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Penises, Penises Everywhere

I have a friend who is one of those crazy people who loves spotting “Hidden Mickeys” in Disney movies. I’ve made fun of her for years, but now I totally have found my own version of the game thanks to the blog We Have Bananas, which finds phalluses almost everywhere. My favorite pics from the site, after the jump. [We Have Bananas] Keep reading »

DRAFT Chatter Boxes: What Women Op Ed Writers Are Saying This Week

Ever glanced at an op ed page and noticed that it’s bit of a boy’s club? Us, too. In fact, The Op Ed Project, which teaches women how to write and submit opinion pieces to newspapers, reports that 85 percent of op eds are written by men. While we do love us some guys, we want to show our support for female columnists, too. In Chatter Boxes, we’ll point you towards a few of the most thought-provoking.

This week, Gail Collins ruminated on Republicans and sex scandals Keep reading »

Is Anderson Cooper Coming Out Tonight?

Unvogue Magazine apparently exists and says that Anderson Cooper is totally going to show up at their Men’s Issue release party at Manhattan’s Sapphire Go-Go Lounge tonight, which they’ve playfully been referring to as “Anderson Cooper’s Big Fat Coming Out Party.” Though Anderson turned down an opportunity to host the event, he allegedly confirmed he will be attending and the Unvogue staff has been planning wine spritzers (really?) and are coordinating a lap dance called “A.C. 360″ for the occasion. [Gawker] Keep reading »

Plan B Available Over-The-Counter In Canada

Last week, Plan B was approved for over-the-counter status in Canada. Canada is now the fifth country to allow women to purchase Plan B without a prescription or a consultation with a pharmacist. In other words, Plan B will be available on Canadian drug-store shelves, no questions asked. Keep reading »

Google Comes Out For Gay Pride Month

Google has come out with a new coming out feature! If you type “gay,” “lesbian” or “homosexual” into the search engine, a rainbow banner will appear above your search results in celebration of Pride Month. So, forget looking up at the sky on these rainy days, just get gay with Google. Warning: lezzy, ‘mo, lug, and hot tranny mess won’t yield the same result. You’ve gotta keep it classy to get this graphic everyone can take pride in. [WOW] Keep reading »

L’Oreal Sued. Because You’re Not Worth It?

Sacre bleu! L’Oreal has been found guilty of racial discrimination. The French high court, La Cour de Cassation, slapped the make-up giant with the guilty sticker after it was revealed that L’Oreal and the recruitment agency Adecco planned on using only white women as staff to sell their Garnier Fructis Style hair care line. Evidently, L’Oreal thinks their French clientele is more inclined to buy hair products from a white saleswoman. Anti-racist group SOS Racisme filed the lawsuit after viewing a fax sent out by Adecco advising recruiters to hire women that are “BBR” – “bleu, blanc, rouge”, a term meaning a white French person born to white French parents. This might explain why when 38.7 percent of candidates for the job were minorities, only 4.65 of the total hired were black, Asian, or Arab. The director who sent the fax told the court she only wanted the women to “express themselves correctly in French” when selling the shampoo. So a black or Arab woman fluent in French can’t talk about conditioner ? Lame. The Paris Appeal Court fined L’Oreal and Adecco and ordered them to pay SOS Rasicme damage costs. I guess we’re not all “worth it.” [Times Online] Keep reading »

A Gay Exorcism?

I never saw “The Exorcist,” but it cannot be any more disturbing than this real life video of what’s being called a “gay exorcism” performed on a 16-year-old boy in a Connecticut church. The kid looks like he’s having a seizure while being whipped around as a man shouts for his “homosexuality” to come out. (Double meaning probably not intended.) At one point, the boy pukes all over the people circled around him. Not sure why the church filmed this abuse, but the original 20-minute video has since been taken down from the church’s YouTube account. So here is just a glimpse of the shocking footage. Keep reading »

Women In Saudi Arabia Are Tired Of Buying Bras From Men

Talk about sticking it to the man. A group of 26 women in Saudi Arabia are now “lingerie graduates.” At a 10-day retreat led by an Australian woman, the group spent 40 hours learning how to correctly fit a bra, display merchandise, and deal with customers. Victoria’s Secret even donated bras to help out with the undie education.

So why was this training needed? In Saudi Arabia, only men can work at malls, meaning that most lingerie stores are staffed by dudes. And come on, who wants their chest measured by some fumbling man who doesn’t know what he’s doing? Plus, there are no fitting rooms in Saudi stores because a woman is prohibited to undress outside her home. Keep reading »

Supreme Court Says Strip Search Of 13-Year-Old Was Unconstitutional

In 2003, Savanna Redding was 13 when a classmate was caught with prescription strength ibuprofen and told her school administrators she bought the pills from Savanna. So school officials searched Savanna’s backpack. When they found nothing, two female employees took her to the bathroom and strip-searched her to her bra and underwear. Still nothing. So they had Savanna take off her undies and shake them out.

Redding’s mother sued the school district for violating her daughter’s 4th amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. And the case made it all the way up to the Supreme Court. It’s taken six years, but the court has finally made a ruling: this strip search was not okay. Keep reading »

“The Ugly Truth” Looks Like Fugly Nonsense

As much as I love a rom-com, one I will not be seeing is “The Ugly Truth.” For starters, despite winning me over slightly with “27 Dresses,” I loathe Katherine Heigl. And Gerard Butler gives me that icky, dirty feeling — the kind that gives me a slight dry heave. And while I never expect a rom-com to blow my mind, “The Ugly Truth” sounds about as cliche as they come and just the slightest bit familiar. Keep reading »

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