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How Valentine’s Day Is Celebrated Around The World

You know the drill in America; when you’re little, you hand out perforated cards and hope your crush gives you one of the good ones instead of the obvious “just friends” version. And as adults, the pressure is on to have a special date night and be showered with gifts, or be forced to acknowledge that you are completely and utterly alone in the world. But, just like any other holiday, every country has its own way of celebrating. (Or not celebrating—Valentine’s Day is banned in many countries because of its evil consumerist Western roots.) Here are a few other traditions that might be fun to try. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Plan B For Girls 17 And Under?

  • The makers of the Plan B morning-after pill plan to ask the FDA to allow for the emergency contraception to be sold without a prescription for young women under age 17. Plan B is available without a prescription for women ages 17 and older. [Reuters]
  • Black and Latina women are less likely than white women to have a live birth after a fertility treatment by 38 and 13 percent, respectively. [Fox News]
  • The Afghan government is writing new rules which would make it even harder for abused women and girls to find refuge in women’s shelters: women would have to justify their reason for needing shelter to an eight-person government panel, which would decide if she should go to the shelter, go to jail, or return home. [New York Times]

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What The Hell Is An “Unbortion”?

Today in Anti-Abortion Activists Making Up Medical Terms That Don’t Actually Exist And Aren’t Used By Doctors News: the “unbortion.” (For past reference see: partial-birth abortion.”) What’s an “unbortion,” you ask? An “unbortion” is what Resurrection Medical Center, a Roman Catholic hospital in Chicago, calls it when anti-abortion activists persuade a woman who is partway through terminating a pregnancy to halt the procedure and carry the pregnancy to term. According to Time magazine — which published the only article on “unbortions” that I’ve ever seen — four women were persuaded to halt their abortions, but doctors only went along with it in three of the cases.

Oh, and did I mention that “unbortion” is a complete anti-abortion activist fabrication and isn’t an actual medical term used by doctors? Keep reading »

Sexting Makes Its Way To Politics: Congressman Resigns Over Shirtless Cell Pic

Celebrities from Rihanna to Vanessa Hudgens to Jamie Foxx have learned the hard way that if you’re a public figure and you take a photo of yourself sans clothing that is meant for private eyes, it’ll probably end up on the internet being gawked at over coffee breaks. Let politicians heed this warning, too. Yesterday, a Republican Congressman from New York, Christopher Lee, resigned over a shirtless cellphone photo that ended up on Gawker. Apparently, the Congressdude is fond of trolling Craigslist for women to date, even though he’s married. In mid-January, he responded to a CL ad with the headline, “Will someone prove to me not all CL men look like toads?” He sent the image above—which shows that, for politician, he sure works out a lot—and a message that read, “Hope I’m not a toad. : ) i’m a very fit fun classy guy.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Lots Of Boobs At The Smithsonian On Saturday

  • Breastfeeding moms are holding a “nurse-in” at the Hirschorn Museum at the Smithsonian on Saturday after a woman who sat on a bench to nurse her daughter in January was told by a security guard to go feed the baby in the bathroom. A 1999 federal law states “a woman may breastfeed her child at any location in a federal building or on federal property, if the woman and her child are otherwise authorized to be present at the location.” Washington, D.C. also has the Child’s Right To Nurse Law, which allows a mother to breastfeed her baby in public. The museum has since apologized, both publicly and privately, and said it will welcome the “nurse-in” this Saturday. [NBC Washington]
  • Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health discussed the “Protect Life Act,” which would prohibit federal funding for abortion under health care reform (which is already technically the case) and would also stop funding from being withheld from groups that refuse to provide abortions. Rep. Joe Pitts, a Republican from Pennsylvania, introduced the bill. Fellow Republicans say the bill would close up loopholes that enable abortion, while Democrats say the bill is a ploy to chip away at a woman’s right to choose. [Washington Post]

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How To Stop Women From Having Sex

“To give [anti-abortion] campaigners more time to enjoy life instead of making stunt videos that have no point, here is a cut-out-and-keep list on how to stop women having sex, guaranteed:

  1. Chop off genitals at birth. They can have them reattached at their heterosexual
    wedding, in between the cake and the throwing of the bouquet.
  2. Force all teenagers to watch their parents having sex. Effective, although there is a risk they will never have sex again and the human race will die out.
  3. Rearrange human biology so that it’s men who get pregnant. It might not end verboten sexual relations, but it will probably put an end to old white guys trying to ban abortion and targeting the most vulnerable women, from rape victims to the needy poor, in the worst circumstances.

— British journalist Hadley Freeman‘s tounge-in-cheek suggestions for better ways that anti-abortion extremist groups like Live Action can use their time rather than playing “gotcha!” with Planned Parenthood by secretly videotaping them in stunt videos with fake pimps and prostitutes. Hadley suggests, quite rightly, that as much as some anti-abortion extremists are against abortion, they seem to just be plain against women having non-procreative sex, period. I recommend her whole article; it’s a good read! [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

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