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

The Gonorrhea Superbug Is Here

Did you need something new to worry about today? No problem, I can help you out with that. According to the C.D.C., a new strain of gonorrhea — aka “The Crap” — identified in a woman in Japan and two men in Norway, appears to be resistant to treatment. While no cases of the new gonorrhea “superbug” have been reported in the U.S., officials are concerned about the “very complex bacteria which has a pretty amazing ability to mutate and for people to develop resistances to antibiotics.” In fact, that crafty bug has already mutated three times since the 1940s. And not to get you worried or anything (well maybe just a little bit), but we are currently using the last known treatment for the STD. So what does that mean considering that more than 700,000 people in the U.S. contract the clap every year? Outlook not so good if supergonorrhea starts spreading. So yeah, you already knew this, but, um … SAFE SEX. [NY Times] Keep reading »

Milk Vows To Help “Men Living With PMS”

The milk ad campaigns of yore have been, for the most part, non-offensive. I mean, there’s not too much to argue with in the slogans “Does a Body Good” and “Got Milk?” But the California Milk Processor Board is taking a new approach which I find totally obnoxious. Their new ads riff on a recent study that shows milk can reduce PMS symptoms (or more accurately, that taking 1200 milligrams of calcium a day for three months can), but this information isn’t presented to women—it’s packaged for men. In the “Everything I Do Is Wrong” campaign, men with baffled expressions on their faces clutch cartons of milk under text that reads, “Are you a man living with PMS?” and “I’m sorry I listened to what you said and not what you meant.” Underneath, a URL leads dudes to EverythingIDoIsWrong.org, a website that’s a mock public service announcement for men dealing with the horrors of women’s PMS.

All I can say to this is … UGH. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: New Hampshire Planned Parenthood Stops Dispensing Birth Control

  • Planned Parenthood of New Hampshire has stopped dispensing birth control because of budgetary issues. The state government, upset that Planned Parenthood clinics provide abortions, naturally yanked funding from the clinics, preventing them from providing services which could prevent women from having abortions. It makes so much sense. [Concord Monitor]
  • The New York Post‘s “scoop” that the hotel maid who accused ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was actually a prostitute is looking hella fishy. [Washington Post]
  • Why won’t the mainstream media call abortion clinic violence what it is: terrorism? [Slate]

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Chew On This, Pervs

I’m assuming this only works on people who can’t chew gum and jerk off at the same time. [The Clearly Dope] Keep reading »

Piglet Gets A Warm Bath


It’s Monday, which sort of sucks. I think we need a little pick-me-up. Check out this video of a chilly little piglet getting a warm bath. I love how blissed out he is. That’s how I would feel if I were sitting in the sunshine right now instead of my freezing cubicle. Keep reading »

5 Things To Know About Betty Ford, “Stealth Feminist” And First Lady

Betty Ford is not a First Lady most of us think about regularly (unless, I suppose, one is an addict). She lacked the glitz and glamour of Michelle Obama or Jackie O and was not necessarily a powerhouse in the White House like Eleanor Roosevelt. But when Betty Ford died on Friday at age 93, obituaries remembered a women’s rights activist who was uncommonly outspoken for her time and polled more popular than her husband, Gerald Ford. In addition to her foundation of The Betty Ford Clinic, one of the most famous rehab centers in the country, Betty Ford should also be remembered as a Republican “stealth feminist,” blogger Joanne Bamberger at PunditMom wrote.

After the jump, five things to know about Betty Ford, a surprisingly cool First Lady. Keep reading »

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