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Outrage! “Cassette Tape” Removed From The Oxford English Dictionary

Do you want to feel old? Really old? While words like sexting, jeggings and mankini have found their way into the collective consciousness, one term has been exorcised forever from the official record of English language — “cassette tape.” According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “cassette tape” will no longer appear in future editions of the publication, having been replaced by tons of text speak, such as LOL, OMG, and <3. Yes, the text sign for “love” is the OED, but cassette tape is not. And this, my friends, is just WRONG. Keep reading »

Eating Placenta? It’s Mmm-Mmm-Good!

Eating placenta might sound like the most hippie of hippie-dippie pursuits. But if an article in New York magazine is to be believed, eating your afterbirth (or placentophagia) is trés, trés chic. In Western hospitals, placenta has traditionally been disposed of alongside medical waste. Some women would ask to take their placenta home with them — either to eat it or to plant it in their yard — but hospitals could refuse to hand it over. Several states have since enacted laws requiring a hospitals to fork over the placenta if a new mother wants to take it home. This is good news to the ears of “professional placenta preparers.” Mostly women, these folks usually have backgrounds in working as doulas and/or an interest raw food or vegan food. Many professional placenta preparers disintegrate the placenta into pill form, but there is also talk of placental shakes and placental jerky. (Apparently the placenta needs quite a bit of spices for flavor.)

But the question is: is eating a placenta good for you? Keep reading »

Flowchart: What Should I Major In?

Your college major is a really important decision, so obviously you should employ a flowchart when choosing what to do with the rest of your life. And by the way, all starred entries were majors selected by one or some of The Frisky staff. Click here for more back to school content1 Keep reading »

The 10 Craziest Vagina Accidents

The Craziest Vagina Accidents Ever!
Cover your lady parts. Cross your legs tight. Gird your loins! Prepare yourself mentally for these cautionary tales about the most bizarre vagina mishaps. I’m sorry. It’s for your own good. You need to know how to protect your ladyflowers in times of crisis. Click through to find out about the craziest vagina accidents ever. Related: The 13 Craziest Penis Accidents Ever

Today’s Lady News: Women Gain Weight After Marriage, Men Gain Weight After Divorce

  • Women gain weight after marriage and men gain weight after divorce, according to a new study out of Ohio State University. The data was collected by 10,000 subjects in the two years following a marriage or a divorce. One co-author of the study suggested women may gain weight after marriage because they traditionally have a bigger role in maintaining the household and that affords them less time to exercise. Or, you know, maybe we’re just letting ourself go because we’ve finally trapped a man. [Canada.com]
  • The New York Times takes a look at low-income transgender women who are the victims of “pumpers,” i.e. people without medical training who inject black market silicone into women who are desperately trying to appear more feminine. [New York Times]
  • The Department of Education announced recently it will fine Washington State University $82,500 for failing to report two campus sexual assaults. [Feministing]

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Amputee Receives A Special Mermaid Tail

For those of you who are tired of hearing about the Kardashian wedding (me!), check out this video of a double amputee whose life has been changed thanks to a special prosthetic tail. Nadia lost both of her legs due to a medical condition at the age of four. Since sports were out of the question, she immersed herself in swimming, telling other kids she was a mermaid. Years later her dream of becoming an actual mermaid (well kind of) came true when she wrote a letter to the Weta Workshop in New Zealand, Peter Jackson’s specialty costume studio. Special effects geniuses made Nadia a custom prosthetic mermaid tail so she would be able to swim, well, like a mermaid. Okay, I’ll admit it, I started tearing up when they showed her swimming in the ocean with that music swelling. Take that Kardashian wedding cake! [Dooby Brain] Keep reading »

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