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Does This Animal Rights Ad Go Too Far?

In America, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are well known for their shock-tactic ads, but they’re not the only pro-animal rights organization willing to go overboard with advertising in order to bring attention to the cause. Wakker Dier, which means “Animal Awake,” is a Dutch organization that’s Europe’s PETA counterpart. For their campaign, they hired Dutch Playmate and fetish model Ancilla Tilia to play the part of a stripper who gets clubbed and stripped like an animal. Watch it, after the jump, but be forewarned it’s fairly graphic.

While PETA’s ads have a tendency to be more silly than shocking, this ad is a real eye-opener. But does the video get across the organization’s mission? Does watching a fetish model get “clubbed” and “stripped” make people more sensitive to animal rights? Or does the viral path this ad will take mean more people will be thinking about animal rights than they were yesterday? [ANIMAL via Copyranter] Keep reading »

China Cracks The Whip On Porn

Does anyone else thinks it’s crazy that China has gone apes**t on the porn industry? Yes, porn has been illegal in China since 1949, and there were big old crackdowns on “spiritual pollution” in the 1980s. But recently, the government decided to really get down and dirty with the industry. In 2002, they passed a law whereby censors can look at normal folks’ emails and websites to make sure there was no questionable content involved. Then in 2005, the government locked up Chen Hui, the creator of China’s biggest porn site, and sentenced him to life in prison. In May, the government shut down Love Land, a sex-themed amusement park, before it even opened. Last week, the government started blocking Google on some computers because, well, it’s obviously the portal to sin. Starting on Wednesday, every single computer sold in China will automatically have software installed to keep the owner from surfing for or downloading porn.
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Liveblogging “The Bachelorette” For June 29th 2009

Another Monday, another two hours spent willing Jillian to Cowboy Wes home. Will our prayers finally come true? By the looks of the previews, this week is going to be CLIMACTIC, as it seems that Pilot Jake returns to call out Wes and maybe propose to Jillian. See ya at 8 pm! Keep reading »

Quickies!: Rihanna Still Wants To Be Chris Brown’s Friend?!

  • Rihanna supposedly wants Chris Brown’s restraining order lifted so the two can “work on their friendship.” [Your Tango] — Rihanna’s dad doesn’t approve, and neither do we. [I'm not surprised at all by this. -- Annika]
  • Em & Lo want to know — do you have good playdar? [Em & Lo]
  • North Carolina schools are now paying teenage girls, to not get pregnant. The going rate is $365 a year, or $1 a day.[Lemon Drop] — Not sure if this is the best route to pregnancy-free teens, as I’d take sex over a dollar any day.

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Why There’s Still No Cure For Cancer

Many of us know cancer patients who are here today and gone within a matter of weeks. The New York Times recently ran a piece with some much needed insight as to why. All the millions of dollars raised at “Walk for the Cure” and “Relays for Life” are deposited into a large pot of grant research money, and one would like to believe that the money is being given to the most advanced, inventive ideas out there that could potentially cure cancer. Unfortunately, the truth is that the dough usually goes to small research projects that are pretty much useless and will have the slightest, if any, impact on finding the cure.
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Remote Control: The Shows You’ll Want To Watch The Week Of June 26th 2009

The television pickings are always a touch slim come summer. Surviving without new episodes of “Lost” and “Friday Night Lights” is hard enough, but now we can’t even look forward to new helpings of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Ahhh! But never fear. Yes, there are a few good things on TV this week. Here’s the stuff you don’t want to miss. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: A Face Only Its Owner Could Love

Miss Ellie, a blind 15-year-old Chinese Crested Hairless, won the pedigree class at this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, CA. She certainly deserved that recognition, but she proves love is blind, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and any other adage that’s appropriate here. Would you adopt an ugly pet? [6/26/09] Keep reading »

Hold Your Baby In Your Hand Before It’s Born

Pregnant women no longer have to wait nine months to carry their baby in their arms. Jorge Lopes invented a way to converts data from ultrasound machines and MRI scans into plaster models of the babies. Lopes uses 3-D technology to create the models, which are on display at the Royal College of Art in London. Now you might ask why someone would want a replica of their growing fetus? Well, my guess is it would make an awesome one-of-a-kind paperweight. But seriously, experts say the plaster models will help expectant mothers understand the size of their baby, along with any physical abnormalities it might have. They also say the models could help mothers who have a difficult time naturally bonding with their baby. I’ve never been pregnant, but I don’t think stroking a plaster model of my fetus would make me feel all warm and fuzzy as I pray to the porcelain gods because I had morning sickness. Then again, a series of these, one for every trimester, would totally trump any bronzed baby shoes. [Impact Lab] Keep reading »

What Your Body May Be Trying To Tell You

Our bodies tell us a lot of things. A grumbling tummy when we’re hungry, a yawn when we need sleep, those all too familiar menstrual cramp when it’s that time of the month. But a helpful list from SELF magazine mentions some signs you may not be so familiar with that could mean trouble. Read on to find out what the shape of your pubic hair could tell you about your ovaries, and what the texture of your eyelids could say about your cholesterol. [MSNBC] Keep reading »

Facebook Is No Place For Baby Diarrhea

Friends aren’t knocked up yet? Fret not. Soon enough, you’ll have Facebook status updates like “So Westley had 4 liquid poopy diapers in 20 minutes” to look forward to.

The hilarious Tumblr Shut The F**k Up, Parents collects the worst of the worst when it comes to new parents sharing TMI on social networking sites: baby barf, boogers, and circumcisions that need to be re-done. And now I realize that one naked-in-the-tub pic my parents took of me when I was 2 wasn’t as bad as I thought.

Yeah, just because we’re Facebook friends doesn’t mean I want to know what’s in your baby’s diaper. And neither will that little baby in another 10 years when he figures out how to use Google. [STFU, Parents] Keep reading »

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