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Beware Of Coffee Offered By Strange Men

Apparently, there are coffee and orange juice mixes that can make people incredibly aroused, and an organization for women and children in Thailand has issued a warning against these drinks, which are thought to be laced with an aphrodisiac. So far, two women have come forward saying that they’ve had a strange experience. They both said they drank a cup of coffee prepared by a man, and then, about 10 minutes later, they felt a “sudden, unstoppable sexual excitement,” which drove them to have sex. So, if a guy asks you to come over for a cup of coffee, think twice before saying “yes.” Better to ask for an unopened can or bottle of beer or soda instead. [Bangkok Post] Keep reading »

Project Runway Jumps The Shark

Well, maybe. The flagship Bravo show has been sold to Lifetime. [DListed] Keep reading »

Incest Is Icky, Even If The Resulting Baby Is Adorable

On a list of things that gross us the eff out, incest falls somewhere between scalping and the word “cutlet”. That why the story of an Australian father and daughter who had two kids together (the first died, the second is healthy) is making us heave up our Au Bon Pain. But John and Jenny Deaves says they’re just a normal, happy family and want to be left alone! They claim there was a 30-year separation period which explains why their attraction to one another is no different than any other couple (choke, gag) — “I was looking at him, sort of going, oh, he’s not too bad,” Jenny said. “Like you might look at a man across the bar at a nightclub.” Keep reading »

Vanity Fair Is The Real Debbie Downer

One of our favorite Saturday Night Live characters ever was Debbie Downer, played beautifully by Rachel Dratch. New York asked her how she felt about being left out of Vanity Fair‘s “Women in Comedy” story and she replied, “Dude, that was a dark day. I was like, ‘Oh, there’s everyone I worked with.’” Honestly, we didn’t realize Rachel was left out at the time (we were too busy being excited that Amy Sedaris was included!), but now we’re pissed. Is Jezebel right in pointing out that Vanity Fair only considers you funny enough for a feature if you’re traditionally pretty too? Now that is a downer. [New York] Keep reading »

Women Writing More Checks For Presidential Candidates

This election is special, and not just because a woman and a black man are serious contenders. Us girls are donating more than we have in past elections! So far, women have given nearly half of the $100 million that Hillary Clinton has raised from individuals who have given large-dollar contributions, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Barack Obama has gotten $43 million from women giving more than $200. In the past, women’s contributions have been less than 30 percent of most candidate’s campaign accounts — both Democratic candidates have received more than 40 percent from women. On the Republican side, John McCain has received only $13 million from large-dollar female donors, maybe because that race hasn’t been as cutthroat. Speaking of women and elections, we already vote in higher numbers than men, and we’re also more active campaign volunteers. Now, if we could only get politicians to listen to us. [Women's ENews]
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Polygamist Compound Raided

While it may take until 2009 for HBO’s hot hit Big Love to start its third season, there’s some real life polygamy drama going down in Texas and Warren Jeffs is a real-life Roman Grant. After an unidentified 16-year-old girl called 911 to report sexual and physical abuse, Police raided the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ compound in El Dorado. Over the weekend, officials removed 219 women and children from the organization’s 1900-acre Texas ranch. Most have been relocated to a shelter run by family members and friends, but 18 of those at risk women have been taken into state custody for protection. Although law enforcement couldn’t verify the identity of the caller, Marleigh Meisner, a rep from Child Protection Services, said, “I am confident that the allegations that she brought forth are accurate.” The sect’s “prophet and leader” Warren Jeffs, who claims to be a blood relative of Jesus and Joseph Smith, is no stranger to trouble with the law. After his trial this past September, Jeffs is currently serving a 10-year sentence for being an accomplice to two counts of rape. While this troubling investigation of sexual abuse continues, rest assured, Jeffs has allegedly already tried to kill himself in prison. [CNN] Keep reading »

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