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Spirit Airlines New Ad Campaign Highlights The Sexy Side Of The Gulf Oil Spill

Oil covered marine animals and birds aren’t the only greased up things washing up on the shores of the Gulf; Spirit Airlines wants to remind you that there are babes on those beaches too! Palm. Meet. Forehead. [Talking Points Memo] Keep reading »

Maria Arraras’ Domestic Violence 911 Call Transcript Is The Most Infuriating Thing You’ll Read Today

If you don’t watch Telemundo, you might not know the name Maria Celeste Arraras. She appears on “Al Rojo Vivo” on Telemundo and on the “Today” show and she is called the “Katie Couric of Spanish television.” Earlier this week in Today’s Lady News, I reported that on May 28 in Miami, Arraras was allegedly the victim of domestic violence at the hands of her boyfriend. According to The New York Daily News (in an article tastelessly titled “Latina TV Host Maria Celeste Stars In Own Abuse Saga”), a police report of the incident said the boyfriend, Raul Quintana, hit Arraras several times, pulled her by her hair and threw her on the floor.

That alleged assault would be horrifying enough for most women. But the blog Tiger Beatdown has posted a transcript of Arraras’ 911 call to report the alleged incident and the operator’s dismissive treatment of a panicky Arraras is straight-up galling. Like, Amelia actually gasped when she read it. Keep reading »

Gloria Steinem (Almost) Drops The S-Bomb Talking Reality TV With Katie Couric

Uh oh. Feminist icon Gloria Steinem has some choice words — actually, just one four-letter word — for CBS’ Katie Couric about reality TV.

Steinem says dating shows like “The Bachelor” are “incredibly stupid” and “what is most offensive about them is it’s not equal opportunity stupidity.” Couric points out that shows like “The Bachelorette” exist, too, but Steinem and Jehmu Greene, president of the Women’s Media Center, explain that there are more reality dating shows where women are vying for a man. “I have a kind of motto,” Steinem says. “S**t is better if it’s equally divided. It’s still a problem, but if it’s equally divided, it’s at least not a political problem.”

Do you agree? [CBS News] Keep reading »

Al Gore Accused Of Sexual Assault

This news comes to us by way of the National Enquirer, so we have to take it with a grain—or maybe a whole shaker—of salt. But the tabloid claims that a masseuse in Portland, Oregon, has accused Al Gore of sexually assaulting her on October 24, 2006. This masseuse has not been named, but we know that she is a 54-year-old redhead. While she never brought charges against Gore, she supposedly filed a police document that said that there was “unwanted sexual contact at a local upscale hotel.” In the end, she sent Gore a bill for $540, which sounds pretty high for a massage, and kept her pants as evidence of the incident. Holy blue dress, Monica! Eek. Guess we’ll have to wait for more information on this story, but we’re really hoping that it’s not true. [Celebitchy] Keep reading »

Quickies: The Duck Face Song Quacks People Up & Can Baby-Makin’ Music Really Lead To Sex?

  • That sexy, kissy face you thought you were making for the camera isn’t so sexy, it’s quacktually reduckulous. Now, duck face has been immortalized in song and will actually quack you up. [BuzzFeed]
  • Fat Joe denies the sexual assault claims from a women who drove with him and his entourage back to their hotel after a gig. [MTV]
  • Watch Vogue‘s Andre Leon Talley go shopping with New York Times‘ staffers Maureen Dowd and Michiko Kakutani. [MediaMob]
  • Hot girls are suing Facebook? Oh, it’s just another hilarious video from the peeps at Babelgum. [Manofest]

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Today’s Lady News: Woman With No Arms Earns Her Black Belt In Taekwondo

  • Sheila Radziewicz, 32, of Salem, Massachusetts, does not have either one of her arms, but that hasn’t stopped her from earning her black belt in taekwondo! For her black belt test, she had to break wood, kick, punch, and spar. Watch out: she’s also got nunchucks. [Boston Globe]
  • In the wake of gossip blog Gawker’s exposés that American Apparel allegedly hires its employees primarily on looks, the company is allegedly issuing new hires a crazy-strict “confidentiality agreement” that punishes blabbermouth employees with a $1 million fine if they discuss their jobs or Dov Charney’s precious reputation with the media. [Gawker]
  • Finland’s president has appointed Mari Kiviniemi as the country’s second female prime minister. In other news, the United States still hasn’t had a female president or vice president. [AFP]

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