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Should A Rape Victim Be Obligated To Report Her Attacker?

One of the sites I read quite frequently is Jezebel. I wrote for them for a little while before I launched The Frisky and really respect them as a cool and smart site for women. Many of their posts I find to be laugh-out-loud funny and others make me think deeply about and even reconsider positions I have taken on issues. But lately there’s been some controversy on the site in regards to the issue of rape and I thought I would bring them up here to see what Frisky readers think. In particular, I wanted to discuss the question of whether a rape victim has a moral obligation to report her attack(er) to authorities. Keep reading »

Space: The Final Frontier In Wedding Locations

If you’re having trouble finding a location for your wedding, you have a new option: space. Japanese company First Advantage and the U.S.-based private space flight firm Rocketplane Global announced last week they will host weddings in space for $2.3 million. Who knows whether happily married couples will get to consummate their marriage while they’re among the stars, as a spokesperson for NASA said, “We don’t study sexuality in space, and we don’t have any studies ongoing with that.” [Space.com] Keep reading »

Men Have Biological Clocks, Too

As women wait longer to have babies, complications become more common, and now a new study says that men over 35 can contribute to these pregnancy problems. In intrauterine insemination, the woman’s age was closely associated with a decreased pregnancy rate and miscarriages, according to Dr. Stephanie Belloc of the Eylau Centre for Assisted Reproduction in Paris. And when the men were over 35, there also were increased miscarriage rates, most likely due to DNA damage that comes with age. So, if you and your guy want to have babies later in life — or if you were planning on bedding George Clooney — Dr. Belloc suggests you try in vitro fertilization. [EurekAlert!] Keep reading »

A Faulty Wedding Dress Causes Bride To Sue Designer

When I think of all the disastrous things that could happen on someone’s wedding day, I generally think of flowers dying, or the cake being dropped as it’s being carried to the reception site. Well, one bride in Italy had it a lot worse. When this woman was married in 2006, her dress came unstitched and slid down, leaving her butt on display to all of her guests, and now she’s suing the dress’s designer. “The priest concluded the ceremony and the couple were married but of course she was not able to take any proper photographs of the ceremony because she was semi-naked,” the woman’s lawyer said. Not that pictures of her wedding day would mean much to her today — she and the groom have since separated. [MarieClaire.co.uk] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Happy Baby Faces, Accidental Porn, And Healthy Sperm

  • When mothers see their own baby’s face, areas of the brain associated with reward light up on brain scans, and they react most strongly when the baby is making a happy, smiling face. Happy babies make happy mothers. [EurekAlert!]
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    Yoga Does A Body Good

    Sometimes when I’m in my hippie-dippy yoga classes I think that some of what I’m hearing is a load of hooey. A couple weeks ago, the teacher in my class (who happens to be, not to brag, I swear, Uma Thurman’s brother) was talking about how we store emotional issues and trauma in our body and that’s why we’re not as flexible as we could be. So, like, when you can’t do a split, it’s not because your body isn’t capable, it’s because you haven’t worked through certain issues yet in your yoga practice. I thought that sounded like crap. Well, today I read an article about how humans store emotional trauma in their hip joints and that yoga can help relieve that trauma, resulting in the potential to totally bawl your eyes out when you’re doing a Warrior pose, or whatever. That’s why it’s recommended that Iraq war veterans take yoga classes. Crazy huh? This is the last time I shall ever question Uma’s brother again. [Star-Telegram.com] Keep reading »

    Thursday Quickies!

    We’re off tomorrow! Enjoy the 4th of July Frisky readers!

  • Be still my beating heart. French hottie, Gaspard Ulliel, is pictured in the new ads for Longchamp. [Perez Hilton]
  • Pregnant man, Thomas Beatie, welcomed a baby girl. Congratulations to him and his wife Nancy! [ABC News]
  • The 30 Most Adorable Album Covers. [Best Week Ever]
  • An at home version of pelvic fitness. [ElasticWaist.com]
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    A Spa For Women Concerned About Pelvic Fitness

    Dr. Lauri Romanzi, a gynecologist who performs pelvic reconstruction surgery, will open the first spa dedicated to strengthening and grooming a woman’s genitals in Manhattan this month. Taking a cue from the creation of storefront dental spas, like BriteSmile, Dr. Romanzi developed her own concept of pelvic fitness. PHIT — short for pelvic health integrated techniques — will help women get healthy from the inside out with the use of Kegel exercises and laser treatments. We’re all for women taking care of their junk, but you can strengthen their vaginal muscles with products sold at adult stores, like Tighten Up or Ben Wa balls, for a lot cheaper than PHIT’s $150 signature gynecological exam. [NY Times] Keep reading »

    Summer Camp For Girls Who Want To Be Rich

    Going to summer camp was one of the best things about being a kid. You got to make cool bracelets, learn how to canoe, and maybe even see shooting stars streak across the sky. But these days, there are new camps that just don’t sound as fun. The Wall Street Journal has an article in today’s paper about financial camps, where kids learn about investing and becoming entrepreneurs. One of these camps, Camp Millionaire in Santa Barbara, CA, is just for girls ages 10 to 15. While it’s nice that there’s an all-female place for young women to learn about being responsible with money, I don’t think I would have wanted to spend my summer learning how to become a millionaire at that age. [WSJ.com] Keep reading »

    Lotion Up With Sunscreen That Works

    An environmental research and advocacy group tested a bunch of sunscreens and found that many don’t protect as well as you’d think. See, right now the FDA doesn’t require companies to test or label their products for protection against UVA radiation. I didn’t know this, especially since many sunscreens say they protect against both UVB and UVA, but apparently labels mean nothing. The Environmental Working Group analyzed 900 brand-name sunscreens and found that some of the best selling sunscreens performed worst. Check out their list of suggested ‘screens, because you don’t want people stopping you on the street to ask, “What happened to your legs?” True story. I blame my burn on faulty sunscreen. [CBS News] Keep reading »

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