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War, What Is It Good For? Making Widows

Women in Iraq have it rough. Many have husbands are missing or dead, so they are responsible for taking care of their families, which means more than just putting food on the table. Sabriyah Hilal Abadi started sleeping with a loaded AK-47 in her bed , but she only used it once, when she thought a stray cat was someone trying to break in. It was recently confiscated by Iraqi soldiers. Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: No Male Mollys, Hillary’s Women, And James Marsden’s Shyness

  • There are no male Amazon Molly fish. The females reproduce by hooking up with males of other species, though none of their sperms seems to be used, and offspring inherit only their mother’s genes. Scientists are baffled. [Telegraph.co.uk]
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    Just In Case Lou Bega Left You Confused

    Ha! Remember that Lou Bega song, “Mambo No. 5″? Some crafty person has put together a little charticle that makes it clear just who Lou “likes” or wants “a little bit of”. We have spent the last five years soooo confused. Not only that, but there are kajillions of these charts on Flickr. Who knew? [Flickr via Boinkology] Keep reading »

    Andrew Lloyd Weber Bats His Eyelashes At An American Idol

    Last night’s episode of American Idol was almost a disappointment — Andrew Lloyd Weber was the mentor and for a while there it looked like no one was going to sing “Jesus Christ, Superstar”. If you’re following our Twitter, you know we were bitching about this fact last night, until Carly finally strutted on stage and belted it out like the best of the Broadway he-divas.. Nevertheless, the gayest moment of the night came when David Cook went into his one-on-one time with Lloyd Weber and an awkward flirtation ensued. Clip above. Keep reading »

    Which Sex And The City Man Is Your Soulmate?

    The Sex and the City movie website just added a “Match Your Man” quiz. Answer 15 questions, and the male SATC character who you should mate with will be revealed! I got Steve. I was not expecting to be paired with him, but both Amelia and Emily guessed him even before they heard the results. I guess it makes sense because I would really like it if a guy wore a corduroy suit. [Sex and the City movie website (click on Match Your Man)] Keep reading »

    Sweet Release: What’s In And Out The Week Of April 22nd 2008

  • The only thing I want to grab today is Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords (Bret’s bodacious, too). In fact, this duo is probably why girls are born with two hands — FYI, that’s not scientific or anything. As lady luck would have it, they’ve finally released all their funky, sexy songs from their HBO Show as an album, out today! Flight of the Conchords will serenade you with classics like “The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)”, or my personal fav, “Business Time”. Mmm hmm. Tonight, I’ll be clutching my pictures of Jemaine and Bret from the Bowie episode at my private listening party. [Amazon.com]
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    Gone With The Wind: The Musical!

    One of the things my paternal grandmother gave me, besides an addiction to soap operas and a moderate talent for knitting, is a huge appreciation for the genius of Gone With The Wind. I’ve read the book — all 1037 pages of it — 20 times and have seen the movie — all 238 minutes of it — double that many times. Put aside the la-di-da approach to slavery, the romanticizing of the Civil War, and the few boring chapters in the middle — it is the best book ever. For those of you who just don’t think you can handle such an in-depth read, or the bed sores that come from sitting through the movie, there’s good news! Gone With The Wind is opening as a friggin’ MUSICAL in London this week and we can only pray that it does so well there, that it comes to Broadway. The producers have managed to cut the script down to a mere 3.5 hours (whatever, that’s like a mini-marathon of Keeping Up With The Kardashians) and the musical’s writer says she stuck more to Margaret Mitchell’s original story than the movie. “The film reflected Depression-era values and completely ignored many things in the novel,” Martin said. “[Scarlett O'Hara] is madly heroic in all she does. Her experience, I think, will resonate with any woman.” We certainly give a damn about it! [CNN] Keep reading »

    Where Women Rule

    We’ve all wondered: What if women ruled the world? While it may seem far fetched, we’ve already got a town — McLean, Texas. It’s got one stoplight and a whole lot of unstoppable women. Since 2007, the mayor, her five aldermen, the post office master, the justice of the peace, school principal, the bank, nursing home, and grocery store managers, are all large and in charge ladies. Even their staunchest of critics, aka their husbands, can’t help but notice the positive changes around their town. Now, with Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, they’re even thinking nationally. While Bill Reeves, local and spouse of Alderman Lynn Reeves, wouldn’t vote for one lady alone, he said if Clinton picked an all female cabinet like they have in McLean, he’d vote for her. “They’d do no worse, and there’s a chance of it being much better.” Now that’s girl power! [Salon]

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    Start Taking Care Of Yourself

    Bad news, guys. For the first time since the early 1900s when the Spanish Flu was killing people off, the life expectancy of American women is falling. In nearly 1,000 counties — most evident in the Deep South, Appalachia, and the lower Midwest — women’s life expectancy is now shorter than it was in the 1980s. The driving force behind this trend appears to be increases in deaths from diabetes, lung cancer, emphysema, and kidney failure. Smoking like fiends, eating poorly and skipping out on exercise hasn’t helped, either. [Washington Post] Keep reading »

    Romance On TV: The Bach Meets Shayne’s Heavily Made-Up Mom

    Bachelor Matt met the fams last night, and while most of the parents were totally boring, Shayne’s parents were priceless. Of course, her father is Lorenzo Lamas (I wonder how Shayne would rate on Lamas’ show Are You Hot?), but his meet and greet with The Bach wasn’t as awesome as I expected. But luckily, Shayne’s mom, Michelle, was as wonderful as I could have dreamed. Shauna Sand (another Lamas ex), behold YOUR FUTURE.

    At the end of the episode, Noelle got the boot and only Shayne, Chelsea, and Blah-manda (my nickname for Amanda) remain. I’m sorry, I am rooting for Shayne. I can’t help it! She seems shockingly bright and sincere. [ABC: The Bachelor] Keep reading »

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