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

Infographic: What It Takes To Get An Abortion In The U.S.

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The feminist activist group Third Wave Foundation put together this incredibly informative infographic depicting what it takes for a woman to obtain an abortion in the United States. The graphic calls attention to “the barriers … that are overshadowed in current debates,” particularly those affecting low-income women who have “limited access to money, safety, shelter, transportation, and documentation.” Seeing all of it together is, well, striking and depressing. Click the link above to see the graphic blown up to full size. [via Psychotropic Politics] Keep reading »

Mommyrexia: When Moms Fight To Stay Thin While Pregnant

Ahh, new parenthood. Full of excitement, late nights, priceless memories, and small joys. But for some women, motherhood comes with a hefty price — MOMMYREXIA. An article in today’s New York Post explores the, ahem, important issue of moms — specifically on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, so specifically white and upper middle class/wealthy — who are obsessed with pregnancy weight gain. This fear of being a, well, fat mom (fat by completely bizarro standards, BTW) is so overwhelming, that the mommyrexics struggle to stay thin while knocked up and don’t waste any time before hitting the gym once their little one is no longer in their taut bellies. Keep reading »

Gross Talk: Yo, What’s Wrong With My Belly Button?

Last night, I was reclined on my bed, reading my Twitter feed on my iPad — I am such a modern gal! — when I felt a weird pricking in my abdomen. My belly button, to be more specific. I lifted my shirt to get a better look, my index finger doing the bulk of the investigating. I felt more pricking and my finger unearthed some crusty gunk. Normally such a discovery would excite me; I am fascinated by the gross things our bodies flake off and have been known to peel my own foot skin and pick at head scabs. But my initial glee was thrown off by, of course, the naval pain and the fact that underneath the crusty bits, my belly button was moist.

I hate the word moist and I resent having to use it to describe a part of my body. I prefer wet, but “wet” implies a certain volume of discernible liquid and that doesn’t apply here. It’s not like my belly button was gushing fluid. It just didn’t feel dry inside. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Reader Submission Edition!

Hey all! Jessica is out today because she hurt her eyeball. Long story, one I suspect she may explain when she’s no longer wearing an eye patch. Hence, Today’s Lady News will be a reader submission edition! The rules are the same as the last few times we’ve done it: Submit your own links to news articles and blog posts about women, girls, trans-identified people, gender roles, feminism or sexism in the comments. Just write a sentence or two summary explaining what the link is about and give everyone a heads up if it has language or imagery that’s NSFW.

Jess will be back with her regularly scheduled Today’s Lady News sometime this week. Thanks everyone! Keep reading »

“Planking” Is Over—It’s All About “Cone-ing” Now

Just in time for summer, a hot weather-friendly viral fad called “cone-ing” is sweeping the interwebs. Phew, this means we can all stop “planking”. Simply put, cone-ing, invented by Australian comedian Alki Stevens, is the act of grabbing a soft serve ice cream cone upside down thus creating the most awkward situation possible. Very awkward indeed, but sadly, a terrible waste of ice cream. My inner former fat kid is crying. [Cone-ing] Keep reading »

Barack Obama On Being A Dad

“I grew up without a father around. I have certain memories of him taking me to my first jazz concert and giving me my first basketball as a Christmas present. But he left when I was two years old. And even though my sister and I were lucky enough to be raised by a wonderful mother and caring grandparents, I always felt his absence and wondered what it would have been like if he had been a greater presence in my life. I still do. It is perhaps for this reason that fatherhood is so important to me, and why I’ve tried so hard to be there for my own children.”

Barack Obama shares his thoughts on being a dad in an essay in the latest issue of People, just in time for Father’s Day. Man, this is one adorable family. Keep reading »

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