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The Pill: Has It Made Our Lives Simpler Or More Complicated?

There’s no question that the birth control pill has given us modern women an undeniable amount of freedom that our grandmothers didn’t have — both sexual and cultural — since its introduction to the free market 50 years ago. But what it’s costing our generation is an increased likelihood of infertility, or so says New York magazine’s cover story this week, “Waking Up From The Pill.” While it’s not news to link the birth control pill to women waiting later in life to have children, and thus infertility, because of their diminished egg supplies as they age, writer Vanessa Grigoriadis does have a new perspective on why this is so. She claims it’s because taking the Pill makes women either forget altogether about their biology until it’s too late or to think of it as something controllable by modern medicine.

“For women who have spent so much of their lives pressing the off button on their bodies while on the Pill, it’s upsetting to learn that there’s no magic pill that causes instant impregnation,” she writes. Keep reading »

Quickies: Cute Dogs Wearing Handsome Scarves & Martha Stewart Is Going To Be A Grandma

  • Need a laugh? Of course you do! Check out 46 dogs swathed in “handsome scarves,” like this cutie. [BuzzFeed]
  • Check out the nominees for the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards. [Deadline]
  • Listen to Michael Jackson’s newest song, “Much Too Soon.” [TMZ]

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Today’s Lady News: Dolly Parton Is The Voice Of Reason In America

  • How could we have missed this clip of Dolly Parton, on “Larry King Live,” talking about how we all need to be a little more tolerant? “I think we need to dig down a li’l deeper, be a li’l kinder to one another, and accept one another for who we are,” she said. “You can’t tell me that people are any way other than what they are supposed to be. I don’t think gay people are trying to be different just to make other people miserable. … I think we should be a little more tolerant, a little more accepting an understanding.” Dolly also said she grew up during segregation and the first time she met a black person was in 1960 when she went to high school. [ColorLines]
  • Does taking the birth control pill put women out of touch with their baby-making biology when they’re fertile and make it harder for them to conceive when they’re older? That’s the argument made by author Vanessa Grigoriadis in this controversial New York magazine piece. [New York]

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We Are Insanely Jealous Of These People


Meet British couple Mark and Denise Duffield-Thomas. They were the winners of Runaway Bride and Groom’s “Honeymoon Testers” competition, and we’re super jealous of them. As honeymoon testers, they traveled and tested out dozens and dozens of honeymoon and wedding spots–all for free. The couple went to 12 countries and were married in more than 80 weddings. And! Runaway Bride and Groom is looking for a new couple to test out wedding destinations in 2011. Could it be you? [Urlesque] Keep reading »

Uh, Someone Owns The Sun?

Too hot, too bright, too in your eyes? If you’re having issues with the sun, you should probably contact its owner, Angeles Duran. The 49-year-old Spanish woman has a notarized document claiming the center of our solar system is registered to her. As the legal owner of the sun, her first order of business is to tax all of its users and divide the profits between the Spanish government, research, the ending of world hunger, and herself. “It is time to start doing things the right way, if there is an idea for how to generate income and improve the economy and people’s well-being, why not do it?” she said. I hope she’s thought far ahead enough to take out an insurance policy on the sun, which is expected to die in five billion years. Until then … everyone must pay! [Google] Keep reading »

What Is The Evangelical “Stay-At-Home Daughters Movement”?

Weeks ago, we met the evangelical housewives who submit to their husbands. Now let’s meet the evangelical “stay-at-home daughters” — young women who forgo higher education and a career to stay close to their fathers and learn how to be a good homemaker and helper before they are getting married.

Writing in Bitch Magazine, author Gina McGalliard explains how these young women claim all women are much happier submitting to a family-focused life, rather than getting their own careers and jobs. Whether the woman needs “special protection” from her husband or her father, it’s all part of the same “Christian patriarchy movement.” Keep reading »

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