Bacterial vaginosis, also known as BV, isn’t the most pleasant of subjects in polite company, but it’s something that every woman needs to know about. Not only is it the most frequent cause of vaginal infections, it’s also common during pregnancy and can cause problems as serious as miscarriage, pre-term labor, ectopic pregnancies, serious uterine infections, or even infertility if left unchecked.
1. Bacterial vaginosis means that the balance between good bacteria and harmful bacteria is upset and the harmful bacteria end up overpowering the good. The cause of bacterial vaginosis is unclear, but if you’re experiencing unpleasant discharge with a bad odor, burning, itching, or pain, see a doctor as soon as possible, especially if you’re pregnant. Bacterial vaginosis is not something you should attempt to self-diagnose because symptoms can be confused with urinary tract infections. Most women have no symptoms at all and discover the problem during a routine gynecological checkup.
2. Bacterial vaginosis is not strictly an STD. Your risk for bacterial vaginosis increases when you engage in sexual activity with a new partner or have multiple sex partners at one time, but virgins can get bacterial vaginosis, too. Don’t worry about getting it from public toilets, swimming pools or casual contact; that’s a myth. Douching, however, can greatly increase the risk for BV. Keep reading »
The Guerrilla Girls, a group of anonymous activists whose mission is to fight discrimination against female and minority artists in the art world, have sold a bunch of documents, letters, and artwork to the Getty Research Institute for an undisclosed sum. This is kind of ironic because the Guerrilla Girls have protested against the art establishment (which includes the Getty family) since 1985.
The Guerrilla Girls started protesting the lack of women in museums and cultural institutions, covering New York with posters saying things like, “Does a woman have to get naked to get into the Met?” To get noticed, the women began wearing gorilla masks, and their posters became collectors’ items over time, with people spending money to purchase them (which then allowed the Guerrilla Girls to buy ad space on billboards to promote their causes even more).
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In this week’s issue of Time, the magazine asks feminist author Suzanne Braun Levine whether women should lie about their age. Levine has a new book out, 50 is the New Fifty, and she believes that society has a mental block about people older than 65. “And I was not so afraid of being old or being that age as I was of being pushed aside by people that I still had a lot in common with and wanted to stay connected to, particularly women in their 40s who were in their own kind of inventive process and who had a lot to say about their lives that I was interested in,” Levine told Time. She was worried that people would stop thinking she was relevant after becoming eligible for Social Security. Keep reading »
You know how women get offended when a man expects a little nooky after paying for an expensive steak dinner? A woman should never be pressured to do something sexually she doesn’t want to do, but there is scientific evidence that suggests the man’s expectations are only natural.
German researchers have found that female chimpanzees mate more often with males who have shared their meat with them (no pun intended), suggesting that chimps exchange sex for meat. Males who shared their meat with females mated twice as much in general, and they mated frequently with the females they gave meat to on a regular basis. Females who had difficulty obtaining their own meat seemed to find it more beneficial to trade sex for meat, rather than exerting themselves hunting and risking potential injury. Sounds like a win-win situation. The females increased their caloric intake, and the males sowed their oats. Chimps are highly promiscuous animals, males have a choice of females to a certain degree, and hunters can usually control who shares their kill, so the sex-for-meat hypothesis is a plausible explanation for male-to-female meat sharing, according to the researchers. Researchers say these findings will help to explain human male-female relationships. [Reuters] Keep reading »
I’m back bitches. Tonight, starting at 8 pm EST on the nose, TyTy continues to terrorize this season’s crop of wannabe models with her fierceness and I will be there to point and laugh. Keep reading »
Levi Johnston continued along the media parade route this morning, stopping by “The Early Show” with his mom and sister Mercede to discuss this whole Palin family debacle. Among the revelations? Despite what the Palin’s are saying, he did live under their roof even before Bristol got knocked up and Sarah tots knew he was stickin’ it in. Also, he hates it when people call his family white trash, and, oh yeah, he’s totally open to modeling! Clip above. Keep reading »
Sinead King and Katie O’Brien are two twentysomething Brits who make up the Muffia, a performance art duo which aims to make a feminist statement by flashing their merkin (that’s a pubic wig!) clad crotches in the streets of London. Their message? That more women, and men for that matter, need to be discussing issues that are relevant to women’s lives. “Why don’t we resent the way the media portrays women?” they question. “Does no one care that women are mutilating themselves with cosmetic surgery? Why do so few young women know what feminism is?”
In addition to the “pubic performances,” they also dress up in body stockings, scrawling messages like, “Lose a few pounds” on each other’s figures. O’Brien even camped outside Topshop, vomiting into a bucket, to protest the retailer’s use of ultra-thin models. In general, their performances/antics/actions have garnered some laughs, some praise, and a few detractors. Performance art can often be, um, really bad, but I find O’Brien and King’s message important, even if their methods might be shocking to some of you. What do you think? [Guardian UK]
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In a recession, people want escapism and a happy ending. The depressing economic situation has lead to an increase in sales of romance novels, while most other genres are having a difficult time selling at all. Harlequin Enterprises, the grande dame of the romance genre, reported a 32 percent increase in 2008 earnings during the fourth quarter, compared to a year earlier. Sales in the first quarter of 2009 also remained strong, said Harlequin’s chief executive. During the Great Depression, Gone With the Wind was a blockbuster book, and readers today are looking for a similar escape from the harsh reality of foreclosures, lay-offs, and rising prices. Romance novels not only provide a welcome happy ending, but they’re also cheap, which is a plus for anyone trying to limit their guilty pleasures spending. Most paperback novels sell for $7.99 or less, compared to larger trade paperbacks that cost $12 to $15. It’s not clear, however, how much it will cost your ego if you’re caught reading a sappy romance novel in public. [NY Times] Keep reading »
After the amazing brouhaha between Kelly and Bethenny on last week’s episode of “The Real Housewives of New York,” this week’s episode was a downright snooze fest. Watching rich, middle-aged white people play tennis is about as exciting as watching the paint dry in Jill’s new Liberace-inspired apartment, and with Ramona’s new “cool as a cucumber” M.O. when it comes to Simon, we didn’t even have the pleasure of seeing her get her feathers all ruffled when he showed up as her surprise opponent. At least we can always count on the LuAnne to say something utterly ridiculous. This time, her particularly doltish remark of the episode came when the C(o)untess was visiting a group of preteen girls to talk about the importance of self-esteem. When one pleasantly plump girl said she’d like to be a model one day, LuAnne asked her to stand up and without missing a beat, said, “Well, you have a beautiful face, and you know what? Losing weight is easy.” The C(o)untess: writing the book on etiquette one social gaffe at a time!
Anyhoo, check out this hilarious “Ode To The Real Housewives Of NYC” clip above. Let’s hope next week the ladies (including Simon!) are back to their normal insanity. Keep reading »