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This Man Holds 121 Guinness World Records

I am obsessed with Guinness World Records. Someday, I aspire to set a record of my own. For those of you out there who are equally as compelled by them, I’d like to introduce you to a very important world record holder, Mr. Ashrita Furman. He holds the world record for … holding the most Guinness World Records. When his latest world record was documented last week—the record for the “most lemons caught blindfolded in one minute by a team of two”—it brought his record tally to an astonishing 121. But that’s nothing—in his 56 years, Ashrita has set 342 records, from doing the most jumping jacks in a row to juggling underwater while surrounded by sharks. And apparently this health food store manager in Queens has set records all over the world—on seven different continents to be exact. My. Hero. [Newser] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Newspaper Almost Apologized For Lesbian Moms Article

  • The editor/publisher of the Annapolis Capitol newspaper sought to apologize to readers in an editorial for featuring a lesbian couple in an article about Mother’s Day. “Unfortunately for us, we lost sight of what the readers want to read: feel good stories about people who reflect their values,” wrote Tom Marquardt, in an editorial picked up by journalism blogs. “Newspapers need to mirror its readers — all of them perhaps, but inclusion not at the exception of the majority.” Reporters and other staff objected to the sentiment contained therein — give the people what they want, even if what they want is bigotry! — and it didn’t run. Still: lame, dude. [Gawker]
  • Maybe the Baltimore Capitol should do an article on this: support for gay marriage is at an all-time high, with a Gallup poll released today showing 53 percent of those polled said partners in a same-sex marriage should have the same rights as those in a traditional marriage. Other recent polls by major news outlets have also found support for gay marriage hovering between 51 and 53 percent. [The Atlantic Wire]
  • An image by photographer Cindy Sherman has sold for $3.98 million at auction, the highest ever for a photograph. “Untitled #96″ was created in 1981 and sold to New York dealer Philippe Segalot. [Pop Photo]

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YWCA’s “Safety Siren” iPhone App Sends An S.O.S. Message For Help On A Sketchy Date

Ten years ago, when I was 17, I got into a car with a young guy I barely knew who was a customer at my job. We drove deep into the woods, parked his car, and got stoned. Bryan* eventually became my boyfriend, but I often think back to that night when I went off with a strange guy — and more than a few other nights like it — that could have gone wrong. I’ve always been a risk-taker, but, knock on wood, all the risks I took when I maybe should have heeded some “stranger danger” have turned out safe. But I know not every guy or girl is so lucky and this is how date rape and other acts of violence happens.

Could smartphones help keep people safe on dates, at parties and during risk-taking adventures? An app from the YMCA YWCA in Canada called “Siren Safety” thinks it just might. Keep reading »

Sarah Palin Says She Has “That Fire In My Belly.” Will She Or Won’t She Run For President in 2012?

Last night, Sarah Palin talked to Greta van Susteren over at Fox News about whether she would be throwing her hat in the ring for president in 2012. “It’s a matter for me of some kind of practical, pragmatic decisions that have to be made,” Sarah explained. “One is, with a large family understanding the huge amount of scrutiny and the sacrifices that have to be made on my children’s part in order to see their mama run for president. But yeah, the fire in the belly—it’s there.” [Politico]

I’m tempted to make the obvious joke: “No Sarah, that’s just indigestion.” But instead, after the jump, I’d like to take a look back at Sarah’s thoroughly confusing quotes about this issue over the past year. Let’s just say that she’s hinted and then recanted before. Keep reading »

Things That Will Make You Feel Old

If you are over the age of 18, no matter what your actual numerical age is, something will happen to make you feel old. For me, it’s the fact that when interns fill out their paperwork, I see that they were born in 1992. That’s crazy, see, because I was 12 in 1992 and already had a full collection of colored jeans from the Limited Too. Feeling old isn’t a bad thing—just strange. So Buzzfeed’s collection of “40 Things That Will Make You Feel Old” is kind of blowing my mind. Above, the first entry. Some others to look forward to: the fact that all three of the Hanson brothers are married with kids, that the Macarena is 16-years-old, and that the first state quarter came out 11 years ago. Eek! [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

Osama Bin Laden Gets A Parody Porn

Today in tastelessness: the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden‘s Pakistan compound will be sexily immortalized forever in “This Ain’t Bin Laden XXX,” a new parody porn debuting this summer by Hustler. An Osama bin Laden porn is something the al-Qaeda top dog would have appreciated, said Hustler’s Video Director of Operations Rob Smith. “We’re pretty sure from what we’ve heard that bin Laden was a big fan of Hustler,” Smith said. (Now that’s a celebrity endorsement!) “He was looking at porn, now porn is looking at him. See, it all comes full circle.” You almost had me at the promise of Navy SEALs, but really, I can’t get into a porn about someone who murdered over 3,000 people in my country. Also, that beard. I would like to read the casting notice for the Osama bin Laden parody porn, though. [The Daily What] Keep reading »

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