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From women’s health to feminism to politics – news that’s real and relevant to you.

Oh Hey, Just Some Robots Having Sex, No Biggie

Creepy Robot Baby
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Robot Hair Washer
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Sex With Robots
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In my nightmares, this is what the future of mankind looks like. Like, 347 years from now, the aliens are going to come and turn us all into cyborgs and force us to act out our archaic sexual practices in museums. (This is actually a window display at a Russian department store. I have no idea what it’s selling.) [Copyranter]

The Sober Pill Is On The Way

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Too Drunk?
If you're a drunk woman who gets raped, will you be taken seriously? Read More »

Scientists are hard at work on a pill that will limit the effects of alcohol on our brains, so that we can drink more without acting stupid. An experimental “sober pill” was given to a group of mice who, despite being sufficiently sauced, did not act like drunken a**holes. Uh, how do drunk mice normally act? Anyhow, the point is the pill works by shutting down the immune response of certain cells in the brain. Even thought the mice were wasted, this pill made their reflexes sharper and their balance better.  “When a mouse gets drunk, it is quite similar to a human that’s drunk.  It can’t work its motor co-ordination properly. If you stop these immune cells from working, the animals didn’t get drunk,” one of the researchers explained. How exciting for us. Well, maybe not. Does the thought of a sober pill frighten anyone else? All I can think of are all the possible ways humans will find to abuse this pill.  It seems counter-intuitive to shut down our normal brain functions just so we can throw back a few more cocktails without slurring. [Daily Mail]

What do you think? Would you pop a sober pill before a night of drinking?

Michelle Obama Stocks Up At Target

Missoni Crashes Target
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Fierce FLOTUS
The First Lady does a mean push-up. Read More »
Smooth Sipper
Mrs. Obama pretends to enjoy a Guinness. Read More »

The First Lady was spotted on a bit of a shopping spree at Target this week. I honestly did not realize she could just waltz into Tar-jay like any ol’ bargain-seeker; does the Secret Service have to do a sweep of the store first? Also, I wonder if she’s got any Missoni in those bags… [Buzzfeed]

10 Animals So Ugly They’re Actually Cute

On Wednesday, we mourned the passing of Heidi the cross-eyed possum, a creature so ugly she actually swung all around the spectrum to being cute again. We suspected Heidi was not the only critter in the animal kingdom with such charms. Nature’s bounty may be filled with golden retriever puppies and newborn kittens, but it’s also filled with two-snouted pigs and spineless hedgehogs.

Here are 10 critters only a mother … or a zookeeper … could love:

Today’s Lady News: FBI Definition Of “Rape” Criticized

Today's Lady News
Fun With Family
How Roman Polanski ruined my Thanksgiving. Read More »
  • The FBI’s working definition of “rape” was roundly criticized on Friday at a meeting of police chiefs, sex crime investigators, and victims’ advocates. The definition of rape used by the FBI is “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” But that definition does not take into account sexual assault cases where the victim was penetrated against their will orally, anally, with an object, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and male victims. Therefore, the number of sexual assaults released by the FBI’s annual crime report are drastically under-reported. In response, the FBI has agreed that the definition of “rape” should be revised. A subcommittee will take up the issue at an Oct. 18 meeting. [New York Times]
  • Filmmaker Roman Polanski has apologized, sort of, to the woman he  drugged and sodomized as a 13-year-old girl. “She is a double victim: my victim and a victim of the press,” Polanski told reporters at the Zurich Film Festival. That’s probably as good as it’s going to get, sadly. [Videogum]
  • Visiting Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show today, Rep. Nancy Pelosi condemned audience members’ booing of a gay soldier at a recent GOP presidential debate. [Think Progress]

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Saudi King Spares Woman 10 Lashes For Breaking Driving Ban

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Male Guardians
text message photo
Where ya going? Saudi Arabia will text your male guardian. Read More »

Saudi Arabia is on a roll with this not-treating-women-too-much-like-2nd-class-citizens thing! Earlier this week King Abudllah announced that women could vote and run in elections. Then on Wednesday, a member of his staff told the AP a Saudi woman will be spared a punishment of 10 lashes for flouting the country’s ban on women driving.  The woman, Shaima Jastaina, was found guilty of driving without a license (as Saudi Arabia only issues such licenses to men) and sentenced to 10 lashes. Geez Louise, hold onto your testicles, boys, because it is like the office of Ms. magazine over there!  Just kidding: the official speaking to the AP declined to elaborate about the amnesty, which may signify the king is trying not to draw attention to it and risking angering Saudis who oppose the expansion of women’s rights. But two grand, pro-women gestures in one week is still something to celebrate. [Al-Jazeera]

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