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Einstein’s Advice To A Little Girl Who Wants To Be A Scientist

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As per the book Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein’s Letters to and from Children, this is a 1946 letter written by a little girl to Einstein:

I forgot to tell you, in my last letter, that I was a girl. I mean I am a girl. I have always regretted this a great deal, but by now I have become more or less resigned to the fact. Anyway, I hate dresses and dances and all the kind of rot girls usually like. I much prefer horses and riding. Long ago, before I wanted to become a scientist, I wanted to b e a jockey and ride horses in races. But that was ages ago, now. I hope you will not think any the less of me for being a girl!

After the jump, Albert Einstein’s response: Keep reading »

Average 2012 Prom Tab: $1K+

If you have a teenager nearing prom age, hopefully you’ve got good credit. Between dresses, flowers, limo rides, and hairdos, the average family with a teenager is expected to plunk down a whopping $1,078 on prom this year, up from $807 last year, according to a new Visa survey spotted by USA Today. “This is social-arms-race spending,” says the head of Visa’s financial education programs. “It’s extreme.” Read more …

Comcast Mistakenly Broadcast Porn Instead Of “Good Morning America”

Comcast and Colorado Springs news channel KRDO have some explaining to do after a Thursday morning glitch broadcast hardcore pornography to its customers in lieu of the usual “Good Morning America.”

Clay Clarkson, a recent subscriber, told the Gazette the signal seemed weak, so briefly changed to another channel. “When I flipped back, hardcore pornography was showing.” Read more

Today’s Lady News: Arizona Bans Abortions After 20 Weeks

  • Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer signed a law yesterday which bans abortions after 20 weeks (rare to begin with), except in cases which risk of death or serious injury. The law also mandates an ultrasound 24 hours prior to having an abortion and requires state officials to create a website which shows fetal growth at various stages. [MSNBC]
  • The breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen For The Cure sent as many grants this year to Planned Parenthood affiliates as it has in the past. This comes despite a politically-motivated attempt earlier in the year by Komen to halt grants to PP, which caused great controversy. [Washington Post]
  • Feminist Frequency takes on race in “The Hunger Games” and the controversy over naturally blonde, fair-skinned Jennifer Lawrence being cast as olive-skinned, black-haired Katniss Everdeen. [Feminist Frequency]
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This Week In Sex: Bikini Waxing Is In For Men, Out For Women & How To Talk S**t In Bed

Guys on IM: Mankini Waxing
Guys weigh in on the trend. Read More »
First Time: Anal Beads
A writer tells us about her first encounters with anal beads. Read More »
  • Oh no. And now that bikini waxes are supposedly in for men, they are out for women. Can’t we all just get on the same page? [LA Weekly]
  • Which would you rather: Bacon Lube or Honey Lube? I’m not asking you, I’m telling you to go vote. [Huffington Post]
  • Here are some warning signs that your dude may have a porn addiction. #1: His computer crashes on the regular. [The Stir]
  • Some important clues that he’ll rock your world in bed … even before you get him in bed. [Your Tango]
  • Dudes’ burning questions about sex, including, can laughter trigger a female orgasm? I’m laughing at that question. And so far, no orgasm. [Ask Men] Keep reading »

Kids These Days Just Aren’t Getting Pregnant Like They Used To

Glamorizing Teen Moms?
Is teen pregnancy glamorized by shows like MTV's Teen Mom. Read More »
Pregnant Teens
Teen pregnancy is statistically a Southern thing. Read More »
16 And Pregnant
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Jamie Lynn Spears says she was too scared to ask for birth control. Read More »
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Kids these days! They just aren’t getting pregnant like they used to. The birth rate for young women ages 15 to 19 fell to its lowest ever recorded in 2010, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States with the lowest teen birth rates are in the Northeast with Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire, while the highest are concentrated in the South/Southwest: Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

It might seem like great news that teen births have been declining over two decades. But the United States still has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the industrialized world. It’s no surprise that the states “16 & Pregnant” casting agents drool over have the strictest abortion laws and also think abstinence-only sex ed actually works. [NY TimesNY Times (2)]

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