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What Do The Words “Spillcam,” “Vuvuzela,” And “Refudiate” All Have In Common?

“Spillcam,” “vuvuzela,” and “refudiate” are three of the most important words of 2010. Yup! The Global Language Monitor has just announced its all-important list of the top ten words of the year. Oooh, this is fun. It feels strangely scholastic, doesn’t it? Oh well, let’s go with it. The full list of the most important words of 2010 after the jump. Please note: your pop quiz on all the words and definitions will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. Extra credit will be given to Friskians who can use all ten words in a sentence. Uh oh, my former teacher is showing. Keep reading »

Last Call On Canned Crazy: FDA May Issue Warning Against Alcoholic Energy Drinks Like Four Loko

Stock up on your Four Loko now, kiddies! (Just kidding.) Following a string of deaths and near-deaths around the country related to alcoholic energy drinks, the FDA might crack down on manufacturers as soon as tomorrow. The FDA has been reviewing the safety of these “blackout in a can” drinks for a year. But it’s getting a kick in the pants to act more quickly now that the liquor authorities in several states — such as Washington, where nine college kids recently fell ill — are in various stages of banning the party drinks. Distributors are closing in as well: New York’s largest beer distributor announced yesterday that it would stop selling alcoholic energy drinks and it will clear its inventory by December 10th. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Tina Fey Owes It All To Sarah Palin

  • Check out Tina Fey’s acceptance speech for receiving the Mark Twain Prize for humor last week. Tina is only the third woman in history to do so after Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg. “I do hope women are achieving at a rate these days that we can stop counting what number they are at things,” Fey said. “Yes, I was the first female head writer on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and yes, I was the second woman to be pregnant on the show, and yes, I am only the third recipient of this prize. I would love to be the fourth woman to do something, but I just don’t see myself married to Lorne [Micheals, producer of "SNL"].” She also thanks Sarah Palin: “My partial resemblance and her crazy voice are the two luckiest things that have ever happened to me.” [NYMag.com]
  • Four hundred schools in the U.K. changed “gingerbread men” to “gingerbread persons” on a school newsletter in an attempt to be politically correct. [The Gloss]

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NY Times Mag Profiles Evangelical Housewives Who Submit To Their Husbands

I am absolutely fascinated by people’s reasons for holding onto stiffly defined gender roles. For that reason, this weekend’s New York Times Magazine article, “Housewives of God,” was an absolute treat. Journalist Molly Worthen profiled Priscilla Shirer, an evangelical Bible teacher who has published numerous religious books and workbooks and accepts 20 out of 300 speaking engagements per year. She is also the mother of three young boys and depends on her husband, Jerry, to pick the kids up from school, do laundry and prepare dinner. As journalist Worthen put it, “Priscilla Shirer’s marriage appears to be just the sort of enlightened partnership that would make feminists cheer.”

But Jerry Shirer is the head of the Shirer household. All phone calls regarding Priscilla’s career and decisions — including what to name the couple’s youngest baby — go through him. Priscilla also sees herself not as a rah-rah-independent woman, but as a “complementarian”: She and her hubby both have separate, defined roles from their gender and are “complementary” to each other. Keep reading »

Catfight: Should You Get The HPV Vaccine?

Would You Share Your Secrets Online?

The internet is a veritable breeding ground for self-obsessives, voyeurs and exhibitionists (just look at the amount of amateur porn out there!). But the web also allows for people to divulge their most private and perverse thoughts from the privacy of their own homes — anonymously and safely. Sites like PostSecret and Hear My Secrets prove that people want to share the deepest parts of their guts with the world. And boy, what secrets they share! Keep reading »

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