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Romance On TV + Poll: The Bachelorette Picks Her Man

Oh, The Bachelorette. How I regret not watching you from the first episode. Last night was the finale and boy, was is it a doozy. Jeremy returned! To rather sadly beg for DeAnna back, mind you, but he was there and delightfully less Patrick Bateman-esque. But it wasn’t enough, because DeAnna was MORE in love with Snowboarder McGee and Daddy Dopeyface and had a major decision to make. The thing that drives me crazy about this show is that up until the very last second, The Bach is always totally in love with both competitors, but then suddenly, the clouds part and it’s clear who he/she should choose? I mean, if I was the chosen one, I would probably still be a little insecure. Anyway, if you don’t want to know who DeAnna chose and who proposed to her, don’t click to after the jump and don’t watch the video above either… Keep reading »

Monday Quickies!

  • Muffin Top: Why yes, there IS such a thing as too small! [College Candy]
  • A domestic violence activist was killed by her ex-boyfriend this weekend. [Feministing]
  • Important questions to ask in a relationship, without sounding like a psycho. [Boinkology]
  • How not to become a desperate housewife. [Guardian U.K.]
  • A teenage sex change. [Tango]
  • Five common causes for late periods. [DearSugar]
  • Rapper Pharrell growing his skin in test tubes to cover tattoos. [Shine]
  • Idiot proof eyeshadow: kid tested, College Candy approved. [College Candy]
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    It’s Never Too Late To Spawn

    It’s a rare man with super sperm that can impregnate a woman when the two of them are in their seventies. The late conservative Senator Strom Thurmond, fathered a child at 74, comedian Charlie Chaplin helped his wife conceive at 73, and abstract artist Picasso made a baby at 68. And all this was before Viagra! Now science has made things possible for any Tom, Dick, and Harry with in-vitro fertilization. Thanks to IVF, Charam Singh, who is in his mid-70′s, and his 70 year-old wife just gave birth to twins over the weekend in India. Congratulations?! So we get why Angelina Jolie wants to spawn over and over again with Brad Pitt, but why on earth would this woman want to take a loan out to pay all the expensive medical bills, not to mention take her va-jane out of retirement? The Panwars already had two daughters and five grandchildren together, but it wasn’t enough for them. They wanted, and finally got, a male heir to pass their family farm onto. Thanks chauvinism! [BBC via Dlisted]

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    Could The Acceptance Of “Ethnic” Foods Help Prevent Racism In Kids?

    The National Children’s Bureau, an organization in the U.K. that receives about $23 million in funding a year, has issued guidance to “play leaders and nursery teachers” advising them to be alert for little kids expressing racist attitudes about food. The NCB published a 366-page guide for staff in charge of preschool children, and, among other things, it says children might “react negatively to a culinary tradition other than their own by saying ‘yuk.’” Despite this possible negative reaction, the guide advises that “No racist incident should be ignored. When there is a clear racist incident, it is necessary to be specific in condemning the action.” As silly as this sounds, learning to be more accepting of unfamiliar foods could be a great way to teach children about different cultures. In my hometown, we didn’t even get an Indian restaurant until I was in high school. One of the only things I knew about Indian culture was that my friend Nivedita had amazing gold hoop earrings and a nose piercing, and her mom was okay with this because they were part of their culture. Yeah, I was pretty ignorant. [The Telegraph, U.K.] Keep reading »

    Little Babies Are More Chaste Later In Life

    Where do people come up with these ideas for studies? In Finland, some researchers just discovered that people in their late teens and twenties who weighted less than 3 lbs. 5 oz. at birth were less likely to have left their parents’ home, be living with an intimate partner, or having sex than people of the same age who were a normal weight at birth. In terms of sexual experience, low birth weight women were more than twice as likely to still be virgins, and low birth weight males were nearly three times more likely to virgins. But, being born small might not be a bad thing. Low birth weight adults had fewer sexual partners, and the way people are contracting diseases these days, that means fewer chances to get infected with an STD. [Reuters] Keep reading »

    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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