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Magazine Byline Breakdown Shows The Ratio Favors Men

Men outnumbered women two-to-one in the nation’s news, culture and literary magazines in 2010 — and in some cases the discrepancy was much, much worse. VIDA, an organization for women in the literary arts, counted all the bylines in mags like The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, and The New Republic and lit journals like Paris Review, Tin House, Granta, and Poetry for analysis. Literary journals Paris Review, Granta and Poetry were the most egalitarian, with a still-not-great two men’s bylines for every byline by a woman. The worst offender? The New York Review of Books, abysmally, published six bylines by men for every one byline by a woman. Pfffffffft. Keep reading »

Apparently, People Are Getting High On Bath Salts

If you think those bath salts in your bathroom are just for relaxing after a long day, you are mistaken. Officials have released a warning that bath salts are the hot new drug of choice and many cities are trying to put a ban on them. The fragrant crystals can be smoked, snorted, or mainlined, and induce a comparable high to cocaine or meth. Side effects include euphoria, extreme energy, hallucinations, paranoia, psychosis, delusions, insomnia, suicidal thoughts, chest pains, heart attacks, strokes, and smelling good. Other signs that a loved one may be using; they spend an awful of time taking baths and never seem all that clean, but emerge from the bathroom looking insane. Packets of bath salts go for $25 – $40 on the black market, I mean any drug store. But what about those of us who just want to take a bath? [KTLA] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: “The Daily Show” Disses Redefining Rape


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  • Leave it to Kristen Schaal at “The Daily Show” to give the best assessment of Republicans’ attempts to redefine rape in the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act. “Rape with benefits” and “rape-ish” are sooo becoming part of my vocabulary. Thankfully, the phrase “forcible rape” has been cut from the bill. [The Daily What via The Daily Show, Washington Post]
  • Former Oklahoma State Senator Herb Rozell suggested a pregnant woman who was nominated to the State Board of Education would be “worthless” because she would give birth during the legislative session and be totally obsessed with diapers or something. Rozell has been condemned by OK’s Governor Mary Fallin and other lawmakers, including two who said, “In this day and age, to have that type of attitude about a woman’s ability to serve is offensive, discriminatory and just wrong.” [Tulsa Beacon]
  • Starting salaries for female doctors are $17,000 less than for male doctors, according to a study published in Health Affairs. Oh, hell no. [Wall Street Journal]

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Health Care Reform Might Require Coverage Of Birth Control

For the past three years, I have not taken any birth control pills and instead solely relied on condoms for contraception. These past few years, I have been a full-time freelancer without health insurance and I have prioritized paying for my anti-depressant prescription — anywhere from $100 to $120 bucks a month, depending on the pharmacy — over BC.

But if the Obama administration gets its way after a thorough review from health experts, the costs of contraceptives and other family planning services will be covered by insurers under health care reform. Contraceptives would be considered “preventative services” because they prevent unwanted pregnancies and a host of other health issues that come along with the stork’s surprises. Wouldn’t that be the jam?

Don’t get too excited yet, though: some “family” organizations are already whining that pregnancy is “not a disease” and birth control should not be considered a preventative service. Keep reading »

Insensitive Tweets About The Situation In Egypt Are The New Black

Oof. What was the person behind designer Kenneth Cole’s Twitter account thinking with this one? A couple hours later, that tweet was followed up with this: “we weren’t intending to make light of a serious situation. We understand the sensitivity of this historic moment.” Yeah, you were just hoping to make money by using a joke about the situation as a lead in for posting a link to your online shop. Klassy! [The Gloss] Keep reading »

This Year’s Super Bowl Will Be A Cheerleader-Free Zone

There will be something missing during Sunday night’s Super Bowl—something that’s been a part of football’s biggest event for the past 45 years. Cheerleaders! Apparently, neither the Green Bay Packers or the Pittsburgh Steelers have them—the Steelers sent their cheerleaders packing in 1970 and Green Bay got rid of their pom-pom shakers in 1988. And the NFL has confirmed that they won’t be providing a squad to make up for the void. Well, since there won’t be a cadre of pretty women on the sidelines, this should at least make the Super Bowl cameramen a touch more creative on what to shoot before cutting to a commercial. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

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