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Sign Of The Times: Women At Work

“Men at Work” signs are even more outdated then Men At Work’s (the band) hits. Okay, we still get down to their 80′s party tunes, but the biased signs are finally out in Atlanta! It’s all thanks to Cynthia Good, one of the founding editors of PINK and Atlanta Woman magazines. Angered that women working alongside men were being ignored by the sexist signage, Good decided to take matters into her own hands. After politely sending letters to the Mayor Shirley Franklin and Governor Sonny Perdue, she got nowhere. Then, not so politely, she was accused of spray painting a “wo” before one of the the signs, but luckily the police stood by her. Despite the hot water, last week, she decided to turn up the heat on her public campaign. She huffed and puffed at the Public Works Commissioner, Joe Basista, and she blew those signs clear outta town. Now, new ones, which will read “Workers Ahead”, have been ordered. The estimated $166 cost to replace the signs is money well spent! [Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Fark]

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Is Your Car Dealership Certified Female Friendly?

Women are sometimes overlooked as car-buying customers at car dealerships, but things are changing, perhaps because there are more women on the inside — Annette Sykora is this year’s chairman of the National Automobile Dealer’s Association despite females making up just 7 percent of car salespeople. Dealerships can actually become “certified female friendly,” which involves completing a training program that helps make showrooms and service centers more female-friendly, whatever that means. So far, 220 dealerships have become certified. I hear so many stories about men getting better deals on cars, and it wouldn’t surprise me if this still happened at certified female friendly dealerships, so if I ever buy a car, I think I’d want to buy from a woman. [WSJ.com] Keep reading »

Dating On Demand

Cable TV provider Comcast is trying to get singles to participate in their new video dating service, “Dating on Demand,” by taping guys and girls in bars. So, when people are a couple drinks into their night, an interviewer comes at them, asking them to share their guilty pleasures, show a tattoo, or offer details about a past hookup. But don’t worry, even though Comcast seems to be recruiting any willing bar-goer, everyone has to sign a waiver and allow the company to run a background check on them. And the service seems fairly exclusive (or perhaps few want to be video-taped in places with bad lighting), because they only plan to add about 40 to 50 new videos a month in south Florida, one of Dating on Demand’s 21 U.S. markets. This could make for some great late night TV watching if you’re sick of Proactiv’s infomercial. [South Florida Sun-Sentinel] Keep reading »

The Hills On Jeopardy Must Signal Apocolypse

If I were Lauren, I’d be a little pissed. Heidi gets to be the answer question on Jeopardy? Also, can you hear Alex Trebek saying “duh”? [Fashionista] Keep reading »

This Month In The Lady Mags: Spice Up Your Pathetic Sex Life!

Not sure if you want to spend $3.99 on this month’s Vogue? Don’t worry, we’ve got Wendy Felton, Editor of GlossedOver.com, here to tell you exactly what’s up on the sex, love, and relationships front in each month’s crop of lady mags.

It’s hot outside! Looking for similar heat in the bedroom? This month in the magazines, it’s all about sex. While there’s plenty of advice for spicing things up in the July issues, the endless relationship sob stories make it even more tempting to remain celibate. Keep reading »

A Cure For The Common Cold Sore

The CDC has confirmed that a cure for both oral and genital herpes is in the works. Hooray! An estimated 100 million Americans have the oral herp, while 20% have the kind below the belt. There is a tiny bit of bad news, though. The new treatment being studied would force on one last outbreak, but then kill it forever with antiviral drugs already on the market. A team at Duke University has been leading the way and partnered up with Regulus Therapeutics LLC to make it happen. While they’re all optimistic, the researchers say the next step is testing out their theory on animals. Will monkeys finally make monkey business a little more safe? Let’s hope! [MSNBC via Regina Lynn] Keep reading »

Death By Folding Couch

When I was younger, I always thought hiding in folding couches was super stealth, but now I might be developing a foldout couch phobia. A woman in St. Petersburg, Russia, got in a fight with her drunken husband, and when he wouldn’t get off the couch, she hit a lever and it folded up, leaving him stuck between the mattress and the back of the couch. The woman walked out of the room, and when she came back three hours later, she thought he was sleeping quietly, only he was dead. [Reuters] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Mary-Kate’s Ring, Animal Adoption, And Tom Arnold’s TV Show

  • Mary-Kate seems to be promoting safe sex with a ring that resembles a condom. [The Sun, U.K.]
  • A cat has adopted a red panda cub whose mother abandoned him. Animals are so cute. [BBC]
  • Tom Arnold will host a second season of My Big Redneck Wedding on CMT starting this October. How did I miss the first season? [eMediaWorld]
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    Romance On TV: Introducing DeAnna & Jesse Online!

    And The Bachelorette enters the digital age! New couple DeAnna Pappas and Jesse “Snowboarder McGee” Csincsak have a website, DeAnnaAndJesse.com. So super duper LAME. Keep reading »

    Real Chick Lit: “American Wife” Is The Closest We’ll Get To Presidential Erotica

    Curtis Sittenfeld’s Prep is one of my favorite books that is kinda, sorta in the “chick lit” genre. But that’s only one of the reasons why I am so on-the-edge-of-my-damn seat over her upcoming novel American Wife (due out in September) — the book is being so closely guarded by Random House that only a few manuscripts have been released to members of the media. Why all the secrecy? American Wife is said to be a thinly-veiled piece of “speculative fiction” about First Lady Laura Bush and is filled with lesbianism, a car accident (nothing fiction about that!), abortions, and lots and lots of humping. Radar got a hold of one of the manuscripts — describing it as “the story of Alice Blackwell, a quiet librarian whose husband Charlie becomes the bumbling president of the United States” — and ran some of the racier bits on its website…a few of the sexier quotes, after the jump… Keep reading »

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