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Vivident Gum’s Man Boobs & Marionettes


Vivident Gum is apparently the most popular gum in Italy, perhaps because their commercials are, um, so memorable. For a country dismayed by the antics of the “Jersey Shore” cast, I am surprised this ad passed muster. Naked man tits? A frightening marionette man? What does this have to do with gum again? [Best Week Ever] Keep reading »

Today In Terribleness: Catherine Kieu Becker Puts Husband’s Penis In Garbage Disposal

Remember the name Catherine Kieu Becker because she is the new Lorena Bobbit. Last night, the 48-year-old California woman poisoned her husband’s dinner, tied him to the bed, cut his penis off with a knife, tossed it in the garbage disposal, and turned it on. Why? Becker told officers that her husband “deserved it.” Even though the couple was in the middle of a divorce, police did not find her motive acceptable. Ahem. I don’t believe there is anything a man could do to warrant his penis ending up in the garbage disposal. Becker was arrested and charged with aggravated mayhem, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, administering a drug with intent to commit a felony, poisoning and spousal abuse. Feel free to place your hands protectively over your crotch now, men and women. [KTLA] Keep reading »

It’s Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Magnet Boy!

An 11-year-old Brazilian boy discovered his rare super power when his father asked him to get a knife from the kitchen one day and it stuck to his chest. Since then, doctors have been baffled by the magnetic properties of Paulo’s chest and back. At school, he’s been aptly nicknamed Magnet Boy. And at home he entertains his family by allowing them to stick scissors, silverware, spare change and other household sundries to his chest. Now he just has to hone his powers for the good of humankind, like a true superhero. [Newslite] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Three Girls Win The Google Science Fair

  • Three girls are the winners of the Google Science Fair, a co-ed science competition. Lauren Hodge studied the effects of different marinades on the level of carcinogens in chicken (wait, is this something I should be afraid of?), Naomi Shah studied indoor air quality and asthma, and Grand Prize Winner Shree Bose studied ways to improve ovarian cancer treatment for women who have built up a resistance to chemotherapy drugs. You can read more about these amazing kids here. I am honestly blown away. Who says girls are bad at math and science?! [Geek Feminism]
  • Reminder: the BMI (body-mass index) is only a set of guidelines! [Already Pretty]
  • One atrocious finding of the UN Women’s 2011 Progress of the World’s Women report? For every dollar earned by a white man in America, a black woman earns an average of 39 percent less and a Latina earns an average of 48 percent less. [Think Progress]
  • Things you might believe about lesbians if all you knew about them was what you saw on reality TV. [Queerty]

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Racist Doctor Writes Prescription For Mom To Spank Her 5-Year-Old Biracial Son

Oh, Texas.

A mother appeared before the Texas Medical Board last week to complain about an ER doctor at Huguley Memorial Medical Center who treated her five-year-old boy for a finger infection and wrote a prescription for her to “apply large paddle to bottom of child anytime he needs it.” What’s even more WTF about this story? The physician, Dr. Carl W. Gossett, who is white, asked the child’s race first. When she informed him her son was biracial, the doc asked, “How does your family feel about that?”, meaning, you know, teh interracial sex. Keep reading »

“NY Post” In Trouble For Accusing Hotel Maid Of Prostitution

Fireworks weren’t the only thing exploding over 4th of July weekend: that’s also when The New York Post published a scathing front-page article about the hotel maid who accused ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault which, among other things, called her a prostitute. The paper quoted an unnamed source “close to the investigation” who said, “There is information … of her getting extraordinary tips, if you know what I mean. And it’s not for bringing extra f**king towels.” It basically insinuated the woman was being pimped out by her union.

The newsprint probably wasn’t even dry before the hotel maid, a refugee from Guinea who lives in the Bronx, filed a libel lawsuit against the Post. Now, as media reporters, like Erik Wemple at The Washington Post, look closer at the Post‘s so-called reportage, the prostitution allegation looks even fishier. Instead, it looks more like a smear to make this woman just look like some whore. Keep reading »

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