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Woman Goes To Jail For Sleeping With The Teenage Son She Gave Up At Birth

Detroit’s Aimee L. Sword has been sentenced to nine to 30 years in prison for having sex with her 14-year-old son, who she gave up for adoption when he was an infant. The 36-year-old Sword was married with five other kids when she tracked down her teenage son on Facebook. And, uh, started meeting him in hotel rooms for trysts. The boy eventually brought it up to a counselor, who told the police. The prosecutor said he was “concerned for this young boy and what it may have done to his psyche and his future.” Meanwhile Sword’s attorney told the press, “When she saw this boy, it wasn’t a mother-son relationship, it was a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship. Aimee’s searching for a reason why this happened. She can’t understand it. She’s going to get some counseling.” Keep reading »

You Know You’re A Geek When …

In honor of Embrace Your Geekiness Day, I’ve come to terms with my awkward and nerdy side. It’s OK, really it is, that my friends know me as the “Harry Potter expert” and come to me for study tips instead of boy advice. I’ve embraced my high GPA and love for the theater instead of the nightclub, and so should you. Not sure if you pass the geek test? Here’s how you can tell if you’re a dork (trust me, I would know). Keep reading »

15 Foolproof Ways To Spot A Liar

Is there a foolproof way to know for sure that someone’s lying? I mean, some people are just way too good at it. There has to be a better way than waiting for their nose to grow or forcing them to take a polygraph. A new book by Pamela Meyer promises to help you become a human lie detector. You’d better believe I’ll be picking up my very own copy of Liespotting: Proven Techniques To Detect Deception. After the jump, some dead giveaways, according to Meyer, to help you bust a liar and ensure you never get played again. Yes, friends, the truth shall prevail. Keep reading »

Hungarian Pole Dancer Sets World Record To Promote Gender Equality

I think this is real? And not a joke, like the Hungarian version of The Onion or something? According to a Hungarian website, a porn star-turned-exotic dancer named Alma Pirner (aka Ginger Jones) got together with a bunch of other strippers and set a world record for pole dancing by working the brass pole for eight hours straight. Now that’s some inner-thigh strength! Pirner told reporters she was trying to prove a point about workplace equality, not just show off her pole riding skills: “When asked why this did this, Pirner said that it was to prove that women are just as physically and mentally capable as men, and deserve to be treated equally in the workplace.” I am not sure how that works in the real world, but I will respect the words of anyone who can hang on to a pole by their ankles for that long. [True/Slant] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: “Friday Night Lights” Teen Character Chooses An Abortion

  • Wow, so “Friday Night Lights” did have an abortion on the show. After getting pregnant by one of the boys on the football team, 10th grader Becky decided to terminate the pregnancy. That makes Becky one of the few female TV characters to actually go through with an abortion instead of accidentally miscarrying at the last second. [New York Times, Feministing]
  • Sarah Palin endorsed Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel, calling her “a great commonsense conservative woman.” [AP]
  • Forever 21 is launching a new maternity line, love21maternity, in Utah, Alaska, Arizona, California, and Texas. The last three states just happen to have some of the highest percentages of teen pregnancy in the country. Maybe that’s just a coincidence, though? [TheGloss.com]
  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is writing a memoir! [New York Observer]

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A Mass Mooning


What were you doing yesterday afternoon? Oh, watching the World Cup? You and everyone else on the globe, with the exception of the residents of Laguna Niguel, California. See, because they were out at the railroad tracks mooning the passing Amtrak trains. Thirty years ago, someone at the Mugs Away Saloon, which is directly across from the tracks, offered to buy a drink for every person who would run outside and moon a train. The tradition has been continued every year, now with up to 10,000 people showing up to reveal their posteriors. Looks like fun? [Newser] Keep reading »

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