As many as one in five women in the U.S. suffers from postpartum depressive symptoms, according to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. To tell whether you might have symptoms, answer these questions: 1) Since your baby was born, how often have you felt down, depressed, or hopeless? 2) Since your new baby was born, how often have you had little interest or little pleasure in doing things? If you answered “always” or “often” to either question, you might want to get yourself checked out.
Last night I went to dinner with a friend and her adorable four-and-a-half year old daughter Eva. I was pleasantly mortified to discover that Eva and I shared the same taste in music — we’re both really into Miley Cyrus aka Hannah Montana. I swear, as I get older, my taste in music gets more juvenile. Anyway, Eva and I dished for a while about Miley, That’s So Raven, and Zach and Cody (two other shows on the Disney Channel), before her mom and I started discussing the weird values these shows start ingraining in the little ones before they’re even old enough to read. For example, Zach and Cody are twin brothers — one of them is the smart, nerdy, “good” one, while the other is wild, naughty, and a bit of a bad boy — naturally, many, many little girls are known to like the bad boy best. Isn’t it weird how pop culture tries to get you to choose between them before you’re even in puberty? Keep reading »
Did you know Dick Cheney can smile? A picture of the Vice President cracking a smirk while “fly fishing” was posted on sportsshooter.com and it has more hits than Mariah Carey — about 130,000 as of last night, according to Google. But it isn’t his pearly whites that people are interested in, it’s what appears to be a naked lady reflected in his sunglasses. His spokeswoman Meagan Mitchell claims he was cruising on the Snake River (no joke) and added, “Clearly the picture shows a hand casting a rod.” No comment! [McClatchyDC.com]
We’ve heard some dumb things said on Dr. Phil, but his recent guest Dick Masterson takes the cake. Trust us, his name is no misnomer. Heâ€™s the chauvinist who runs MenAreBettertThanWomen.com and he goes around spouting gems like, â€œHow is prostitution illegal but alimony isnâ€™t? Theyâ€™re basically the same thing. Youâ€™re paying for the whore to leave.â€ Honestly, how much would it cost to get rid of him? We’ll start chipping in immediately. [YouTube]
We could never figure out why Jamie Lynn Spears didn’t just go on birth control when she decided to start having sex. Yes, it’s totally possible that she was on the pill and didn’t take as directed — eight out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they don’t follow the instructions — but a survey by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency in Ireland found that first sex among adolescents was linked to low use of contraception (and high levels of regret). [The Press Association, U.K.] Keep reading »
Masseuses in Indonesia’s East Java province have been asked by the local government to wear a lock on their pants in an attempt to curb prostitution. Aren’t you curious who keeps the keys? Some people don’t think this is a brilliant idea: “It is not the right way to prevent promiscuity,” said Meuthia Hatta, state minister for women’s empowerment. “It insults women as if they are the ones in the wrong.” [News.com.au] Keep reading »
Melissa Plaut, author of Hack: How I Stopped Worrying About What To Do With My Life and Started Driving a Yellow Cab talks about passengersâ€™ pick-up lines, fare beaters, and sex in the backseat.
Howâ€™d you start driving a cab, anyway?
I was about to turn 29 and had been laid off from my corporate office job, which was never fulfilling. I was collecting my unemployment benefits and thinking about what I was going to do for the rest of my life, and it was sending me into a panic. Finally I realized that I didnâ€™t know whether I was ever going to be able to do any one thing with the rest of my life. Instead, I decided that I would live my life as a series of adventures, and my first would be getting behind the wheel of a yellow cab.
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This list was very hard to compile because we kept thinking of more and more to add, so maybe there will be a part two. In any case, here are the ten movie characters we’ve had raging crushes on. Not including Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing because that’s just a given. Add your own in the comments!