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Obama’s Nominee For Surgeon General Is A Lady

Barack Obama has nominated yet another woman for a super important post in his administration. This time around, Dr. Regina Benjamin is his pick to be the next Surgeon General. She’s a 52-year-old, African American family practice doctor who serves a poor community and often treats patients with no means of paying the bills. She has a father who died from diabetes, a mother who passed away from lung cancer due to smoking, and a brother who died from HIV-related complications. In other words, she’s got serious motivation to fight preventable illnesses that take lots of lives in the U.S. every year. Keep reading »

Women: The Best Stimulus Package

If you want a job done right, hire more women. According to data from Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, Columbia University, and Pepperdine University, having more women in senior management positions means higher profits for a company. So could turning up the estrogen level in big corporations be a lasting fix to the financial crisis that does not involve another bailout? That’s what Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, authors of Womenomics, argued in yesterday’s Washington Post. They say that this latest data makes sense—after all, women are generally better at working with others, not to mention that we make more cautious decisions and think in the long-term, while guys are often about high-risk competition. Could the financial melt down of this year be the death of macho on Wall Street? [Washington Post] Keep reading »

“Jane Roe” Arrested Outside Sotomayor’s Supreme Court Hearing

Norma McCorvey, the woman who served as the plaintiff in the Roe vs. Wade decision which effectively legalized abortion across America, was arrested today with anti-abortion protesters outside of Sonia Sotomayor‘s Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Capitol Police told That Washington Post that McCorvey and her pro-life cohorts made it into the chambers of the confirmation hearing and started yelling during Sen. Al Franken’s opening remarks. Keep reading »

Quickies!: Tony Romo And Jessica Simpson Split

  • Tony Romo reportedly broke up with girlfriend Jessica Simpson last Thursday, the night before her 29th birthday. [People] — Ouch!
  • HBO is developing a new drama series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. The series will trace the life, family history, and complicated sexual identity of character Cal Stephanides, a hermaphrodite. [Broadcasting Cable] — Hopefully the series will do the (great) novel justice.
  • Scarlett Johansson is the new face of the clothing line, Mango. According to the company, Johansson embodies the ideal Mango woman — “chic, independent, and cosmopolitan.” [Just Jared]

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Act Like A Man, Make More Money

I once worked in a office where I sat near the uppermost boss. She would often spout ideas and ask if I agreed with her. Even if I thought what she was saying was absolutely dense, I’d always say “yes.” She was somewhat terrifying and I thought she’d humiliate me in front of the entire office if I disagreed. Looking back, I realize that she probably would have liked me more had I said my piece. At least she would have appreciated making fun of me?

A new study from scientists at Essex University confirms that, for women, being nice in the office doesn’t necessarily have the best returns. Keep reading »

The Key To Your Waistline: Your Mother’s

Wondering who to blame for your battle with the scale? Your same-gender parent—in other words, your mom if you’re a chick and your dad if you’re a dude. A study has found that overweight mothers are ten times more likely to have obese daughters, and tubby fathers are six times more likely to have portly sons. So why is this finding so interesting? Because it suggests that it’s not straight genetics that determine your girth—it’s more likely learned behavior. Fascinating, no? [News AU] Keep reading »

Setting The World Record For The Most Simultaneous Skinny Dippers

Last month, after a bunch of students in Wales broke a world record for the most people dressed as Smurfs at one time, Kate T. challenged all us Friskians to come up with our very own world record to break. While I’ve been racking my brain to come up with ideas (most people to group kiss at once, anyone?), other folks have been breaking records left and right. The Broadway show “Rock of Ages” broke the record for the largest air guitar ensemble on July 1, and who can forget the woman with the world’s strongest vagina? Speaking of vaginas, what about a nakey world record? Doh, the American Association for Nude Recreation has it covered. Or uncovered? Keep reading »

Teen Text Walks, Falls Into A Manhole

A 15-year-old New York girl found out that walking and texting can be just as dangerous as driving while texting. Alexa Longueira was strolling down the street and paying more attention to sending a message than the sidewalk, when she plunged feet first into an uncovered manhole. “It was four or five feet, it was very painful. I kind of crawled out and the DEP guys came running and helped me,” Longueira told her local newspaper. “They were just, like, ‘I’m sorry! I’m sorry!’” Besides suffering through the serious sewage stench, Longueira also got scrapes on her arms and back. After making sure the teen was okay, her family plans to get back at city workers who left the manhole uncovered the old fashioned way: a lawsuit. Ever had your own text walking accident? [I fall about once a week as a result of walking and texting, which is made even more dangerous with the triple threat of walking, texting, and high heels. -- Editor] [MSNBC] Keep reading »

Some Clergy Refuse To Sign Straight Couples’ Marriage Certificates

If gays can’t marry, no one will. That’s the point of view of some clergy in the Refuse To Sign movement, who believe that gay marriage should be legal everywhere, but individual churches should be allowed to choose whether or not to perform the unions.

While some clergy won’t perform any weddings or sign marriage certificates to straight couples, other clergy members will still announce, “I now pronounce you husband and wife” but will request the straight couples have a judge sign their marriage certificates instead. Keep reading »

“Suck Up The Pain” Is Midwife Denis Walsh’s Mantra

If you’re preggers and thinking of having an epidural, think again, says male midwife Dr. Denis Walsh. He claims the pain induced by labor is purposeful, necessary, and will prepare a mother “for the responsibility of nurturing a newborn baby.” Huh, dude?
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