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Smoking Damages Ladies Hearts And Lungs Way More Than Men’s

Cigarettes are sexist! According to a new study by scientists at the University of Minnesota and Johns Hopkins University, female smokers face a 25 percent greater risk of developing heart disease than males who do a comparable amount of puff-puffing. Similarly, lady smokers have double the risk of lung cancer. These alarming stats come from crunching the data on 2.4 million people between the years of 1966 and 2010, so it’s no joke. And the scientists have a theory on why this is happening. “Women might extract a greater quantity of carcinogens and other toxic agents from the same number of cigarettes than men,” they say. So put that in your “inspiration to quit” hat and … smoke it. [Newser, MedPage] Keep reading »

Is This Spoof Always Ad With Drag Queens Transphobic — Or Revolutionary?

Men aren’t usually in commercials for period products. But this spoof ad — which Proctor & Gamble denied via Twitter is affiliated with Always — has lots of them. Men in bright red lipstick, men in bustiers, men with beehive hairdos that would put Amy Winehouse to shame. The spoof stars drag queens and lots of ‘em; each one is boo-hooing like a three-year-old girl because he’s got man parts down south. “There are some people who would just love to have a period,” the subtitling reads. “Let alone a happy one.” I, a person not usually known for her love of advertisements, think the commercial is actually pretty revolutionary. I mean, drag queens? In a commercial? And it’s not the Super Bowl and they’re not being mocked?

Other bloggers did not quite agree with me, calling the commercial “transphobic.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: MTV’s New iCondom App Helps You Find Places To Buy Condoms

Today's Lady News
  • MTV’s Staying Alive HIV prevention campaign partnered up with iCondom for a new iPhone app that allows users to search via GPS for places to buy condoms. While I commend MTV commitment to promoting safe sex, I also think it’s stupid to make it seem to adolescents that condoms are hard to find. You can get them at nearly every pharmacy, grocery store, big box store, and even gas station. [Clutch Magazine]
  • If you thought my post earlier today about the racial politics of “The Help” movie was interesting, you may also want to read this “Open Letter to Fans of ‘The Help,” from the Association of Black Women Historians. [Clutch Magazine]

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“When A Woman’s At The Wheel” = The Most Sexist Car Commercial Ever!

You know what’s so confusing and hard? Driving. All those signs! And lights! And potholes! And other cars you have to avoid crashing into! How do you ever wrap your pretty little head around it?

Boy, this Goodyear Polyglass commercial about “when a woman’s at the wheel” is a gem. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

70 Percent Of Women Would Give Up Sex Rather Than Their Cellphone

Which would you rather give up—sex or your cellphone? A recent study by TeleNav found that a surprising number of people—a third of all those that they surveyed—would choose to forego the former rather than the latter. And the percentage shot up when they looked at women’s answers. Gulp, a whopping 70 percent of ladies said that they’d gladly give up sex for a week rather than go a week without their phone. The survey found that people would be willing to give up some other big items too if it meant getting to keep their phones on their person. For example, 70 percent said they would completely ditch alcohol, 55 percent said they would bid caffeine adieu, and 54 percent said they would give up exercise.

This has me wondering: are we too dependent on our phones? Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: NYC Public Schools To Require Students Take Sex Ed

  • Beginning this year, New York City’s public middle school and high school students will be required to take sex education classes. Classes include directions on how to use a condom and discussions about STDs and pregnancy. Wait, what, this didn’t already exist? Apparently not. The New York Times reports this is the first time in almost 20 years students are required to take sex ed in this level of detail. [New York Times]
  • The New York Times Magazine has a piece coming up this weekend about “pregnancy reduction,” which is when someone who is pregnant with twins or other multiples aborts some of the fetuses so that they only give birth to one child. [New York Times Magazine]
  • Women only hold one-quarter of jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, which is the same level they did in 2000. [Think Progress]

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