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

Our Hormones, Our Careers

A new study done at Pennsylvania State University found that hormones may play a role in women’s carer choices. A group of 125 men and women between the ages of 9 and 26 were asked to rank careers in order of interest. Women with high levels of the male hormone androgen tended to prefer professions such as carpenter, pilot, scientist — the same as the men who participated in the study — while women with lower levels of androgens were interested in more interpersonal careers such as teacher, social worker, or musician. Although scientists are still unclear about exactly how these hormones affect our brains, this information is useful in enticing more of us to pursue careers in science and technology — play up the interpersonal aspect and we will flock. [Live Science] Keep reading »

Sperm Bank Turning Away Redheads

The world’s largest sperm bank is turning away redheaded wankers, because no one wants their sperm. The director of Cryos International said the supply of redheads, who can make up to $500 for their DNA donation, far exceeds the demand. Instead, it is sperm donors with brown hair and brown eyes who are in the biggest demand, as Cryos’ largest customer base in Italy, Greece, and Spain. Indian donors are also in high demand because India doesn’t allow the exportation of sperm. The only demand for ginger-jizz comes from the wonderland of Ireland, where it sells “like hot cakes” — and, of course, me, who seeks a donation of Prince Harry‘s redheaded sperm specifically.

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9 Better Applications Of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Than To Military Personnel

Woo hoo! At exactly 12:01 a.m. this morning, the Pentagon repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Clinton-era policy that said gays and lesbians could serve in the military as long as they kept their personal life a secret. Finally, the military has let go of this ridiculous policy—which led gay military personnel to have to weave intricate lies to cover up their sexuality and face discharge if they were outed—and adopted a zero tolerance policy toward anti-gay behavior. This morning, we got to read all sorts of heartwarming stories—like about Navy Lt. Gary Ross, who married his partner of 11 years at midnight as the policy was repealed. “This is Gary’s official coming out,” the justice of the peace said during the ceremony. [Slate, Newser]

We’re glad “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is no more. But there are certain circumstances in life where it is actually makes sense. After the jump, some places we plan to apply DADT in our daily lives. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Michele Bachmann Jokes About Ex-Gay Therapy

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann made an insensitive quip about the so-called “ex-gay therapy” her husband does on “The Tonight Show” on Friday, joking that she thought it was “a mid-life crisis line — ‘Pray away the grey.’” Har har har. [Think Progress]
  • Remember that piece in Psychology Today last year about a “study” that “proved” black women are unattractive? The London School of Economics has decided to place its author, Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa, on teaching probation for one year for making the school look bad. [Racialicious]
  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ends today: lesbian and gay troops will no longer be forced to hide their sexuality while serving in the military! [Washington Blade]

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Anti-Abortion Activists Bring Ultrasounds To Congress

Anti-abortion activists will bring their “Voices from the Womb” project to Capital Hill on October 13 when they perform ultrasounds on expectant mothers to “introduce” congressional employees to fetuses at 12 weeks and 18 weeks. Their hope is that politicians will “hear the beating heart” and “clearly see their fingers and toes,” which will make all “pro-choice politics and arguments melt away,” according to the group’s leader, Brandi Swindell. Congress and the public are all invited to see the public ultrasounds, after which the project will begin touring at schools, churches and public hearings around the country. Keep reading »

Campus Confidential: My Bank Account Is On A Diet

There’s one thing that really, really sucks about college. Yes, there’s no way around it: college costs an insanely large amount of money for which I personally think it’s borderline inhumane to even charge. It’s my silly little opinion that education should be a basic human right and therefore should be free. Unfortunately, almost every major academic institution in this country disagrees with me.

But even beyond the tuition itself, as soon as I arrived here I felt the very distinct pain, depression and slight panic that comes with the knowledge that your bank account is significantly dwindling. First, there was the cost of books that neared $500 (for my first semester alone) and this even accounted for scouring the internet for the best deals on used editions. Then there was the whole “going out” thing. Somebody would suggest going to a nearby sushi restaurant, or maybe catching a concert or show. Torn between being social and being frugal is not a fun place to be, especially when trying to make new friends. Keep reading »

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