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Today’s Lady News: “The Daily Show” Schools Michele Bachmann On The HPV Vaccine

  • Kristen Schaal was on “The Daily Show” last night as Senior Women’s Issues Correspondent addressing Rep. Michele Bachmann’s latest WTF claim that she met a woman whose child became mentally retarded from the HPV vaccine. Which, as you may have heard, the medical community says is total BS. Wear headphones and there’s imagery that’s NSFW at the end, so make sure your boss isn’t a-lurkin’! [The Daily Show]
  • Virginia may lose all 22 clinics that provide abortion. What does that mean? People who can afford to will travel up to places like New York where abortion is much more accessible. And everyone who can’t afford it? If you have an unintended pregnancy, then it sucks to be you. [New York Times]
  • Journalist Lea Goldman at Marie Claire examines the “pinkification” of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), when tons of products become pink and we’re told a portion goes to breast cancer research. But how much money do researchers actually receive — and how much of this is just opportunistic hucksterism? [Marie Claire]

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Jump Rope, Doggie Style

Handler Uchida Geinousha and her 13 jump-roping pooches set the Guinness World Record for most dogs skipping rope at once. I had no idea dogs could be so skilled at double dutch. What I really want to know is how she got Mayonnaise’s ears those colors. Maybe her next World Record will be the Most Punk Rock Poodles. [The Daily What] Keep reading »

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Calls German Chancellor Angela Merkel “Unf***able”

Wow, the tale of Italian prime minster Silvio Berlusconi keeps getting more and more sordid. This week, Italian prosecutors have charged eight people with sending prostitutes to Berlusconi’s infamous Bunga Bunga parties. The leader of the prostitution ring is one Giampaolo Tarantini, who is also being investigated for blackmailing Berlusconi in exchange for keeping his mouth closed about what went down. Currently, investigators are pouring over transcripts of conversations captured via wiretap, and are finding all sorts of scandalous details. Like that a famous Italian actress was allegedly offered a high profile national television gig if she’d sleep with Berlusconi. And in another phone conversation, between Berlusconi and a newspaper editor, Berlusconi is rumored to say that German chancellor Angela Merkel is “an unf**kable fat a**.” Yes, really.

And therein lies a big problem.

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Today’s Lady News: On The Texas Cheerleader Forced To Cheer For Her Rapist

  • We’ve long been following the story of the Texas cheerleader who was kicked off the squad for refusing to cheer for a student athlete who sexually assaulted her. Hillaire, of Sislbee, Texas, was 16 years old when she was raped in October 2008 by fellow student Rakheem Bolton, then 17, at a party. Bolton and three other boys removed her clothes and locked the door; a friend outside the door heard Hillaire saying “No!” and “Stop!” That friend kicked the door open to find Hillaire on the floor crying; three of the four boys had broken a window and fled. That same night, the owner of the house called 911 to report a rape. Despite all this, Rakheem Bolton initially claimed the sex was consensual, fueling rumors she was embarrassed because he is black and she is white. Rakheem Bolton eventually plead guilty to assault, but continued playing on the Silsbee basketball team. (Never mind that under Texas law, neither a minor nor someone who is intoxicated can legally consent to sex.) Four months later when it came time to cheer for the basketball team, Hillaire refused. Her coach told her she had to cheer “for everyone” or leave. So she left. She was then kicked off the cheerleading squad, which prompted her father to file several lawsuits against the school district, the superintendant and the principal. All lawsuits were unsuccessful and — if all this is not crazy enough — one ruling declared that Hillarie and her family had to reimburse the school district for legal fees. If it’s any consolation, an appeals court ruled this week that Hillaire and her family are not required to pay the entire $35,000 in fees. I don’t know about you, but that hardly seems like something to celebrate. I heartily encourage you to read this Daily Beast piece, because it is fantastic — as well as heartbreaking. [The Daily Beast, Ms. Magazine]

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Comment Of The Day: We Heart You, TheFriskyPixie!

The comment thread on my post “Woman Won’t Leave The House Because She’s Afraid Of Gays” was a gas, but this comment by TheFriskyPixie had us laughing aloud and we couldn’t let the day end without calling attention to it:

“Let’s see, seven kids plus her and her husband … that makes nine people… and if at least ten percent of the pop is…. OMG teh gayz is coming from inside the house!!!!!!!”

Bwahahahaha! Good one, TheFriskyPixie. We wish we had some kinda prize or something to give you. If you feel like flying to New York City, swing by the offices and we’ll take you out for a drink. (With our gay BFFs, of course.) Keep reading »

A Seal Of A Different Shade Is Shunned

Take a look at that face. How could you not love that face? And yet, this little seal pup was left all by his lonesome, abandoned and blind on a deserted beach in Tyuleniy Island, Russia. He was spotted by photographer Anatoly Strakhov, who noted that his blindness would mean that he’d likely be unable to survive in the wild. Thankfully, the animal was taken in by a local marine life group. Was he shunned because of his rare auburn fur? Sigh. Poor gingers don’t get any respect. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

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