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6 Financial Decisions From My 20s That I Regret

I’m not even going to sugarcoat it: I’m basically the poster child for the white girl from the suburbs whose dad just took care of all the bills growing up and never taught me anything about finances. They were traditional that way: Dad handled money stuff and Mom handled childrearing stuff. My parents never gave me spending money and I always babysat and worked after school jobs. However, other than generally teaching me that I had to earn my own money, neither of them talked me to at all about saving, investing, 401ks, interest rates, or any of that other its-like-speaking-another-language stuff. I had to read blogs and buy books to myself about money (Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich by Lois P. Frankel is a good one). Still, I wish I’d made some financial decisions differently. (Luckily, I’m only 27, so it’s not too late to start!) Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: North Carolina Passes 24-Hour Waiting Period For Abortion

  • North Carolina’s Senate has joined the House in overriding the governor’s veto on a bill to restrict abortion rights. Women seeking abortions will now have to have a sonogram, hear a description of the fetal development, receive counseling and wait 24 hours before having the procedure. Thanks a pantsful for making an already-difficult decision even harder on women, NC politicians. [Reuters]
  • The lawyer for Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who was allegedly sexually assaulted by ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, said it is a vicious rumor that she was tape recorded planning to extort him for money. Newspapers had reported that Diallo had told a friend over the phone that Strauss-Kahn had a lot of money and she “knew what [she] was doing.” Now her lawyer has said that conversation was mischaracterized and it was her friend who suggested she could get money from the assault, which Diallo herself dismissed. Diallo also met with supporters on Thursday at a Brooklyn church, telling them, “I’m here because I had people call me a lot of bad names.” [New York Times, New York Times]

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Doctor Calls Mommyrexia An “Upper East Side, White Girl, Obnoxious Problem”

 

I was totally digging this doctor on “The Today Show” who talked — okay, ranted — to Ann Curry about the constant pressure on women to be skinny, including during pregnancy. “Mommyrexia” is when pregnant women cut back on eating or add excessive exercise to their regimen because they’re worried about gaining quote-on-quote “too much weight” when there’s a bun in the oven. Clearly this eating disorder is scary and sad for both biological and cultural reasons. And you don’t usually get such sharp, feminist cultural commentary on “Today.”

But then Dr. Nancy Snyderman told us what she really thinks: “I think this is an Upper East Side, white girl, obnoxious problem. It’s irritating to me! We want perfect babies, perfect bodies, perfect lives. I just find the whole thing vulgar.” Ooof. Good job making women with eating disorders feel even more like the problem is them being selfish, not our culture. I am sure that will be really helpful, Dr. Snyderman. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

94-Year-Old Woman Whoops A Kangaroo’s Ass

Over the weekend, in Queensland, Australia, a kangaroo named Eddie busted out of a gate and attacked a 94-year-old woman. Our first question: “Why was a kangaroo in Australia behind a gate anyway?” We’re not big fans of humans messing with wild animals (RIP Steve Irwin), but there is an explanation. Keep reading »

Ubertan: An Herbal Self-Tanner You Can Snort?

I had to read this Daily Mail article about a dangerous, self-tanning nasal spray at least three times before I understood what was going on. It was so incomprehensible to me. Here’s the breakdown: in the UK there’s a self tanning product called Ubertan that’s all the rage in salons. It’s an herbal nasal spray that promises to darken your skin tone by heightening melatonin melanin levels when snorted twice a day for seven to 10 days. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Summer’s Eve Pulls Their Racist Douche Ads Offline

  • Summer’s Eve pulled two of their racist douche commercials offline after an outpouring of complaints over their depictions of black and Latina women. Summer’s Eve’s PR defended their ads — like the sassy black vagina spoke with an “urban” accent and talked about how much money she spends on her hair — as “empowering” women and even said they had “in-house multi-cultural experts” who OKed the commercials. Actual women who don’t believe we need vaginal cleaning products thought otherwise. [Twitter.com/FleetSummersEve]
  • A Planned Parenthood clinic in McKinney, Texas, was attacked last night with a Molotov cocktail (a homemade bomb made from diesel fuel inside a glass bottle). Fortunately the inside of the clinic was not harmed and there were no injuries. This is called domestic terrorism, people. [McKinney Courier-Gazette]

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