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Condom Inhalation, Hickey Paralysis & Neon Ass: Horrifying Sex Injuries You Didn’t Know To Be Afraid Of

Sex can be dangerous. That’s why you must protect yourself — not just against pregnancy and STDs, but also from sex-related injuries. And I’m not talking about your run of the mill penis fractures. A broken wiener will sound like a walk in the park when you hear these stories. Click through to learn about the most horrifying sex injuries you didn’t know you should be afraid of. Safety first!

Today’s Lady News: Pennsylvania House To Introduce Anti-Abortion Ultrasound Bill

  • Pennsylvania’s state House of Representatives will soon introduce an anti-abortion bill that requires a woman seeking an abortion have an ultrasound 24 hours before the procedure. The doctor is required to position the screen of the ultrasound test facing the woman, although the woman is not required by law to look at it. She will also be required to received two prints of the ultrasound image, although she is not required to open them. The bill is called the Woman’s Right To Know Act and claims to give pregnant women “full information” about terminating a pregnancy. But instead, ultrasound bills like this one heap an additional expense upon women with unplanned pregnancies and provide a hindrance to seeking an abortion. [Reproductive Health Reality Check] Keep reading »

Occupy Condoms: “We Won’t Be Screwed!”

One of the things I’ve noticed about Occupy Wall Street is that there are really a lot of attractive people involved. Not that I would ever characterize a very large group of protestors as “dirty hippies,” unlike, say, Fox News. But I hardly expected my lady boner to have its interest piqued with such frequency at a protest. When Julie and I attended an OWS General Assembly meeting, I am embarrassed to admit that I leaned over and whispered to her, “Oooh, that guy is hot” not once, not twice, but at least four times. So much so that I considered starting my own committee — anyone can start one and there are committees for everything from medical to PR to consciousness raising. I wanted to start a committee for matchmaking. I mean, we’re talking about a bunch of single, like-minded individuals who at least know they have something very important to them in common: fighting corporate greed! I could be the Patti Stanger of Occupy Wall Street, I thought. Keep reading »

What Do We Think Of “Pothead” Candy?

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Some things really get my goat when it comes to kids, like little girls wearing heavy makeup. (Cough, cough.) But pot leaf-shaped candy? Meh.

Parents around the country are reportedly upset with “pothead” lollipops and ring-pops, which are sour apple-flavored suckers in the shape of marijuana leaves. According to the Washington Post, the lollipops sell for about a dollar and the ringpops sell for about three for $1.50. But, in an egregious example of false advertising, “pothead” candy doesn’t contain any THC. Instead, the packaging just shows a stoner-looking dude flashing a peace sign and the word “Legalize.” So, you know, the kids think it’s the cat’s pajamas.

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New Law Bans California Teens From Tanning Beds

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That sound you hear? It’s a stampede to the nearest tanning salon before it’s too late! Tanning will be banned in California for anyone under the age of 18 beginning on January 1. Presently, anyone 14 or younger is banned from tanning, but 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds may toast themselves if they have parental permission. However, there is mounting concern that tanning beds’ UV rays damage growing skin, which puts youth at risk for skin cancer. A Democratic state representative pushed the tanning ban bill and Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law on Sunday. While some folks — like the tanning bed industry — call the tanning ban an overreaching intrusion of the government into people’s personal lives, keep in mind that France and England ban tanning under age 18 and Brazil bans tanning for everyone.

Do you support California’s ban on tanning under the age of 18? [Orange County Register] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Bar Patron Stiffs Waitress, Suggests She Lose Weight

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  • If you’re going to stiff your waitress a tip and scrawl “You could stand to lose a few pounds” on your receipt, maybe you shouldn’t do it after giving her a credit card, with your name on it, to pay for your bill. But Andrew Meyers is probably pretty stupid in addition to being a fat-shaming d-bag. After a night out at Bimbo’s Cantina in Capitol Hill in Seattle, he paid waitress Victoria Liss with his card and intentionally gave no tip (writing “0″ on the line) and even deducted $2 from the bill. And of course there was his delightful “P.S.” written at the bottom. So Victoria did what any self-respecting woman with “the biggest tits on the Hill” would do and shamed Meyer via social media. Victoria Liss, you are a badass and I salute you! [The Stranger]
  • A lesbian couple took their seven-year-old daughter to the Texas State Fair last weekend and were treated to a “homophobic rant” from a vendor who told one of the women she was going to hell for being a homosexual. After they were lectured with “biblical quotes,” Latisha Pennington and Dondi Morse left the fair and their daughter started to cry. The good news — if you could call it that — is a rep  from the Texas State Fair sent the family free tickets for another visit and the vendor has apologized. [Queerty]
  • A one-day “Nappiology Expo” in North Texas on Nov. 5 will teach women who wear their ‘do natural on how to style unprocessed hair. [Madame Noire]
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