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Does The Internet Need A Geek Culture Site For Women?

The Mary Sue, a new geek culture blog, just launched a hot second ago, and in one of the very first posts, a staff blogger explains to readers why a geek site “for women” is really necessary. It was an explanation I needed, frankly, because at first blush, I saw an Oscars roundup and a pic of a little girl dressed as a princess next to an R2-D2 and I wondered what made this site different from existing ladyblogs like The Frisky, Jezebel or The Hairpin — really, what made it needed. (By the way, the phrase “the Mary Sue” is a term used to describe a cliché, idealized female character often found in “dude literature.) After reading Susana Polo’s thoughtful first post, however, I can see why some of the existing spaces online don’t work for many geek girls who dig comics and “Star Trek” more than eyeshadow and “The Real Housewives.” Keep reading »

What’s The Most Inappropriate Time You’ve Dropped The F-Bomb?

Watching Melissa Leo drop the f-bomb during her Oscar acceptance speech made me feel a little bit better about my own f-bomb mishap. Sometimes it just happens at the most inappropriate moments. For me, it was back in my days as a high school teacher. It was 8th grade visitors night and parents and potential students were coming through my classroom to watch my students rehearse for an upcoming school play. One of my actresses fell on the stage and her skirt flipped up so all of our visitors saw her underwear. That’s when I started to laugh uncontrollably. I know it’s wrong, but I just couldn’t stop. I laughed so hard that I got a gushing nosebleed. Don’t think this story can get any worse? You’re wrong. Keep reading »

Gross Talk: Do You Pop Your Tonsil Stones?

Yesterday morning, I woke up with a rather painful sore throat. I headed straight for the mirror and open my mouth as wide as I could, peering down my throat in search of swollen glands or major redness. Instead, I saw white bumps on what I assumed to be my tonsils. I headed straight for the internet to do a little self-diagnosis, thinking surely I had strep throat or some other incredibly annoying infection that would require a trip to the doctor. And while I might have an infection that requires a trip to the doctor, the point of this post is not my health and well-being. The point is to discuss a little thing I discovered while doing my research called “tonsil stones.” (Gross photo after the jump, FYI.) Keep reading »

“Baby-Breeding” Ring Busted In Asia

Anywhere you can find women, you can find people trying to control women’s reproductive capabilities. I write a lot on The Frisky about attempts to deter women from having abortions. But in parts of Asia, there’s a problem that’s quite different: fertile women acting as surrogates who are kept in farm-like conditions for “baby breeding.” Recently, 14 Vietnamese women, including seven who were pregnant, were rescued from an “illegal and inhuman” baby breeding facility in Thailand. Keep reading »

What Would You Rather Have For Dessert?

Hmmm. My sweet tooth is howling. What should I have for dessert? There’s two tasty options that I just can’t choose between. I could jet to London for some Baby Gaga, human breast milk ice cream. Yes, lactating women actually donate breast milk to the ice cream parlor. Don’t worry, it’s screened for safety. Sounds creamy and delish! But what about this deep fried Nutella nugget that looks like poop? Crunchy and chocolatey. Tough call. I think I pick the Nutella nugget. So what if it looks like doody? I can’t get down with eating another woman’s titty juice. Your turn! If you had to pick one, which would it be? [BBC, Dlisted]
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Today’s Lady News: Botox For Your Vajayjay?

  • Botox may help women whose vaginismus (vaginal spasms) prevent them from enjoying sex. And your vajayjay will look so much younger! [New York Daily News]
  • Networks like NBC, CBS and ABC won’t air commercials for the “female sexual aid” Zestra because it — gasp! — promotes pleasure for the ladies. Lie back and think of England, girls. [USA Today]
  • Kansas’ House of Representatives has passed a bill that would require the parents of a minor to consent to an abortion. Currently, parents in Kansas are required to be notified if their minor has an abortion. [KansasCity.com]

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