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Women Lie About Rape, Says Spanish Politician

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  • The mayor of Valladolid, Spain, told a radio show he’s afraid of getting into an elevator alone with a “girl” (yes, he called adult women “girls”) because she could tear her clothes off and fuck him and then falsely accuse him of rape. Quite rightly, everyone is now asking DA FUQ?!  Hooray, for once it is not an American politician who said something stupid and offensive about sexual assault! [Slate]
  • Georgia, Arkansas and Mississippi are the worst places in the United to raise girls, according to a new report by the Girl Scouts Research Institute. [Feminist.org]
  • A school superintendent in Oklahoma called female students who violated the dress code “skanks” and asked them to bend over to prove their shirts were too short. [Cosmopolitan] Keep reading »

Is Chillin’ On Top Of A Skyscraper Brave Or Insane?

In this video, a brave dude named Daniel Lau and his friends are just casually chilling with some bananas and a selfie stick atop the 1,135-foot Center Skyscraper in Hong Kong. I had no idea this “dangerous selfie” hobby was a thing, and I have so many questions. Did they scale the building to get up there? Do they get nauseous looking so far down? Are they allowed to be up there? What if they drop a banana peel and it falls on somebody’s head way down on the streets below? Someone please enlighten me. [BuzzFeed, Slate]

This Triple Rainbow Makes Everything All Better

This serves as your midweek cheer-up PSA: somewhere in the world last week, a beautiful triple rainbow made an appearance. If you squint hard you can even see a fourth rainbow in there. No matter what’s kicking your ass this week, this makes your day at least a little bit better, right? [Reddit] [Image via Imgur]

Panda Accused Of Faking Pregnancy For Air Conditioning, Extra Bamboo

“Punk’d,” panda edition: Ai Hin, a female bear living at the Chengdu panda preserve in China, had animal researchers thinking she was pregnant. She couldn’t pee on a stick or anything, but Ai Hin had shown a surge of hormones and had been laying about even more than usual for a panda. A pregnancy is joyous news, of course, as there are less than 2,000 pandas in the world and the bears are notoriously difficult to breed.  But now researchers say a wily Ai Hin may have been faking her pregnancy for special treatment. Pregnant pandas move on to air conditioned private rooms and are given extra bamboo and fruit — and Ai Hin milked it. “Some clever pandas have used this to their advantage to improve their quality of life,” a researcher told Xinhua news agency. In response, a live broadcast of the panda childbirth has been canceled. Maybe Ai Hin just had cold feet, er, ovaries? In any case we have to be real here: pandas, 1; humans, 0. [Daily Mail UK; The Journal IE]

Playboy — Yes, Playboy — Nails It With This “Should You Catcall Her?” Flowchart

Playboy -- Yes, Playboy -- Nails It With This "Should You Catcall Her?" Flowchart

I wouldn’t have expected Playboy, of all brands, to take such a righteous stand against catcalling with this handy flowchart (made by the talented Shea Strauss), but goddamn if I do appreciate it. See the full flowchart after the jump! [Playboy] Keep reading »

Jon Stewart Gets Real About Fox News’ Racist Coverage Of Ferguson

Race Is There, And It Is A Constant

“The Daily Show” was on a two-week break when unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, and when media coverage of the events began, Jon Stewart’s absence from the airwaves was a noticeable one. Stewart has a knack for knowing just what to say to bring events sharply into perspective, and when he returned to TV, he brought a whole lot of thoughts about Ferguson along with him. Last night, he tore into Fox anchors for implying that Brown’s shooting is not a race issue and for bringing up ignorant, paternalistic arguments against “the race card” in discussions despite the fact that Brown’s death is so blatantly about race. Stewart shares clips of several pundits essentially retreating into a bubble of white privilege in an attempt explain away the shooting as some kind of earnest accident. Ugh. Bill O’Reilly even cut his vacation short to weigh in on Ferguson because he was “outraged” — not because Michael Brown was brutally murdered, but because he didn’t like that it sparked a much-needed discussion about race in the media. Seriously. Stewart can only talk about this crappiness for so long before his own humor turns to rage:

“Do you not understand that life in this country is inherently different for black people and white people? … Race is there, and it is a constant …You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it….I guarantee you that every person of color in this country has faced an indignity – from the ridiculous to the grotesque to the sometimes fatal – at some point in their, I’m going to say last couple of hours, because of their skin color.”

Tell it like it is, Jon! Clip above. [The Wire]

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