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Dominatrix Stripped Of Right To See Her Son

Dominatrix and fetish/bondage model Mz Berlin, whose real name appeared in a story in the San Francisco Weekly even after she asked for anonymity, has been denied the right to visit her 8-year-old son. After her ex-husband read the article about her, err, habits he asked the courts to take away Mz Berlin’s visitation rights. He said he’s worried about their son’s safety. Keep reading »

Even CGI Rollerblading Babies Love Evian

Evian wants to make you feel as good as a baby rollerblading to “Rapper’s Delight.” Umm, what? The French mineral water company recently posted an ad online featuring a bunch of CGI babies flipping and rollerblading around bottles. The company boasts that Evian’s “pure and mineral-balanced” water “supports your youth.” Sorry, but if there’s not some special youth hormone in that bottle, than it’s just regular H2O. Am I the only one who thinks this video is totally creepy? And who has The Sugarhill Gang stuck in my head? [Daily Mail]
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Scientists Pull Off A 16-Way Kidney Swap

A year and a half ago, my mother had a kidney transplant. Undoubtedly, it was one of the scariest days of my life, but I’m certain my entire family would endure it again. To have my mom healthy and alive and to have received the gift of life from a complete stranger was a miracle. In the 19 months since my mom’s surgery, medicine has made leaps towards making sure any patient in need of a transplant will not die waiting for an organ. That latest advancement ended three days ago—when a 16-way kidney swap took place in four different hospitals across the country and saved eight lives. Still, the road to getting a transplant is never easy and, in my personal situation, it was a yearlong battle between science, my mom, and the donor waiting list. Keep reading »

The Only Woman On The Supreme Court: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Tells All

A lot of people are happy that Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, but Emily Bazelon from Slate found someone in particular who is pretty psyched: the only woman presently sitting on the Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Ever since Justice Sandra Day O’Connor retired three years ago, Ginsberg has represented the XX chromosomes on the most important bench in the country with her colleagues—eight men. She spoke with Bazelon for the New York Times‘ Sunday magazine about why the Supreme Court should have more women on it, why women might judge differently than men do, and her concerns about reproductive rights and the legality of abortion.

We collected nine bits of Ginsberg-ian wisdom, after the jump. [The New York Times Magazine] Keep reading »

An Abortion Party?

What would you do if you needed an abortion and couldn’t afford it? Well, according to Byard Duncan over at Alternet, a female friend of his threw an abortion party. Her friends were invited to bring food, booze, and donations. Quite a few people turned out to drink and dance. By the end of the night, the donation bowl was overflowing and the girl was well on her way to getting what she wanted. But there were a few very twisted things about this party. [AlterNet.org] Keep reading »

We Can’t Wait For Drew Barrymore And Ellen Page In “Whip It”

I’m a huge Drew Barrymore fan, and I simply adore Ellen Page. So, basically, “Whip It” is destined to be my next favorite movie. In this comedy about the roller derby, Page plays Bliss Cavendar, a 17-year-old who rebels against her mother’s pageantry wishes by joining a derby team called the Hurl Scouts. Yes, they wear demented Girl Scouts uniforms. With characters like Smashley Simpson, Babe Ruthless, Bloody Holly, and Maggie Mayhem (which is an ode to the screenwriter’s real-life derby name), this film is practically guaranteeing hilarity. And as for the name of the movie, “Whip It” has nothing to do with the Devo song—it’s actually a move used in the sport to get ahead of the pack. Keep reading »

It’s Raining Tampons!

Here’s a crazy idea—a Dutch tampon company dropped these little, pink tampon parachutes on a beach to promote their brand. They’re kind of amazing, if not terrible for the environment. Although you probably can’t understand what the people in this video are saying, watching it will tell you two things. 1) Tampons are falling from the sky. 2) The person holding the camera is definitely a guy. Check out all the hot girls he zooms in on.
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Statia Kealy Thinks You Should Stop Complaining About Being Single

If you ever get down about being single, things could be worse. You could be Statia Kealy, a 106-year-old woman who lives in Ireland and has been single her entire life. But she’s still hopeful. When the photographer for an Irish newspaper took her picture, she said, “I hope you find me a man with that photo.” If she doesn’t meet a guy, though, she’s not worried: “Those that get married do well, but those that don’t do better.” Is that some kind of famous saying? Or should we attribute the quote to Statia whenever we repeat it under our breath at weddings. [The Nationalist via Lemondrop] Keep reading »

Man Arrested (Twice!) For Having Sex With His Cow And Other Bizarre Crimes Committed This Week

There is an old adage along the lines of “real life is stranger than fiction.” Apparently a man from my sleepy town in Connecticut was arrested for having sex with his cow…again. Oh yes, the local dude was arrested once before a few years ago for doing the nasty with his cow. I am not sure what was the most disturbing element of this story: the fact that he was caught having sex with his cow, that he was caught again, or that he was single at the time of the first arrest and he was (and, to my knowledge, still is) engaged at the time of his second arrest. Inspired by this bizarre story I went to searching for other random crimes committed in the past few days. Read about the weirdest and wackiest ways the law has been broken, after the jump. Keep reading »

Next Big Movie: “Whip It”

I’m a pretty big fan of Drew Barrymore and I definitely eat up the flicks Ellen Page stars in, so “Whip It” is basically destined to be my next favorite movie! Barrymore’s motion picture directorial debut, staring Ellen Page in comedy about roller derby looks freaking stellar. Ellen Page plays a teenager who rebels against her mother’s pageantry wishes by joining a roller derby team and enjoys what she finds in the aggressive skating sport. And since roller derby was recently Keep reading »

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