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Inside The Shocking Defense Of Accused Killer Casey Anthony

Nearly three years after little Caylee Anthony first disappeared, the case is finally being tried in Florida, kicking off with dramatic opening arguments that offered more twists and shifting allegiances than an entire season of Law & Order. This week’s issue of People looks inside the bombshell defense of Casey Anthony, who is accused of killing her two-year-old daughter Caylee in June 2008. Keep reading »

Dudes, Keep Your Cell Phones Out Of Your Pockets!

It’s a freaky enough thought that cellphone radiation could cause cancer—something we’ve been hearing whispers about for years. Just this week, the World Health Organization declared they are looking into it as a genuine possiblity. But there’s some evidence emerging that cellphone radiation could also cause infertility in men. An article over at The Daily Beast surveys the data—mainly, three studies that found higher levels of damaged sperm in rats who were exposed to the radiation. But the piece also cites another study conducted from 1993 to 2007 that looked at the records of men at Austrian fertility clinics and whether or not the guys used cellphones. Of the cellphone users, 68 percent had damaged sperm while only 58 percent of non-users did—a significant difference. The recommendation for guys at the moment? Keep cellphones out of their pockets.

Of course, it doesn’t look like any research has been dedicated to whether cellphones effect female fertility. So I guess we have that fun to look forward to? Also, do not even think of using this information as a birth control method. [And, gentleman, this is also not an excuse to wear your cellphone in a hip holster. -- Editor] [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »

Barack Obama Wages War On Wiener

Yes he can pound a chili dog. It’s comforting to know we have a president who takes a no-nonsense approach to everything … including lunch. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

Why Sarah Palin Will Never Be President

Why won’t Sarah Palin ever be president? It won’t be because of her shoddy grasp of foreign policy (“I can see Russia from my house!”). It won’t be because of the ethics investigations that dog her. It won’t because her pro-abstinence-only education, anti-abortion policies harm women and girls and a revolution of ladies have risen up to tell her where to shove it — although I wish that were it.

No, Sarah Palin will never be president because man shall never be ruled by a woman. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: 14-Year-Old Girl Can Spell “Cymothichous” (And You Can’t)

  • Sukanya Roy, 14, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night. Sukanya is the 46th female to win and the fourth consecutive Indian-American. Sukanya’s winning word was “cymothichous,” which is Greek for “wavy-haired.” Congratulations! [The Mary Sue]
  • Melinda Hernandez, 30, was a juror in the controversial trial that acquitted NYPD’s “rape cops” last week. A self-described feminist, Hernandez spoke with Women’s eNews about how the jury came to their “not guilty” verdict and her anguish that there was not enough evidence to put the cops behind bars. “I was a juror and I am a feminist. This was devastating to me,” Hernandez said. “But I had to do my job and be fair and impartial. A person is innocent until proven guilty. The burden — and it is a burden — remains on the victim. Perhaps if there were women demonstrating outside the courthouse every day it may have helped the jurors be more aware and more conscious of their verdicts. Who knows?” [Womens eNews]

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Disorder Of The Day: Involuntary Emotional Expression Disorder

In the past, I’ve spent weeks obsessing over pica, rickets, and scurvy. What can I say? Unusual afflictions fascinate my inner science geek. Today, I am busy learning all there is to know about Involuntary Emotional Expression Disorder, sometimes known as pseudobulbar affect. This is when you have an extremely inappropriate and uncontrollable emotional reaction — like hysterical laughter at a funeral or sobbing after a joke. This is not like chuckling when someone trips and falls; I think that’s just standard human inappropriateness to laugh when someone bites it. This is much worse. Sufferers describe these emotional outbursts as sudden and unpredictable, almost seizure-like. This must be such a difficult disorder disorder to have all the time, but especially if you are on a first date. Yikes. [Cracked] Keep reading »

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