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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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Klondike Sells Ice Cream, Sexist Gender Stereotypes

“What color shall we paint the foyer?” is a boring conversation, no doubt. But does Klondike really have to portray listening to one’s wife talk for five whole seconds as a trial for a man? I get it: the game is on, he doesn’t care about the color, he’s trying to be polite. He deserves an ice cream! I guess portraying adult men as overgrown toddlers with no attention span pushes products?

After the jump, another Klondike commercial in which men — gasp! — are affectionate towards one another: Keep reading »

Osama Bin Laden’s Death Sets A Tweets-Per-Second Record

So obviously, the big news of the week is that on Sunday night, Navy SEALS found and killed Osama bin Laden. And this may go down in history as the first major news event to unravel on Twitter. Not only did news of the kill leak out on the site a full hour before President Obama’s 11:30 p.m. address to the nation, but the event also set a record for the most tweets. From 10:45 p.m. to 2:20 a.m. on Sunday, there was an average of 3,000 tweets per second, which is apparently abbreviated “TPS” and immediately makes me think of “Office Space.” That peaked at 11 p.m. when there was an astonishing 5,106 TPS. Keep reading »

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