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How’s This Angle?

Um, actually I’d rather the view from the other end because the buns of this Lingerie Football League L.A. Temptation player are making me feel flabby. [LA, 12/2/10] Keep reading »

At-Home Electroshock Therapy Sounds Scary

You know what sounds like a terrible idea? At-home electroshock therapy. But according to The Daily Beast, this isn’t as terrifying as it sounds. Writer Casey Schwartz decided to test the Fisher Wallace Cranial Stimulator, which claims to target the limbic system and stimulate the release of dopamine and serotonin. The thing looks like a remote control with two electrodes you attach to your forehead, and could potentially help with depression, anxiety, insomnia, OCD, drug addictions, and post-traumatic stress disorder. And interestingly, Casey kind of liked the device. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Metal Band Gwar Disembowels Sarah Palin Effigy Onstage

  • The monster-costumed death metal band Gwar disemboweled a Sarah Palin effigy onstage at a concert. I’m no Sarah Palin fan, but that’s hella disturbing even for “death metal.” (Apparently the band “kills” lots of public figures onstage, both males and females. So it’s not necessarily misogynist, but I still can’t help but be freaked out by what kinds of people enjoy seeing her effigy “die” onstage.) [Daily Beast]
  • Crap, how could I have missed this one? Yesterday was the 55th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ historic refusal to give her up bus seat to a white person on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. [ColorLines]
  • A civil union bill passed in the Illinois state senate on Monday that affords gay couples some of the same benefits as married couples, like the right to visit a partner in the hospital. The bill has already passed in Illinois state House. Illinois now joins California, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington in giving civil unions or domestic partnerships to gay couples. [Feminist.org]

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Scientists Have Identified The Slut Gene

No need to wonder any longer where you got your predilection for promiscuity. Turns out, it’s genetic (one or both of your parents is probably a slut too). According to a new study, there is a gene that predicts a tendency toward infidelity and one-night stands. Those who have “the slut gene,” as I am lovingly referring to it, were found to be twice as likely to engage in thrill-seeking sexual behaviors as those without it. Why? Two words. Dopamine rush. That stuff is intense. But this study does not give you carte blanche to cheat on your mate. It predicts a a TENDENCY toward promiscuity. It’s up to you to keep your pants on. [Live Science] Keep reading »

Hangover Helpers To The Rescue!

This holiday season, there’s a pretty good chance a few of us may find ourselves nursing a hangover or two — not that I’m going to point any fingers (cough-Amelia-cough-me-cough-pretty-much-the-whole-Frisky-staff-cough-cough). And if your hangover is the result of a party you’ve thrown, probably the last thing you want to take care of the morning after is cleaning up and fetching yourself some grub. Lucky for folks who live in Boulder, Colorado, they don’t have to! That’s because for $15 per roommate, Hangover Helpers, a couple of genius University of Colorado grads, will come to your house with breakfast burritos and Gatorade and clean up your post-party mess. Hangover Helpers is the brainchild of Marc Simons, who started cleaning up homes after parties a year ago when he was looking to make a little extra cash. His high school pal, Alex Vere-Nicoll, soon joined him and voilà!, their business was born. Now, how soon until they expand to the east coast? [via Time.com] Keep reading »

One Columnist Argues That Marriage Is Still Important … To Kids

In this week’s Boston Herald, op-ed columnist Jennifer C. Braceras suggests that while adults might think marriage is becoming unnecessary, kids definitely need the institution. She supports this idea with statistics from a recently published Pew Research Center study, conducted in coordination with Time magazine. Braceras highlights the study’s (unsurprising) finding that single-parent households are at an economic disadvantage compared to two-parent households — for example, with the statistic that in 2008 the household income of married adults was 41 percent higher than single adults — and Kay Hymowitz’s book Marriage and Caste in America, which analyzes how children of single moms are “less likely to succeed academically and more likely to suffer from substance abuse, commit crimes and have children at a young age.”

OK, so there are several facts to support the theory that living in a two-parent household has a more positive effect on kids’ success than living in a single-parent household. Got it. But does a marriage certificate matter? Thoughts? [Boston Herald via Time] Keep reading »

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