Category Archives: News

From women’s health to feminism to politics – news that’s real and relevant to you.

Sexism In Advertising: Axe Thinks A Real Man Is Into Banging Relatives

Oh Axe, will your sexist ads know no bounds? This time around, the male product line is shilling its tire-shaped “Detailer Shower Tool” (that’s the manly name for a loofah, FYI) by implying the user is washing off the perfume scene left by a chick (on his ear) and her mother (on his knees). Because he was doin’ them at the same time, get it?! As Context.org asks, have threesomes become so commonplace that companies like Axe need to take it up a notch by titillating their audience with mother-daughter sex? Keep reading »

Cartoon Shows Sonia Sotomayor Strung Up Like A Piñata

So, I really couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a new cartoon that ran in The Oklahoman. “Fiesta Time at the First Confirmation” oh-so-inappropriately depicts Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor… strung up like a piñata. Cameras and microphones look on as a sombrero-wearing President Obama asks, “Who wants to be first?” to a bunch of bat-toting elephants.

Whoa! I have some issues. (1) Lets start with the fact that Sotomayor is Puerto Rican, not Mexican. (2) A woman hanging from a rope while men watch just conjures up dark images in my mind. Who wants to go first? I won’t even say what that makes me think. (3) The elephants—representing conservative America—are facing Obama and Sotomayor with baseball bats. Can you say lynch mob reference? I’m not usually overly sensitive about these things—I am a freedom of speech supporter and always appreciate a good envelope pushing—but really?

So what do you think? Am I overreacting or does this cartoon suck? [Huffington Post]

Keep reading »

Man Uses Craigslist To Find A Guy To Rape His Wife

I am definitely a big fan of Craigslist—it’s helped me get rid of a bunch of old crap and even led me to the cute couch that’s now sitting in my teeny apartment. But it’s another bad PR day for the site. A man in North Carolina posted an ad on Craigslist to find someone to rape his wife. This is already wrong in so many ways, but the worst part is, someone responded. He came to the man’s house armed with a knife and assaulted the wife, while the husband watched and their two children slept in another room. The attacker was arrested Sunday—and the husband was led out in handcuffs on Wednesday. Hopefully his wife will be okay. And will instantly file for divorce.

All I have to say is, people, please stop using Craigslist for evil. Keep reading »

Five More Reasons We Still Need Feminism

Sirens siren Heather Wood Rudulph has written a piece for Huffington Post about five reasons we still need feminism, including the recent murder of abortion provider, Dr. George Tiller, and the propensity of pop culture to make women look like marriage-crazy loons.

Her five reasons are just dandy, but why limit ourselves to only five? It was depressingly easy to think of five more reasons we need more of the F-word. Keep reading »

Maine’s Topless Coffee Shop Burns Down

I’m one of those people that loves being naked. Ask anyone who has ever lived with me and they will tell you it’s my forte. Sadly, yesterday a coffee shop in Maine that shared my love of nakedness burned down. The Grand View Topless Café had been a huge success in Vassalboro, Maine since it opened February, due in large part to the half-naked wait staff. Relax, the servers were both male and female—the Grand View wasn’t just some pseudo Hooters. “We didn’t hire 10s,” the owner told CNN. “We hired everyone from skinny to big-boned.” Although many people in this small town were up in arms over the nudity when the place opened, the sex was selling. But, alas, the shop is no more. And the owner didn’t have insurance on the property. [Maine Today]

While the Grand View Topless Café rests in peace, let’s take a look at some other places where the topless business model prevails: Keep reading »

Past Sexual Partners Stay With You Like Unwanted Pubic Hair

Check out this ad for MTV’s Staying Alive global HIV and AIDS prevention campaign. What better way to visually represent how people’s past sexual partners stay with them forever and become entangled than with name-shaped pubic hair! [Copyranter] Keep reading »

Quickies! Susan Boyle Has Been Through A Lot

  • After being thrust into the limelight, Susan Boyle has experienced a tumultuous seven weeks. But even as she sits in a mental institution, she claims she has no regrets. [CNN] — The lady can sing, but we’re afraid she’s not quite built for fame.
  • Kate Gosselin wasn’t born with her infamous streak hairdo. Check out what she looked like before the oversized fam and publicity. [Pop Eater]
  • Keep reading »

Five Gems From Last Night’s “Real Housewives” Episode

Well, folks, it was a doozy last night! You wanted dirty dancing-style salsa lessons? You got it. You wanted extortion, kidnapping and “models” being arrested? It was your lucky night! You were feeling a little left out of the Chateau gossip? They gave you all the juicy details. So many moments of Jerz brilliance, so little space to opine—but here are a few of last night’s gems… Keep reading »

Dudes Gain Weight When Their Ladies Are Preggers

We’ve all heard of sympathy pains, though we definitely question their authenticity. But according to a new study, many men also pack on the pounds when the women in their lives are pregnant. On average, they gain about 14 pounds. And out of the 5,000 guys that participated in the survey, only 30% said they went on a diet with their partners after the baby was born. So why do they get pudgetastic? At least part of it has to do with anxiety over becoming a father. The fact that they also partake in weird craving meals probably has something to do with it, too. Also fascinating: scientists have coined a term for this phenomenon, “Couvade Syndrome,” whereby men get a lot of the symptoms their pregnant partners get, ranging from basic morning sickness to (this is uber-weird) contractions.

Now I am very far away from getting pregnant, light years even, but I do know one thing: I would much rather have my future hubby stay in shape so I have something hot to look at instead of wondering which of us is actually having a baby. Keep reading »

Quick Vid: A Woman With A Pet Hippo

With pet owners, there’s a fine line between sweet and just plain looney tunes. I gotta put this British woman in the later category—she has a pet hippo. Who lives in her house. And puts its head in her lap. And can open locked doors. And breaks lots of things, including beds. I also imagine that her home can’t smell very good? All that said, hippo Jessica is kinda cute. Keep reading »

  • Zergnet: Simply Irresistible

  • HowAboutWe

  • Popular