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Meet Aimee Mullins: Athlete, Model, Actress, Muse, Double Amputee

If you’ve not previously encountered Aimee Mullins, she’s a pretty extraordinary woman. Born without fibulae, she had her legs amputated below the knee as a toddler. She went on to become a track and field star, a model and muse for designer Alexander McQueen, and performed in artist Matthew Barney’s “Cremaster 3″ movie. In a recent interview, she discusses McQueen’s death, how she “uses her birth-given disability to make others see what is possible when they rethink their notions of beauty and opportunity,” and what makes her a lucky girl. [Of the Minute] Keep reading »

The Possibility Of Wrinkles, Not Cancer, Gets Women To Quit Smoking

The irony is that vanity is what gets a lot of us ladies to start smoking. We take it up most likely ’cause we think we look sultry while puffing away, or we like that lighting up keeps us from snacking so our jeans look sexier on our rumps. Well, according to a study just published in the British Journal Of Health Psychology, said vanity is perhaps the most effective tactic for getting women to quit smoking, too. Staffordshire University researchers used state-of-the-art age progression technology to show 47 women, between the ages of 18 and 34, what their faces would look like in the future if they continue to smoke. The horrifying sight of smoking-induced wrinkles on their future faces prompted two-thirds of the subjects to vow to quit. Keep reading »

Your Period Is Annoying

We happen to think this commercial from Chile for Kitadol menstrual relief pills is hilarious. We are not a fan of getting our period, an experience that leaves us feeling bloated, irritated, and ready to smash all comers. Which is why this ad is so great: it shows it like we feel it. The only thing missing for this Viking stand-in who symbolizes how chicks suffer on their periods is one of those studded metal balls chained to the end of a stick that we’d like to use on someone when we’re cramping 10 ways ’til Tuesday. [Copyranter]
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Best. Job. Ever.

Dear Amelia: I am quitting to move to China and reintroduce fuzzy panda cubs back into the wild — effective immediately. The Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Reserve breeds pandas and then tries to successfully integrate them into the forest and bring them back from extinction. Uh, in panda suits. Insert “furries” joke here.

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Today’s Lady News: Women Win “The Amazing Race” For The First Time

  • For the first time ever, an all-female team has won the reality show “The Amazing Race.” It only took 17 seasons! Congratulations to the lucky winners, Nat Strand and Kat Chang, who took home a $1 million prize. [New York Times]
  • Women did not advance much in the nation’s boardrooms this year: In fact, 136 Fortune 500 companies still have no women executives. Catalyst, a non-profit that gathers data on women in the workplace, has all the depressing stats. [Reuters]
  • Looking for holiday gift ideas for teen girls other than lip gloss and sweatpants with the word “Juicy” across the butt? Bitch Magazine has a list of great feminist presents, including books, subscriptions to magazines and summer camp. Damn, I wish back in the day someone had given me a book called The Girls’ Guide To Rocking! [Bitch Magazine]

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All I Want For Christmas Is … A 7-Pound Weight Loss

According to an essay in today’s Daily Mail, my desire to drop 5 to 10 pounds is about as common as a winter cold. Seven pounds, it seems is the magic number — the “holy grail” of weight loss. It’s an amount significant enough that, no matter what one’s starting weight, clothes will fit differently (for a lot of us, that means “better”). It’s also, as essayist Jenny Dickinson, says: “a loss [that] is physically noticeable on most women, so it’s in the region that will gain us recognition for our efforts.” And a seven pound weight loss is also relatively easy to achieve for most people. Keep reading »

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