Today’s Lady News: Man Says Periods Make Women Workers Less Productive

  • A New Zealand man was fired from his leadership of a business group after he suggested that women are paid less because “once a month they have sick problems” and they also take time off to have kids. “I’m sorry, I don’t like saying these things because it sounds like I’m sexist, but it’s the facts of life,” said Alasdair Thompson. The kids thing makes slightly more sense, but blaming periods on productivity and using it as justification to pay women less is absurd. Also, who calls periods “sick problems”? Is that some kind of Kiwi thing? [BBC]
  • An anti-abortion group in Wisconsin has asked the state’s attorney general to stop the University of Wisconsin medical school from teaching med students how to perform abortions. Because, really, neglecting to teach doctors how to perform and/or respond to a widespread medical procedure is an excellent idea to promote health. [Think Progress]
  • The TSA is accused of demanding to search inside a black woman’s hair. [The Grio]
  • Pop culture’s most fascinating “weak female characters.” [Flavorwire]

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Nicki Minaj At Your Fingertips

Have you ever wanted Nicki Minaj on your nails? Hello, you are human. Learn how to do Nickify your nails in this awesome tutorial from Miss Pop, aka Simcha Whitehill, who The Frisky seriously misses working with. If Nicki isn’t your thing, she has tutorials for lots of other designs—from clouds to pizza slices. Now gets to painting. Keep reading »

10 Pretty Plus-Size Summer Dresses

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Dresses are ideal in hot weather. They’re comfortable and flattering and alleviate the need to put together a whole outfit–just grab a dress from your closet, throw on a necklace and some sandals, and you’re good to go. Click through for 10 breezy summer dresses in every length, color, and style, all available in size 12 and above…

Who’s That Heiress?

At first glance, I couldn’t tell who this was a photo of. The major bangs, vacant, heavily made-up eyes, and pointy lined lips threw me off — and creeped me out a bit. Turns out, this is a photo of Paris Hilton from the new issue of V — and the rest of the images are just as strange. Check ‘em out after the jump — did you recognize Paris or do you think she looks like someone (or something) else? [ONTD] Keep reading »

Are Romance Novels Responsible For Real-Life Sexual Problems?

I’ve long held romantic comedies, TV shows, and romance novels responsible for real-life romantic problems. No man will actually make you feel like a woman with his passionate embraces and burning loins, then cook you a four-course dinner before he rushes off to perform heart surgery on orphans.

Well, apparently that is not the only problem romance novels cause. It turns out wishful hoping for a romp in bed akin to Dr. Trent Blackjack, Esq.’s throbbing member is influencing real-life sexual problems for some women, according to a report in The Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. Psychologist Susan Quilliam, who wrote the report, claims romance novels glorify “unprotected sex, unwanted pregnancies, unrealistic sexual expectations and relationship breakdowns” and said the fantasies are negative for women. The UK’s Guardian didn’t give us specific examples, but perhaps they were just being British about it. Keep reading »

July 8: What Are We Wearing Today?

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It’s another steamy day in New York, which means each of us is rocking a dress or skirt — it’s just not the day for sticky denim. Keep clicking to find out what we’re wearing and to see a very special guest. (FYI, Ami is MIA because she’s on vacay — and, in the future, we will also occasionally include regular contributors like Annika and Winona.) Oh, and don’t forget to tell us what YOU are wearing in the comments!
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