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Reader Mail: “Thank You For Giving My Sister Something To Smile About”

We get quite a lot of reader mail at The Frisky; notes urging us to keep up the good work, some corrections or complaints, lots of tips for stories we should cover, and plenty of letters responding to posts we’ve run. We read and appreciate them all. But occasionally an email arrives that immediately gets shared with the entire staff and, on rarer occasions, is one we want to share with the site’s readership. Today, such an email found its way into my inbox. With the writer’s permission, I’m printing it after the jump. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Took Plan B

Birth Control Facts
Did you know any of the 10 bizarro facts on this chart? Read More »
EC On Drugstore Shelves?
FDA considers putting the morning-after pill on drugstore shelves. Read More »
Should Men Pay?
Should men help pay for the Pill? Read More »

Typically before heading into the office, I make a pit stop to get coffee. Yesterday I had to swing into the pharmacy instead—to get Plan B.

As I walked through the drugstore doors, I recalled the news from the day before: The FDA was considering allowing the emergency “morning after” pill to sell on drugstore shelves, to anyone, without a prescription. I envisioned myself snaking through the aisles and grabbing the box, stashing it in my bag at self-checkout, and resuming my life, waiting for my next period just a little less anxiously. But, as many suspected, only hours after my trip to pick up the controversial contraceptive, I’d learn that Plan B would stay behind the counter, and my daydream scenario would remain a fantasy for many women, not just myself. Keep reading »

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Daughters Are Not Allowed To Ask Boys On Dates

8-Yr-Old Schools Michele
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An 8-year-old boy tells Michele Bachmann she's a bigot. Read More »
Michele Serves The Men
Michele Bachmann poured water for all her male contenders. Read More »
Bachmann Stupidity
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Sorry, Michele, "the morning-after abortion pill" doesn't exist. Read More »
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Michele Bachmann: People do find out [in my book] that I did not get asked to my senior prom.
Sean Hannity: Well, neither did I. And nobody would go with me.
Michele Bachmann:  Well, in my time, girls didn’t ask boys to prom. If you didn’t get asked, you didn’t go.
Sean Hannity: Yeah, well let me tell you, I have a 13-year-old son. Those days have changed big time.
Michele Bachmann: And our girls are not allowed to do that in our house. They have to wait for the boy to call.

Facepalm. Wilma Flintstone Rep. Michele Bachmann explains on “Hannity” that her daughters have to sit around and wait for a boy to call. I don’t even think kids these days use the telephone to ask each other out on dates, but that’s besides the point. What kind of message is Bachmann sending to her daughters? Eh, probably the same message she sent when she got up and served all the men water at a GOP debate.

In slightly-more-entertaining news, nobody wanted to go with Sean Hannity to prom. Oh, whyever not, ladies? [Jezebel via Think Progress] Keep reading »

Ick: Bedbugs Are Inbreeding But Still Thriving

Bedbugs aren’t just sleeping with you. They’re sleeping with each other.

Researchers now say that the creepy bugs have a special genetic gift: withstanding incest.

It turns out that unlike most creatures, bedbugs are able to inbreed with close relatives and still produce generally healthy offspring. That means that if just a few bedbugs survive in a building after treatment, they repopulate quickly. Read more…

Today’s Lady News: Why Is It Illegal To Give Yourself An Abortion?

  • Last week, a 20-year-old woman in New York City was arrested for aborting her 24-week-old fetus herself. At six months along, the woman would not have found a doctor to perform a “late-term abortion” unless giving birth would have killed her. But this sad story begs the question: why is giving yourself an abortion oftentimes illegal? [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • The best excerpts from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva about LGBT rights. “Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human,” Clinton said. “And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” Love. Her. [TresSugar]
  • Meet the mothers who are talking back to clothing retailers and telling them T-shirts reading crap like “I’m too pretty to do homework” won’t fly. [NPR] Keep reading »

Gov’t Overrules FDA, Forbids Morning-After Pill From Going On Shelves

EC On Drugstore Shelves?
FDA considers putting the morning-after pill on drugstore shelves. Read More »
Should Men Pay?
Should men help pay for the Pill? Read More »
Birth Control Facts
Did you know any of the 10 bizarro facts on this chart? Read More »

I knew I shouldn’t get my hopes up: the Secretary of  Health and Human Services (a woman!) has overruled the FDA’s recommendation to allow the morning-after pill to be sold on drugstore shelves without a prescription. If Plan B is taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, it is almost 90 percent effective in preventing a pregnancy. The sooner emergency contraception is taken after unprotected sex, the more effective it is. Keep reading »

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