes you get a little revenge, if only in the cyberspace. [College Candy]
  • There are reasons for remaining child-free. Pregnancy is #1. [Shine.yahoo]
  • Lots of people get fired. Here are a few tips on taking that pink slip and cashing it in for something better. [Asylum]
  • Eww. Most disgusting school lunches indeed! [Holy Taco]
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