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Is Having A Sister Better Than Having A Brother?

It strikes me as interesting that a short but sweet essay on the benefits of having a sister, called “Why Sisterly Chats Make People Happier,” has been one of the most popular articles on The New York Times website for over a week. The essay is in response to a recent Brigham Young University study which claims that men who have sisters are happier than those who don’t. The essay’s author, linguist Deborah Tannen, expands the discussion to theorize that this is because women, and thus sisters, are more talkative, so they are better at communicating … Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: School Board Member Resigns After Making Bigoted Comments About Gay Kids

  • A Pleasant Plains, Arkansas, school board member resigned from his position last week after he wrote bigoted comments on his Facebook page on October 20th, the day activists around the country wore purple to show solidarity with gay and lesbian youth who killed themselves. “Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves,” Clint McCance wrote. “The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin.” (Note: Horrendous types typos [HAHA look at that typo I made while pointing out his typos!!! -- Extremely Tired Editor] and grammar all his.) McCance apologized and told Anderson Cooper, “I don’t wish death on anyone.” [MSNBC]
  • Anti-choice female governors are poised for victory during today’s elections. Yikes! [WomensEnews]
  • Watch feminist icon Gloria Steinem explain how today’s election will affect women — probably, in her view, for the worst. [Big Think]

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Why We Voted: For Gay Marriage, For Immigration Reform, And For Those Little “I Voted!” Stickers

Happy Election Day — yes, an end to campaign commercials on TV is in sight! Whether you dragged yourself out of bed before work, will stand in line at the polls before going home tonight, or plan to do it mid-day, all that matters is that you exercise your right to vote! Yesterday, I asked readers to tell us why they’re going to vote and share with us the state they live in and races they’re passionate about. Not only did your responses crack me up, but it was really cool to see that The Frisky has readers everywhere from Kentucky to Louisiana to Texas. Also: you are a bunch of bleeding heart liberals. After the jump, find out how the rest of the Friskyverse is votin’ (and try not to wet your pants, OK?). Keep reading »

Jerry Stiller And Ann Meara Speak Out About Prop 19

More specifically, they tell us about their use of MariHuana. I’ll bet Ben Stiller is cringing right now. No one wants to hear about their parents getting stoned. Anyhow, the takeaway here? All you Cali stoners out there, get off the couch and vote today. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Queens Of The World?

Troubled waters ahead for Tea Partier Christine O’Donnell! But Sarah Palin’s got her back. Should we tell them there’s a giant iceberg just ’round the bend or just watch them go down? [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

10 Countries That Have Elected Women Into The Highest Office

This week, Brazil got its first female president, Dilma Rousseff, who was formerly the energy secretary and chief of staff to President Luiz Inácio da Silva. Taking 56 percent of the vote, Rousseff said, “I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say, ‘Yes, women can.’” It seems trite to be all “girl power!” about this, but I get kind of giddy when a lady is elected into a country’s highest office. A handful of South American governments are being run by women now, and there are women in top political offices around the world. We’ve rounded up some of them up after the jump. [Newser] Keep reading »

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