“The Campus Accountability And Safety Act” Announced To Press Schools On Sexual Assault

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  • Today, Democrats, Republicans and sexual assault survivors announced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, which will increase the financial punishment on schools which violate the gender equality law Title IX by mishandling sexual assaults on campus. The act would also make schools provide an advisor for each victim of sexual violence in order to help them through the process of going through the school’s disciplinary proceedings, as well as make public the anonymous surveys about campus assaults. [MSNBC, New York Times]
  • Massachusetts has hastily passed a law designed to increase safety around abortion clinics in response to a recent Supreme Court decision which struck down “buffer zones” as a violation of anti-abortion protesters’ free speech. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

Katy Perry Responds To Accusations Of Racial Insensitivity

“As far as the mummy thing, I based it on plastic surgery. Look at someone like Kim Kardashian or Ice-T’s wife, Coco. Those girls aren’t African-American. But it’s actually a representation of our culture wanting to be plastic, and that’s why there’s bandages and it’s mummies. I thought that would really correlate well together… It came from an honest place. If there was any inkling of anything bad, then it wouldn’t be there, because I’m very sensitive to people. … I guess I’ll just stick to baseball and hot dogs, and that’s it. I know that’s a quote that’s gonna come to fuck me in the ass, but can’t you appreciate a culture? I guess, like, everybody has to stay in their lane? I don’t know.”

As a pop star who has had more than a few accusations the racial insensitivity against her, Katy Perry was asked by Rolling Stone to explain herself. Unlike Miley Cyrus, at least Katy doesn’t seem to think she’s being persecuted for no reason. Instead, Katy just seems frustrated that parading around in makeup and a costume to look like someone of a different race isn’t seen as “appreciat[ing] a culture.” Keep reading »

RIP Society: Black Cats Are Being Abandoned Because They Don’t Show Up In Selfies

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According to the RSPCA, a British animal charity, abandoning animals that aren’t photogenic has become “a national problem” in the U.K. Of the 1,000 cats currently living in RSPCA shelter, 70 percent are black. Between 2007 and 2013, there was a 65 percent increase in the number of black cats taken in at the Blue Cross animal charity. “Black animals tend not to photograph as well as other cats with more distinctive markings,” they told The Telegraph. Sadly, it seems that a pet’s ability to take a good selfie is worth a lot more to some people these days than how much love they can give. Many pet owners apparently complained when dropping the cats off at the shelter that they didn’t show up well in pictures, and prospective owners at the shelter requested to meet cats that were any color other than black. Meanwhile, orange and white cats, who show up better on camera, are being adopted left and right. This also makes it tough for the RSPCA to advertise the black cats in photos on their website. Even though these kitties were once thought of as bad luck, many Britons believe they bring the opposite, but their lack of photo cred seems to leave them in the dust. Come on animal lovers, we’re better than this! [CosmopolitanTelegraph UK] [Image via Shutterstock]

Presidential Masculinity Apparently Cannot Withstand Ordering “Lavender Ice Tea”

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While visiting a coffee shop in Kansas City, Missouri, today, President Obama ordered himself a regular iced tea — but, you know, a manly iced tea. An employee at Parkville Coffee offered the president a lavender iced tea, to which he replied, “I’m not confident enough to order that.”  I suppose he could have meant he had a bad stomach when it comes to species in the mint family and he’s not confident he won’t shit all over Air Force One. But this sounded to me like lavender iced tea is, you know, girly.

Am I over-thinking this? Probably. But what I really want to know is, how will this focus group with lavender supporters? [BuzzFeed] [Image of lavender via Shutterstock]

Are These Real Life Rose-Colored Glasses?

Rose Colored Glasses

Happy Lens sunglasses by Spy Optic are specially designed to boost your mood, alertness, and quality of sleep. Hard to believe, right? Apparently, science has confirmed their joy-inspiring abilities. A study published in the US National Library of Medicine found that blue-enriched white light made people happier and more alert, so these lenses were created to allow long wave blue light to pass through while blocking ultraviolet rays. They’re also meant to help you avoid the eye soreness that comes along with extra sunshine. Wearing the glasses increases the contrast of what you’re seeing around you, including on your smartphone, but can make it tough to see other light displays like those on a gas pump or a car. They seem to be a particularly great idea for someone who gets down in the dumps on cloudy days and wants to get the most out of whatever sunlight they can (such as myself). Whether they actually work or not, even whatever placebo effect they give off, might make it worth a shot. I’ll take whatever extra happiness I can get! [Gizmodo]

Study: The 20th Century Was Good For Women’s Brains

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Women gain intelligence faster than men as society improves, potentially because of a need to learn more quickly in order to combat discrimination, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers behind the study argue that in fighting extra hard to succeed in a world traditionally dominated by men, women have had to develop the ability to learn more quickly. Because women spent centuries receiving less cognitive nurturing than men, they may simply be catching up as the world becomes a more equal place. I guess this is a compliment …? Keep reading »

This PHHHOTO App Turns Your Pictures Into GIFs

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A new iPhone app called PHHHOTO (created by a company called, not surprisingly, HYPERHYPER) turns your photos into instant GIFs. As you can see, even Diplo is into using it for selfies. When you take a photo through the app, it takes multiple pictures in a row and instantaneously forms a GIF from your creation. I tried it with a picture of yours truly, and it was super cool, but I can’t figure out how to save the thing into my phone’s camera roll or if that’s even possible. The GIF also moves really fast and gives me a little bit of a headache. It seems like the idea is to create your own social network within the app instead of sharing the picture elsewhere — maybe PHHHOTO will become the Instagram of GIFs? As the company oh-so-poetically says, “In the world of PHHHOTO, waves crash, ice cream melts and suns rise — forever.” Well, that’s one way to look at it. [PHHHOTO]

8 Ways To Tell She’s The One

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Happy National Friendship Day! Let’s make it all about Oprah for a moment, shall we? Oprah says in reference to Gayle (and I’m paraphrasing here), “Nothing’s better than a good friend,” and with the notable exception of a perfectly done French fry, I wholeheartedly agree. There’s really nothing better. If you’re living without, I recommend you fix the situation pronto.

That said, I have no intention of instructing you on how to go about that here; I’m out of practice myself, having slipped into a motley crew of lunatics my freshman year of college and having held on tightly to those lunatics for the better part of 15 years. At this stage, new friends come along only once in a long while. And all I can say in terms of how I find them, is that, well, I don’t really. They find me is how it feels: I’m at a social gathering complaining about my facial hair, when suddenly there’s some new gal beside me who’s like, “My issue has always been my hairy lower back.” So you get to talking and fast-forward five years and she’s the one you call crying about the fact that you’re crying about those Jayonce breakup rumors. So again, I’m not here to tell you how to find her; I’m here to tell you how to assess a new lady friend. How to tell if she’s The One. Or, more specifically a Keeper. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On Richard Dawkins’ Rape Comments & How We Discuss Sexual Assault

Yesterday, the atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins made comments about rape and pedophilia on Twitter that made many people angry.

From what I can gather, Dawkins appeared to have been tweeting over the weekend regarding religion and Israel, saying support for the Israeli state does not mean condoning the country’s current behavior in Gaza. Then he pivoted his examples — I would argue somewhat insensitively — to ones about about sexual abuse:

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Janet Sees A Dick Pic For The First Time, Quickly Looks At 88 More

Janet Sees At A Dick Pic For The First Time, Quickly Looks At 88 More
"This is a big, round, lollipop ... DICK."
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Meet Janet. Janet, bless her heart, has never seen a dick pic. (It’s unclear whether she’s seen a dick in real life, but I’m guessing yes.) Some may call her lucky, but I think it’s a shame. I have four dick pics on my phone right now. (I’m not bragging — most of them are old. I never throw away dick pics. That’s the first rule of Dick Pic Club.) Janet’s friends thought it was a shame too, so they put together a slideshow of 89 dick pics for Janet to click through and comment on, which she does in the video above. Hey Janet, I’ve got numbers 90, 91, 92 and 93, if you want ‘em. [via The Hairpin]

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