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From women’s health to feminism to politics – news that’s real and relevant to you.

Get Fat Or Skinny Together

If you want to start eating better and you have a special person in your life, you better get him on board, because one partner’s diet makeover changes mealtime for both. Canadian researchers interviewed 21 couples in which one person was trying to make a diet change. The non-dieting person was usually supportive, but some proved to be a hindrance, basically saying, “I don’t think you’re going to be able to stick to this. You’re going to be back on the Cheetos like Britney in no time.” The sad thing is that people didn’t even know they were doing so. Maybe it’s a good thing I don’t have a boyfriend, because lately I’ve been eyeing a barrel of cheese balls at my grocery store. I would be a terrible influence. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Ivy League Student Induces Miscarriages In The Name Of Art!

Check this story out. Aliza Shvarts is a senior at Yale, majoring in Art. For her senior art project she has been documenting “a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself ‘as often as possible’ while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. Her exhibition will feature video recordings of these forced miscarriages as well as preserved collections of the blood from the process.” Yeah. Let me just say that while I love art, I don’t really get this kind of modern, political, conceptual stuff, but Shvarts says, “I believe strongly that art should be a medium for politics and ideologies, not just a commodity. I think that I’m creating a project that lives up to the standard of what art is supposed to be.” Now, I think it goes without saying that if you’re Anti-Choice, you’re gonna find her art project pretty darn offensive, but what if you’re Pro-Choice? Keep reading »

Soap Operas Turn Rapists Into Heartthrobs

I’ve watched soap operas since I was a wee one — my first memory, practically, is of Luke & Laura’s wedding on General Hospital, which incidentally took place on November 16, 1981, my 2nd birthday. Over the course of my 28 years on earth, I have watched for long , devoted periods of time, All My Children (back when Janet threw her twin Natalie down the well), Days of Our Lives (I’ve been there through Sami’s many, many ups and downs), General Hospital, One Life to Live, and The Young and the Restless (remember when Victoria slept with the guy she thought was her brother?). Soap operas are magnificent at being both really visionary and forward thinking — Stone’s battle with AIDS on GH, Ryan Phillippe playing the first gay character on OLTL, and the transgender storyline on AMC — as well as totally backward and dangerous in the messages they send. There is no better example of this than a current storyline on DOOL. Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Meeting Guys In Bars, Brazil’s Fertility Rate, And Arroused Men

  • Nineteen percent of women in a survey of 1,034 people over 21 said they met the last guy they dated in a bar. Nearly one in four women said they’d be embarrassed to tell their families they’re dating a guy they met in a bar. “He bought me a shot of tequila” isn’t their idea of a fairy-tale beginning? [PRNewswire]
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    Huge Sex And The City Movie Spoiler!

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    Oh Mimi! Mariah Carey On American Idol

    So, as we mentioned yesterday, Mariah Carey was the guest artist on this week’s American Idol and by and large, the contestants didn’t butcher her songs. Everyone we expected to be safe, was, and that annoying little horseback rider Kristy Lee Cook was sent packing. But the most exciting moment of the night was when Mariah performed! Loving her new album, E=MC2, which came out yesterday. Mimi is also on the cover of the new Us Weekly discussing how she lost 20lbs and is down to the same size she was in 1991. That kind of upsets us, as Mariah was too skinny back then and we all know she was in a miserable marriage with Tommy Matolla. Don’t get too thin, girl, you need to have enough to weight to push out those high notes. Keep reading »

    Gossip Girl Ads Really Do Imply The F-Word

    Last night when we were walking home, we came across a wall of posters advertising the return of Gossip Girl. Guess that Keep reading »

    Botox Gets A Whole Lot Scarier

    Guh-reat. Last summer, I got botox in the name of journalism. It looked okay. Before I got the ‘tox, I had a pretty visible verticle line across the middle of my forehead and then a few little frowny lines near my eyebrows so I always just looked a teensy-weensy bit mad. I never really had much of problem with those lines, although it did occur to me to buy better sunglasses so I wouldn’t squint as much. Had the botox not been free, I wouldn’t have done it, but I never turn down anything free (even little unappetizing finger foods at parties!). Anyway, the botox made all the lines go away, which looked pretty good when I wasn’t trying to move my face. When I did try to move my eyebrows for example, only the very corners would go up a smidge. Think Joan Rivers. Yeah.

    So even though I got the ‘tox for free and got paid for the journalism assignment, it turns out it may not have been worth it. Nicole Kidman, pay attention! Keep reading »

    “We’re Living In A Green House…Not The Color Green”

    The 20th season of The Real World premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on MTV. Yawn. This time, they’re living in an environmentally friendly home in Hollywood that looks like the set for a kids’ TV show. The place features a salt-water pool, a computer that runs on a battery that’s charged by riding a bike for two hours, bamboo soy candles (the wax is edible!), and dual-flushing toilets that also wash and dry your rear or front — no toilet paper necessary. This could make for an interesting season. [Think.MTV.com] Keep reading »

    Move Over, Peter Pan

    After years of following the boys around and living in their shadows, which sometimes went astray, Tinker Bell is taking the lead! At least in four direct-to-DVD movies Disney will be releasing over the next few years. Tinker Bell’s star turn begins this October with the cleverly titled Tinker Bell, followed by Tinker Bell: North of Never Land in 2009, Tinker Bell: A Midsummer Storm in 2010, and Tinker Bell: A Winter Story in 2011. Does anyone else feel like Tinker Bell could hold her own in a theater release? Girls love her. Guys love her. She’s like Tina Fey in a tutu. [IMDb] Keep reading »

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