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The 28-Day Meditation Challenge: Can Focusing On Breathing Change Your Life?

I am the opposite of new-agey. I have only gone to a psychic once, in New Orleans, and tuned out immediately when it was obvious that homegirl had no idea what she was talking about. I have never been very interested in horoscopes, mostly because the attributes ascribed to my sign, Taurus—stubborn, down-to-earth, bullheaded—never seemed particularly embraceable. And neither Madonna‘s biceps nor all my friends who adore it have been able to convince me to try yoga—mostly because my parents are devotees (in fact, my dad quit his job as a stockbroker to teach yoga) and whatever your parents do just isn’t cool. So when Sharon Salzberg, a friend of a friend and a meditation teacher for more than 30 years, asked me to be part of the 28-day meditation challenge outlined in her new book, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, for the month of February, I wanted to run. Like, fast. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Wikipedia Is A Dickipedia

  • Less than 15 percent of users who edit Wikipedia’s content are women, which means the encyclopedia’s entries are likely presenting a gender-skewed version of the facts. Get online and start editing, ladies! [New York Times]
  • One hundred mothers staged a “nurse-in” in a Montreal mall after a woman was kicked out of a children’s clothing store (a children’s clothing store!) for breastfeeding her five-month-old baby. [Yahoo Shine]
  • “Pariah,” a flick about a black teen lesbian, got picked up at Sundance. [After Ellen
  • Here's what you can do to stop the "No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act," a scary bill redefining rape that I wrote about this morning. [Feministing]

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Study: Women Who Are Ovulating Buy Sexier Clothing

Despite human evolution, our primal thoughts and instinctive behaviors are still — though subconsciously — with us.

New research from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management found that when women are ovulating, they unknowingly buy and dress in more sexy clothing in a survival of the fittest tactic to beat out other women during this highly reproductive period.

Dr. Laura Corio, AOL women’s health expert, says that during ovulation several hormones are elevated in a woman’s body including estrogen, FSH, LH, as well as testosterone that increases libido. Read more… Keep reading »

Behold: The Bacteria Living Inside Your Belly Button

We all get a little lint stuck in your belly buttons every now and again, but have you ever wondered if there was anything, uh, growing inside of it? Scientists at 2011 Science Online Conference took samples from the belly buttons of volunteers and displayed the bacteria growing inside them in these petri dishes. Interested in having your belly button bounty analyzed? They’re doing another sampling event February 12 at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Dare I say belly button bacteria is … beautiful? [Boing Boing] Keep reading »

Women Are More Effective Politicians, Study Says

Women politicians bring home the bacon more to their district, not to mention sponsor, co-sponsor and get enacted more bills than their male counterparts, according to a forthcoming study in the American Journal of Political Science. Univeristy of Chicago professor Christopher Berry and Stanford doctoral candidate Sarah Anzia compared male and female politicians to discover who is more effective. Not who is more popular or who gets more votes, but who can be the most effective lawmaker. Berry and Anzia concluded that because women are far less well-represented than men in all levels of government, perhaps it is only the best-of-the-best who make it and as a result, women get more done. Between 1984 and 2004, women brought an average of $49 million more back to their home districts than their male counterparts did, which held true regardless of geography. Women also sponsored an average of three more bills per Congress, co-sponsored an average of 26 more bills per Congress, and attracted more co-sponsors than their male colleagues. These findings don’t mean that women are better politicians, of course, but it appears to mean that when a woman finally gets elected, it is because she is really good at what she does. Hmph, I wonder if there’s some way this study could explain Sarah Palin? [Newsweek] Keep reading »

PETA Wants To Run Commercial Of Hot Girls Fellating Vegetables During the Super Bowl


You work that carrot, baby! In 2009, PETA was willing to pay millions to run a commercial during the Super Bowl of scantily clad women making out with vegetables. The networks declined to air “Veggie Love” — think of the children! — but now PETA is trying again with an “outtakes” video. Once again they’ve upset the delicate balance between animal rights/objectifying women. But when it comes to PETA, what else is new? Hey, how many meateaters became vegans or vegetarians because a bikini model fellated a stick of celery? [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

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