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Hallmark Made A Card For Black Single Moms On Father’s Day

Hallmark Mahogany, a line targeted toward blacks, made greeting cards this Father’s Day for black single mothers. Bossip points us to the controversy, which pits the recognition of mamas who do both the mommy and the daddy job against the assumption that its perpetuating a stereotype. Personally, I don’t find the card pictured, which reads “For all the times you’ve been there for others, you deserve a day just for you,” the least bit offensive. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Michele Bachmann, Anti-Gay Pol, Is Using Katy Perry’s “Firework” Anthem

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is staunchly anti-gay, is using Katy Perry’s song, “Firework,” an anthem to tolerance and acceptance, on her campaign trail. Katy, get on this, quick! [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Six Planned Parenthood clinics will close in Minnesota after cuts to federal Title X funding. Here’s how Indiana Planned Parenthood responded to recent budget cuts to its clinics. [UPI]
  • The new flick “Horrible Bosses” seems to have confused the terms “sex criminal” with “maneater.” [Feministing]
  • How to be a feminist boyfriend. (Or husband. Or girlfriend. Or wife.) [Sexy Feminist]

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Vomit Art

Disclaimer: You may not want to watch this video before, during, or after eating … or maybe at all if you’re squeamish and get nauseous when you watch others vomit.

Performance artist Millie Brown is a trailblazer in a new medium known as puke art. Her latest work, “Nexus Vomitius,” features her drinking an array of colored liquids and then throwing them up onto a canvas while accompanied by opera singers. The finished product is not bad. I would consider hanging it in my home if I wasn’t worried about the smell. I find this conceptually interesting in theory, disgusting in practice. What do you think of Millie’s puke painting? High art or a foul mess? [Buzz Feed] Keep reading »

How Indiana’s Planned Parenthood Will Cope With Defunding

In the past few months, three states have enacted new laws to strip their Planned Parenthod clinics of funding. State and federal funds never paid for abortions because they are prohibited to do so by federal law. Alas, conservative politicians in Indiana, Kansas and North Carolina want to punish Planeed Parenthoods for providing abortions at all.

What are the consequences of this low-down, dirty, anti-women move? Employees lose their jobs and other services get cut. The Indianpolis Star checked in with the Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana and the $1.3 million in budget cuts — about 1/10th of its budget — are depressing. Keep reading »

“Elimination Communication” — When Children Poop In Public

This weekend, a friend of mine posted the following on her Facebook wall:

Just witnessed a new low in parenting. We were waiting in line for the ferry when the dad in front of us announced his kid had to go to the bathroom. Instead of, oh, I dunno, going to one of the many port-a-potties in the area, the mom whipped out her own port-a-potty and sat the kid down in it. Right there!

This experience, as it turned out, was not an aberration. Further research on her part, and then mine because I was utterly fascinated, revealed that “kids pooping and peeing in public” is a trend in potty-training called “elimination communication.” Keep reading »

Oh, Baby! No More Tears With The President

He can’t save the economy. He can’t stop Republicans from making us barefoot and pregnant at the stove. But the Barack Obama can stop a crying baby when even the First Lady can’t get the kid to stop screeching. So adorbs! Sigh. I want the president to hold me while I cry. [YouTube] Keep reading »

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