Category Archives: News

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

Today’s Lady News: Sarah Palin Tweets To Obama “No Pussyfooting” On Osama Bin Laden Pic

  • Sarah Palin weighed in on the Osama bin Laden death photo debate on Twitter — because we all care what the former governor of Alaska thinks about it!!! — to tell President Obama, “Show photo as warning to others seeking America’s destruction. No pussy-footing around, no politicking, no drama; it’s part of the mission.” Translation: This was probably the only way Sarah could use the word “pussy” in reference to Obama in a tweet and not get in trouble. [BuzzFeed]
  • An Iowa bill that will ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy — which is when anti-abortion activists say a fetus can feel pain — was basically dead inside a state legislature committee, but a group of politicians used a loophole to send it to the Iowa Senate. The bill may be up for a vote as soon as next week. [Des Moines Register]
  • Twenty years after she was raped at a college party, Liz Seccuro received an apology letter from her rapist. [Guardian UK]

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Tech Update: Commenting Issues To Be Resolved Soon (Hopefully!)

Hi all! Lucca is napping — soooo lazy — so I’m posting this tech update. This is our first day using Disqus as a commenting platform — as I’m sure you’ve noticed, there are some bugs, most notably that all comments are appearing on all posts. Our tech team is working with Disqus on resolving this — and other issues — and hopefully everything will be running smoothly soon. In the end, we think you’ll find Disqus a pleasure to use. Thanks for your patience! Keep reading »

Man Gets Royal Wedding Tattoo … With The Wrong Date

A quick word to the wise: if you are planning to get a tattoo to commemorate the joining of Prince William and Kate Middleton in holy matrimony, I would suggest making sure that your tattoo artist has a calendar handy. Luckily, this chap isn’t too upset that his tat heralds the 28th of April as the big day when it was actually the 29th. “‘It’s quirky. It’ll be the only one in the country with that date,” he said. [Metro UK] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: What To Expect When You’re (Young And) Expecting

I have teen pregnancy on my mind today. In case you haven’t heard, today is the National Day to End Teen Pregnancy, and 16 years ago, I was a pregnant teen. I always knew motherhood would be an important part of my life, and when I was 18 and found out I was pregnant, there was a voice inside of me that said, calmly and clearly, Now is the time. Keep reading »

National Geographic Tackles Infantilism

I know what I’m watching this evening. This week’s episode of National Geographic’s “Taboo” features Stanley Thorton, an adult baby. The 29-year-old sleeps in a crib he built himself, plays with Legos, and is spoon and bottle-fed by Sandra Diaz, his “caretaker.” No, they are not lovers. And yes, in case you were wondering, he wears diapers. In public, Stanley behaves and dresses as an adult man, but at home, it’s all baby, all the time. This is not a sexual fetish for Stanley, it’s about recapturing the love and care of early childhood and “relaxing” after a long day. More please. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Who Gets Abortions In The U.S.?

  • Who gets abortions in the U.S.? The Guttmacher Institute, a nonpartisan reproductive health organization, sought to profile the women who get abortions in this graphically-curious video released on April 28. Most women who are get abortions are in their 20s. Six out of 10 women who terminate a pregnancy already have kids and many have two or more kids. Needing to care for their existing children is often a primary reason for why women who already have kids choose to end a pregnancy. Three out of four women who have abortions describe themselves as religiously affiliated and Catholic women have abortions at approximately the same rate as women overall. In 2008, four out of 10 women who had abortions lived below the federal poverty line. White women account for 36 percent of abortions, followed by black women at 30 percent and Latinas at 25 percent. [YouTube]
  • A Texas cheerleader who was kicked off the team for refusing to cheer for her alleged rapist was denied a U.S. Supreme court review yesterday. Months ago, a federal appeals court said the young woman, known only as H.S., was cheering for her school and not for herself and therefore was obliged to follow the dictates of the team. H.S. claims she was raped in 2008 by Rakheem Bolton, a member of the football team, at a party. Bolton plead guilty to misdemeanor assault in 2010. Blech, what a gross story. [San Francisco Chronicle]

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